November 21, 2019

Funding For Innovation And Opportunity Scholarships

More Than 30,000 Scholarships Awarded Since Program Was Launched

Today, Advanced Education Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor announced $3 million for the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarships program.  This amount is to be matched by scholarship funding raised by post-secondary institutions through private sector and community-based partner donations.

“Our government provides financial assistance to students so that they can accomplish their educational goals, transition directly into employment and contribute to the growth of Saskatchewan’s economy,” Beaudry-Mellor said.

More than 30,600 Innovation and Opportunity Scholarships have been awarded since the program was launched in 2011 and nearly 3,500 were awarded in 2018-19.  The average value of the scholarship is $2,000 per student.  The scholarship focuses on a number of components: innovation and excellence, international study and priorities established in the institution’s strategic plan.

The innovation and excellence component is targeted to students in areas of study where innovative work is being done such as mining, energy, biotechnology, environment, engineering, medicine and science programs.

“This scholarship celebrates innovation and excellence and we’re proud to support students in this way,” Beaudry-Mellor said.  “The advances made through their research allows Saskatchewan to compete in the global market.”

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