Alberta awards bursaries to Aboriginal health-care students

Program helps increase proportion of Aboriginal health-care workers, reduce inequalities in health status
||Last Updated: 11/30/2010

To increase the representation of Aboriginals in health-care careers, the Alberta government is awarding more than $400,000 in bursaries to First Nations and Métis students in health-care programs.

This year, 74 bursaries, for a total of $436,000, will be awarded to students through the province's Aboriginal Health Careers Bursary

“The Aboriginal Health Careers Bursary continues our long-term commitment to strengthening our health workforce and creating new opportunities for Aboriginal students,” said Minister of Health and Wellness Gene Zwozdesky.

“I congratulate the recipients for their dedication to serving the health needs of people in their communities throughout the province.”

Recipients are chosen based on their academic record, health-career goals, employment prospects, financial need and involvement in the Aboriginal community. The scholarships range from $3,000 to $11,000 each.

“Congratulations to this year’s winners,” said Aboriginal Relations Minister Len Webber. “Thanks to this bursary, these talented Aboriginal students can pursue rewarding careers in health and make a positive difference in their communities.”

The Aboriginal Health Careers Bursary aims to help increase the number of Aboriginals working in the health-care field and to reduce the inequalities in health status between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples of Alberta. Since its creation in 1995, nearly 800 Aboriginal students have been awarded $3.9 million.

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