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Media Release
Release Date: November 9, 2016

Camosun College students received 26.7% of the scholarships being offered by Ike Barber Transfer Scholarships for 2016. The 27 students from Camosun will each receive $5,000. The scholarship recognizes excellence in academic achievement and community service. The Irving K. Barber Scholarship Society, named for the BC philanthropist and founder of Slocan Forest Products Ltd., encourages students to start their post-secondary studies at a local public institution like Camosun College, then transfer to a degree-granting institution in BC to complete their four-year bachelor degree.

"On behalf of Camosun College, I am delighted to congratulate the 2016 scholarship recipients," says President Sherri Bell. "Their success speaks to the exceptional value of a Camosun education: excellent instructors, an engaging learning environment, close to home."

Since the scholarships were established in 2006, more than 120 Camosun students have benefitted from the generosity and vision of Ike Barber. "The number of Camosun scholars named each year and the range of programs they represent is a testament to our strength as a comprehensive community college," says Bell. Camosun's award recipients plan to complete degrees in criminal justice, liberal arts, environmental technology, nursing and engineering.

About Irving K. Barber

Irving K. Barber was a generous benefactor and a strong supporter of access to high quality, public post-secondary education, regardless of where students live. The impressive record of scholarships awarded is a tribute to the philanthropic legacy of the founder of Slocan Forest Products. Since 2006, the Barber Society has awarded over $9 million in scholarships to thousands of BC students.


Jonathan Ruhl
Communications Strategist

Last updated: November 15, 2016 1:56 pm

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