Scotiabank creates new awards for Aboriginal business students

Photo from left to right: Aleesha Bitternose, Edwards School of Business Student; Daphne Taras, Dean, Edwards School of Business; Rick Waugh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Scotiabank; George Marlatte, Senior Vice-President Prairie Region, Scotiabank

Aboriginal students pursuing undergraduate and graduate business degrees at the University of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business can now access increased scholarship, bursary, and award funding thanks to a $200,000 donation from Scotiabank.

“This donation to the Edwards School of Business demonstrates our strong belief in education, recognition of the academic excellence of the University of Saskatchewan and our commitment to Canada’s Aboriginal communities and individuals,” said Rick Waugh, President and CEO, Scotiabank. “We have long believed in providing students with the necessary tools to achieve their full potential and are particularly pleased to know that this gift will help remove financial barriers for Aboriginal students seeking a business education and shaping the future of Canadian business and Aboriginal communities.”

The funding will provide Student Bridging Awards to financially assist top students entering the Edwards School of Business with an Aboriginal Financial Management diploma, an Employment Bursary to provide valuable work experience and peer-to-peer mentorship for upper-year Aboriginal business students, and an Aboriginal Business Education Award for Aboriginal graduate students pursuing studies in the Master of Business Administration Program at the University of Saskatchewan.

“The Edwards School is delighted with Scotiabank’s generous support of Aboriginal business students,” says Dean Daphne Taras. “Scotiabank has had a long-standing commitment to the Edwards School and this gift continues the tradition. We are planning more effective recruitment and we are creating internships that will make a major difference in the lives of our Aboriginal students.”