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I Thought That Only a Genius Would Pursue a Math Degree

December 10, 2018

Q & A with Natella Jafarova, statistics student. When she was a little girl living in Azerbaijan, a career in math and statistics was most definitely not on Natella Jafarova’s radar. Despite her interest in math from an early age, her relatives encouraged her to pursue occupations that were “more appropriate” for women. All that changed when her family moved to Canada during her middle school years. Suddenly, Natella was surrounded by educators who encouraged her to learn more and excel in her studies — so she did, seizing every learning opportunity that came her way.

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$855,000 Transfer Scholarships Awarded to 171 BC Students

November 27, 2018

VICTORIA, BC – 171 students have received Ike Barber Transfer Scholarships worth $5,000 each to assist them in moving between BC post-secondary institutions.

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Scholarships creating opportunities for women in tech

November 13, 2018

VICTORIA – For Giulia Mattia, a computer science student at the University of British Columbia, the pathway into the tech sector just got a bit easier, thanks to one of the $10,000 Women in Technology and Indigenous Women in Technology Scholarships from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society.

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Opportunities in Tech Are Opportunities for Women

June 14, 2018

Q & A with Heather Cape, software engineer, who accepted a position at Microsoft in Seattle before she’d even graduated. Heather is stoked to embark on her new career this summer — and she’s glad she gets to stay in the Pacific Northwest, where her heart resides. Heather graduated with her Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Victoria in 2018, where she completed four co-op work terms at General Dynamics in Calgary, Isolation Network Canada, Redbrick and Microsoft Canada.

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Just as Smart as Everyone Else

June 4, 2018

Q & A with Sarah Shepherd, mechanical engineer, AME Consulting Group. While in her engineering undergrad, Sarah completed four co-op work terms: a double-header with BC Hydro, a stint at UVic’s computer help desk, and, most recently, an international work experience at Universidade Estadual Paulista in Brazil.

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A Community Where I Can Contribute

June 4, 2018

Q & A with Tania Akter, who's in the final year of her software engineering degree at the University of Victoria, having completed five work terms with ACD Systems, IBM Software Lab, LlamaZOO, and two terms with Microsoft.

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Big Opportunities Are Everywhere for Software Developers…

June 4, 2018

Q & A with Laura Grondahl, software developer at LlamaZOO Interactive, a growing VR/AR/MR 3D visualization company based in Victoria.

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New 10K scholarships support women in BC’S growing tech sector

May 16, 2018

BC TECH SUMMIT 2018 – Women studying computer science, math and engineering can now apply for a $10K scholarship designed to increase the number of women in these traditionally under-represented tech professions. At least one of these scholarships will be dedicated to a woman of Indigenous ancestry.

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B.C. students get the chance of a lifetime to study abroad

December 12, 2017

VICTORIA– A record 29 students in B.C. have been awarded scholarships of between $6,000 and $10,000 to study abroad in more than 21 countries from Australia to Korea to Peru, announced Premier John Horgan.

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Over 450 Aboriginal students share $1.3M in awards

November 29, 2017

Victoria, BC - Brettany Makuch is a 28 year old Metis student with her sights set on becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. She’s moved closer to achieving that goal courtesy of a $5,000 Aboriginal Student Award she’s recently received from the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society.

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Scholarships support 163 transfer students who demonstrate outstanding academic and volunteer service

November 15, 2017

VICTORIA, B.C. – Bachelor of Science student Nicole York appreciates the value of a helping hand, especially when it means $5,000 to help her with the cost of transferring between B.C. Post-secondary institutions to finish her degree.

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Province establishes scholarships for women in technology

April 4, 2017

VICTORIA, BC - A $500,000 investment will establish scholarships at public post-secondary
intuitions that encourage women to pursue education that align with the needs of the growing
tech sector in British Columbia.

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