Scholarships have been awarded to five Indigenous students in Northeast B.C. to support their post-secondary studies.

Over 650 Indigenous students in B.C. will share $2.3 million in awards, the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society announced Thursday.

The program was created in 2007 to assist in removing barriers to higher education for Indigenous peoples.

The Northeast B.C. students receiving a $1,000 to $2,500 undergraduate award are:

“The Society is pleased to be able to remove some funding barriers to post-secondary education by providing awards that are both available at the beginning of a program and renewable for future years of study,” said Board Chair Melvin Berg.

The Society’s Indigenous Awards program is funded from the returns on an endowment fund established by the province and ongoing supplementary funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.