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May 31, 2011

Provincial Government Announces New Bursary Program

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The Government of Alberta announced a new bursary program for post-secondary students scheduled to begin in the fall. Alberta’s Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP), will award students a $1,000 bursary for interning with a non-profit or voluntary organization in Alberta.

SCiP will benefit from Volunteer Alberta’s presence in the province’s non-profit and voluntary sector. Volunteer Alberta will work with various organizations province wide to create internships with two goals in mind: helping students gain practical experience and providing voluntary and non-profits with more volunteers.

"Students need opportunities that go beyond licking stamps and filing papers. By contributing energy and enthusiasm in a meaningful way, they will move the nonprofit/voluntary sector forward," said Karen Lynch, Executive Director of Volunteer Alberta. "The Serving Communities Internship Program not only invests in the brain power and new approaches the sector needs, but also positions Alberta’s students to become some of the best-informed about the relevance and integration of the sector into every single Albertan’s life."

The program was initiated by the Alberta Student’s Executive Council, a group that represents Alberta’s colleges, universities, and technical institutes.

"We are thrilled to see the needs of Alberta students being addressed by the Government of Alberta in a way that benefits both the non-profit/voluntary sector and post-secondary students," said Timothy Jobs, Chair of Alberta Students’ Executive Council.

Post-secondary students enrolled in any certificate, diploma, undergraduate, graduate, or PhD program at one of Alberta’s 26 publicly-funded post secondary institutions will be eligible for the program.

SCiP will award 500 bursaries in the first year of the three-year pilot, with the potential to grow to 1,000 in the third year.

For more information on the SCiP program, please visit www.joinscip.ca.


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