Status of Women / Women's Issues

Wage gap action plan scholarship recipients announced (09/07/21)

NB 1019

July 21, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The 53 recipients of the Wage Gap Action Plan Scholarship for 2009 were announced today by Mary Schryer, minister responsible for the status of women.


Forty-two women and 11 men were awarded scholarships, which will cover their tuition costs for the first year at either the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) or the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB).

"We are proud to support these students with the Wage Gap Action Plan Scholarship as they embark on the challenge of a non-traditional career, and we wish them all the best as they pursue their studies and prepare to enter our New Brunswick workforce," Schryer said. "Our 2009 recipients include everyone from single mothers to students with disabilities and to mature students looking to make their way back into the workforce."

The scholarship is an initiative of the Women's Issues Branch, Executive Council Office. It is a key element of New Brunswick's Five-Year Wage Gap Action Plan, Facing the Economic Imperative.

The scholarship was established to encourage men and women to examine careers where the other gender is the majority. Examples: women entering training programs such as welding, electrical engineering technology, and carpentry; and men entering training programs such as office administration, early childhood education or practical nursing.

The goal is to reduce the impact caused by gender-based job clustering on New Brunswick's wage gap.

Each scholarship has a maximum value of $2,600. This is equivalent to a one-year full tuition at the NBCC / CCNB. Up to $150,000 in scholarships are awarded yearly.

"We are pleased to see these scholarships helping our students attend our community college to further their education," said Post-Secondary Education, Training, and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. "This assistance will enable students from different backgrounds develop their skills and pursue their future career goals in New Brunswick."

More information about the New Brunswick Five-Year Wage Gap Action Plan is online. More information about the Wage Gap Action Plan Scholarship is online.


EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of the 53 scholarship recipients follows. MEDIA CONTACT: Sonya Gilks, communications, Women's Issues, 506-444-3506.

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CCNB Campus de la Péninsule acadienne:

New Brunswick College of Craft and Design:

NBCC Miramichi Campus:

NBCC Moncton Campus:

NBCC Saint Andrews campus:

NBCC Saint John campus:

NBCC Woodstock campus: