April 28, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Applications are being accepted until May 31 for the Wage Gap Action Plan scholarship. This scholarship is open to women and men who will be pursuing non-traditional training programs through the New Brunswick community colleges.
Created in 2006 as part of the government's Wage Gap Action Plan, the scholarships provide an incentive to students entering their first year at community college to explore careers in sectors where men and women have traditionally been under-represented. Fifty-three scholarships were awarded for the 2009-10 academic year.
"The Wage Gap scholarship is an innovative way for young New Brunswickers to explore career opportunities in professions where their gender has not traditionally taken part," said Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert, who is also the acting minister responsible for the Status of Women. "Scholarships like these encourage greater diversity in our workforce. This will be a key factor in reducing and eliminating the wage gap as we work towards achieving self-sufficiency."
Each scholarship awarded has a maximum value of $2,600, the equivalent of one-year full tuition within the community colleges, with up to $150,000 being awarded per year.
"Thanks to this scholarship, it will be easier for students to graduate from non-traditional training programs," said Post-Secondary Education, Training, and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. "We need trained, motivated and talented young people to enter these fields and be partners with us in growing our economy, reducing the wage gap, and promoting greater self-sufficiency for all New Brunswickers."
To apply, students must fill out an application and attach a short essay outlining their career interests and goals. Applications and additional information about the scholarships are available through the Women's Issues website, www.gnb.ca/women.
Successful applicants will be notified by June 15.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, communications, Status of Women, 506-444-3506.