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Posted: November 24, 2021

Students invited to apply for Beedie scholarships

Ryan Beedie’s $50-million scholarship foundation to award 105 scholarships in 2022; recipients will receive up to $40,000 each

Virtual open house November 25

Beedie Luminaries, the scholarship foundation founded by Ryan Beedie (pictured), President of Beedie and philanthropist, is encouraging Grade 12 students in B.C. who are facing financial barriers to apply for one of 105 scholarships available in 2022.

Recipients will each receive up to $40,000 towards their post-secondary studies at any public university, college or trade school in B.C.

“We are excited to begin accepting applications for the fourth year of the Beedie Luminaries scholarship program. Our existing community of 332 students has been so inspiring. We cannot wait to connect with more promising students from all over B.C. and support them as they further their education,” said Beedie. “This year, in light of the labour shortage within the skilled trades sector, we would like to particularly encourage students considering a career in the trades to apply.”

Last year, students from 26 municipalities across the province were awarded a Beedie Luminaries scholarship. In addition to demonstrating academic readiness, the recipients also shared compelling personal stories of adversity and resilience as well as a strong record of contributing to their families and communities. Among the 2021 recipients, over 70 per cent live in rental or social housing, 75 per cent come from single-parent or foster families, and 35 per cent are the first in their family to attend post-secondary.

Beedie Luminaries will be holding a virtual open house on November 25 where prospective applicants can learn more about the program, ask questions and interact with current scholarship recipients. Students interested in attending the virtual open house or learning more about the application process are encouraged to follow Beedie Luminaries’ announcements on social media.

In addition to receiving scholarship funds of up to $40,000, Beedie Luminaries scholarship recipients are also given access to mentors, Stay on Track student coaches, peer support groups, paid summer internship opportunities and access to the Beedie Luminaries online community.

Beedie Luminaries launched on November 13, 2018 with a $50-million donation from Ryan Beedie to coincide with his 50th birthday. It was his experience growing up in Burnaby and seeing friends who did not have the same opportunities to pursue post-secondary education as he did that motivated him to create Beedie Luminaries. The creation and expansion of this scholarship program is in line with the “Built for Good” philosophy that drives Beedie’s corporate and philanthropic activities.

Grade 12 B.C. students looking to apply for a Beedie Luminaries scholarship can do so online at BeedieLuminaries.ca. The deadline for applications is January 13, 2022 at 9 a.m. PST.

Successful applicants will be announced in mid-May 2022. The program is open to students planning to pursue undergraduate degrees or diploma studies at any public university, college or trade school in B.C.

The application period for Beedie Luminaries’ SPARK scholarship program for single parents will open in March 2022.

Submitted by Beedie Luminaries


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