A record 50 B.C. students have been awarded Premier’s International Scholarships to study in more than 20 different countries and regions, supporting them to achieve their education goals and benefiting B.C. communities with their global knowledge and experiences.
The students are enrolled in overseas programs studying a wide variety of subjects ranging from business administration to molecular biology.
“These scholarships open the doors of opportunity for B.C. students,” said Premier John Horgan. “We all benefit from the knowledge and cultural experiences students will bring back to their post-secondary institutions, workplaces and communities.”
The Premier’s Scholarships are valued at between $6,000 and $10,000, and are administrated by the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society.
Premier’s Scholarships are funded from the returns on a $17-million endowment fund established by the Province of B.C. for international education. They are awarded to students demonstrating exceptional academic achievement and an understanding of how global literacy impacts society. The scholarships are part of the larger One World international scholarship program offered by the society.
“Premier’s International Scholarships provide students with opportunities to broaden their horizons through overseas study and work placements. Students benefit both culturally and academically, and upon return to Canada, find that these experiences enhance and often guide further work and study,” said Shirley Kamerling Roberts, the society’s chair.
Since the program began in 2008, the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society has awarded more than $5.7 million in 2,598 international scholarships.
“The Premier’s Scholarship will allow me to better understand globalization and how I can work toward higher intercultural competence as I study abroad at Universidad de La Sabana in Colombia,” said Sultan Sandur, a scholarship recipient who is completing his master of education at Thompson Rivers University.
In addition to the Premier’s Scholarships, One World Scholarships of $1,000 to $3,500 are available throughout the year for students attending B.C. public post-secondary institutions to support their participation in study or work abroad programs.
To learn more about how to apply for an Irving K. Barber Scholarship, visit:
2019 Premier’s International Scholarship recipients
(name, institution, hometown, destination country, program of study)
Caleigh Aalders, University of Victoria, Victoria, Belgium, philosophy and social sciences
Rebecca Anderson, University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan, Calgary, Netherlands, psychology
Katrina Annett, University of Victoria, Quathiaski Cove, New Zealand, law
Emma Borhi, UBC, Nelson, France, international economics
Olivia Brocklehurst, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, England, arts and humanities
Delon Chan, UBC, Vancouver, England, biomedical sciences
Grace Chen, UBC, Coquitlam, France, French and European Studies
Melanie Costa, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), White Rock, England, fine arts
Milo Coulthard, KPU, North Vancouver, Denmark, fashion design
Siobhan Finan, UBC, Vancouver, Norway, social sciences
Allison Gacad, UBC, Scarborough, Philippines, agriculture and plant biology
Kristos Grames, UBC, Halfmoon Bay, Australia, arts
Micah Hall, UBC, Vancouver, Spain, exchange global health
Lana Harach, University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), Qualicum Beach, Netherlands, agriculture
Alex Harte, Vancouver Island University (VIU), Nanaimo, Vietnam, geography internship
Emily Haugen, KPU, Langley, Austria, business administration/marketing management
Mira Hayre, UBC, Surrey, China, commerce
Cole Hickson, Thompson Rivers University (TRU), Kamloops, South Korea, social sciences
Keivan Hirji, University of Victoria (UVic), North Vancouver, Scotland, global business
William Howling, UVic, Victoria, Indonesia, business and economics
Andrea Ivanof, UFV, Abbotsford, Netherlands, international management and consultancy
Emma Juergensen, Simon Fraser University (SFU), Coquitlam, New Zealand, exchange program
Anita Koralewicz, UBC, Vancouver, England, geography
Maya Korbynn, UBC, Vancouver, Netherlands, social sciences
Marian Lee, UBC, Vancouver, Spain, commerce
Sarah Lee, SFU, Surrey, Czech Republic, business administration
Ingrid Leung, SFU, Burnaby, France, French for prospective teachers
Julia Lunot, SFU, Richmond, Australia, sociology
Benjamin Matthews, TRU, Kamloops, England, arts – English
Brianna Mau, SFU, Coquitlam, England, media and film studies
Micah May, University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Bonnington, Mongolia, environmental science and biology
Hilton Nguyen, UBC, Aldergrove, Czech Republic, economics
Sara Nguyen, Capilano University, Vancouver, Germany, communications design
Nicholas Page, SFU, Vancouver, South Korea, anthropology
Gurleen Parhar, UBC, Abbotsford, Singapore, arts and social sciences
David Phypers, UBC Okanagan, Yellowknife, Sweden, civil engineering
Daniela Ramirez, UBC, Port Moody, France, exchange program
Jessica Reist, UFV, Abbotsford, Germany, psychology
Emily Ross, UVic, Whitehorse, France, arts – exchange program
Jeffrey Salvo, BC Institute of Technology, Burnaby, Korea, business administration
Sultan Sandur, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, Colombia, education
Masha Shcherbyna, UBC, Vancouver, Australia, exercise physiology
Sukhi Singh, UVic, Surrey, England, biomedical engineering
Courtney Smith, UFV, Chilliwack, France, political science
Daniela Ramirez, UBC, Port Moody, France, exchange program
Catharine White, UVic, Calgary, Singapore, law
Katie Wingerak, UFV, Surrey, Australia, health and sport sciences
Bessie Ming Sze Wong, SFU, Vancouver, Taiwan, communications – Chinese language
Theresa Wong, UBC, Victoria, England and China, Go Global Exchange
Maaria Zafar, UFV, Abbotsford, Czech Republic, human and social sciences
Joseph Zsombor-Pindera, UBC, Vancouver, Germany, chemistry