As summer moves into full swing, students in the region are enjoying a welcome break from their studies. For graduating high school students, this break involves preparing for a big transition into the next chapter of life, work, or education! Each year the CBT, with generous support from Genus Capital Management, funds two multi-year Education Awards: the Clayoquot Biosphere Education Award and the Central Region Nuu-chah-nulth Student Award. Investing in the “human capital” of our region and its communities is important; the CBT board is excited to continue improving the application and evaluation process to maximize accessibility and overall positive impact of the Education Award program.
The applications we received this year were impressive in both number and quality, and we are very pleased to share a little information about the two inspiring students who will be receiving financial support from the CBT to pursue their further education!
The Central Region Nuu-chah-nulth Student Award is awarded to Colton Van Der Minne. Colton is a Tla-o-qui-aht student who graduated as Valedictorian of his class from Nanaimo District Secondary School. He will be entering the University of British Columbia’s Science One program in the fall, and plans to continue on to medical school after earning his degree. He is passionate about humanitarian work, which guided him to medicine as it opens many doorways for volunteer work locally and abroad.
The Clayoquot Biosphere Education Award is awarded to Matteo Ludlow, a graduating student from Ucluelet Secondary School. Matteo is very involved in his community through sport (as both and athlete and a coach for youth), and led a project to replace rotten and unmarked headstones in a local Cemetery. Matteo wants to become a Physiotherapist, and has been accepted to the University of Victoria where he will be majoring in Kinesiology.