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January 10, 2007
For immediate release

1,148 Students Receive the Island Student Award


This month 1,148 Island students are receiving a $600 grant from the provincial government as part of the government’s efforts to make post-secondary education accessible and affordable in Prince Edward Island.

The $600 Island Student Award is being given to 891 UPEI students and 256 Holland College students in their final two years of study. The total dollar value of the grants this year is $688,800.

Education Minister Mildred Dover said the Island Student Award helps students with the cost of their education and rewards those who complete their programs. “Many students are pleasantly surprised to find an extra $600 in their university or college account this month. We are very pleased to provide this assistance to Island students who successfully complete their programs of study here at home,” said the minister.

To be eligible for the Island Student Award, the student must be a P.E.I. resident and studying full time in both semesters of an academic year. He or she must also be in the third or fourth year of a four-year program; second or third year of a three-year program; or second year of a two-year program at UPEI, Holland College, or Société Èducative.

Students do not need to apply for the award. Educational institutions notify government regarding which students are eligible and government deposits the money directly into their student accounts.

Media Contact: Jean Doherty
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