New scholarship to keep students in the province
Premier Brad Wall was in Saskatoon talking to high school students about the Saskatchewan government's plan to help with the cost of post-secondary education.
Starting this year, the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship program will give all Grade 12 students who enroll at a post-secondary institution $500 per year to a maximum of $2,000.
Laryssa Barry, a Grade 12 student at Mount Royal Collegiate in Saskatoon, said this program gives her another reason to stay in Saskatchewan.
"I was thinking about going to Alberta for a bit, but I was originally planning on staying here and this kind of just puts the cherry on top. It helps the decision," said Barry, who plans on taking kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan.
For Harry Wuttunee, another Grade 12 student at Mount Royal, he has his hopes set on being a plumber and this money will help buy all the tools he needs.
"I was working this summer and there was this plumber and he had a truck full of tools and I was like, 'Do you need all of those?' and he said, 'Yes, every single piece,'" laughed Harry Wuttunee, who wants to take courses at SIAST.
The government estimates this program will help 8,450 high school and GED graduates every year.
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