Iqaluit, Nunavut – September 20, 2017 – Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is pleased to announce the recipients of QIA’s new scholarships for post-secondary students enrolled in the 2017-2018 academic year.
“Education is the most important investment we make,” says QIA President P.J. Akeeagok, “it gives young Inuit the necessary skills to succeed in the future, and our communities the leaders we need to build a prosperous Nunavut.”
This is the first year QIA is offering $200,000 in new scholarships.
The 80 new scholarships at $2,500/year, are awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis to students from Qikiqtani who are pursuing post-secondary education.
Over 120 students applied for the new QIA scholarships this year.
Video featuring some of our scholarship recipients:
Quick facts about the scholarship recipients:
• Recipients include students from all 13 Qikiqtani communities
• Recipients include both recent high school graduates and mature students returning to school
• Many recipients are parents
• Numerous recipients are single-parents
• 56 of our scholarship recipients are women
• 24 of our scholarship recipients are men
• 28 of our 80 recipients are enrolled in Nunavut’s Arctic College
o 10 in the Environmental Technology program
o 9 in Nunavut Teacher Education program
o 3 in the Interpreter/Translator program
o 2 in the Nursing and Health sciences program
o 2 in the Jewellery and Metal Work program
o 1 in the Early Childhood Education program
o 1 Office Administration program
• 7 recipients are enrolled in the Nunavut Law program
• 12 recipients are enrolled in Nunavut Sivuniksavut
• 2 recipients are enrolled in law programs in the south
• 18 recipients are enrolled in college programs in the south
• 9 recipients are enrolled in university undergraduate programs in the south
• 4 recipients are enrolled in university graduate programs in the south
Criteria for the QIA Scholarships:
• Applicants must have a valid Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. card
• Students must be Inuit under the Nunavut Agreement living in the Qikiqtani Region
• Students must be enrolled in a post-secondary academic institution
Meet some of our scholarship recipients:
Arctic Bay’s Jennifer Qaqqasiq Taqtu, 22, is a student in Nunavut Sivuniksavut’s one-year-program.
Marykulu Macmunn, 45, originally from Cape Dorset, now living in Iqaluit is a third-year student at Nunavut Arctic College’s Interpreter/Translator program.
Clyde River’s Jenna Natanine Palituq, 31, is a first-year-student in Nunavut Arctic College’s Nunavut Teachers Education Program.
Grise Fiord’s Etuangat Akeeagok, 21, is a second-year-student in the Environmental Technology Program at Nunavut Arctic College.
Hall Beach’s Cathy Pikuyak, 23, is a student at Algonquin College’s Advanced Inuit Studies program.
Igloolik’s Beth Kotierk, 28, is a third-year Juris Doctor student at the University of Ottawa.
David Lawson, 34, is a first-year student in the Nunavut Law Program offered by Arctic College in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan.
Kimmirut’s Karen Nungaq, 43, is a second-year student at Nunavut Arctic College’s Environmental Technology program.
Pangnirtung’s Emily Karpik, 31, is a first year student in the Nunavut Law Program offered by Arctic College in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan.
Pond Inlet’s Jena Merkosak, 26, is a second-year student in Nunavut Arctic College’s Nursing program.
Qikiqtarjuaq’s Jenny Mosesie, 22, is a second-year student at Nunavut Arctic College’s Environmental Technology program.
Resolute Bay’s Lisa Komangapik, 44, is a first-year student at Nunavut Arctic College’s Interpreter/Translator program.
Sanikiluaq’s Mick Appaqaq, 25, is a second-year student at Nunavut Arctic College’s Environmental Technology program.
For more information contact:
Sima Sahar Zerehi,
Director of Communications,
Qikiqtani Inuit Association