New $5000 Transition Awards for Adult Basic Education Students

VICTORIA – Students taking Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses at a public post-secondary institution who are planning to continue their education with post-secondary studies can now apply for a $5,000 Transition Award from the Irving K Barber BC Scholarship Society.

One hundred and fifty Transition Awards will be available in the program’s first year with additional awards available in future years based on demand. The awards will be funded by returns on an endowment provided to the Society by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

“The ABE Transition Awards give more British Columbians the step-up they need for more job options,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “Single mothers, Indigenous women, newcomers to Canada, and so many others often experience social and financial barriers in pursuit of post-secondary studies. Thanks to these scholarships, people have better opportunities to continue their academic journey and transform their lives.”

The awards, which will be granted on the basis of demonstrated community or volunteer service and educational achievement, will be available to ABE students who are planning to enroll in a full-time post-secondary education program at a B.C. college or university following completion of their ABE coursework.

ABE courses are an essential bridge to post-secondary academic and career programs for adult learners who need to upgrade their skills before transitioning to post-secondary studies. Approximately 15,000 students access ABE courses each year at 18 public post-secondary institutions across B.C.

The Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society offers scholarships and awards to B.C. students attending public post-secondary institutions. The Society is named after entrepreneur and philanthropist Irving K Barber, who had a long history of supporting public post-secondary education in British Columbia before his death in 2012.

Since its founding in 2006, the Society has awarded more than $28 million in scholarships and awards to thousands of B.C. students. The Society is administered by the Victoria Foundation.

“Completion of an ABE course may whet one’s appetite for further post secondary education.  This award can lower the financial barrier to making the transition to full full-time attendance at a BC college or university,” noted Society Chair, Melvin Berg.  “We are pleased to play a part in funding ABE students’ potential,” he added.

Learn More:

For more information about this Award – including detailed eligibility criteria – or to learn more about the Society’s other scholarship and award programs, visit or call the Society at 844-478-4645.

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Media contact: Rory Grewar, Program Director, Irving K Barber BC Scholarship Society

250-686-5500 (Cell)