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GDI Scholarships Update

Dec 23, 2014

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With 2014 coming to an end, I thought this would be an opportune time to share with you, some of this year’s best accomplishments in the world of GDI Scholarships…

November’s Gabriel Dumont Scholarship Foundation (GDSF) adjudication saw a record-breaking number of applicants. A total of $215’000 was awarded in November to give us a grand total of $380’800 for 2014! Remember, in 2012-2013, GDSF awarded the largest amount of scholarships ($177,400) to the largest number of Métis students (215) in the Institute’s history. We are on course to set another record this year. We are committed to providing as much support as we can to enhance the success of Métis students.

One of the changes we made this year was moving to an online application system. This move has streamlined the application process to be more efficient, reliable and complete. The feedback we have received from students is that they find the online application user friendly and they have access to application requirements. The requirements are as follows: 1) digital copies of Saskatchewan Health Card, a photo, Confirmation of Enrolment and in some cases, a Métis Card or letter from local stating membership; 2) Request official transcripts to be sent directly to GDI; 3) Prepare a 500 word essay on their cultural roots and provide a short bio of what they aspire to be; and 4) an up to date resume.

Our next deadline for application is May 1st, 2015. The online application process will open back up February 1st. I will plan to do some training with staff and students throughout the province during that period. Keep an eye out for communication on this in the New Year.

Lastly, I would like to extend a huge welcome to our beautiful Amy Briley’s newest member of the family. Rose Minnie Briley joined us July 15th, weighing in at 7lbs, 6oz. Congratulations to the Briley family!

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