B.C. philanthropist Ryan Beedie launches program to help single parents pursue education

Tiffany Crawford, (VANCOUVER SUN) — B.C. developer and philanthropist Ryan Beedie has launched a new program designed to help single parents pursue further education.

The program, launched by Beedie Luminaries, will grant 10 awards annually worth up to $40,000 each to single parents facing financial adversity. The funds can be used toward full-time or part-time studies at any public university, college or trade school in the province, as well as the Native Education College.

“Single parents face many barriers — whether it’s finding flexible employment, getting child care or paying for tuition if they decide to go back to school,” Beedie said in a statement Friday.

“Children in single-parent families in British Columbia have consistently experienced much higher poverty rates. Given this and the additional hardships brought on by the pandemic, we wanted to expand the Beedie Luminaries scholarship program to help provide much-needed support to single parents so they can upgrade their skills and open more doors for themselves and their children.”

In addition to financial support, recipients will also be given access to mentors, student coaches, peer support groups and career development resources, according to a news release from Beedie Luminaries.

To learn more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit BeedieLuminaries.ca.

The deadline for applications is April 22, 2021 at 9 a.m. PT. Successful applicants will be announced in May.


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