The University of Regina has announced a new incentive for Aboriginal students.

Starting this fall, the school will be providing a $1,000 bursary to one student from each of Saskatchewan’s 74 First Nations.

University President Dr. Vianne Timmons says it should help with financial concerns, and they will be working to spread the word:

“We’ll have to notify all the band councils and chiefs, and in particular, most of the communities have an education councillor.  And also, when students apply to the University of Regina, we will also check which community they are from, so we’ll take a multiple approach to ensure students are aware of this opportunity”.

Students attending any of the university’s federated colleges will be eligible to apply for a bursary.

Timmons says the bursaries will be awarded every year for the foreseeable future.

She adds that at the outset, it may be a challenge to find enough students.

However, Timmons explains that offering the bursaries is also a way to promote the University of Regina and its many programs for Aboriginal students.