A Prince Albert Woman is one of 20 recipients of a national scholarship.

The RBC Future Launch Indigenous Youth Scholarship awards 20 scholarships annually to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students across the country. The scholarship is valued at up to $10,000 per year and is given to students across Canada who demonstrate strong academic performance and community involvement. The scholarship was created in 1992, and to date, more than $2 million has been awarded to 258 Indigenous youth across Canada.

“It was really shocking! I couldn’t really believe that I actually got it this time because there were so many applications that they had, and I felt really fortunate to have been chosen this year, so I feel like a lot of my hard work paid off,” said Daniela Linklater, one of the recipients of this year’s award.  “They said that they were going to email the recipients in early spring this year and I didn’t get an email and I kept checking and I was like, oh, I probably didn’t get it and that’s okay, and then I got an email in early June from one of the people from RBC congratulating me that I was selected for this year’s annual reward. I was at work that day, I opened my email and I was like outside with the kids and I was like, oh my god, I can’t believe I got it and I was jumping up and down and the kids were jumping with me and we were all so happy, I was really in shock because I already kind of expected that I didn’t get it.” Linklater is currently in school pursuing a career in Indigenous Social Work and will be entering her last year of schooling this coming year. “It really helps a lot, especially next year; it will be my last year of school, and that’s all I want to focus on, and I’m really happy I got it this time,” she explained

There are three recipients from Saskatchewan who received the award.

The other two recipients being Haylee Gardiner from Saskatoon and Jana Sasakamoose from Regina.

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