Smithers Secondary graduate Allison Inderbitzin was awarded the Helen Thurwell Scholarship to attend UNBC's Prince George campus.

Apply for scholarships early, says SSS grad

In September, Allison Inderbitzin packed her bags and set off for their first semester of post-secondary education.

In September, Allison Inderbitzin was one of thousands of recent high school graduates who packed their bags and set off for their first semester of post-secondary education.

The Smithers Secondary graduate is majoring in biomedical studies at the University of Northern British Columbia at the Prince George campus.

“It was my first semester of my first year and living on residence so I was really nervous,” said Inderbitzin.

“But UNBC is really welcoming and friendly and there’s always people around to show you around when you’re lost and if you need help the profs are really friendly. Because there are smaller class sizes, it’s easier to talk to people and get help.”

But before deciding on UNBC, Inderbitzin browsed countless post-secondary websites, searching for scholarships.

She maintained a roughly 92 per cent grade point average, and volunteered with the grad council and yearbook committee in her final year. She also volunteered for a couple of months at the hospital, working in the long-term care unit.

However, she finally decided on UNBC after being awarded the Helen Thurwell Scholarship.

The $20,000 scholarship is one of the oldest endowed awards at the university and is given out to a female student from Northern B.C. who is active in the community and has proven academic excellence.

“It’s a huge honour, seeing as it’s one of the oldest scholarships there,” she said.

For Inderbitzin, winning the scholarship was a huge financial burden off her shoulders.

Having to pay for tuition, books, live on residence and purchase a mandatory meal plan, she estimated a semester would cost her as much as $19,000 a year.

Though she hasn’t decided what career path to pursue, Inderbitzin is encouraging high school graduates to get the ball rolling and apply for schools and scholarships now.

“The deadlines creep up very fast. We were sending them out the day the deadline came up last December,” she said.

“Some awards didn’t even get handed out last year because there were no participants eligible. That’s a lot of free money for students.”

Her mother Bridgette said it’s important to remember to start early.

“In September and October, start looking for scholarships,” said Bridgette. “Because grad is coming up and it goes so fast and then the opportunity is gone. You only have one shot.”

 

Just Posted

Upper Skeena Rec Centre now aiming for summer opening

Now-$20-million year-round rec centre has pilot program expanding Indigenous programs

Smithers library goes fine-free

Library board abolishes charges on all items returned after their due date to bolster patronship.

Smithers Christmas bird count results

Over 5,000 birds observed in annual count, including a couple local rarities.

Giesbrecht pleads not guilty in murder trial

Giesbrecht, 67, faces 1st-degree murder of Raymond Bishop, found May 2017 south of Francois Lake.

Bulkley Valley SD 54 superintendent leaving

Chris van der Mark has been superintendent with SD54 for eight years, and has hands full in Cariboo.

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

Parole granted for drunk driver who killed B.C. RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

Kamala Harris opens U.S. presidential bid in challenge to Trump

The 54-year old portrayed herself as a fighter for justice, decency and equality in a video distributed by her campaign

Most Read