This fall, the transition back to school came with an added bonus for 11 British Columbians with spinal cord injuries. Thanks to the first-ever Gragopean Scholarships, post-secondary students in disciplines ranging from engineering, law and psychology, to aviation and baking, were awarded more than $83,000 to pursue their educations—and for many, their lifelong dreams. Here’s why these inaugural Gragopean Scholarships are just the beginning.
It’s never too early, or too late, to invest in education. Earlier this year, the Vancouver Foundation and Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI BC) formed a partnership to administer the Gragopean Scholarship. The new Gragopean Scholarship Trust—established at Vancouver Foundation with a request that SCI BC manage the application and recommendation process—aims to promote the advancement of education of persons with a spinal cord injury in the Province of British Columbia and to in turn benefit the community as a whole.
2018 was the inaugural year for the Gragopean Scholarships and just over $83,000 was awarded to eleven worthy individuals attending BC post-secondary schools. The awards covered tuition and text book expenses and also supported a gamut of additional supplemental costs including transportation, research assistance and private pilot training. Not all the funds available were distributed, and Vancouver Foundation and Spinal Cord Injury BC are hopeful that the application response will grow in years to come.
Congratulations to the 2018 Gragopean Scholarship Trust recipients: