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Real estate developer and philanthropist Ryan Beedie is expanding the Beedie Luminaries scholarship program across the province to provide 105 promising students who are facing financial adversity with up to $40,000 to fund their post-secondary studies at any public university, college or trade school within BC.
“After the success of Beedie Luminaries’ inaugural year, I knew that I wanted to expand the program and extend support to deserving, resilient students from all over BC,” says Ryan Beedie, founder and principal benefactor to Beedie Luminaries. “Financial hardship should not stop talented British Columbians from pursuing higher education and realizing their full potential.”
Beedie Luminaries launched on November 13, 2018, with a $50 million donation from Ryan Beedie, coinciding with his 50th birthday. The program announced its first cohort of 80 students in May 2019. The chosen recipients demonstrated not only academic readiness, but also shared compelling personal stories of adversity and resilience. Twenty seven percent of recipients are the first in their family to pursue post-secondary education, 38% come from single parent households and 60% live in rental housing.
“Having been selected for this award has given me much more optimism towards my future and I am confident that I will be better able to serve my community as a direct result,” says Simren Cogley, a 2019 Beedie Luminaries scholarship recipient and student at SFU.
In addition to up to $40,000 in scholarship funds, recipients are also given access to mentors, paid summer internship opportunities, Stay on Track student support and access to the Beedie Luminaries online community. It was Beedie’s experience growing up in Burnaby and seeing friends who did not have the same opportunities to attend post-secondary education as he did that motivated him to create Beedie Luminaries. The creation and expansion of this scholarship program is in line with the ‘Built for Good’ philosophy that drives Beedie’s corporate and philanthropic activities.
Grade 12 BC students looking to apply for a Beedie Luminaries scholarship can do so online at www.BeedieLuminaries.ca. The deadline for applications is January 20, 2020 at 9 am PST. Successful applicants will be announced in early May 2020. The program is open to students planning to pursue undergraduate degrees or diploma studies at any public university, college or trade school within BC.