Three separate bursaries from the Government of Yukon are helping to support 12 Yukon students in their health-related post-secondary education.
The Yukon Medical Education Bursary is made available to four new students each year and provides students with $5,000 per year for up to four years of medical school. This year’s recipients are Holly Bull, Lauren Klammer, Sarah Koltun and Lindsday Webber.
Six students were awarded nursing bursaries. Samiha Amin and Mackenzie Davy will each receive $5,000 to a maximum of four years while Jenelle Clethero, Sam Lee, Kylie Pfeiffer and Michael Ritchie will each receive $2,500 to a maximum of four years they are enrolled in a baccalaureate nursing education program.
Health professional bursaries were awarded to Shelby Black who is undertaking studies in respiratory therapy and Michael Heynen who is studying pharmacy. They will each receive $5,000 each year they are in a health education program.
We are starting to see returns from our investment and it is very encouraging to see our young people start coming home to help us maintain a strong health care system for all Yukoners. We are seeing physicians and nurses coming home, as well as those in other health professions such as physiotherapy.
Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost
Since the bursary program began in 2006, 158 Yukon students have received financial assistance through the bursary programs.
The program has contributed $2.4 million towards the education of these students.
$1.3 million for medical education, $562,500 for nursing education and $540,000 for other health professionals.
The medical education bursary provides $5,000 a year for four years to students in medical school; and $7,500 a year for two years for Yukon students in medical residency for family medicine.
Nursing and health professional bursaries provide $5,000 to two students a year for four years and $2,500 a year for up to four additional students for four years.