(Prince George, BC) – The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) is launching its 2018 scholarship program and is seeking students entering post-secondary programs to apply. Ten $1,500 scholarships are awarded to students who are enrolled in professional, technical, or trades studies at specific interior institutions with the goal of pursuing a career in the forest industry.

“COFI is pleased to support the next generation of students as they pursue their education goals and learn about the forest industry of the future,” said Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO of COFI.

“The forest industry is the backbone of the B.C. economy and continues to be the primary employer in 140 communities in the province. By pursuing an education that leads to a career in the forest industry, students are setting themselves up for a successful career in an industry that leads the world in sustainable practices and is driven by research and technology.”

Since 2007, COFI has offered scholarships intended to encourage the next generation of leaders to choose a professional, technical, or trades career in the forest sector. Last year COFI increased the grant from $1,000 to $1,500 in recognition of the growing financial commitments of post-secondary programs.

For more information about eligible institutions and how to apply, download application here. Applications are due March 31, 2018.

– 30 –

About the COFI’s Forest Education Program

COFI’s Forest Education Program is an award-winning program for students from Grades 5-12 in the northern interior of British Columbia. Its goal is to provide current, balanced and factual information for educators and students about BC’s rich, world-class forest resources and the educational and career opportunities that are possible in our province’s forests and manufacturing facilities.

About the BC Council of Forest Industries

The BC Council of Forest Industries is the voice of the BC interior forest industry. COFI members produce lumber, pulp and paper, panels and engineered wood products at more than 60 facilities across the interior. All share a commitment to a future based on employee safety, sustainable forestry and manufacturing practices, and innovative product development.

Media contact:
Mina Laudan

BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI)

1220 - 595 Howe St.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada  V6C 2T5

TEL: 604-684-0211