Helping students achieve their dreams
Scholarship recipient, Ryan Schaub, during an internship at Shuswap General Hospital.
August 2016 - Today’s medical school graduates are faced with the daunting task of paying for their education once they’ve completed grueling years of training and look to start their careers. For medical student Ryan Schaub from Lac La Biche, that debt load is a little lighter because of the Cenovus Aboriginal Scholarship program.
“It really helped to provide financial stability, allowing me to focus on my studies,” Ryan says. “I really appreciate Cenovus for recognizing me among all the talented and deserving applicants and providing me this scholarship. I was very pleased to receive the Cenovus scholarship as I knew it was money that wasn’t followed by long-term repayment with interest.”
Ryan is in his final year of medical school and has received the scholarship for the last three years. Each year, the Cenovus Aboriginal scholarship, worth $3,500, is awarded to as many as 10 Aboriginal students from our operating areas who are pursuing a full-time degree, diploma or certified trade.
“The scholarship shows our dedication to Aboriginal students who reside near our operating areas,” says Andrea Ruste, Community Affairs Advisor. “We’re working to support the local communities and one way we do that is through assisting students with the financial burden associated with the schooling they need to reach their dream professions.”
Ryan obtained his Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta. Once he completes medical school, Ryan plans to live in a small community in northern Alberta and work as a general practitioner while raising a family with his wife, Colleen.