The Carl Amrhein Aboriginal Student Fund will promote greater student participation in programs that offer Aboriginal teaching and learning experiences by making more funding available through scholarships, bursaries and awards for students to attend these programs.
The fund will also enhance programs that offer Aboriginal teaching and learning experiences and enable more programs to offer them, including the traditional and ceremonial aspects of Aboriginal life that provide moral and spiritual support for students.
Supporting Aboriginal Students and Programs
The University of Alberta aspires to be a place where Aboriginal people experience success.
More than 1,000 Aboriginal students from across the country attend the University of Alberta, It is important to ensure our Aboriginal students, faculty and staff find an inclusive, supportive environment that fosters growth and achievement.
A legacy of leadership and transformational impact
During his three terms as provost and vice-president (academic) at the U of A, Dr. Carl Amrhein was a passionate advocate, consultant, counsellor and friend to the Aboriginal community.
Dr. Amrhein put in place and advanced programs that recognized and celebrated the unique identities of Aboriginal peoples.
Now, the Carl Amrhein Aboriginal Student Fund will continue his efforts to ensure that Aboriginal students receive the same opportunities as all students.
Building on Success
The University of Alberta offers 34 different awards, scholarships and bursaries to Aboriginal students. The vibrancy of our Aboriginal community is supported through an Aboriginal Student Services Centre on the north campus and an Aboriginal Students Office on our Augustana Campus.
- The U of A has graduated 150 teachers from the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) since 2002. Twelve new teachers a year are now providing specialized education in Aboriginal communities.
- More than 70 Aboriginal physicians have graduated from the University of Alberta through The Indigenous Health Initiatives Program, which helps qualified Aboriginal students gain admission and graduate from our medical and dentistry programs.
- The Certificate in Aboriginal Sport and Recreation gives students the opportunity to learn the skills needed to work in the emerging field of Aboriginal sport and recreation.
- The Aboriginal Nursing Initiative seeks to increase enrolment of Aboriginal nursing students and provides ongoing support to Aboriginal students. It also honours and acknowledges an Aboriginal knowledge system within the curriculum to develop reciprocal relationships with northern Alberta Aboriginal communities.