TimberWest and UBC have partnered to create scholarships for First Nations students who want to get a forestry degree.

The scholarships will come from a first-of-its-kind 100,000 dollar endowment program.

VP of Sustainability and Chief Forester with TimberWest, Domenico Iannidinardo said the company wants to help ensure that financial barriers do not prevent Indigenous students from pursuing a graduate degree in forest sciences.

“Indigenous students are about 6 per cent of the graduate faculty at the University of British Columbia. We believe that wherever there is motivated and interested students in forestry that TimberWest wants to make sure there are as few barriers as possible.”

The TimberWest Forestry Award for Indigenous Students will be awarded by the UBC Faculty of Forestry on an annual basis.