(Vancouver, B.C.) – The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2020 Forestry Scholarship. Each year, twelve $1500 entrance scholarships are awarded to students pursuing post-secondary education or training in B.C. in a skilled trades program associated with 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 supports communities across the province. Global demand for sustainably harvested, low-carbon wood products continues to grow and we need to support our next generation of B.C. forestry professionals to ensure they have the skills and knowledge needed to support this important industry.”

COFI established its scholarship in 2007 with the goal of encouraging young people in B.C. to choose a professional, technical or trades career in the forest sector. Last year, COFI increased the number of recipients from ten to twelve in recognition of the growing financial commitments of post-secondary programs.

For more information on eligibility and application requirements, click here for the 2020 Scholarship flyer and here for the online application form.

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

About 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. The goal of the program is to provide current information for educators and students about B.C.’s rich, world-class forest resources and the educational and career opportunities that are possible in our province’s forests and manufacturing facilities.

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