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KPU horticulture, sustainable agriculture students get financial boost

Endowment fund for 15 awards of $2,000 will help students in financial need.
An endowment fund for 15 awards of $2,000 will help students in financial need at KPU.

A $650,000 donation will help Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) students studying in the horticulture and sustainable agriculture programs.

The donation was made from the estate of Evelyn Oberg, which will be invested in an endowment fund for 15 awards of $2,000 to students in financial need. 

Oberg was a longtime Langley resident with a passion for nature and animals and a "friend of KPU's horticulture school," reads a KPU statement.

“This is a transformational gift,” said Randall Heidt, CEO of the KPU Foundation.

“We are just so grateful to Evelyn Oberg for her incredible investment in these students, who will help define and shape horticulture and sustainable agriculture practices now and in the future.”

Students enrolled in citations, apprenticeships, diplomas or degrees in horticulture or sustainable agriculture can apply for these bursaries.

“KPU’s Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture programs train students with the skills they need to become leaders in these fields,” said Brett Favaro, Dean of the Faculty of Science.

“These annual awards will support students in financial need, and will grow the pool of people who will contribute to food security and sustainability in B.C. and beyond.”

KPU's School of Horticulture is based at the Langley campus and features a fully-equipped field lab and greenhouse complex. Meanwhile, KPU's Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Agriculture is a program located at KPU Richmond.

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