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Donation gives UBCO students scholarships, funding

Ken Stober, Linda Stober, Matt Hauge and Keith Brewster from the Stober Foundation along with David McAnerney and Dave Henwood from the Stober Group meet with UBC Okanagan deputy vice-chancellor and principal Lesley Cormack (centre).
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October 08, 2020 - 5:30 PM

UBC Okanagan students are getting a funding boost with $1.9 million in scholarships, research and community health initiatives.

The Stober Foundation have donated $1 million which will be nearly doubled by Aspire, a fundraising initiative, which will create a total of $1.9 million for students over the next five years, according to a UBCO press release.

The donation will create needs-based and merit-based scholarships and will immediately provide critical funding for student support. In addition, a $500,000 program will be formed within the School of Health and Exercise Sciences to help recruit the next generation of health scientists. 

The UBC Okanagan Social Work Mental Health Clinic, a research, training and treatment centre that provides services to children and their families experiencing serious mental health issues, will also receive funds.

A portion of the funding will go to provide an additional 15 student practicum placements with the potential to serve up to 75 clients and their families, according to the press release.

The clinical psychology training program will also benefit from support for two postdoctoral students. Plans are already underway for one of these positions to create a community-facing pain service where trainees will support clients living with chronic pain under the supervision of a registered clinical psychologist.

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