The IODE Labrador Bursary Fund began in 1982 when IODE members initiated a capital fund for the purpose of granting bursaries to eager, bright coastal high school students accepted at community college, university, technical or vocational schools.
Labrador high school students have gone on to study at colleges and university thanks to an IODE initiative that began over 30 years ago. Our program Invest in the Future has been just that. The IODE Labrador Bursary program has helped coastal students become hairdressers, doctors, airplane mechanics, engineers and teachers to name a few.
In the early '80s, IODE members knew that Labrador students graduating from coastal high schools had the same dreams as all young people and were ideally suited to participate in the growth of their province. It was clear that as Labrador and Newfoundland developed there would be a need for skilled and professional people in oil development, medicine and social services.
Over 270 students have been assisted since the first IODE cheque was given in 1982. Growth of the capital is vital. The available interest on the capital is divided between renewals and new applicants. Each year the demand for the IODE Labrador Bursary far exceeds the money available. Contributions from individuals and chapters to the Labrador Bursary Fund are most welcome. Please contribute to this worthwhile fund and continue to make a difference in the lives of students in Labrador.