7 STUdents Win Award

Mike PaulSeven St. Thomas University students have received awards from the Building Brighter Futures program operated by Indspire, an organization that supports the education of Aboriginal students.

Erika Gideon-Marchand, Alicia Isaac, Robin McCourt, Alicia Moulton, Mike Paul (pictured), and Marcy Ward were each recently awarded bursaries by Indspire.

“You work hard and put so much into your school work to get those good grades, you feel it’s an accomplishment,” says Alicia Moulton.

“When it’s acknowledged in this way you feel pretty proud, it makes it that much more worth it.”

Moulton is from Tobique First Nation, outside of Perth-Andover in New Brunswick. She will be graduating this fall with a double major in Psychology and Native Studies and a minor in Sociology.

“A lot of Aboriginal scholarships are more than academic based,” Moulton adds. “A lot of them pertain to your community. They are recognizing you as an all-round person rather than just your academics.”

Starting in Social Work This Fall

After taking a child and youth care worker program Moulton completed a placement at Albert Street Middle School in Fredericton working one-on-one with students who had behaviour problems. It sparked an area of interest for her and brought her to St. Thomas University to explore a potential future in social work. She’s now been accepted into STU’s Social Work Programme beginning this fall.

In addition to her studies at STU, Moulton has been very active in her community.

In an effort to get youth in her community more active, she started holding open gym times for different sports. That turned into preparation for the Aboriginal Summer Games for which she was recruited to help coach a contingent from Tobique.

She’s also a part of a youth exchange organized through the YMCA, holding fundraisers and events. This resulted in youth from her community visiting a reserve in Ontario and then in turn hosting Aboriginal youth at Tobique.

STU’s Aboriginal Education Support

Along with many aboriginal students at STU, Moulton is appreciative of the work done on their behalf by Chris George, St. Thomas University’s Director of Aboriginal Education Initiatives.

“He’s always been there, helping me out,” says Moulton. “He’s helped me with my applications. He took me to the Second Aboriginal Education Summit. He’s asked me to help give tours to high school students and talk about my experience at STU and to give advice to them.”

Indspire is the largest non-government supporter of Indigenous education. It has awarded more than $50 million in scholarships and bursaries to 14,000 First Nation, Inuit and Métis recipients nationwide.

To learn more, see https://indspire.ca/.