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Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship

Released on October 19, 2021

More Than 38,000 Scholarships Awarded Since Program Inception

Today, the Government of Saskatchewan announced $3 million for the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship program. This amount is to be matched by scholarship funding raised by post-secondary institutions through private sector and community-based partner donations.

The scholarship focuses on a number of components, including innovation and excellence, international study and key priorities identified in the institutions' strategic plans.  

"Our government is proud to support students as they achieve their educational goals, transition to employment and participate in the growth of the Saskatchewan economy," Advanced Education Minister Gene Makowsky said. "In continued partnership with the post-secondary institutions the program will provide a potential of $6 million in scholarships for Saskatchewan students this fiscal year."

More than 38,000 Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarships have been awarded since the program was launched in 2011, and more than 3,500 were awarded in 2020-21.

"We appreciate the Government of Saskatchewan's continued support for our students to pursue research and academic programs that are vital to the province and beyond," University of Saskatchewan President Dr. Peter Stoicheff said. "Initiatives like this strengthen our partnership, and together we can advance Saskatchewan's innovation agenda to benefit the citizens of the province."

The innovation and excellence component of the scholarship is targeted to students in areas of study where innovative work is being done such as mining, energy, biotechnology, agriculture, environment, engineering, medicine and science programs.

"Donations matched by the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship program are essential to the success of our scholarship program," Great Plains College Director of Communications and Development Carrie Voysey said. "With this support, Great Plains College can continue to provide entrance scholarships to deserving students."  

To learn more about the scholarship visit


For more information, contact:

Briana Bolduc
Advanced Education
Phone: 306-787-0253

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