The Edwards School of Business strives to be a leader in providing dedicated support and services unique to Aboriginal business students amongst business schools across Canada.
In March 2001, the Edwards School received an initial gift of $1,000,000 gift from Gordon Rawlinson, President of Rawlco Radio in order to establish the Rawlinson Centre for Aboriginal Students (formerly Rawlco Resource Centre). The gift was established with the following objectives:
- To recruit and retain First Nation students through to graduation from the undergraduate business degree program
- To enhance Aboriginal business students' educational experience by providing access to needed equipment and resources
- To encourage Aboriginal students to remain in Saskatchewan upon completion of their business education
Student Support and Services
The Rawlinson Centre provides dedicated space for Aboriginal students at the Edwards School of Business for studying, group meetings and accessing resources. The Centre is fully equipped with a computer area, resource materials, printer, telephone, fridge and lounge area. Some of the services available through the Rawlinson Centre include:
Awards and Scholarships
There are thousands of dollars in scholarships, awards and bursaries available to Aboriginal students in Edwards.
All Aboriginal undergraduate business students can receive a minimum of $4,000 throughout their degree. The Rawlco B.Comm. Awards (valued at $1,000) are provided to all Aboriginal B.Comm. students for up to three years as they complete their degree and at graduation.
The Rawlco ABAC Awards (valued at $2,000) are provided to all graduates of the Edwards Aboriginal Business Administration Certificate (ABAC) program.
Additional financial awards specifically for Aboriginal students in the Edwards School of Business are available at: http://explore.usask.ca/aboriginal.php
Professional Development Fund
Aboriginal B.Comm. students at Edwards have opportunities throughout their academic career to be funded for a variety of activities that support their academic success and develop their professional network. Attending conferences, speaker nights, luncheons, and other engagements such as becoming a student member of a professional organization and/or board are all activities that are supported by the Rawlinson Professional Development Fund.
Assistance is available for Aboriginal B.Comm. students to receive extra help in classes or to prepare for an exam or assignment. A general list of tutors by course can be found in the Rawlinson Centre (ESB 91) and from the Edwards Student & Faculty Services Office (ESB 185).
This is a good place to start for those COMM classes that require a little extra attention. Once you have found a tutor, financial assistance is available to cover some or all of the costs. Approved students will receive tutoring services, free of charge, for up to 25 hours per academic term (15 hours for visiting students).
Many First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students prefer to seek the support of an Elder to assist in personal and professional development. This guidance may be a missing link in the transition to a new home and institution that can be vital in enhancing your student experience at the Edwards School of Business. The Rawlinson Centre is pleased to support you in these efforts; please contact us to inquire.
Math Bridging Program
Did you know that you can complete Foundations of Math 30 on campus?
The Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Board and the Edwards School of Business offer a Grade 12 math program on campus available to all students of Aboriginal ancestry. The class will be offered in the evenings in the Edwards building and funding will be provided through the generous support of the Rawlinson Centre Trust Fund.
If you are interested in a program at the U of S that requires Foundations of Mathematics 30 or MATH B30/C30, the Rawlinson Centre can help you upgrade. Students in the Edwards Aboriginal Business Administration Certificate program can take Foundations of Mathematics 30 while they are working on their program.
Aboriginal business students can help Edwards promote business education to Aboriginal youth. Developing professional networks and being role models or mentors are some of the ways Aboriginal Edwards students and alumni can support the Edwards School and their communities.
Student Services Assistants
Students can apply to become Student Assistants at the Rawlinson Centre to assist in the implementation of recruitment, retention and graduation strategies for Aboriginal students at the Edwards School of Business.
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