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Making the grade: B.C. tuition waiver program made education possible for hundreds of young people

Verukah Poirier, who grew up in government care, is now in law school at the University of British Columbia, and raising her two-year-old daughter, Avery.

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Verukah Poirier finished her first year of law school at the University of British Columbia in May, a feat she says would not have been possible without a provincial government program that waives tuition fees for students who grew up in government care.

Poirier, 23 and the single mom of a two-year-old daughter named Avery, did so well in her first year that she was awarded a full-ride scholarship of $18,000 to cover her second year.

“My grades must have been okay last year. I’m super lucky,” Poirier said. “I had to work a little harder, but it all paid off in the end.”

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