Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation

Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation

June 14, 2007 08:00 ET

Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation: One-Third of New Brunswick Students Not Pursuing Post-Secondary Education

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - June 14, 2007) - Within two years of graduation, about 30% of New Brunswick high school graduates have either dropped out of their college or university studies or have not accessed post-secondary education at all, says The Class of 2003 High School Follow-Up Survey, issued today by the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation.

The study, which surveyed Grade 12 students in New Brunswick, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, shows that respondents cited the following reasons for their choices:

- Fully 38% of respondents who had not entered a post-secondary program cited career indecision or lack of interest in further studies as the reason.

- Approximately 30% of those who did not access post-secondary education said it was due to a financial barrier, most commonly concern about too much debt.

- Among those who attended university or college but then dropped out, the primary reason cited was dissatisfaction with their program, followed by financial concerns and career indecision.

- More than one-third of students surveyed said that high school had not fully prepared them for making decisions about post-secondary education or their careers.

"Taken together, these results suggest that there exists a large segment of youth who receive too little guidance and information about their post-secondary options at the time in their lives when they most need to be encouraged and motivated to pursue studies at the college or university level," said Andrew Parkin, the Foundation's director of research and program development.

"The Foundation is already concerned about these issues and is collaborating with the Government of New Brunswick on Future to Discover, a pilot project testing different strategies to improve educational outcomes in the province," added Norman Riddell, the Foundation's executive director and chief executive officer. "Future to Discover helps students connect their passions and strengths with post-secondary learning opportunities and also provides non-repayable financial incentives to some project participants who are facing financial obstacles. With the first cohort of 2,000 students graduating later this month, the Foundation will be tracking their development in the hope that this research will contribute to the creation of more opportunities for New Brunswick's youth to access and succeed in post-secondary education."

More information on the Future to Discover pilot project and The Class of 2003 High School Follow-Up Survey is available on the Foundation's website at

The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation is a private, independent organization created by an act of Parliament in 1998. It encourages Canadian students to strive for excellence and pursue their post-secondary studies. Each year, the Foundation distributes some $350 million in the form of bursaries and scholarships throughout Canada. Since its inception, it has awarded 800,000 bursaries, with a total value of $2.3 billion, to Canadian post-secondary students. Over the same period of time in New Brunswick, the Foundation has distributed more than 21,000 bursaries and scholarships, with a combined value of $58 million.

Contact Information

  • Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation
    Jaime Frederick
    Communications Advisor
    (514) 284-7240