This year marked the fourth Bruce Power Indigenous Post-Secondary Scholarship Beyond First Year scholarship where ten awards of $2,000 are given out to selected recipients from the local Indigenous communities to support their educational endeavours. Bruce Power CEO, Mike Rencheck welcomed Chief Anoquot of Saugeen and Chief Nadjiwon of Nawash, the recipients from those two communities and their guests at a dinner held at the Walker House in Southampton on Tuesday, May 27. “Education is the foundation upon which we build our future. It shapes who we are and who we will be. Education inspires us, enlightens us and challenges us to think differently about the world around us,” said Mike during his address to the recipients and their family members. “Education is the foundation upon which we build our future. It shapes who we are and who we will be. Education inspires us, enlightens us and challenges us to think differently about the world around us.”
Both Chiefs congratulated the recipients and encouraged them to continue in their educational pursuits with Chief Nadjiwon referring to them as “the future leaders of their communities.” Chief Anoquot spoke about the importance of education as well and of the partnerships the communities have with Bruce Power in supporting Indigenous achievements.
The scholarship awards are offered annually to students from Saugeen, Nawash, the Metis Nation of Ontario – Region 7, and the Historic Saugeen Metis. Applicants submit written responses to questions about their chosen program of study and how it is helping with their future career goals. Those written submissions are reviewed by a team of Bruce Power employees once all identifying information is removed. Scores are appointed to the submissions with the top ten selected as recipients. Previous winners are eligible to re-apply.