Bruce Power is launching a new post-secondary Aboriginal Scholarship program to support students from local Aboriginal communities.

The program will award $2,000 to 10 students annually to assist with their education beyond their first year. Funds can be used to help cover costs related to travel, accommodation, tuition and books.

Education is such a crucial stepping stone in life, but it can be an expensive one, so we’re proud to be able to help local young people reach their dreams,

said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and CEO.

“This will help students to get in a better position to apply for jobs at Bruce Power and other companies.”

Students from Saugeen, Nawash, Historic Saugeen Metis and members of Metis Nation of Ontario Region 7, who have completed their first year of post-secondary education or first year of a skilled trade, are eligible. Details on the program are here.

This new scholarship builds on existing Bruce Power initiatives, including the annual sports bursary, in partnership with the Owen Sound Attack. This year, four students received $750 each and were recognized at the ceremonial faceoff during an April 1 Attack game.

In February, Bruce Power also launched the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative at Saugeen District Secondary School with the Right Honourable Paul Martin, the school board, community mentors and Saugeen First Nation. The initiative aims to improve students’ proficiency in business, math, literacy, technology and leadership, and Bruce Power has provided $41,000 to the program.

At that time, a new Aboriginal scholarship fund was created in honour of Mr. Martin, which will see Bruce Power provide six scholarships of $1,000 to two Grade 12 Aboriginal students at each of Saugeen District Secondary School, Peninsula Shores District School and St Mary’s High School for the next three years. This represents a three-year total investment of $18,000.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30% of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com