Continuing on the success of last year’s 10th anniversary scholarship program, Bruce Power is launching its Community Scholarship and Awards Program for students in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties.

The program, which builds on historical commencement awards for Grade 8 and high school graduates, exemplifies the company’s commitment to youth development, education, and the investment in local community members.

“The future of Bruce Power and its surrounding communities depend on a highly skilled and well-informed labour force,” said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO. “Encouraging our citizens to complete some form of post-secondary education is key to securing this future.”

One-hundred students from our region, who are pursuing post-secondary education this fall, will have a financial boost to their studies. With a newly launched online application, anyone from our region who is enrolled in college or university for the 2012-13 academic year can apply to receive a $500 scholarship. There are no limitations on areas of study and some special considerations are in place to ensure a broad reach and diverse group have the opportunity to reach their goals. The program’s aim is to reach as many students as possible with a one-time monetary pledge of support during their academic studies.

In addition to the open application scholarships, 20 Grade 8 students will receive the Bruce Power Science and Technology Award at local elementary schools during this June’s graduation ceremonies, along with a $70 prize. Thirteen girls graduating from high school will receive the Bruce Power Female Science and Technology Award and a cheque for $500 towards their skills trades or technology post-secondary studies. New for this year is the Bruce Power Future Innovators award provided to 17 students – one at each high school in the region – showing promise and achievement in the areas of science, technology, engineering or math and that will be going on to study in one of these areas in college or university. These future innovators will also receive a gift of $1,000 towards their studies.

“It is imperative that we support the young leaders in our community focused on their future careers and to ensure they have as much encouragement and backing for their post-secondary educational pursuits as possible,” Duncan said.

In total, Bruce Power will be investing $75,000 in scholarships and commencement awards for students throughout our region this year.