Bruce Power has today announced a four-year, $100,000 Indigenous scholarship program, which will benefit First Nation and Métis students in our region.
Bruce Power’s investment of $100,000 will trigger another $100,000 matching funds by the Government of Canada, making it a $200,000 fund.
The Bruce Power Indigenous Post-Secondary scholarship will run from 2019-22, and will be administered by the Indspire program, which is dedicated to raising funds to deliver programs that provide the necessary tools for Indigenous peoples to achieve their potential. It is devoted to promoting, supporting and celebrating the achievement of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people – youth in particular.
“We are very pleased to support this program as education is the foundation upon which we build our future. It shapes who we are and who we will be,” said James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Vice-President Corporate Affairs & Environment. “It’s our sincere hope these scholarships will lead to educational experiences that will inspire the next generation of community leaders.”
The scholarship will focus students who are from the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, Historic Saugeen Métis and the Métis Nation of Ontario Region 7, and are pursuing post-secondary school, the trades or an apprenticeship program. During the application process, students must demonstrate a financial need to maintain their studies, show evidence of involvement and contribution to their community, and demonstrate academic merit and performance.
“Corporate partnerships have a very important role today in addressing one of the most challenging and promising areas of public investment,” said Roberta Jamieson, President & CEO, Indspire. “With this partnership, Bruce Power is investing not only in the education of Indigenous people, but in their economic empowerment.”
A panel of jurists, made up of a fair representation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit professionals and/or those employed within the program category for which applications are being considered, will choose the recipients.
Applications must be received by Feb. 1, Aug. 1, and Nov. 1 of each year to be considered for funding. Applicants must complete their form online at www.indspire.ca.
Indspire is an Indigenous-led national charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education. Through the K-12 Institute, it provides resources to educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving kindergarten to grade 12 outcomes for Indigenous youth. In 2017-18, Indspire provided $14.2 million through over 4,900 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students. Learn more at indspire.ca.
About Bruce Power
Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live. Learn more at www.brucepower.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
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