Bruce Power has 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 triggered 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.
The scholarship will focus on 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.
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.
Vernon Roote Youth Leadership Award
The Vernon Roote Youth Leadership Scholarship is awarded annually to a youth from Saugeen First Nation to support their post-secondary education. The $1,500 scholarship is awarded to alumni of the Saugeen First Nation’s Right To Play Program. This scholarship is both a tribute to Vernon’s commitment to language and cultural preservation, and to the development of youth over the many years of his public service.
Berdina Johnston Youth Leadership Award
The Berdina Johnston Youth Leadership Scholarship is awarded annually to a youth from the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation to support their post-secondary education. The $1,500 scholarship is awarded to alumni of Neyaashiinigmiing’s Right To Play Program. This scholarship is a tribute to Berdina’s commitment over the many years of her public service to the development of youth and the preservation of language and culture.
Wilmer Nadjiwon Scholarship
The recipient of this $500 scholarship will be a secondary school graduate who holds high academic standing, while demonstrating a high level of service to their community. The recipient is selected annually by Neyaashiinigmiing’s Board of Education staff.
Owen Sound Attack Youth Sports Award
This $750 bursary is for Indigenous youth who excel academically, in sports, and in their community volunteerism. Nominations are accepted in January and February of each year. Four students are presented with the bursaries in a formal ceremony at centre ice before an Owen Sound Attack game.
NOSM Pre-Health Science Camp
Bruce Power provides two bursaries of $2,000 for local Indigenous students to attend the Northern School of Medicine’s Science Camp. The funds are intended to cover travel and accommodation expenses for the week-long camp in Sudbury, Ont. Through working with the camp organizers, Bruce Power secures two spots for Indigenous students at this popular camp, which fills up quickly each year. Community Education Coordinators are advised to promote this opportunity among eligible youth. Application deadline is April 1 with selected students being informed by the end of April.