Local students are the recipients of scholarships as they work towards careers in the province’s energy sector.
Sixteen post-secondary students earned the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship. University students will received a renewable scholarship of $2,500 per year for four years while students in trades and tech programs will receive a one-time scholarship of $2,500.
Dara MacEachen, who attended Inverness Education Centre/Academy and is now pursuing a bachelor of Engineering at Dalhousie received a renewable scholarship.
Christopher Benoit, who studied at Ecole Beau Port, Caleb Hearn, who studied at Richmond Education Centre Academy, and Kyla Delorey, who attended East Antigonish Education Centre, will receive one time scholarships.
Nova Scotia Power has awarded scholarships to 40 post-secondary students, including several from the local area.
Majd Al Zhouri
Among them is Majd Al Zhouri, a 21-year-old Syrian Refugee, who graduated from Dr. JH Gillis Regional High School last month. Al Zhouri, who received a 15-hundred dollar renewable scholarship will be entering Engineering at St. FX in the fall. Al Zhouri says he’s wanted to pursue a career in engineering since he was 12.
Other local students receiving scholarships from the utility include Chris Wallace and Brandon MacInnis of Antigonish, Jordan Bissonette of Port Hawkesbury, Alicia Aikens of Westville and Erica Hanhams of Guysborough.
This year Nova Scotia Power awarded more than 120-thousand dollars in scholarships to students enrolled in trades and degree programs.