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GE Canada helping aboriginal students

September 1, 2013
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GE Canada helping aboriginal students

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Created: Friday, 30 August 2013 14:12

Published: Friday, 30 August 2013 14:12

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ByChris Clay

Mississauga-based GE Canada is handing out eight scholarships, seven of them tabbed for aboriginal students, to help scholars continue their post-secondary education.

GE Canada and the Institute of International Education selected eight winners for the 2013 GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders program. The students were chosen based on their leadership qualities and academics.

The scholarships are $4,000 each year for the second, third and fourth years of an undergraduate program. The recipients also are invited to a week-long leadership development seminar in Mississauga that includes training, volunteer activities, networking opportunities and mentoring.

Students to receive scholarships are Emilie Corcoran (McMaster), Mihskakwan Harper (Manitoba), Brayden Harper (Manitoba), Amanda Peltier (Ontario Institute of Technology), Kear Porttris (Victoria), Zachary Richmond (Victoria), Riley Smith (Calgary) and Nick Zarft (Alberta).

“We’re interested in building long-term relationships with the scholars,” said Terry Peach, GE Canada’s manager of organization and staffing. “It’s a great opportunity to learn more about each other over a three-year period and to help students develop skills that are relevant for future careers across many industries, some possibly within GE.”

A key part of the program is financial help for aboriginal students working toward engineering or business management degrees. In the last three years, 15 aboriginal youth have received scholarships through the program.

“The scholarship will allow me to pursue my dream of learning abroad,” said Brayden Harper, a member of the Ojibway community in Winnipeg and a bachelor of commerce student with the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba.

Article source: http://www.firstperspective.ca/index.php/news/1295-ge-canada-helping-aboriginal-students

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