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Outstanding Canadian Aboriginal Undergraduates Awarded Scholarships by GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program

August 29, 2013

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 28, 2013 /CNW/ – GE Canada and the Institute of
International Education (IIE) have announced eight winners of the 2013
GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders program including seven awards to
Canadian- resident Aboriginal undergraduate students for their
leadership and academic excellence. The scholarship includes a $4000
annual grant for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of an undergraduate program.

Scholars also participate in a week-long GE Leadership Development
seminar in Mississauga, Ontario. The program includes training,
volunteer activities, networking opportunities and mentoring.  “We are
interested in building long term relationships with the scholars,”
notes Terry Peach, Manager, Organization Staffing. “It’s a great
opportunity to learn more about each other over a 3-year period, to
help students develop skills that are relevant for future careers
across many industries, some possibly within GE.”

A key focus of the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders program is funding for
Aboriginal students pursuing engineering or business management
programs.  Over the last 3 years, 15 Aboriginal youth have received
scholarships. “Supporting young Canadian aboriginal students at this
pivotal stage of their lives empowers them to take the next steps
toward realizing their potential as business leaders of tomorrow. The
future is bright for these students and their example is an important
one for the generations ahead,” notes JP Gladu, CEO of the Canadian
Council for Aboriginal Business.

“Being a recognized Aboriginal woman in the nuclear energy field will
allow me to influence and provide mentorship to many individuals across
Canada.” said Amanda Peltier, an Anishinaabe Ojibwe from Manitoulin
Island and Energy Systems Engineering student at University of Ontario
Institute of Technology.

“The scholarship will allow me to pursue my dream of learning abroad,”
said Braydon Harper, an active member of the Ojibway community in
Winnipeg and Bachelor of Commerce student with the Asper School of
Business at the University of Manitoba.

The 2013 GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders regional winners are:

Emilie Corcoran – McMaster University
Mihskakwan Harper – University of Manitoba
Brayden Harper – University of Manitoba
Amanda Peltier – University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Kear Porttris – University of Victoria
Zachary Richmond – University of Victoria
Riley Smith – University of Calgary
Nick Zarft – University of Alberta

About GE: GE {NYSE: GE} works on things that matter. The best people and the best
technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in
energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building,
powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE

In Canada, GE has operations across the country, including major
manufacturing facilities, over 150 sales and service locations, and
more than 7,000 employees.

For more information on the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program, visit


Article source: http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/outstanding-canadian-aboriginal-undergraduates-awarded-133300702.html

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