NOTE: A list of this year’s scholarship winners and their schools follows this release.
Sixteen post-secondary students and one graduate student are taking a step toward careers in Nova Scotia’s energy sector thanks to the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship and Energy Innovation Grant.
“Receiving the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship took much of the financial burden off my shoulders and allowed me to focus on my studies,” said Jaclyn Bishop, a 2016 scholarship recipient. “As I take my first steps into the energy industry it’s a comfort knowing there is support out there for students like myself, right here in Nova Scotia.”
The scholarship is offered to Nova Scotia high school students pursuing post-secondary studies in an energy-related field.
Eight young Nova Scotians enrolled in energy-related university programs will receive a renewable scholarship of $2,500 per year for four years. Eight other students enrolled in trades and technology programs at the Nova Scotia Community College will receive a one-time scholarship of $2,500.
“Government is pleased to support this group of bright minds as they embark on their energy-related studies,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “This scholarship fund is an investment in the future of these students in our province, and our energy sector and economy.”
Halifax native Christopher Sangster, a master’s student in Applied Science at Saint Mary’s University, is this year’s recipient of the $10,000 Energy Innovation Grant, awarded over two years. Mr. Sangster’s graduate project will explore the potential for commercial petroleum deposits in the Scotian Basin.
Pengrowth Energy Corporation, Pengrowth Management Limited, and the Government of Nova Scotia have together invested more than $3 million to give students the opportunity to pursue their passions in the energy sector. Since 2005, more than 200 scholarships have been awarded.
Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program and Energy Innovation Grant recipients are chosen based on academic standing, community involvement and interest in the Nova Scotia energy industry. Scholarship recipients are enrolled at the Nova Scotia Community College and in widely recognized programs at universities across Canada.
Pengrowth Energy Corporation is a dividend-paying intermediate Canadian oil and natural gas producer, located in Calgary, Alberta.