New scholarship launched to help Nunavut residents strengthen communities through Engineering training

August 29, 2018

Red River College and Accutech Engineering Inc. are proud to announce a new scholarship for students from Nunavut who are attending Engineering Technology programs at RRC.

The annual $3,000 award will support one full-time student per year who has relocated to Winnipeg to pursue Civil Engineering Technology (shown above), Electrical Engineering Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Many of the Engineering programs will take place in the College’s new Skilled Trades and Technology Centre, which opened its doors to students this month. The new 104,000 square-foot facility features state-of-the-art equipment and learning spaces that focus on collaboration and applied-learning

“This award offers accessibility to education, which is something we at Red River College strive for,” says RRC President Paul Vogt. “Our nine campuses, along with our Mobile Training Labs, help us to reach students in communities across Manitoba — and we are very grateful to Accutech for helping to expand that reach into Nunavut. We’re looking forward to meeting the first recipient and continuing to help them while they take the first steps in their career here at the College.”

The award is Accutech’s way of giving back to the people — and future technologists — of Nunavut, recognizing that educations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) have a positive impact on capacity-building and self-reliance within the Territory.

“Accutech Engineering is proud to be able to provide professional services to the people of Canada’s Arctic,” says Brent Wall, President and CEO of Accutech. “Under an atmosphere of mutual respect, we are honoured to be able to give back to help Nunavummiut develop and implement their own solutions, just as the Elders did for generations.”

Accutech believes that providing STEM training to develop homegrown professionals is an important step in helping Nunavut residents address the challenges within their Territory.

As such, priority will be given to Nunavut Land Claim Beneficiaries, to recognize the critical role that Inuit people play in the future of Nunavut. Preference will also be given to students enrolled in their first year of studies, to help ease the stress associated with relocating to Winnipeg to pursue a post-secondary education.

The deadline to apply for the new award is Sept. 15; those interested should submit a general application accompanied by a short write-up outlining their career goals and reasons for choosing this career. General applications can be found here.

In the 2017/2018 academic year, RRC provided 3,881 awards, bursaries and scholarships, totaling $2,982,113, to 1,840 students — an increase of 69.62% from the previous year. The College hopes to see a similar increase in the amount awarded in 2018/2019, and encourages all eligible students to apply. A list of all available scholarships and bursaries can be found here.