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SaskEnergy announces program and scholarship help for Post-Secondary Students

September 19, 2008

SaskEnergy announces program and scholarship help for Post-Secondary Students

Today SaskEnergy announced two major investments into the future of Saskatchewan's youth - especially for Aboriginal students planning to attend a post-secondary or trades-based institution.

SaskEnergy announced a new $350,000 sponsorship to support Aboriginal students at the University of Saskatchewan. The Corporation has also renewed a five-year, $525,000 scholarship commitment to the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Regina, the Gabriel Dumont Institute and Dumont Technical Institute, the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology and SIAST.

"The Centre for Aboriginal Achievement at the U of S provides a home base and a network of role models to help Aboriginal students face the challenges of campus life, especially after leaving behind strong cultural and family support systems to go to university," said June Draude, Minister of First Nations and M├ętis Relations, on behalf of Ken Cheveldayoff, Minister of Crown Corporations. "SaskEnergy's renewed scholarship commitment will also help provide assistance to hundreds of post-secondary students, and with over 25% of these scholarships designated for Aboriginal students, this funding will make the difference for many young Aboriginal people being able to pursue post-secondary careers."

SaskEnergy's commitment to the University of Saskatchewan includes:

  • $280,000 over 3 years to help fund an Aboriginal Career Development Coordinator at the Aboriginal Students' Centre and in the future expanded Centre for Aboriginal Achievement;
  • $45,000 for the SCI-FI science camps run by the College of Engineering, to deliver camps in Aboriginal communities;
  • $20,000 for the Aboriginal Students' Centre to launch a Community Outreach Program; and
  • $5,000 to bring over 300 school children to the annual Powwow celebration at the U of S.
"SaskEnergy's investment is unique in that it supports a student's progression through their academic career, starting with exposing young people to the career options available to them through the U of S at Sci-Fi Science camps, then providing awards to the best and brightest students, and finally assisting these students in achieving their academic and career goals," said Peter MacKinnon, President of the University of Saskatchewan. "This type of support is truly responsive to the needs of current and future students."

Currently, approximately 13% of SaskEnergy's workforce is comprised of Aboriginal employees. The Crown Corporation is hoping through investments such as these, that number will increase in the years to come.

For further information, please contact:

Dave Burdeniuk Christy Miller
Manager, Communications Associate Director, Development Communications
SaskEnergy University of Saskatchewan
Phone: (306) 777-9842 or (306) 535-6569 (cell) Phone: (306) 966-8917
Email: dburdeniuk@saskenergy.com
Email: christy.miller@usask.ca