OHSWEKEN, ON, April 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Indspire, the largest funder of Indigenous education outside the federal government, and Cameco, one of the world's largest uranium producers, have announced the creation of the Cameco Corporation Scholarship for First Nation and Métis Students, a new $200,000 scholarship fund to be offered over four years.
The Cameco Corporation Scholarship is part of Indspire's Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries and Scholarship Awards program. Beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, this scholarship will provide financial support to Indigenous students as they strive to complete their post-secondary education.
The Building Brighter Futures program offers bursaries and scholarships for students pursuing studies in the sciences, fine arts, trades and technology, oil and gas, health careers and other post-secondary education. Upcoming deadlines to apply for scholarships for this year are June 1, 2014 and November 1, 2014.
"Research shows that lack of financial support is the most significant barrier to success in attaining a post-secondary education for Indigenous students," said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire. "By partnering with Indspire, Cameco is expanding the impact of its investment in students in northern Saskatchewan."
"Cameco and Indspire share the belief that education is key to future prosperity," said Tim Gitzel, Cameco President and CEO. "We are proud that our contribution to Indspire's Building Brighter Futures program will significantly increase the resources and opportunities available to First Nation and Métis youth in northern Saskatchewan."
All Indigenous applicants from the Northern Administrative District will now apply through Indspire's website at indspire.ca/apply.
Indspire is the former National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. Its new name combines the key notions of Indigenous and inspiration to highlight its exciting mandate. Indspire is best‐known for its many programs that help Indigenous youth succeed. In addition to bursaries and scholarships, they offer career conferences for youth, interactive classroom learning modules, the Indspire Institute and the Indspire Awards. Indspire's focus is on supporting, innovating, and fundamentally transforming Indigenous education. In 2012‐2013, Indspire's Building Brighter Futures program provided over $5 million to more than 2,000 Indigenous students across Canada.
Cameco is one of the world's largest uranium producers. Its success is built on strong partnerships in northern Saskatchewan. This region is home to Cameco's largest producing operations and exciting new opportunities. As Cameco mines, mills and explores for uranium, maintaining and growing strong relationships continues to be a priority. Cameco has a five-pillar approach which provides a strong foundation through business development, workforce development, community engagement, environmental stewardship and community investment with a focus on youth. About 50% of Cameco's employees and contractors are residents of Saskatchewan's north, and as they work to grow that percentage, education is more of a focus than ever.
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