NextEra Energy Canada energizes Indspire's bursary and scholarship program
TORONTO, Jan. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - NextEra Energy Canada, ULC announced today a
new partnership with Indspire that will enable hundreds of Indigenous students
to attend colleges or universities in Canada with the help of bursaries and
Under a new 20-year partnership between NextEra Energy Canada and Indspire, at
least 400 students will receive financial support for post-secondary
education. The most significant corporate donation of its kind for Indspire,
NextEra Energy Canada's commitment to Indspire's Building Brighter Futures:
Bursaries and Scholarship Awards will help transform Indigenous education and
support First Nation, Inuit and Metis youth across Canada as they pursue
"NextEra Energy Canada's generous contribution represents a huge commitment to
our community and makes it possible for us to continue to innovate and support
Indigenous education," said Roberta Jamieson, president and CEO of Indspire.
"Our youth are the future leaders of their communities and the country, and we
are committed to supporting them in achieving their goals."
Today's partnership with NextEra Energy Canada represents a $1.1 million
commitment over the next 20 years and will enable Indspire to award bursaries
to youth annually. Bursaries will be available to eligible First Nations,
Inuit and Metis students from across Canada, seeking to pursue post-secondary
education in engineering, science, commerce, business or renewable energy.
Bursaries will be awarded on an annual basis and the commitment will see that
students receive bursaries through to April 2032.
"We believe in being a good corporate citizen and actively participating in
the communities in which we operate," said Mike O'Sullivan, senior vice
president of development for NextEra Energy Resources. "Today's announcement
is the beginning of a long-term partnership with Indspire. We look forward to
the success of future bursary and scholarship recipients and to supporting
Indspire as they transform and continue to support Indigenous education."
Indspire is the largest supporter of Indigenous education outside the federal
government and has awarded more than $49 million in scholarships and bursaries
to 14,000 First Nation, Inuit and Metis recipients nation-wide.
About Indspire 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 2011-2012, Indspire's Building Brighter Futures program provided
a record $6,205,100 to 2,220 individual recipients.
About NextEra Energy Canada, ULC NextEra Energy Canada, ULC is a wholly owned
indirect subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a leading clean
energy company with consolidated revenues of approximately $14.3 billion, more
than 42,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and nearly 15,000 employees in
26 states and Canada as of year-end 2012. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla.,
NextEra Energy's principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company,
which serves approximately 4.6 million customer accounts in Florida and is one
of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the United States, and
NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which together with its affiliated entities is
the largest generator in the United States of renewable energy from the wind
as well as a leading generator of solar power. For more information about
NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com,
www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com, www.NextEraEnergyCanada.com.
NextEra Energy Canada, ULC, Media Line: +1-888-867-3050; Indspire, John Ecker,
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