Cameco and Indspire Announce New Scholarship to Support Indigenous Education
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
"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.
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 2012?2013, Indspire's Building Brighter Futures program provided
over $5 million to more than 2,000 Indigenous students across Canada.
About Cameco 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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