He­bron es­tab­lishes schol­ar­ships, re­search grants

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The He­bron Pro­ject co-ven­tur­ers have es­tab­lished en­dow­ments to­talling $1.5 mil­lion for women, Abo­rig­i­nal Peo­ples, per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and mem­bers of vis­i­ble mi­nori­ties. The funds will be split evenly be­tween stu­dents at­tend­ing Me­mo­rial Univer­sity and Col­lege of the North At­lantic.

The He­bron Pro­ject Di­ver­sity Schol­ar­ship Fund will as­sist stu­dents from among these four groups, with a pref­er­ence for those who are en­rolled in en­gi­neer­ing, geo­science, en­vi­ron­men­tal science, chem­istry and trades and tech­nol­ogy stud­ies. The fund will pro­vide for the cre­ation of mul­ti­ple schol­ar­ships for ac­cess by el­i­gi­ble stu­dents.

In a sep­a­rate one-time con­tri­bu­tion of $ 80,000, the He­bron Pro­ject will sup­port two ar­eas of re­search at Me­mo­rial Univer­sity. One will fund the study of the fac­tors re­lat­ing to fos­ter­ing di­ver­sity in the work­force in science and en­gi­neer­ing as well as the pro­mo­tion and re­ten­tion of des­ig­nated groups in these pro­fes­sions. The other will sup­port math, science or en­gi­neer­ing re­search led by a fac­ulty mem­ber from among the four iden­ti­fied groups.

“At Me­mo­rial, we share He­bron’s com­mit­ment to di­ver­sity,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Me­mo­rial’s pres­i­dent and vice-chan­cel­lor. “ To en­sure a high stan­dard for stu­dent de­vel­op­ment, it is crit­i­cal to im­prove ac­cess across dis­tinc­tions of gen­der, race and dis­abil­ity. The des­ig­na­tion of re­search fund­ing pro­posed by He­bron also re­it­er­ates their ded­i­ca­tion to an in­clu­sive work­force com­mu­nity. He­bron’s in­no­va­tive ap­proach to this en­tire con­tri­bu­tion wi l l s e r v e to in­crease the di­ver­sity of stu­dents study­ing science and en­gi­neer­ing, and strengthen im­por­tant par­tic­i­pa­tion rates in these fields.”

“Col­lege of the North At­lantic and the co-ven­tur­ers of the He­bron Pro­ject un­der­stand that to­day’s econ­omy is sus­tained by a di­verse work­force,” said Bruce Hol­lett, pres­i­dent of Col­lege of the North At­lantic. “ By of­fer­ing sup­ports and recog­ni­tion to women en­ter­ing non-tra­di­tional ca­reers, Abo­rig­i­nal Peo­ples, per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties and mem­bers of vis­i­ble mi­nori­ties, we are strength­en­ing the fu­ture of our prov­ince. The ef­fect to­day’s an­nounce­ment will have on our in­sti­tu­tion and our stu­dents will be a last­ing one.”

“ ExxonMo­bil Canada and the He­bron co-ven­tur­ers be­lieve that sup­port­ing di­ver­sity is a key fac­tor for the long-term suc­cess of our in­dus­try,” said Ha­reesh Pil­lai, vicepres­i­dent of ExxonMo­bil Canada and He­bron’s se­nior pro­ject man­ager. “Cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment that sup­ports di­ver­sity will help to in­crease the pool of can­di­dates for hir­ing and pro­mote a more di­verse work­force in our in­dus­try.”

Me­mo­rial Univer­sity and Col­lege of the North At­lantic are cur­rently work­ing with the He­bron Pro­ject op­er­a­tor to fi­nal­ize de­tails re­gard­ing schol­ar­ship cri­te­ria and re­search grant al­lo­ca­tion. In­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing ap­pli­ca­tions will be made avail­able once de­tails are in place. The schol­ar­ship en­dow­ment is a one-time in­vest­ment that will be man­aged by the univer­sity and the col­lege into per­pe­tu­ity.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to ap­ply, visit the Me­mo­rial Univer­sity and Col­lege of the North At­lantic web­sites.

The He­bron Pro­ject co-ven­tur­ers are ExxonMo­bil Canada Prop­er­ties (op­er­a­tor), Chevron Canada, Sun­cor En­ergy Inc., Sta­toil Canada and Nal­cor En­ergy.

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