On December 15, 2017 CF Industries presented Deklan Steward, a power engineering student at Medicine Hat College (MHC), a full-ride scholarship valued at $20,000.
The gift is offered to an under represented student enrolled in the program.
Mandy Dion, manager of human resources for CF explains that this scholarship is one way in which the company is helping to create an equal and diversified workplace.
“CF Industries is proud to support the college and provide scholarship funding to students and our community. We are a strong advocate of equality and diversity in the workplace and we want to ensure that all students have the opportunity to pursue their educational goals. Any way we can help eliminate boundaries for underrepresented students is a positive opportunity we want to be part of. As a company, we want to educate and invest in our upcoming work force and we’ve been fortunate enough to do this with all the great programs that MHC offers.”
On top of the full-ride scholarship, CF provides two annual gifts of $1000 to students enrolled in UT engineering and the electrician program.
When asked what his reaction was upon receiving the scholarship, Steward explains that he was shocked but grateful.
“I honestly don’t know where to start when expressing how much this scholarship means to me. I am forever grateful to CF for the opportunities they have provided me. This gift showed me that they believe in what I have to offer the industry, and because of that I am determined to represent them well, be respectful, responsible and set a good example for my peers. I just can’t thank them enough.”
Dennis Beaudoin, dean of trades and technology explains that partnerships like these are vital to the success of the program.
“We need power engineers and donations like this are going a long way to help us create that workforce. It not only helps us attract students, but also ensures that we are reducing the financial burden placed on those that pursue this path. It’s encouraging student engagement and giving them something to shoot for. To have partners like this believing as strongly in our students as we do is pretty powerful.”
For more information on the power engineering program or the technology and trades division, visit www.mhc.ab.ca.
To find out how you can get involved with the college contact Jennifer Kerslake, manager of fund development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403.502.8995 or Jenna Williams, community relations officer at email@example.com or 403.502.8995.
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