In October, BluEarth announced three recipients of its 2015 Aboriginal Clean Energy Scholarship (ACES) which provides financial support of $3,000 per academic year and skills development opportunities for Canadian aboriginal students pursuing trades certification, diploma, degree and other programs from accredited post-secondary institutions.
The scholarship offers a unique opportunity for aboriginal students to gain work experience and learn from one of the most experienced renewable power generation teams in the country.
2015 ACES Recipients
Jessica Bekker – University of Victoria
“My research is focused on renewable energy and I am excited to have received a Scholarship from BluEarth Renewables. There are many renewable energy opportunities in partnership with First Nations communities. BluEarth seems to be committed to grow relationships with First Nations communities and this scholarship attests to their efforts in achieving that goal,” said Jessica Bekker, of the Piikani Nation, who is working to complete her Master of Applied Science with the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Victoria
Bailey Quinn – University of British Columbia
“BluEarth’s commitment to providing clean sustainable energy practices that places greater weight on environmental values and mitigating the harms caused to wildlife is a great step towards protecting and preserving aboriginal rights in Canada.” said Bailey Quinn of the shíshálh Nation, who is pursuing a law degree at the University of British Columbia.
Julianne Peters – University of the Fraser Valley
“Kukwstsetsemc (kooks-chet-chum-c), meaning thank you, literally translated as ‘you saved me’ in Secwepemc (Shuswap); this is appropriate, as BluEarth is doing their part in providing a cleaner future for everyone by helping Aboriginal Students pursue the clean energy business,” explained Julianne Peters of the Canim Lake Band, who is completing an electrical apprenticeship at the University of the Fraser Valley.