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WSP Supports “Brighter Futures” for Indigenous Students through Indspire Partnership


WSP Canada is pleased to announce its participation in “Building Brighter Futures” – an initiative of Indspire, an Indigenous-led registered charity serving First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students in remote communities, rural areas and urban centres across Canada.

Through the support of funding partners like WSP, Indspire distributes financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education. In the 2016/2017 academic year, Indspire awarded 3,764 bursaries and scholarships valued at $11.6 million.

WSP’s new series of educational awards will be distributed annually to Indigenous students who are attending post-secondary institutions, which include college, university, technical school or apprenticeship programs, and who have a demonstrated financial need for support for their education costs.  WSP’s student awards will be of particular interest to students pursuing educational programs in Buildings, Transportation, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Environment, Geomatics, Mining, Power and Industrial-related subject areas.  The new awards are available for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Hugo Blasutta, WSP Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “WSP works with Indigenous communities across Canada, advancing projects that create opportunity and enhance quality of life.  We view this partnership as a proactive and practical way to help further the educational aspirations of Indigenous youth.”

Douglas Yahn, WSP’s National Indigenous Relations Lead, added, “Providing funding for the Indspire educational award program reflects the values and practices that play an integral role in WSP’s Indigenous Relations policy.  Positive educational opportunity and outcomes are the foundation on which long-term, rewarding careers are built that strengthen individuals, families and entire communities.”

Indigenous students can apply for financial support through Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures program, which administers the WSP Canada Award for Indigenous StudentsStudents must be enrolled in full time post-secondary studies or full time/part time apprentice, skilled trades, and technology programs. The deadlines to apply for the 2017/2018 academic year are November 1 and February 1.

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