The ATCO Pipelines Aboriginal Educational Awards Program is aimed at supporting Aboriginal students from First Nations and Métis communities in close proximity to our facilities. Successful applicants will demonstrate a balanced lifestyle and commitment in the pursuit of education. These awards, bursaries and scholarships are awarded to select students who demonstrate leadership capabilities and strive to be role models in their schools and communities.Since the program was launched in 2011, this program has seen 74 students from across the province receive awards.
2013 - View List of Recipients
2012 - View List of Recipients
2011 - View List of RecipientsThere are three different awards available:
Merit Awards - merit awards of $500 to be granted each year; Must be attending High School (completing grades 10-12); Maximum one award per applicant per calendar year; Must re-apply to be considered for subsequent years
Bursaries - bursaries of $1,000 to be granted each year; Must be registered in a recognized trade/community/technical college diploma or certificate program; Preference will be given to those enrolled in a program relating to the natural gas industry; Maximum one award per applicant per calendar year; Must re-apply to be considered for subsequent years
Scholarships - scholarships of $1,500 to be awarded each year; Must be registered in a university program intended to lead to a bachelor or graduate degree; Preference will be given to those enrolled in a program relating to the natural gas industry; Maximum one award per applicant per calendar year; Must re-apply to be considered for subsequent years
2014 PROGRAM MATERIALS will be available soon!
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ELIGIBILITYAll applicants must be enrolled full-time in a secondary or post-secondary educational program, be Canadian citizens of Aboriginal ancestry and originate from within 50km of ATCO Pipelines facilities. ATCO employees and/or their children will not be considered for these awards.HOW TO APPLYThe deadline to submit an application is August 1st annually. Applications received after that date will not be considered during the review and selection process.
The following information must ALL be included in the application package in order to be regarded for any one of these awards:
A completed application form
One reference letter from a teacher, faculty member, employer or community leader
A short essay (minimum 250 words) describing why you are a suitable candidate for the award
Proof of enrollment for the upcoming semester in a secondary or post-secondary institution
Transcripts from a secondary and/or post-secondary institution in which you are currently enrolled
Mail or deliver completed application packages, and direct official transcripts, to:Corporate CommunicationsATCO Pipelines#1300, 909 – 11th Avenue SWCalgary, AB T2R 1L8SELECTIONAll applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from various departments within ATCO Pipelines. Committees will be established each year specifically to review candidate submissions for this program.NOTIFICATIONAll applicants will be notified by November 15th whether or not they have been selected to receive an award. Successful applicants will be formally presented with their awards by a representative from ATCO Pipelines at a community or school event. Whenever possible, a summary of the program, presentation photos and the award recipient names will be listed in local newspapers and/or other media.
Should you have questions about these awards, feel free to contact Corporate Communications at 403.245.7300 or via email.Adobe Acrobat is required to view some of the information on this page - download FREE reader here.
Photo: Devon Wildcat, 2012 Scholarship Recipient
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2013 Bursary Recipient -
Karmen is a 2013 ATCO Pipelines Aboriginal Education Awards Bursary recipient. She is from the Samson Cree First Nation, currently enrolled in Open Studies at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus. At just 18 years old, her next educational goal is to take Criminology and become a detective. Karmen has always had an appreciation for music and is now a member of the Sangkor Women’s Choir.
Living on a farm in Rosalind, Alberta with her grandparents, Karmen has a lot of chores that keep her very busy. She also enjoys volunteering and her first experience doing so was at a daycare.
When it comes to school, Karmen understands the importance of putting in the best effort possible when trying to accomplish her goals.
“Being a good student isn’t only about getting the highest grades but it is a big consideration if you want to succeed in pursuing a specific career.”
Karmen enjoys horseback riding, swimming, volleyball and dirt biking. She plans to work this summer to help fund a trip to Germany so that she can learn to speak German.
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