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Salvator Poirier awarded Graydon Nicholas Aboriginal Scholarship in Engineering

Mon November 19, 2012

Madawaska’s Salvator Poirier awarded prestigious

Graydon Nicholas Aboriginal Scholarship in Engineering

Lt Gov and SalvatorFREDERICTON— Salvator Poirier (right), a second-year engineering student at the University of New Brunswick, has been awarded the Graydon Nicholas Aboriginal Scholarship in Engineering by New Brunswick’s Lieutenant-Governor Graydon Nicholas (left), during a recent ceremony at Government House in Fredericton.

Mr. Poirier, a member of the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation who made the Dean’s list last year, said it means a lot to receive the $3000 renewable scholarship.

“It really helps reduce the stress of financing my education,” said Mr. Poirier. “Post-secondary education is expensive. This financial assistance will allow me to concentrate more on my studies. It also motivates me to do well in school knowing that people are willing to invest in me. I want to keep my marks up so I maintain my eligibility to earn the scholarship again.”

Named in honour of New Brunswick’s first Aboriginal Lieutenant-Governor, the Graydon Nicholas Aboriginal Scholarship in Engineering was established in 2010 by Engineers and Geoscientists New Brunswick (APEGNB) to encourage more students from First Nations to pursue an engineering education. It is available annually to one Aboriginal person in New Brunswick who has been accepted into an engineering program at the University of New Brunswick or Université de Moncton.

Jean Boudreau, P.Eng., president of APEGNB, says, “Our Association has been regulating and licensing the engineering profession since 1920. We represent thousands of New Brunswick engineers from a wide range of backgrounds. Creating this scholarship enabled us to mark our 90th anniversary with something that celebrates and encourages the continued diversity of our professions.”

Lt. Gov. Nicholas added, “Aboriginal communities need more engineers as role models. I am proud that this scholarship bears my name and hope it helps more students from our First Nations realize that engineering is a noble, needed and attainable profession.”

Mr. Poirier is considering a career as a mechanical engineer when he graduates. “I’m interested in problem-solving with materials and metals,” says Poirier. “Mechanical engineering offers me so many different career options. I would love to use my skills as a professional engineer to benefit communities.

“Nowadays, engineering is as important to Aboriginal communities as it is to the rest of the world. From birch bark canoes and igloos, to snowshoes and food preservation technology, Canada’s indigenous people have a long history of engineering achievements. I’m hoping to add to that legacy of innovation.”

Administered by APEGNB’s Foundation for Education, the Graydon Nicholas Aboriginal Scholarship in Engineering is a renewable scholarship for up to five years based on satisfactory academic performance. It may be used to help offset the costs of tuition, textbooks, transportation and living expenses while attending university.

To apply, or to learn more about the criteria for the scholarship, contact APEGNB’s Foundation for Education or email apegnb.com