Developing people and developing communities go hand in hand.
That is why NEFI supports the education of individuals through
the Northern Spirit Scholarships program. To date, NEFI has awarded
over 240 renewable scholarships of $2,500 each to promising students
in northern Saskatchewan. In 2003, 25 awards were made from among
60 applicants. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on students'
marks and potential contribution to northern Saskatchewan.
Congratulations to all Northern Spirit Scholarship
recipients! You are our future leaders.
Young, of Cumberland House, is developing himself to be a
leader. The teacher, husband and father is working toward his
Masters Degree in Education with the help of a Northern Spirit
Scholarship. His long term career goals include educational administration,
leadership and political service. "A teacher impacts the
lives of dozens of children. An administrator impacts the lives
of hundreds or thousands of people. I have chosen to develop my
leadership abilities so that I can have greater impact in my community,"
Jason's graduate research focus deals with connections
between education and success among Aboriginals. He hopes to provide
insight, solutions and strategies to teachers, administrators
and parents to reduce the number of Aboriginal students who drop
out of high school. Currently, nearly half of Aboriginal high
school students living off reserve do not complete school.
Jason says that the scholarship of $5,000 over
two years is helping his family immensely - helping to make this
degree possible and opening new doors for him. Attending the University
of Saskatchewan, Jason plans to pursue leadership roles within
education in Northern Saskatchewan. "It is my home, it's
what I know and where I can be most effective," he says.
"I will always return to the North.'
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