Enviro-students win scholarships
By Jeff Badger
A pair of Western engineering students have found themselves with a little extra cash for slack week this year.
Chemical and biochemical engineering students Melissa Gordon and David Files were two of only 15 engineering students from across Canada presented with the Governor General's Scholarship in Environmental Engineering. The award valued at $1,500 was presented Monday at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
Gordon and Files actually won the award last October, but did not receive it until this week from Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc.
The scholarships were developed in 1991 to encourage exceptional Canadian students in their final year of an undergraduate engineering program, with work experience in environmental research, to pursue careers in the fields of environmental engineering and sciences.
"The awards are meant to aid students with the costs of their final year of study and are also used as a recruiting tool for DuPont," said Gisle Proulx of Industry Canada, administrators of the awards.
DuPont Canada Inc. sponsors the scholarships and has invested $250,000 in them since 1991. Lynn Williams, manager of public affairs for DuPont, said the company does not use their involvement in the awards to find new employees.
"The awards are a means of showing that we have an interest in aiding engineering students who are working with environmental concerns it is not a recruiting process," Williams said.
The scholarships are designed not only to promote a focus on engineering, but to put an emphasis on environmental awareness, Williams added.
"We both plan on doing graduate work," Gordon said, although neither Files nor Gordon said they knew whether or not they would stay at Western or continue their studies elsewhere.
"One of the benefits of going to Ottawa was talking to students from a variety of different schools," Files said. "A diverse education is the best way to gain further experience in the field."