Algonquin Receives $400,000 from the Canerector Foundation to Support the Skilled Trades Scholarship Program

Algonquin College is pleased to announce a $400,000 gift from the Canerector Foundation that will support as many as 125 first-year students in 13 skilled trades programs over the next four years. This gift will also help promote skilled trades as an excellent career choice.

Amanda Hawkins, Director, Canerector Foundation says, “we are pleased to announce the Canerector Foundation’s donation to Algonquin College to support skilled trades, which played a pivotal role in Canerector Inc.’s history and development. It is a special honour to support a field that is critical, not just at Canerector, but in our overall economy. We hope that these scholarships and the mentorship provided by Algonquin College will attract and encourage students to join these rewarding and in-demand careers across our country.”

Who is eligible for the scholarship?

The Canerector Foundation Scholarship in the Skilled Trades will be offered to students based on their leadership qualities, ambassadorial potential, volunteerism, and aptitude. Students in eligible Algonquin College certificate and diploma programs at all three campuses are eligible for the scholarship.

Applicants for the Canerector Foundation Scholarship in the Skilled Trades must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person/ refugee
  • be entering their first year of an eligible skilled trade program of study
  • be registered full-time
  • demonstrate a willingness to provide mentorship to current and prospective students in skilled trades training programs at the College, and commit to participating in co-curricular events
  • must maintain a minimum of 3.0 grade point average

“This scholarship encourages student success from start to finish, giving learners additional support in their skilled trades career journey,” said Chris Hahn, Dean of the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence and Perth Campus. “Canada is facing a critical shortfall of skilled trades workers and this generous gift will also help raise the profile of skilled trades and increase the overall number and diversity of certified tradespeople in our community.”

Canerector Foundation Scholars

Each of the scholars, numbering 110 to 125 over four years, will receive an initial scholarship of $1,000 and become a Canerector Foundation Scholar. Canerector Foundation Scholars will receive ongoing social and career support, including mentorship and increased access to employers and alumni. Scholars who mentor current and prospective students in skilled trades, participate in co-curricular activities, and maintain a minimum of 3.0 grade point average will be awarded an additional $1,000 per term, up to a maximum of $4,000.

“We are grateful to the Canerector Foundation for their support and dedication to our learners and to promoting skilled trades,” said Ian Lewer, Algonquin College Director of Philanthropy. “Canerector Foundation Scholars will become leaders and champions in and of the skilled trades, encouraging and inspiring others to follow in their career footsteps.”

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity! The deadline to apply for the Canerector Scholarship in the Skilled Trades is September 19.

Become a Canerector Foundation Scholar