Trade Scholarships Opening Doors for Women in Newfoundland and Labrador

St. John’s, NL (October 10, 2018) – Scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded to six female students entering their first year of a skilled trades program. Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro are pleased to present scholarships to recipients on October 9th and 10th 2018.

“With lead funding support from Hydro, WRDC was happy to partner on this initiative. The allocation of the scholarship funds will help our organization increase women’s participation in trades and technology and provide much-needed resources to female students pursuing trades programs,” stated Cheri Butt, Chief Executive Officer of WRDC.

The Trades Scholarship for Women was designed to help with the financial challenges full-time female students can face during their first-year studies in trades programs. The diverse group of scholarship recipients are full-time students pursuing exciting careers in programs like Construction/Industrial Electrician, Welding, Carpentry and Heavy-Duty Equipment Operator.

Jennine Mahoney is a welding student from Mount Pearl. She studies at College of the North Atlantic, Prince Philip Drive campus in St. John’s and is one of the successful recipients. She says this scholarship means more to her than just financial support. This scholarship has enhanced her motivation “to make it to the top,” and she says, “I would like to thank Hydro and WRDC for this opportunity.”

“We recognize that women are often under-represented in many technical roles and skilled trades,” said Jennifer Williams, Vice President of Production with Hydro. “We were pleased to partner with WRDC on this initiative and to provide women with the support they need to achieve their goals and launch successful careers in the trades.”

The recipients and courses of study include:

Caitlin Neil – Construction/Industrial Electrician;

Lacey Ivey – Construction/Industrial Electrician;

Brooke Huxter – Carpentry;

Jennine Mahoney – Welding;

Melina Schultheiss – Heavy Duty Equipment; and

Sandy Sharpe – Heavy Duty Equipment.

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