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Recipient of the Indigenous Peoples Scholarship

Nichole McCloud

My name is Nichole McCloud and I am a second-year student currently pursuing my Bachelor of Education through the Aboriginal Teaching Education Program at Lakeland College in Lloydminster. I am a member of the Onion Lake Cree Nation and it is my dream to one day become an outstanding teacher in Onion Lake so that I can give back to the community that has encouraged and supported my educational goals. It is my belief that the first steps towards raising awareness for renewable energy begins with education. Education is a powerful resource that has the ability to influence future generations and it is my mission in life to educate my future students about the advantages sustainable energy resources can offer our world in this fight against global warming. BluEarth’s 2019 scholarship will be life changing for me and my family. I am a single mother with two children, and I cannot express how hard our lives have been financially. Being financially free, even momentarily, will have a lasting impact on our lives. I feel that every experience and personal struggle I have had to overcome, over many years, have helped to shape my future and has given me a unique perspective that can help me to encourage and inspire others to follow their dreams. The support and encouragement I have received from BluEarth Renewables will help to assist me in the completion of my degree and will ultimately lead to the fulfilment of my dreams in becoming a teacher.

Recipient of the Indigenous Peoples Scholarship

Mack Karwacki

My name is Mack Karwacki, I am a full-time student at NAIT and a member of the Metis Nation of Alberta. I am currently studying in the Alternative Energy Technology program. Throughout the first year of the program I have learned about many technologies including solar, wind, geothermal exchange, hydro power, cogeneration and bioenergy. I am currently learning about system hybridization and how to feasibly implement these systems into everyday energy generation. I am currently working with a small group on a collaborative project between NAIT and the City of Edmonton. During this project we are constructing an energy efficiency demonstration trailer which will be transported to different events and tradeshows in order to educate the public on the benefits of energy efficiency and raise the community engagement of these technologies. With the help of Habitat Studios, we plan to complete this trailer by March 2020, during the fourth and final semester of my program. I will then proceed to help with the demonstration and transportation aspects of this educational tool once I graduate. This scholarship from BluEarth Renewables will allow me to continue focusing all my efforts into gathering as much knowledge as possible from my program to better prepare me for a future in the alternative energy industry. Using the knowledge and skills I have collected paired with the knowledge and skills I am still learning about I will enter the industry and begin making a difference in the world-wide energy transition. I hope to find a career which lets me travel and spread my knowledge, allowing everyone to benefit from the ever-growing alternative energy technologies.

Recipient of the Community Leaders Scholarship

Haaziq Altaf

My name is Haaziq Altaf, and I am a first-year engineering student at the University of Calgary. I plan on studying Energy and Environment with a major in Mechanical Engineering. I love to play and coach soccer, and I am an inclusion activist for those of all abilities. I am a swimming instructor for those with developmental disabilities, teacher at my local mosque, avid coin collector and hockey enthusiast. This scholarship is an avenue for me to completely focus on the goals I have; to create a sustainable world through education, entrepreneurship, and execution of sustainable energy in the engineering sector. As an advocate for those with developmental disabilities, I believe I am on the right path to persuade, inform, and work with like-minded individuals to create solutions to today’s complex problems and in this case, creating sustainable solutions to the world’s growing demands for energy. BluEarth Renewables has given me this opportunity to explore and truly understand what the field of environmental stewardship and renewable energy really entails, and I am more than excited to be a front runner and ambassador for a sustainable world for generations yet to come!

Recipient of the Community Leaders Scholarship

Samia Sami

My name is Samia Sami, and I am a senior pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. The most significant aspect of engineering for me is the opportunity to create impact, and this has made my experience in engineering so much better. As a Let’s Talk Science member, I annually deliver engineering-related presentations to more than three hundred elementary students. As an Academic Commissioner of the Saskatoon Engineering Students’ Society, I have worked towards fostering a positive academic environment within the College of Engineering through student advocacy. I also volunteer as a judge at the Saskatchewan Elocution and Debate Association events. I am currently serving as the coordinator of the IEEE Illumination Conference. My education, work experiences, and extracurricular activities are shaping me to become a global citizen who identifies herself as a member of a world community. I always strive for excellence in all facets of life. I am honoured to be the recipient of the BluEarth Renewables’ Community Leaders Scholarship. I feel extremely appreciative for receiving this scholarship award which boosts my confidence and inspiration to realize my dream of becoming a successful engineer. Inspired by the results of my undergraduate research in the area of using artificial intelligence to seamlessly integrate renewable energy into remote microgrids, I hope to pursue a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. By becoming an influential leader in my field, I also want to serve as a role model for young women

Recipient of the Renewable Energy Trades Scholarship

Daniel Stevens

My name is Daniel Stevens. I am currently enrolled in my third year in Energy Systems Technology which specializes in renewable energy at Centennial College. I realized that renewable energy was the future and something I wanted to pursue so I could contribute towards developing a more sustainable future for our environment. Within my program I have had the opportunity to work on renewable projects with other likeminded students where we try to build innovative designs that can be the solution for issues that students have around campus while keeping the carbon emissions and costs of running them at net zero. As a person with diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and chronic pain, the financial support from this scholarship will help my economic situation as a lot of my money goes into paying for medical treatments to help maintain myself physically as well as mentally on a daily basis. Despite my condition I have given it my all to overcome them and strive to achieve my best at school and this scholarship will help me concentrate on my studies as a student. As for my future in this industry, I am specifically interested in becoming a wind turbine technician, but I am also interested in working at any Electricity Generation companies that deal with Wind/Solar/Hydro Energy and I am hoping the mentorship that BluEarth provides as part of the scholarship can help me in realizing my goals for a career in renewable energy.