Ottawa, ON—The winners of the 2021 edition of the Richard McKeagan Scholarship series have been announced. More than $17,000 will be awarded to students in the mechanical contracting and engineering fields.
“Once again, this year, we received a record number of applicants for this great program. We are so proud to offer these scholarships across Canada and extremely grateful for the firms who have stepped up to provide support,” said Tania Johnston, chief executive officer at the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC), which runs the scholarship series every year.
The following students received scholarship funding through the series:
- Bradford White Canada – Natalie Sa’adeh (Scholarship amount: $1,500; field of study: mechanical contracting)
- Federated Insurance – Nathalie Sa’adeh (Scholarship amount: $1,000; field of study: mechanical contracting)
- MASCO Canada – Mina Ariana (Scholarship amount: $1,500; field of study: mechanical engineering)
- MCAC Associates Council – Thomas MacDonald
- Mechanical Contractors Association Hamilton/Niagara – Mina Ariana (Sponsorship amount: $1,000; eligibility: women; field of study: mechanical construction, construction management, mechanical engineering, architectural engineering, or a discipline related to mechanical service or plumbing contracting)
- OS&B (Bob Evans Memorial Scholarship) – Jill Staag (Scholarship amount: $5,000; field of study: mechanical contracting, tools or office)
- Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC) – Mina Ariana (Scholarship amount: $2,500; eligibility: women; field of stud: mechanical contracting)Engineering, Business Mgt, Computer Science
- Uponor (Dan Kirkpatrick Scholarship) – Mina Ariana, Madison Button, Nathalie Sa’adeh, Nicole Sa’adeh, Jill Staag (Scholarship amount: $2,500 (five scholarships worth $500 each); eligibility: female students; field of study: business programs related to the construction industry, particularly the mechanical field)
- Women in Mechanical Construction – Jill Staag (Scholarship amount: $800; field of study: female apprentice)
“The support for this scholarship program demonstrates the commitment of our industry to the next generation,” said Johnston.
Named in honour of past CEO Richard McKeagan, the scholarship series is aimed at students in the mechanical field of study and has been broadened to include several new initiatives, including scholarships specifically for women in the mechanical field. Since its inception in 2006, the scholarship series has awarded close to $70,000 to post-secondary students.
“As our industry continues to evolve, these students will bring the knowledge and expertise to ensure our industry remains as innovative as possible to meet the challenges of the future,” said Johnston.
To qualify for the scholarship series, the individual must be a student chapter member or child/ward of a salaried employee of a MCAC company (the company must be a member for at least one year), must be enrolled in a full-time post secondary program leading to a degree, certification, or diploma from an accredited Canadian university, college or apprenticeship program (with a minimum “B” average), applicants may also be a registered apprentice in a mechanical contracting trade, and not otherwise receive a major scholarship or bursary.