An Aamjiwnaang First Nation woman and Lambton College student is among six Indigenous students named to a prestigious scholarship from Ontario Power Generation (OPG).
Robyn Gray will receive $10,000 to further her education, as part of the John Wesley Beaver Memorial Scholarship (JWBMS) program, OPG announced recently. The award, named after the notable engineer, who, before joining OPG’s Predecessor company in 1949 as a junior engineer, was a fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain and Chief of Alderville First Nation.
“Being a voice for my community and having the ability to advocate is a key focus for me,” said Gray, an Office Administration student at Lambton. “Using the proceeds of this scholarship to help continue my formal education will allow me to serve my community in a role aimed at streamlining processes to increase productivity in a variety of settings.”
Other recipients included Jordon Jenson, a George Brown College Computer Programmer Analyst student from the Chippewas of Rama First Nation; Oliver Kramer, a Queen’s University Computer Engineering student from the Chippewas of Nawash; William Partridge, a Lambton College Chemical Engineering student from the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Jordan St. Amand, a University of Western Ontario Civil Engineering student from the Métis Nation of Ontario; and, Justin Thompson, a York University – Osgoode Hall Law School Juris Doctor student from the Nipissing First Nation.
“Not only does the John Wesley Beaver Memorial Scholarship remove barriers to Indigenous success, it also creates significant opportunities for Indigenous students who are committed to changing the landscape in Canada through positive action,” said Mike DeGagné, President and CEO of Indspire, which joined forces with OPG in 2021 to provide scholarships to First Nations students. “We commend these students who are working to achieve greater change in their communities.”