Two former YK1 students were recently awarded with the Northern Futures Scholarship from Northwestel. The telecoms company offers six $4,000 scholarships annually to support students from across the North as they begin their post-secondary studies. Northwestel also supports recipients by offering summer employment and post-graduation work opportunities. Yellowknife’s Emma Butler and Niva Stephenson both earned the scholarship after graduating from École Sir John Franklin High School in the spring.
Emma is a Yellowknife local who stays involved in her community through volleyball and other sports, visual arts, volunteering with the SPCA and being part of groups such as Our Time and Climate Strike YK. She is eager to bring the knowledge she gains at university about renewable energy home to the North. She’s currently enrolled at Carleton University in Ottawa studying engineering.
Niva’s family has a long history in Yellowknife. She is a former competitive cross-country skier who participated in the Arctic Winter Games four times and once at the Canada Games. As a volunteer working with her mom, Niva helps local immigrants become active members in the community. She’s currently enrolled at the University of Calgary where she’s studying commerce.
Applications for the 2020 Northern Futures Scholarship will open in July 2020.