To support high school students choosing to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) post-secondary education programs, MindFuel created scholarships to honour the amazing work of three passionate, long-time members of the MindFuel organization.

“Through these scholarships, we pass the educational torch to the next generation of innovators,” says Cassy Weber, MindFuel CEO. “These future leaders will play an important role in strengthening and diversifying Alberta’s economy.”

Three annual scholarships were created in 2014, the Jim Gray ($5,000), Anne Tingle ($2,500) and Arlene Ponting ($2,500) awards. In 2016, MindFuel partnered with the ASTech foundation to launch a new $2,500 award. The MindFuel scholarship program continues annually thanks to the generous support of the community through fundraising efforts. Did you know that you can directly support the sustainability of our scholarship program? Donate here.

Tuition costs are on the rise in Alberta and coupled with an economic downturn, according to Student Aid Alberta, we will see a 10% increase in student loan applications in 2016/2017. MindFuel’s scholarship program will have a positive impact on recipient students in the short and long term.

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Scholarship eligibility and recent recipients

All applicants must graduate from an Alberta high school and be accepted into a STEM-related field of study at an Alberta based post-secondary institution.

The James (Jim) Gray Scholarship Fund recognizes an individual who is passionate about innovation in areas of STEM. Recent recipients: Mary Toni Ermita Dimaano (2015) currently studying at the University of Alberta pursuing entrance into medical school and Adley Ching Ho Mok (2016) currently studying at the University of Calgary with a special interest in microbiology and cellular biology.

The Anne Tingle Scholarship Fund recognizes an individual who is passionate about science and who is accepted into an undergraduate degree program in either science or science education. Recent recipients: Sarah Elizabeth Penney (2015) currently studying in sciences at the University of Alberta and Poshika Dhingra (2016) currently studying at the University of Alberta with aspirations to pursue post-secondary science education.

The Dr. Arlene Ponting Scholarship Fund recognizes an individual passionate about science and technology and who is accepted into an undergraduate degree program in either science or technology. Recent recipients: Jyllenna Rae Wilke (2015) currently studying at the University of Alberta with aspirations to pursue medical school and Genna Rose Friend (2016) currently studying at the University of Alberta looking to enter the pharmacy or physiotherapy program after graduating from the Bachelor of Science stream.

The ASTech Scholarship recognizes an individual passionate about science, technology or innovation who has been involved in science fairs, 4H, Junior Achievement and other community activities.

Watch for application details spring 2017.