YK resident receives scholarship from Con Mine benevolent fund
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - The former employees of Con Mine had a surplus in their benevolent fund when the mine shut down, and now they're putting it towards a good cause.
The Yellowknife Community Foundation has announced that Ashley Mulders is the inaugural recipient of the $1000 Con Employees' Benevolent Fund Scholarship.
She's going to be studying mechanical engineering at Queens University this fall, and foundation president Darrell Vikse said that fits right in with the scholarship's parameters.
"They're encouraging people that want to get into the mining industry, so that's professional mining, mining related. So they initiated this fund to actually encourage students that were following that track."
Going forward, Vikse said the scholarship will be open to a wide range of applicants.
"It really is as wide open as they could make it. As they describe it, I believe it's trade or professional career in the mining industry, or industry related to mining. And when we sat down and chatted with them, we wrestled with that wording for quite some time because they were very clear they wanted this to be as all-encompassing as possible."
Mulders has participated in several International Polar Year Youth Conferences, the Nunavut Climate Change and Shorebird Education Program, and the GNWT Daring Lake Tundra Research Camp.
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