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SKILLED TRADE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Schulich Foundation launched Canada’s largest skilled trade scholarship program
during the WorldSkills Special Edition 2022 Competition held at Humber College.
In addition to financial support, Schulich Builders also provides leadership
training and mentorship to set up graduates for success.
“Against the backdrop of the new Schulich Builders program, I am utterly
delighted to witness the Schulich Foundation now partnering with Colleges to
promote scholarship opportunities to prospective students seeking to pursue a postsecondary education that will lead to fulfilling, well-paying and in-demand jobs,” said
Dr. Craig Stephenson, president and CEO, Centennial College.
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THE SCHULICH FOUNDATION
The Schulich Foundation announced Schulich Builders, a scholarship program
dedicated to students pursuing a career in the skilled trades. In its first year of
operation, more than $3 million is committed to combat labour shortages and
highlight the importance of skilled trades in Canada.
“We are proud to promote the skilled trades and support students pursuing
this rewarding career path,” said Judy Schulich, director, The Schulich Foundation.
“Canadians rely heavily on the trades to build and maintain infrastructure critical for
prosperous communities. Our challenge today is not having enough of these talented
people to meet the demand.”
Schulich Builders will cover tuition, tools and living expenses for students enrolling
in a skilled trade program at one of 10 participating colleges in Ontario. Priority
will be given to students nominated by their high school. Students may also apply
directly through participating colleges: Centennial, Fanshawe, Algonquin, George
Brown, Mohawk, Sheridan, Conestoga, Durham, Humber and Loyalist.
“Ontario is facing the largest labour shortage in a generation, which means
when you have a career in the skilled trades, you have a career for life,” said
Monte McNaughton, Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills
Development. “With Schulich Foundation’s skilled trade scholarship program, they
are helping to attract and prepare a new generation of skilled trades workers here in
Ontario for better jobs and bigger paycheques.”
Each college will award 10 scholarships per year:
FIVE $20,000 SCHOLARSHIPS for one-year certificate programs, and
FIVE $40,000 SCHOLARSHIPS for two-year diploma programs