Majd Al Zhouri, one of last year’s 40 deserving Nova Scotia Power scholarship recipients, was thrilled to move to the next level of his education last fall when he began his engineering degree at St. Francis Xavier University.
“Graduating from high school was a very emotional moment for me,” said Majd, a 21 year-old Syrian refugee and newcomer to Canada, who has been living with his family in Antigonish since 2016. “I’m so thankful and appreciative of the support I have received from my teachers, the community and everyone else who has helped me and my family since we moved here. I think Canada, and Antigonish in particular, are so welcoming to newcomers and it’s a great example of how communities can come together to support each other.”
At 21 years of age, Majd could have been graduating university, but he was forced to stop his high school education when he was 15 years old because of the Syrian civil war. His family moved around a lot in order to keep each other safe during the war, and they were extremely relieved to be one of a number of refugee families over the past few years to be sponsored and welcomed home by a Nova Scotian family.
Majd worked very hard to learn English while he was taking extra courses so he could condense three years of high school programs into 18 months. He also found a part-time job to begin saving for his post-secondary education, and to help support his family.
“I can’t tell you what it means to me that I was able to return to school and finish my high school education; it was my top priority when we moved here,” said Majd.
His dream of being an engineer - his father owned a construction company in Syria - will soon be realized due to his perseverance, and we are proud to support him and other future leaders of tomorrow by providing financial assistance through our annual scholarship program.
Scholarships are available each year to qualifying students enrolled in trades and degree programs under specific categories including, Mi’kmaq, Environment, Centennial, Trades, Employment Equity, and awards for Employees’ children.
Last year, Nova Scotia Power awarded scholarships totaling over $120,000 to recipients hailing from Ingonish to Yarmouth, and communities in between. The program is in place to provide future leaders with opportunities to learn and grow, which is essential to developing an empowered workforce that will help to build the strong, healthy communities where we live and work.
To learn more about our scholarship program, visit www.nspower.ca/scholarships.
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