Nova Scotia Power awards scholarships and bursaries for 2020

28 students navigating unprecedented times get a boost toward their bright futures.

HALIFAX – After a careful decision and interview process, 28 outstanding recipients have been chosen for Nova Scotia Power’s 2020 Scholarship and Bursary program.

“Being a NS Power Women in Trades, Engineering, & Technology Scholar is an honour,” says Danielle Crow from Upper North River, who will be attending Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in the fall. “I am a minority in my field, especially being in civil engineering. There are still many barriers for women to break in these fields and knowing NS Power supports us means a great deal to me.”

Each year, NS Power offers 28 scholarships and bursaries to qualifying students enrolled in trades and degree programs. The categories include: Emerging Leader, Women in Trades, Engineering and Technology, African Nova Scotian, Nova Scotia Power Family and Mi’kmaq.

“At Nova Scotia Power, we’re proud to foster education, diversity, inclusion and innovation to help empower students to follow their dreams,” say Sara Phinney, VP of Human Resources. “Providing opportunities to learn and grow is essential for creating a workforce that will help build successful communities of tomorrow.”

Students in Nova Scotia and all over the world have been navigating through unprecedented change. Each of our 2020 recipients has a proven commitment to growth and leadership, and truly reflect the amount of talent, diversity and innovation that exists in our province.

“The pandemic certainly had an impact on how I finished off the semester as we moved to online learning almost overnight,” says Danielle. “In some ways I feel I lost a part of my education, but I also gained useful experience in a more technical approach to communication, which is invaluable in our constantly advancing society.”

Included below are a few details on some of our recipients in the other four scholarship and bursary categories. View more photos and a complete list of our 2020 NS Power Scholarship and Bursary program recipients at

“Being the first in my family to pursue post-secondary school, it means a lot to me to be able to receive the Nova Scotia Power bursary. To me, it resembles my hard work paying off.”Active member of the Dalhousie Black Law Students’ Association, including in the role as Vice President. Has a passion for the non-profit sector and hopes to establish one herself related to help people who are wrongfully convicted.“The pandemic challenged everyone to be patient and have compassion for one another. To learn more about the people around us in our communities, the country, and across the world. To really reflect on what’s important by being an ally for positive social change.” “My last year was definitely not what I pictured it to be. I think the pandemic helped me to realize that things do not always go as planned, but we can still make the best out of whatever comes our way and be thankful for what we do have.”
Kerwyn Currie
Mi’kmaq Bursary
Bear River
Desireé Jones-Matthias
African Nova Scotian Scholarship
Upper Hammonds Plains
Charlotte Peng
Emerging Leaders Scholarship
Julia Yurchesyn
NS Power Family Scholarship


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Jacqueline Foster

Nova Scotia Power

(902) 233-6015