Congratulatory Letter to PEO from FFE Chair
On behalf of the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education (“the Engineers’ Foundation”), I want to congratulate President Dixon, PEO Council, PEO chapters and all the volunteers who have given tirelessly of themselves to the governance of our profession over this past year.
In fact it is because of the vision of volunteers such as yourself that the Engineers’ Foundation exists today. It was in 1959 that a grassroots movement within PEO established the Engineers’ Foundation as a way to give financial assistance to Ontario engineering students and Ontario engineers in need. This past year, with the help of PEO Vice Presidents George Comrie and Rakesh Shreewastav, and Councillor Robert Willson, our engineering community funded 88 student awards totaling $102,500 across all 15 Ontario engineering schools, as well as helped our professional colleagues in need.
For Ontario engineering students, we recognized both academic achievement and civic involvement with the following awards:
- University Entrance Scholarships (value $1,000)
- Undergraduate Student Scholarships (value $1,250)
- Gold Medals (for highest achieving fourth year student)
For Ontario engineers experiencing hardship, we provided:
- Financial assistance through a Benevolent Fund
For Ontario engineering students committed to international development, we provided:
- Engineers Without Borders Scholarship (value $2,000)
It is a privilege to be able to make a positive impact on the lives on our future engineering leaders. I want to thank you for being a part of supporting students and making these awards possible, and I wish President-elect Bergeron, the incoming PEO Council and its volunteers continued success in the year ahead.
Marisa Sterling, P.Eng.
President and Chair
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