Camosun College Introduces the Weston Family Scholarship in the Skilled Trades

Camosun College, with the support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, has implemented a new multi-year Weston Family Scholarship in the Skilled Trades program.

This program was developed to help students achieve their education goals and begin a fulfilling career in the skilled trades by championing excellence and removing barriers. Over the next three years, this program will provide opportunities to grow awareness of diverse career opportunities for 80 students with sponsorships and wrap-around supports.

Weston Family Scholars will be provided with unique mentoring and networking opportunities at Camosun College. The W. Garfield Weston Foundation recognizes that students succeed when they receive individualized, wrap-around support, not just financial. Successful applicants may receive the following supports while in training: educational costs, living supports, assistance with tooling and personal protective equipment, technical certifications and skills required for employment, mentorship opportunities, among other supports.

This scholarship program has been designed to support students throughout the completion of their technical training. The Weston Family Scholarship is open to students in t¬heir foundation or level 1 apprentice for the following programming: Automotive Service Technician, Carpentry, Electrical, Fine Furniture/Joinery Trades, Heavy Duty Mechanical, Plumbing & Piping Trades, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic, Sheet Metal & Metal Fabrication, and Welding. ¬Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to entering their program, however they will be accepted up to 30 days after the start of the program. Contact Aaron Vitaliano, Program Coordinator for the Weston Family Scholarship, for a campus tour, more information and to apply.

“We are pleased to have the support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, it is an excellent opportunity for Camosun to build on our existing experience and strength in providing learners with wrap-around supports and services that will help them to achieve their educational and career goals,” said Eric Sehn, Dean of Trades and Technology. “By providing students with the correct supports, it allows life changing learning opportunities at Camosun which better prepares learners to acquire satisfying careers in the community and provide for themselves and their families.”

For three generations, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has pursued its missions to enhance and enrich lives of Canadians. With a focus on medical research, the environment, and education, the Foundation aims to catalyze inquiry and innovation to bring about long-term change. As the Foundation marks its 60th anniversary, it continues to collaborate with a broad range of Canadian charities to further world-class research, explore new ideas, and create tangible benefits for the communities in which it works.

“The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is extremely proud of its long history of supporting excellence in education across Canada” said Eliza Mitchell, Director, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. “We look forward to working with an institution of the size and dynamism of Camosun College to provide students with the support they need as they begin valuable and long-lasting careers in the skilled trades.”

Original article from Camosun College