In May, W.F. Herman Academy Grade 11 student Kiniw Cleland (pictured, left) will spend a week in a University of Ottawa laboratory working with scientists and researchers thanks to the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program. This scholarship opportunity is offered to First Nations, Metis or Inuit high school students who are interested in studying Science or Engineering at the university level.
Kiniw was nominated by Herman Science Department Head Eric Muscedere and he earned the scholarship with an essay on why he would like to participate in the program. "Science is important to my culture," Kiniw says. "And it will be great to spend some time with other kids with similar backgrounds and interests." There will be 11 students at the University of Ottawa site. The program is offered at 9 universities across the country.
Biology is Kiniw's favourite science subject and during his time in Ottawa he'll work with professors in the Biology and Human Kinetics department. After high school he plans to attend St. Clair College for the Health and Wellness program and then to the University of Windsor for Human Kinetics.
The week-long, all-expenses paid session at the University of Ottawa will be May 5th - 10th.