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H.J. O’Connell Construction announces winners of its Aboriginal Scholarship for 2016

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Myles with Nolan Jenkins in the St. John's office.

Myles with Nolan Jenkins in the St. John’s office.

H.J. O’Connell Construction’s (HJOC), a subsidiary of Bird, Aboriginal Scholarship is designed to assist and support the indigenous people of Canada with their career development and growth as they attend post-secondary education.

Scholarship applications are accepted from students, either who are currently enrolled in a full-time post-secondary institution or students in Grade 12 who are planning to attend a full-time post-secondary education institution, that are of Aboriginal descent (First Nations, Métis or Inuit). Students pursuing an education in the technology and trades are considered priority applicants.

To ensure that appropriate applicants were selected for the Aboriginal Scholarship Program, HJOC was committed to a fair selection process, which included: a completed application form; open dialogue and engagement with the aboriginal training and education departments in the various aboriginal communities; and a selection committee comprised of members of HJOC’s Aboriginal Engagement Committee to assist in the selection process.

Two scholarships were awarded this year, valued at $1,500 dollars each.


Myles Alexander is a Qalipu First Nations member from St. George’s, NL and currently enrolled in the engineering program at Memorial University. Currently, Myles is working for HJOC on a work term at the Soldiers Pond Project.

Brandon Collis is a member of the NunatuKavut Community Council (Metis) and resides in Glenwood, NL. Brandon has been accepted to CONA and will be enrolled into their chemical process engineering program starting in September 2016. Brandon is presently working for the Town of Glenwood and will be moving to St. John’s to start the school year.



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