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by DCN News Services

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — The Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) is now accepting applications for its 2017 Civil Engineering and Civil Engineering Technology Scholarships, each valued at $2,000.
ORBA accepting applications for scholarships

The Civil Engineering Scholarship is awarded to a student graduating from an Ontario high school and entering the first year of a civil engineering program at an Ontario university.

The Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship is awarded to a student graduating from an Ontario high school and entering the first year of a civil engineering technology or technician program at an Ontario college or equivalent.

"It's important for ORBA to offer financial support to those students who are going to become the next generation of roadbuilders," said John Blake, ORBA education committee co-chair, in a statement.

Applicants are required to submit an essay describing why they are pursuing a post-secondary engineering or engineering technology education. They are also to discuss their goals in pursuing a career in civil engineering/technology, states an ORBA release.

Past work experience, particularly related to civil construction or the broader construction industry, is a key criterion, the release reads.

Involvement with special projects or volunteer activities that demonstrate a commitment to the applicant's local community, school or charitable organization is heavily factored into the assessment along with reference letters from employers and recommendations from professors.

Additional details and applications are available online at orba.org/scholarships.

The submission deadline is May 31.

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