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Arup launches new Indspire Scholarship to help Indigenous students build careers in STEM, design, and sustainability

Danièle Gauvin Danièle Gauvin Americas Press Office,Toronto
22 September 2022

Arup today announced that its Canada offices will sponsor a new scholarship through a leading national Indigenous charity, Indspire, to support Indigenous students enrolled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related programs.

Indspire is a national Indigenous registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people, enabling success through financial awards, resources, and role models. Arup’s $25,000 CAD donation will fund a minimum of five bursaries over the five-year span.

As a component of Arup’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to be released later this fall, Arup in Canada will use the scholarship as an opportunity to foster relationships with scholarship recipients and provide them with further opportunities through mentorships and internships.

We are pleased to be working in partnership with Arup on this important initiative. This scholarship not only represents a significant new opportunity for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students who want to pursue STEM careers, it is also a tangible sign of reconciliation in action. We look forward to walking this productive path together with Arup. ” Mike DeGagné President & CEO of Indspire

By committing to this STEM scholarship with Indspire, Arup acknowledges that access to education for Indigenous students is a systemic challenge. We also look forward to providing students with internship and learning opportunities, as we continue to strive to shape our built environment in alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including reducing inequality, supporting climate action and building sustainable cities and communities. ” A fair skinned man wearing a dark suit with a white shirt and green tie. He is smiling towards the camera. Sean Meadows Principal, Americas North Leader

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Art by Claire Shannon-Akiwenzie. Claire is an Anishinaabe and Irish artist from the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation in Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario.

About the scholarships

Eligible Programs: Post-secondary studies in STEM at accredited university, college or institute up the graduate / PhD level program, for the pursuit of a certificate, diploma or degree. Annual bursaries of $3,000 TO $5,000 per student offered by various donors may be matched by the Government of Canada.

Selection Criteria: Financial need and contribution to education cost, evidence of involvement and contribution to First Nation, Inuit or Métis Communities, demonstrated academic merit and performance.

Benefits: Education benefits communities and fosters individual career opportunities.


About Indspire

Indspire is an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire provides financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources so that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students will achieve their highest potential. In 2021-2022, Indspire provided more than $23 million through 6,612 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students across Canada.