Education and Scholarships
Enbridge believes that building sustainable communities means investing in young leaders through sponsorships, scholarships, bursaries, and mentorship programs.
For many years, Enbridge has provided funding to Aboriginal and Native American people for education and scholarship initiatives across Canada and the United States. Some of these initiatives include:
Enbridge School Plus Program - established by Enbridge in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations to support enrichment programs and extra-curricular activities in First Nations schools located near major Enbridge pipeline routes and facilities.
- Aboriginal Leadership and Management Programs at the Banff Centre - an investment of $1 million over seven years to support programs at the Banff Centre.
- Lead corporate sponsor of the Historica-Dominion Institute’s Canadian Aboriginal Writing and Arts Challenge.
- Enbridge provided $330,000 in funding to the Mother Earth’s Children Charter School Society ($110,000 in each of years 2011, 2012 and 2013) to support Alberta’s only First Nation’s Charter School. The funding is in aid of the school’s capital funding campaign to purchase the school and to support the school’s nutritional program.
- Enbridge made a pledge of $60,000, ($20,000 in 2011, 2012 and 2013) to the University of Alberta in support of the Enbridge Indigenous Language Leadership Award, which provides $2,500 per year to 8 Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute (CILLDI) in Education summer language students for a period of 3 years.
- In 2009, Enbridge began providing funding for the American Indian Scholarship fund at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
- In 2006, Enbridge provided $200,000 in support of the establishment of the Chair in Aboriginal Economic Development in the faculties of Business and Law at the University of Victoria.
- In 2003, Enbridge established the Enbridge Inc. Scholarship at York University in Toronto to support talented undergraduate students in financial need. When fully endowed in 2010, the awards will benefit annually three second-year undergraduate students: a Canadian Aboriginal student in any course of study; and Environmental Studies student; and a student in the faculty of Science and Engineering. The award is valued at $2,500.
- Since 2002, Enbridge has provided funding for scholarships at the Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake, Minnesota, and the Fond Du Lac Tribal Community College in Cloquet, Minnesota.
- In 2002, Enbridge established the endowed Enbridge Scholarship for Aboriginal Leadership at Calgary's Mount Royal College in recognition of Aboriginal students assuming a civic leadership role in their communities. This scholarship is awarded annually.
- In 2009, Enbridge contributed to an endowed education award fund at the University of Winnipeg for Aboriginal students.