Powering Change Scholarships Help Overcome Barriers to Work Integrated Learning
The University of Waterloo’s new “Powering Change” program received a $500,000 boost from the Government of Canada’s Global Skills Opportunity (GSO), providing support to overcome challenges to participation in international work-integrated learning (iWIL) experiences for students who are Indigenous, have accessibility needs, or that face income barriers. St. Jerome’s University (SJU) is part of the campus-wide Powering Change alliance that is helping students become agents of change and advance the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“To support the 2019-2024 International Education Strategy, the Government of Canada has committed $147.9 million dollars to outbound student mobility,” noted Lisa ter Woort, the University of Waterloo’s international account manager in cooperative education and the coordinator of Powering Change. “As international travel opens up in early 2022, Waterloo students in co-op and other campus units with international mobility programs, will be able to apply for specific opportunities that advance the Sustainable Development Goals and will be supported by a Powering Change scholarship of $10,000 each.”
The University of Waterloo’s Powering Change program will offer 65 plus iWIL experiences in more than 20 non-traditional locations, from January 2022 to March 2025. Scholarships will cover typical costs associated with student participation either in person or virtually.
“We are pleased to be part of this important partnership with the University of Waterloo,” noted SJU’s Director, Student Affairs, Jessica Vorsteveld, “and to offer access to these scholarship opportunities to students participating in our SJU Service Learning Programs who meet the application criteria. SJU understands the important role that students play in advancing SDGs. The financial commitment being made to scholarships now allows us to provide an even more inclusive opportunity.”
For more information about the Powering Change program, please contact Lisa ter Woort at firstname.lastname@example.org.