AltaLink, L.P.

AltaLink, L.P.

September 01, 2005 17:29 ET

AltaLink Centennial Scholarships for Rural Students Unveiled

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 1, 2005) - AltaLink, L.P.: Post-secondary students from rural Alberta will get a 'leg up' with rising tuition costs from newly established scholarships made possible by Alberta's transmission leader, AltaLink.

The AltaLink Centennial Scholarships, launched today in honour of the province's 100th birthday, will grant eight post-secondary students with a $2,000 monetary award. The scholarships, available to students who hail from a rural Alberta community, will be available at the University of Calgary, SAIT, Bow Valley College, Lethbridge Community College, Red Deer College, Olds College, NAIT and the University of Alberta.

"As an Alberta company, we're proud of our people and the communities in which we live and work," said AltaLink's CEO, Scott Thon.

"It's important to us to be a part of the positive growth in Alberta, particularly in the rural areas that are the backbone of both the province and our company. We're honoured to be able to commit to the future of Alberta's young people as we celebrate our centennial."

With the trend of rising tuition and living costs and students forced juggle full-time studies with full or part-time work, the scholarships couldn't come at a better time.

"This type of gift is so very valuable to rural students who are academically successful and yet are experiencing financial difficulties due to the high cost of living away from home," said Bonnie Megley, student awards coordinator at NAIT.

Kathy McFarlane, major gifts officer at Lethbridge Community College, understands all too well the importance of student scholarships.

"We know how important it is for students to have support as they pursue their dreams," McFarlane said.

"Education and training has such an impact on a person's future. We know we are making a difference in people's lives anytime we can make education more accessible to learners."

Rural students interested in applying for the AltaLink Centennial Scholarship should contact their post-secondary institution's Awards Office for more information.

AltaLink is responsible for the maintenance and operation of more than 11,600 kilometres of transmission lines and approximately 260 substations in Alberta. As Alberta's largest supplier of safe and reliable transmission, AltaLink is moving forward to provide a transmission system that will continue to meet the growing needs of Albertans.

AltaLink Management Ltd. is the general partner of AltaLink, L.P., a limited partnership organized under the laws of Alberta.

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Tamara Woolgar
    Communications Advisor
    AltaLink Management Ltd.
    (403) 267-2166
    Email: tlwoolgar@altalink.ca