Conestoga news

October 18, 2007 3:41 PM

International Scholarship Honours for Architecture Degree Students

Three students in Conestoga's degree program in Architecture - Project and Facility Management have earned prestigious scholarships awarded by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Foundation. The Foundation is affiliated with the IFMA, the largest and most widely recognized professional association for facility management.

Winning students traditionally come from highly regarded schools such as Columbia, Cornell, Georgia Tech, California-Berkeley, Pennsylvania, Texas A&M and Illinois.

The Conestoga winners are:

  • Jonathan Douglas of St. Pauls, Ontario, who has received a $3,000 scholarship sponsored by the IFMA Philadelphia Chapter. A 2004 graduate of Stratford’s Northwestern Secondary School, Douglas is the second-time winner of an IFMA scholarship, having won the Corporate Headquarters Council honour in 2006, and is currently President of Conestoga’s IFMA student chapter.
  • Amanda Ford of Cambridge has won for the second consecutive year the $2,000 scholarship sponsored by the IFMA’s Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Chapter. She graduated from Southwood Secondary School in 2003. Ford will return to her Conestoga studies in the winter term, following completion of her French as a Second Language program at Algonquin College.
  • Samantha Jansen of Cambridge has won the $3,000 scholarship sponsored by the Corporate Facilities Council of IFMA. Jensen, too, won an IFMA scholarship last year, from the Philadelphia Chapter. She graduated in 2004 from Jacob Hespeler Secondary School.

The scholarships are given based on merit. Students must be enrolled in a full-time, four-year baccalaureate program or a graduate school program associated with facility management. Academic achievement is a criterion for selection, as are program involvement, faculty appraisals and the student’s resume.

All three Conestoga winners also receive an all expense paid trip to New Orleans, for the IFMA’s World Workplace Conference at the end of this month.

The IFMA has 18,500 members in 125 chapters and councils in 60 nations. Through fundraising, the IFMA Foundation promotes research and educational opportunities aimed at advancing the facility management profession.

Conestoga’s Architecture - Project and Facility Management program leads to a Bachelor of Applied Technology degree. The four-year program combines project-based learning at Conestoga with periods of co-op education in industry. The emphasis is on the architectural design, maintenance and management of the built environment. Students experience a combination of technical theory and applied skills, business management knowledge and skills, and complementary liberal studies coursework.

CONTACT: Julia Biedermann, 519-748-5220, ext. 3212,