Conestoga news

January 21, 2021 6:32 PM

New Weston Family Scholars named

Forty-five Conestoga skilled trades and apprenticeship students have been named recipients of the college’s Weston Family Scholarship in the Skilled Trades for the 2020-21 academic year. Since the launch of the scholarship program in 2018, Conestoga’s Weston Family Scholars have grown to include more than 120 students and apprentices across a range of construction, industrial and motive power sector programs. 

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Forty-five Conestoga skilled trades and apprenticeship students have been named recipients of the college’s Weston Family Scholarship in the Skilled Trades for the 2020-21 academic year. L-R: Tina Malloy, Austin Dale, Alexandria Gawhary, Jesse Carter, Olivia Relva, Matthew deRuiter, Sophia Lorusso, Jacob Sine and Kendra Ferguson.

Supported by the Weston Family Foundation to help increase multi-trade recruitment and address skills shortages, the scholarship is open to students in their first term of a diploma or certificate trades program, as well as apprentices entering Level 1 in-class training. Recipients receive up to $4,000  -- $1,000 per academic term or per level of in-class training -- as well as tuition awards from the college to support students throughout the completion of their program.

In addition to financial support, Weston Family Scholars participate in numerous events and co-curricular activities through the college’s School of Trades & Apprenticeship to promote skilled trades careers, as well as mentorship initiatives in the community as student ambassadors.

Congratulations to the 2020- 2021 Weston Family Scholars:


  • Micky Gagandeep Bagri - Automotive Service Technician
  • Joshua Ball - Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  • Rachel Baron - Automotive Service Technician
  • Daniel Burkholder - Electrician - Construction and Maintenance
  • Jesse Carter - Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  • Alex Cossaro - Plumber
  • John Dinh - Automotive Service Technician
  • Tyler Dunn - Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  • Kendra Ferguson - Welding Techniques - Metal Fabrication
  • Vincent Fisher - Automotive Service Technician
  • Eva Giesbrecht - Automotive Service Technician
  • Taylor Gray - Electrician - Construction and Maintenance
  • Jake Hambly - Truck and Coach Technician
  • Peter Kurtz - General Carpenter
  • Sophia Lorusso - Plumber
  • Becky Pater - General Carpenter
  • Justin Riddell - Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  • Alex Roth - Plumber
  • Matthew Shackleton - Tool and Die Maker
  • Igor Todorovic - Truck and Coach Technician
  • George Wall - Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  • Spencer Williamson - Automotive Service Technician
  • John Wilson - Plumber

Trades students:

  • Fletcher Adam - Carpentry and Renovation Technician
  • Olecsander Anton - Motive Power Technician - Automotive Service
  • Braeden Borges - Electro Mechanical Automation Maintenance
  • Santo Campione - Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician
  • Curtis Da Cunha - Motive Power Technician - Automotive Service
  • Austin Dale - Construction Techniques - Brick and Stone
  • Matthew deRuiter - Powerline Technician
  • Else Holler - Motive Power Techniques- Motorcycle and Power Sport Vehicles Repair
  • Alexandria Gawhary - Welding Techniques
  • Summer Goode - Heavy Construction Equipment Operation
  • Cameron Hancock - Mechanical Techniques - Industrial Millwright
  • Ethan Hilton - Welding and Fabrication Technician
  • Cameron Honan - Electrical Technician - Industrial
  • Safi Ishaksay - Mechanical Techniques - Plumbing
  • Helmut Koeckritz - Mechanical Techniques - Plumbing
  • Tina Malloy - Electro Mechanical Automation Maintenance
  • Hogan Randell - Motive Power Techniques- Truck and Coach Repair
  • Olivia Relva - Electrical Techniques
  • Sydney Seegmiller - Welding and Fabrication Technician
  • Jacob Sine - Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician
  • Pawel Szymanski - Motive Power Technician - Automotive Service
  • Adam Zen - Carpentry and Renovation Technician

First-year students and Level 1 apprentices beginning their studies in January are eligible to apply for this scholarship by the next deadline, January 29 (apprentices) or February 5 (first-year students). Those interested are encouraged to contact Michelle Ruston, liaison officer, for more information.

For more than 60 years, the Weston Family Foundation (formerly The W. Garfield Weston Foundation) has worked collaboratively alongside forward-thinking partners to advance Canada and create lasting impacts. The Foundation aspires to do more than provide funding, as they enable others to find transformational ways to improve the well-being of Canadians.

Conestoga is a provincial leader in the delivery of trades and apprenticeship training to serve industry needs and the growing community. Comprehensive programming includes a wide range of post-secondary trades programs that provide pathways to employment in skilled trades careers as well as pre-apprenticeship training and in-school training for apprentices.

For more information, visit the School of Trades & Apprenticeship.