News release

Young Nova Scotians Earn Scholarships; Strengthen Province’s Energy Future

NOTE: A list of this year's scholarship winners and their schools follows this release.

More promising young Nova Scotians are being supported in their pursuit of rewarding careers that could help brighten the province’s energy future.

Sixteen post-secondary students and one graduate student have earned the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship, and the Energy Innovation Grant.

“Receiving the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship has raised my academic confidence and reduced the stress associated with being a student," said Luke Macmillan, a 2017 scholarship recipient.

This scholarship is offered to Nova Scotia high school students pursuing post-secondary studies in an energy-related field.

Eight young Nova Scotians enrolled in energy-related university programs will receive a renewable scholarship of $2,500 per year for four years. Eight other students enrolled in trades and technology programs at the Nova Scotia Community College will receive a one-time scholarship of $2,500.

“Just like our smart and talented students, Nova Scotia’s energy sector is filled with potential,” said Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan. “Together we can make the most of the opportunities in front of us so young people have the chance to start and grow their careers at home, and Nova Scotia has a more prosperous future.”

Halifax native Connor Dalzell, a master's student in applied science at Saint Mary's University, is this year's recipient of the $10,000 Energy Innovation Grant, awarded over two years. Mr. Dalzell's graduate project will explore the hydrocarbon formation process within hydrothermal vent sediments at Guaymas Basin in the Gulf of California.

Pengrowth Energy Corporation, Pengrowth Management Limited, and the Government of Nova Scotia have together invested more than $3 million to give students the opportunity to pursue their passions in the energy sector. Since 2005, about 250 scholarships have been awarded.

Scholarship and grant recipients are chosen based on academic standing, community involvement and interest in the Nova Scotia energy industry. Scholarship recipients are enrolled at the Nova Scotia Community College and in widely recognized programs at universities across Canada.

Pengrowth Energy Corporation is an intermediate Canadian oil and natural gas producer, located in Calgary, Alberta.


Sixteen students pursuing post-secondary studies in the energy sector have been awarded the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship.

Eight 10-thousand dollar renewable scholarships were awarded to university students, and eight 25-hundred-dollar non- renewable scholarships were presented to Nova Scotia Community College students.

Connor Dalzell, of Halifax, is the recipient of the 10- thousand-dollar Energy Innovation Grant awarded to graduate students pursuing energy-related research.

Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan says this scholarship fund is an investment in Nova Scotia's future.


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Following is a list of the 2017 scholarship recipients including their high school, program and chosen institution:


  • Keisha Kane, Central Kings Rural High School, Cambridge, Kings Co., bachelor of kinesiology, Acadia University
  • Patrick Wallace, Dr. Hugh Gillis Regional High School, Antigonish, diploma in engineering, St. Francis Xavier University
  • Emma Bunbury, Memorial Composite High School, Sydney Mines, bachelor of science (human nutrition), St. Francis Xavier University
  • Jake Veinott, Forest Heights Community School, Chester Basin, bachelor of science, Memorial University
  • Keiran Jack, Cole Harbour District High School, bachelor of engineering, Dalhousie University
  • Luke Macmillan, South Colchester Academy, Brookfield, bachelor of engineering, Dalhousie University
  • Meredith Tulloch, Charles P. Allen High School, Bedford, bachelor of applied science, Acadia University
  • James Blair, Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, bachelor of commerce, McGill University

Nova Scotia Community College

  • Carter LeBlanc, École Secondaire de Par-en-Bas, Tusket, Yarmouth Co., utility line work (construction and maintenance)
  • William Pettipas, East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy, heavy duty equipment/truck and transport
  • Mikala Smith, J. L. Ilsley High School, Spryfield, pipe trades
  • Meaghan Konning, Eastern Shore District High School, Musquodoboit Harbour, energy sustainability engineering technology
  • Jessica King, Northeast Kings Education Centre, Canning, electrical technician
  • Andrew Bradley, Shelburne Regional High School, power engineering technology
  • Christian Fraser, Breton Education Centre, New Waterford, plumbing
  • Campbell Henderson, Bridgetown Regional High School, geographic sciences

Energy Innovation Grant Winner

  • Connor Dalzell, bachelor of science, honours-geology (2017), master of science in applied science, Saint Mary’s University