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New scholarship to support post-secondary mining students

Orefinders and IAMGOLD teaming up with Young Mining Professionals
Orefinders and IAMGOLD are teaming up with Young Mining Professionals to launch a new post-secondary scholarship for students going into a career in mining. (Stock photo)

Orefinders Resources and IAMGOLD have joined with Young Mining Professionals (YMP), a growing association of young workers in the mining industry, to establish a scholarship fund to support Canadian students pursuing careers in mining.

The YMP Scholarship Fund will be awarded to students studying earth sciences and mining engineering at a Canadian university and going into a career in mining.

For the 2018-2019 school year, three scholarships of $4,000, for a total of $12,000, will be awarded to students who represent diversity in the industry: one scholarship each will go to a female student, a male student and a student who is a member of Canada’s Indigenous community.

The fund will help students who have demonstrated superior leadership, determination and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Orefinders CEO Stephen Stewart called young mining workers the industry’s “most important resource,” noting that “sustainability at the people level is the most important aspect of our business.”

"Orefinders is proud to support all Canadians, specifically its Indigenous youth who will be the next generation of mining leaders,” Orefinders CEO Stephen Stewart said in a Jan. 24 news release.

“This YMP Scholarship program is a great way to encourage young people's interest in our industry.

Orefinders will fund the scholarship for the Indigenous recipient, while IAMGOLD will fund the scholarship for both the male and female recipients.

The deadline to submit applications is April 30, 2018. Recipients will be announced on May 31. Find more information about the scholarship and eligibility here.

Orefinders is currently working on its flagship assets, the Mirado Mine near Kirkland Lake and the Knight Project near Gowganda. IAMGOLD has a development property, the Côté Gold Project, near Gogama, in addition to operating mines in Suriname, Burkina Faso, Canada, and Mali.