Syncrude invests $500,000 in outreach programming for youth

Youth in the Wood Buffalo region will have increased access to unique learning opportunities through a $500,000 Syncrude donation to the University of Alberta.

“We’re very proud to support the University of Alberta in the work they do to provide high-quality educational opportunities for youth,” said Syncrude President and CEO Scott Sullivan.

Over the next five years, Syncrude’s $500,000 donation to the University of Alberta will support the Discovery E and WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology) outreach programs for K-12 students in the Wood Buffalo region. The Discover E program, led by the Faculty of Engineering, helps Grade 1-12 students experience the excitement of engineering, science and technology. In 2009, nearly 2000 students in 12 Wood Buffalo schools took part in workshops and camps. Syncrude’s donation will help expand the program, offering camps in the northern and Aboriginal communities.

“Participating in these hands-on learning programs helps students grow and succeed in the careers of their choice,” added Scott.

We’re committed to life-long education; and by investing in these student programs, we support their journeys of discovery and learning.

Scott Sullivan

The WISEST program offers a six-week summer program that places Alberta youth in research labs that are non-traditional for their gender. Syncrude’s donation will also support expanding the outreach program for Grade 5-9 students living in the Wood Buffalo region and the Science Discovery Bus program.


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