Five Scholarships for IT Students

Colloque TI 2016 (IT Symposium)

September 22

As part of the Colloque TI 2016 (IT symposium), held last April in Shawinigan, the organizing committee presented five scholarships. The total amount awarded this year was $3,000.  The scholarships were awarded to students from Saint-Jacques school, Collège Shawinigan, Cégep de Trois-Rivières and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR).

As a result of this initiative, two Shawinigan College students will receive a grant of $500. The first winner is Christopher Giguère, a third year IT & Management student. The winner is well known for the excellence of his academic achievements and his sense of commitment. Among other things, the former dropout helped secondary school students from Séminaire Ste-Marie with their robotics project.

Also from Collège Shawinigan, Karim Merri, a student in mobile applications programming, made a mark through his involvement with his peers and academic achievements. The Algerian-born student whose native tongue is not French, has demonstrated a strong resiliency.

Cégep de Trois-Rivières student Laurence Paillé also received a $500 scholarship. She is also a third year IT & Management student.

Finally, Denis Beaudoin, a student attending Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) was also awarded a $500 scholarship. Mr. Beaudoin obtained a diploma in computer science from Collège Shawinigan. He then worked as a programmer, technician and coordinator before returning to school and completing a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

The amount of $1,000 was also awarded to the special education class of Saint-Jacques school, in Shawinigan. This amount will be applied to the purchase of IT equipment. As part of the symposium, the students raised $412 (an amount that is supplemented by their scholarship) with a silent auction based on a selection of works produced with outdated computer equipment.

"These students are a valuable asset for our IT employers who need skilled workers to meet the growing demand," says Colloque TI 2016 spokesperson Mario Lamontagne (also president of the Shawinigan Chamber of Commerce and Industry).

It should be noted that ICO Technologies and Cognibox, which are both seeking skilled workers, have each contributed the amount $1,500.<

Photo : L'Hebdo du St-Maurice