Asif Khan, Ofelia Jianu, Randy BowersScholarship recipients pose with Asif Khan, chair of the Windsor-Essex chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario, and UWindsor professors Ofelia Jianu and Randy Bowers.

Engineering students lauded for performance in and outside of the classroom

High academic performances and leadership skills landed 21 University of Windsor engineering students scholarships from the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education.

Asif Khan, chair of the Windsor-Essex chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario, recognized students on behalf of the foundation during a ceremony at the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation for those who received scholarships in the past three years.

“For me, the most significant benefit has been that the financial support has allowed me to fully dedicate my time and energy into succeeding in my studies,” said Steven Vrantsidis, a recipient of the foundation’s $1,500 entrance scholarship.

The Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education is a charity run by a volunteer board of directors that provides scholarships to encourage engineering students to pursue careers in the profession. The scholarships are financed through donations from professional engineers in Ontario, as well as corporate and individual donations.

“These scholarships demonstrate the commitment of the profession to its future leadership and to professional excellence,” Khan said.

In the past three decades, the foundation has donated more than $130,000 to engineering students at the University of Windsor. It has established two annual scholarships for six UWindsor undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership skills through involvement in extracurricular or volunteer activities.

The 2015-2017 recipients had a chance to share advice with a room of undergraduate students during the ceremony.

“Work hard, because whatever you get out of your university education will be what you put in,” Vrantsidis said.

Israa El-Sabbagh received a $1,500 undergraduate scholarship. The industrial engineering student recommended networking with professors.

“It’s is really important. So is connecting with engineers in the community, volunteering and remaining active in the community,” she added.

Alex Michael Smith (2017), Eric Walo (2016), and Vicki Bousaba (2015) received the Professional Engineers Gold Medal, awarded to an engineering student who attains the highest cumulative average throughout their undergraduate term.

Learn more about the foundation on its website.

Kristie Pearce