Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
November 01, 2018

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation:

Minister Encourages Applications for 2019 Research Inspired Student Enrichment Awards

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this Honourable House to promote a wonderful initiative supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation.

The Research Inspired Student Enrichment Awards – or RISE – gives recipients an opportunity to attend research-related enrichment programs at prestigious schools such as the Research Science Institute based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program at the University of Toronto, and the Boston Leadership Institute in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

High school students in the province who demonstrate academic excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and who will be completing Level II by June 2019, are eligible to apply. Awards range in value from $7,900 to $15,100, and will be granted to a maximum of 15 students. Eligible students must have a minimum average of 90 per cent across all Level I courses, and have a minimum number of courses in science and mathematics.

Mr. Speaker, the deadline for this year’s RISE Awards is November 8.

As part of The Way Forward’s Technology Work Plan, we want to give students the opportunity to further their educational horizons in ways that promote experiences with technology and innovation, while also building on their potential here at home. The RISE Awards is a wonderful program that empowers our youth to aim higher and achieve more academically. In supporting this initiative, our government is showing its commitment to increasing innovation, fostering creativity and developing an entrepreneurial spirit.

Mr. Speaker, 110 RISE Awards have been presented to students who thrive academically in our schools. I encourage all students to apply and reach their full potential, becoming tomorrow’s innovators, educators, researchers, and leaders.

Thank you.

2018 11 01                              1:55 p.m.