New scholarship for Memorial engineering students
There is a new scholarship for Newfoundland and Labrador students studying engineering at Memorial University.
The Peter Kohler Engineering Scholarship was established earlier this year thanks to a generous donation from Peter Kohler.
Mr. Kohler, who passed away last year, was the founder of Kohler Windows, now Kohltech Windows and Entrance Systems. The late engineer established the scholarship for Newfoundland and Labrador engineering students because he wanted to give back to the province that supported his business well over the years.
It was Mr. Kohler’s wish to make engineering education an option for students who might not, otherwise, be able to afford such a program.
Recipients must demonstrate high academic ability, and preference is given to Newfoundland and Labrador students with financial need.
The annual scholarship is valued at $50,000 per student and is granted as $10,000 a year over five years. Annual renewal is dependent on recipients maintaining minimum academic requirements.
Born in Germany, Mr. Kohler moved to Canada when he was 23 to study mechanical engineering at Queen’s University. In 1977, he started a cellulose insulation firm in Debert, Nova Scotia. Around that same time, he introduced vinyl windows and doors to the construction industry. Mr. Kohler’s business acumen, commitment to the highest standards of quality and unrelenting pursuit of product innovation positioned his company, Kohler Windows, as a Canadian industry leader and he is considered a pioneer in the field. Not one to do things on a small scale, Mr. Kohler established this sizable scholarship to create a significant impact on the lives of local engineering students.
Mohammad Maarouf is the first recipient of the Peter Kohler Engineering Scholarship.
He grew up in Syria but moved to St. John’s in 2016 where he graduated from Holy Heart of Mary High School. Mr. Maarouf is currently in his first year of engineering studies at Memorial and hopes to major in mechanical engineering.
“It is an honour for me to receive this award,” said Mr. Maarouf. “This award will inspire me every day to do better and will encourage me to achieve more.”
The scholarship will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the recommendation of the Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.