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Posted November 5, 2009

Conestoga and Harvard Students Side by Side

Kitchener - Conestoga Architecture - Project and Facility Management degree students Laura Murray, Stephanie Klages and Dana Brashwere recently granted scholarships from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), an organization of professionals from around the world.

Conestoga Architecture Students

Scholarships were granted based on merit, academic achievement, and involvement in IFMA. Twenty-seven awards were granted in total, with Laura, Stephanie and Dana being the only Canadian recipients. The scholarships range from $1,500 to $5,000 per student, and the winners also receive a free trip to the World Workplace Conference in Orlando, Florida, where the scholarships are presented.

This year IFMA awarded scholarships to deserving students from a wide variety of universities including Harvard, Ferris State, Georgia Tech, and Cornell University.

Laura won the Corporate Facilities Council Award; Stephanie the DallasFort Worth Metroplex ChapterAward; and Dana the Canadian Chapter Scholarship. All three recipients are completing their Bachelor of Applied Technology in Architecture Project and Facility Management at Conestoga College Institute of Technology in Kitchener, Ontario. Stephanie and Dana are in their fourth year of the program, and Laura is in third year.

Graduates of this four-year, co-op program will be educated and trained specifically to supervise and manage projects and facilities for the built environment. Students will graduate with strong foundations in architecture, construction, basic engineering and business, comprehensive insight into facility management and exposure to both liberal arts disciplines and practical applications for the business enterprise. All dimensions will involve creativity, leadership training, teamwork, and individual initiative, emphasizing the practical application of classroom studies.

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