Rittal ‘Women in Tech’ EFC scholarship winners announced

Mike Edwards   

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Melissa Montenegro (left), Mohawk College, and Itohansose Itua, University of Waterloo.

Mississauga, ON-based Rittal Systems Ltd. has announced the winners of the Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) ‘Women in Tech’ Scholarship program cheques of $1,750 each to pursue their careers in the Electrical & Manufacturing Industry.

Congratulations go out to Melissa Montenegro, Mohawk College, and Itohansose Itua, University of Waterloo, the recipients of these scholarships.

In February this year, EFC announced an annual scholarship program that provides university and college students, who are interested in pursuing a career in the Electrical industry, with funding to support their academics. It says that the electrical industry is “Powering a Changing World” in areas such as digitization, electrification, Internet of Things (IoT) and other emerging technologies providing many exciting career opportunities.

According to Tim Rourke, president, Rittal Systems, “Rittal is pleased to be able to motivate and support women in Technical education and careers by partnering with EFC. We wish to thank all the talented women who applied for these scholarships. We are confident that both Melissa and Osose are worthy recipients and will make us proud with their dedication to the industry and to advanced studies in their areas of expertise.”

Montenegro is an Energy Systems EngTech Candidate at Mohawk College, experienced in Power Generation Projects in both Oil & Gas and Thermoelectric Power Plants. Her career interests include Clean Energy Engineering and Energy Sources Diversification. She has a personal Interest in supporting STEM and Women in Tech and Trades Programs.

“Beyond being a great financial support for me, this award has given me the satisfaction that everything I have done in my studies, volunteering, as well as support for Women in Tech, has led to this,” says Montenegro.

“I wish to thank Rittal and EFC for recognizing women in tech and giving them the opportunity to make a difference in their lives and to the future of Canada!”

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Itua is currently studying Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. “I am honoured to be one of the first recipients of this scholarship as it will motivate me to continue to strive for excellence as my program progresses,” she says.

“I hope this also inspires other girls who are interested in Tech to pursue it and to know that there is support for them. This funding will help me in my educational pursuits to relieve some of the financial burden that comes with studying at a distinguished University such as Waterloo. I would like to thank Rittal and EFC for this scholarship and I admire their vision to empower people like me to be able to pursue their passions in the Electrical Industry. I am inspired to continue to give back to my community and to help others to achieve their goals as well.”

Watch her video here:

Rittal Systems Ltd., headquartered in Mississauga, ON, is the Canadian subsidiary of Rittal GmbH & Co. KG, with headquarters in Herborn, Germany, and is one of the world’s leading system suppliers for enclosures, power distribution, climate control, IT infrastructure and software & services. Customers from all sectors of industry, from mechanical and plant engineering, as well as from the IT and telecoms market are making use of system solutions from Rittal.

Electro-Federation Canada (EFC) is a national, not-for-profit industry association. Together, its councils represent 250 member companies that manufacture, distribute and service electrical and electronics products. The companies contribute over $10 billion to the Canadian economy and employing more than 40,000 workers in more than 1,200 facilities across Canada.

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