Dewalt Names Canadian Winners of Scholarship Program

Power tools manufacturer Dewalt has announced the recipients of its 2024 trade scholarships.

Among the winners are Melissa Eedens of Fort Saskatchewan, Sask., Julian Taylor-Patterson of Ottawa, Ishaan Persaud of Pickering, Ont., and William Veroni of North Vancouver.

Eedens will be attending Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, to prepare for becoming an automotive service technician.

Taylor-Patterson is studying general carpentry at Algonquin College in Ottawa. He was a straight-A student in the University of Ottawa’s visual arts program. Right now, he is a carpentry apprentice working mainly on residential properties. He particularly enjoys building decks, pergolas as well as custom built-ins and kitchens. In his free time, Taylor-Patterson is teaching himself how to build custom furniture.

Persaud is attending the carpentry building construction technician course at Durham College in Oshawa, Ont. He was a varsity baseball player at the college last year and has received several athletic scholarships since 2022, to help further his education.

Veroni will be attending the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Burnaby, British Columbia, to study carpentry. He has won several awards for his scholastic achievements and community service participation, in addition to being a five-time provincial gold medalist in boxing, from 2018 to 2023.

“This year’s scholarship recipients are leading the way for the next generation to launch rewarding careers in the trades,” says Dewalt general manager Frank Mannarino. “At Dewalt, we applaud high school seniors and those at various points in their career journey who have selected the trades, and we encourage our future tradespeople to announce their decision with pride. We are committed to empowering the pros of tomorrow and providing them the resources they need to excel in their training and on the job site.”

Dewalt awarded $200,000 in scholarships in 2024, to 40 students across Canada and the United States pursuing 15 different fields.

The annual scholarship program is part of the company’s ‘grow the trades’ initiative, a $30 million commitment over five years to close the skilled trades gap. To date, the Stanley Black & Decker brand has awarded more than $850,000 in scholarships.

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