Date: June 8th, 2022

Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA), Business is Jammin’, GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. (GTI), and Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS) are partnering to establish the ILA-Ocean Technology Scholarship for African Nova Scotian students in grades 11 and 12. This scholarship will grant eligible students up to $7000 CAD per semester for 4 years of undergraduate studies, and a guaranteed paid co-op placement with GeoSpectrum Technologies.

This scholarship was created in response to the financial barriers faced by African Nova Scotians attending post-secondary education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This scholarship aims to motivate African Nova Scotian learners in ocean technologies and science. African Nova Scotian students that are interested in ocean technology or science careers and plan to enter post-secondary STEM education will be able to further their education. Furthermore, the scholarship will be awarded to students that demonstrate financial need and wish to pursue Ocean related STEM programs in university or college.

About GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. (GTI):

GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. specializes in underwater acoustic transducers and systems. For over two decades, we have been meeting the needs of our customers as designers and manufacturers of hydrophones and sound projectors as well as consultants on the integration and testing of acoustic systems. GeoSpectrum has been recognized as a leading provider of specialized surveillance software for a variety of applications including military sonar (multistatic-active, passive, mine hunting), marine mammal monitoring, and ocean observation.

About Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS):

The Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS) is an industry association representing the ocean technology and industry sector in Nova Scotia. The mandate of the Council is to advance economic opportunities for Nova Scotia’s Ocean Technology companies. OTCNS acts as a facilitator, linking members to each other and to government partners. Our purpose is to identify, promote and support the development of opportunities for our member companies and to the sector. OTCNS is a key resource for Nova Scotia businesses to access information on ocean technology related procurement, business and academic linkages.

About Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA):

Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA) is an innovative university-community partnership that uniquely mobilizes university/college students, faculty, and community leaders to help improve student success and bridge the achievement gap for Grades 6-12 students of African heritage in Nova Scotia.   ILA provides its participants with an enriching blend of real-world learning projects, skill-building, and leadership development activities as well as tutoring support. Operating in half of Nova Scotia's regional centers of education, ILA trains and supports university/college students to play powerful roles in the lives of its participants through the building of self-confidence, self-discipline and the mastery of concepts related to scientific, technical, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) fields.

About Business is Jammin’ (BIJ)

Business is Jammin’ shapes youth into vibrant members of the business community. BIJ works with young people through a range of educational, social, mentorship, and financial support programs to build business acumen and leadership skills. In the last decade BIJ has helped inspire thousands of program participants to stay in school, start up their own ventures, and bring an exceptional level of professionalism to any workplace. BIJ envisions a future where program participants will highlight their involvement with BIJ on resumes, business loan applications, and speaking engagements. BIJ aims to be the premier partner in mentoring and guiding Black youth to be in-demand members of the business world.

For more information, please contact:

Benjamin Ofosu-Atuahene

ILA Outreach and Communications officer