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2014 PEO Scholarships

PEO Grand River Chapter Scholarships Awarded   

After a rigorous evaluation process, the Grand River chapter of PEO is proud to announce the winners of the first year engineering scholarships for 2014. These scholarships were awarded based on applicants extracurricular activities, community service and desire to become a professional engineer. Thanks to the generous donations from Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing Ltd. and JMP Engineering Inc., the Grand River chapter of PEO was able to award three scholarships to deserving students beginning study in engineering at Conestoga College, University of Waterloo and University of Guelph. This year, the number of applications received was more than five times the number that was submitted in 2013.

Joyce Zhang, the recipient of the scholarship funded by the Professional Engineers of Ontario, is enrolled at the University of Waterloo in the biomedical engineering program. In high school, Joyce was a top student at her school, graduating in the top 3% of her class. In addition to that, she was a violinist in the Trinity Western University orchestra, president of a school club that tackled gender equality issues, communications director for her school’s Kid’s Help Phone club, her district’s manager for the Wish Youth Network (a non-profit organization that helps terminally ill children), and other activities in the community. Joyce’s desire for challenging work and being able to impact people’s lives are what drew her to study engineering.


The scholarship funded by Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing Ltd. is awarded to Anne Krueger, a student in the biological engineering program at the University of Guelph. Anne was an avid contributor to her high school and community being a part of numerous councils at school, performing in 7 musical groups, and running cross country and playing field hockey.  But her two contributions she’s most proud of are tutoring fellow students, and volunteering with the Ilderton fall fair, for which this past year she was selected as Fair Ambassador. To Anne, “engineers save the world” is a goal all engineers should strive for. Anne draws inspiration from her agricultural background for her part in saving the world by wanting to address world hunger via plant biotechnology.


Lance Bantoto is the recipient of the scholarship funded by JMP Engineering Inc. Lance has begun in the mechatronics engineering program at the University of Waterloo. During high school, Lance was heavily involved in athletics, playing basketball, volleyball, badminton, track and field and rugby, while also coaching volleyball and refereeing basketball. In addition, he was his school’s magazine’s editor-in-chief, volunteered with his high school’s ESL program and with his high school’s special education program. Furthermore, he has continued his extracurricular activities at the University of Waterloo by joining the Baja SAE design team and Engineers Without Borders. Lance wants to become an engineer to have an impact on a local, national, or even global scale, and has a better appreciation of what it means to be a P.Eng. after having worked in an engineering office.

The Grand River chapter of PEO would like to thank all the applicants; there were many deserving students to pick from. And again, we’d like to thank Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing Ltd. and JMP Engineering for making the additional scholarships possible this year. The awards will be presented at the Grand River Chapter of PEO’s Annual General Meeting on Monday, February 9, 2015.

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