michael-carrollMichael Carroll Michael Carroll is a Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen from Whitby who received financial help from the MNO to complete the last year of his Nuclear Engineering degree from the University of Ontario: Institute of Technology.

Michael had always had a natural affinity for science, specifically nuclear physics and he knew by the time he was in high school that his career choice would be in a field that relied on these disciplines. He had completed three years of his four year program in Nuclear Engineering by 2012 but was feeling some financial strain as he approached in his final year of school. “The tuition and associated costs of the program were quite expensive and the workload was demanding. It was not possible to work full time to cover the costs while completing the schooling,” he said.

Faced with this situation, Michael reached out to the MNO office in Toronto, which was able to provide him with tuition and funding for books. This allowed him to maintain focus on his program by minimizing the stress finances can place on an intensive, full-time academic schedule in a demanding field like nuclear engineering. Ultimately, Michael was successful, graduating from his program and securing employment with Bruce Power as a Component Engineer. “Through the financial help from the MNO, I was able to devote more time to my studies and successfully complete my degree. My life has improved greatly. I now have a salary and am looking forward to saving for a down payment for my own house.”