Pangnirtung’s Jenna Kilabuk-Qaqqasiq and Iglulik’s Kylie Angutimarik are the first two recipients of the inaugural Danielle Moore Scholarship, announced the Pinnguaq Association on August 17.
The Scholarship, itself announced earlier in April, was launched to honour the memory of Danielle Moore who’s life was tragically cut short when flight ET302 crashed in Ethiopia.
Moore was on her way to a United Nations Environmental Assembly taking place in Kenya.
Each recipient will be receiving $3,000 in support of their ongoing education. They were chosen by Pinnguaq and the Moore family out of 11 applicants who applied for the scholarship in 2022.
Moore was an advocate for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) education and Pinnguaq hopes to continue that legacy through this scholarship named after her.
“Danielle was a passionate educator, and a true inspiration for everyone she worked with – her peers and the children at the (Iqaluit) Makerspace, who called her the girl with the robots,” said Ryan Oliver, CEO and Founder of Pinnguaq. “I can’t think of a better way to remember her, and broaden her legacy, than supporting these youth in achieving their dreams, just as she did.”
Kilabuk-Qaqqasiq will be entering her third year of the Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP), she hopes to teach in her home community. Angutimarik will be studying in her second year of Nunavut Arctic College’s Fur Design program.
“Every applicant to the scholarship was worthy,” Oliver said, “The hardest part was having to narrow this down.”