Two African-Canadian students in the Correctional Workers’Program at Nova Scotia Community College will get two years offree tuition and books, along with a two-year employmentcontract, thanks to the new Morton Simmonds Scholarship. The scholarship, valued at about $6,000, is named for NorthPreston community leader Morton Simmonds, a former correctionalofficer with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. “We hope these scholarships encourage qualified students topursue an important career in correctional services,” saidJustice Minister Michael Baker. “We’ve made significant progressin encouraging diversity among our workforce. We are pleased tofund this educational initiative, and I want to thank thescholarship committee members for creating a valuable program.” Partners include the North Preston Gospel Technology Association,the Nova Scotia Community College and the correctional servicesdivision of the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. “In an effort to enrich our workforce, correctional services andour partners are pleased to offer an exciting and challengingcareer opportunity to two individuals of African descent,” addedLarrie Wright, captain, correctional services. Scholarship candidates must be 19 years of age, with proof ofGrade 12 graduation or equivalency. They must also complete a500-word essay explaining why they’ve chosen to pursue a careerin this field, and agree to two years of employment withcorrectional services. Application forms are available at two locations: the WatershedAssociation Development Enterprise (WADE) office at 1144 MainSt., Dartmouth, which is located near the Black Cultural Centrefor Nova Scotia; and the Resource Employment Centre (satelliteoffice) at 984 North Preston Rd., Dartmouth. Completedapplication forms are due by 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15.