Dal AC graduate honoured to receive Nova Scotia Power Centennial Scholarship
By Michelle Thompson
BIBLE HILL, N.S. – Brette Holland has a passion for learning, sports and fitness.
“Brette is an exceptional student-athlete,” said Dalhousie Agricultural Campus (Dal AC) athletics director Judy smith. “She participated in soccer and golf while a student at the Faculty of Agriculture and excelled in both,” she added. “A dedicated, coachable athlete, she has a competitive sport spirit and is a supportive teammate. She was a pleasure to have in the Rams family.”
A mechanical engineering student on the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, Holland was named Rookie of the Year for Golf in 2014-15 and MVP for 2015-16. She was named a CCAA Academic All-Canadian, ACAA All Conference and Dal AC All Academic Athlete for 2014-15. She is also an avid runner, having participated in many local races and competed in the Nike Women’s half marathon in Washington, DC, in 2014.
“As a student athlete at the AC, playing on both the women’s varsity soccer and golf teams, I had many great experiences,” said Holland.
“As a member of the 2015 women’s golf team, playing in the national championships in BC will be a memory I will always treasure,” she added.
Holland was most recently awarded the Nova Scotia Power Centennial Scholarship for 2016. This scholarship is awarded annually to students commencing full-time studies at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Engineering and is renewable for two years.
“I am very honoured to be a recipient of the Nova Scotia Power Centennial Scholarship,” said Holland. “As a student, financial aid goes a long way when pursuing an education. I am very grateful and appreciative of this scholarship.”
Holland graduated from Dalhousie University with distinction in 2013 with a bachelor of science with a major in mathematics and a certificate in actuarial and financial mathematics. She has been named to the dean’s list every year of her university studies, both during her first degree and her current engineering diploma.
Holland grew up in Shortts Lake, surrounded by many supportive people.
“I was drawn to mechanical engineering because of my passion for math and physics along with my keen interest for problem solving,” she said. “Throughout my life I have been fortunate to have had the opportunities and support of my family to participate in many sporting and community events. I was always encouraged to help others achieve their goals in both academics and athletics.”
In her spare time, Holland is also a certified Zumba and ZumbAtomic instructor, having taught regular classes in Halifax, Enfield and Brookfield. She has volunteered her Zumba skills for a multitude of fundraising events, including Relay for Life, Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia, and Girl Guides. She also tutors math at all grade levels.
“The Department of Engineering is delighted to have Brette as our alum. She is equally recognized for her intelligence and diligence as her kindness and leadership,” explained Mandi Wilson, administrative co-ordinator, Department of Engineering. “She aspires to excellence in every activity. Brette is a well deserving recipient of the Nova Scotia Power Centennial Scholarship. We are proud of her academic accomplishments and look forward to her future contributions to the engineering program.”
Holland completed her two-year mechanical enginnering diploma on the AC and will compete her degree on Dalhousie University’s Halifax campus in September as a third year mechanical engineering student in the co-op program.
“When I graduate from the program, I plan to pursue a career in biomedical engineering developing prosthetic limbs due to my strong passion for sport and fitness as well as helping others. I want to enhance the quality of life for others.”
Michelle Thompson is a public relations student at Mount Saint Vincent University, spending her co-op work term at the Faculty of Agriculture in Bible Hill.