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"My name is Nicolas Palacio, and I was born in Medellín, Colombia. Growing up, I was always curious about the world and how things worked, which is why I decided to go into engineering. I am currently a 4th year mechanical engineering student in the University of Victoria, in British Columbia. I came here with the goal of becoming a competent engineer so that I can put my knowledge at the service of the community. Being raised in Colombia gave me a unique perspective of social problems, and how they can be positively or negatively affected by engineering. I grew up in Antioquia, a mountainous and water-rich region of Colombia, the type of region where hydroelectric dams are a viable energy solution. A mega-dam is being built there, but the poorly thought engineering behind it is endangering the neighboring communities. I won’t go into the specifics, but suffice to say that I am very motivated to be an exponent of the responsible use of engineering in the energy sector to improve, not risk, the quality of life of people.  
As an international student, affording school is a major challenge. This scholarship will have a truly meaningful impact in my financial situation and help me keep pursuing my dream of becoming a Canadian engineer. A dream that never seemed more possible. This scholarship will allow me to sorry less about the financial side of things, and put more focus on my school and co-ops, allowing me to become the best engineer I can be. I would like to sincerely thank the SPECEF for this award." 

Nicolas Palacio
University of Victoria

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