WATERLOO, ONT. — The first four scholarships in support of De Beers’ UN Women partnership commitment are now available to female students applying for first-year, full-time studies in eligible science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs at the University of Waterloo.
Through 2020, De Beers has committed to providing a total of $639,000 in STEM scholarships across Canada for female students, including 16 scholarships at the University of Waterloo.
These four inaugural one-year scholarships will be for the September 2018 student intake, with additional support available in future years for incoming students.
Unique to the program is a commitment to identify female Indigenous candidates from the Northwest Territories and northern Ontario in areas where De Beers Canada has mining operations, states the release.
Female students currently applying to Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Chemical Engineering, Geological Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo may be considered for the De Beers scholarships.
In addition to the scholarships, De Beers will also be providing a total of $76,000 in funding over the next three years to sponsor 10 Grade 7 and 8 girls from Indigenous communities each year to attend the University of Waterloo summer IMPACT Camps, doubling attendance to 20 participants each year.
Held over three days each August, these IMPACT camps provide post-secondary awareness and build confidence in girls to consider a career in the STEM fields, the release explains.