Meet the Trailblazers:Our STEM Scholarship Recipients

At Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta, we are dedicated to nurturing the next generation of female leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Thanks to our partnership with Finning Canada, each year we proudly award two scholarships to outstanding young women from the Wood Buffalo region who are breaking barriers and paving the way in STEM fields.

Our recipients are not just scholars; they are innovators and pioneers. With Finning Canada’s support, these young women have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their studies and a commitment to utilizing their knowledge to challenge and transform the gender stereotypes in STEM. From aspiring engineers and mathematicians to future leaders in applied sciences like nursing and economics, these young women exemplify the courage and intelligence that define the spirit of our community.

Join us in celebrating the achievements and aspirations of these remarkable scholars who continue to inspire and lead by example, proving that with passion and perseverance, anything is possible in the world of STEM.

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Chantel Tait

Chantel is heading into her third year pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Keyano College. She aspires to be “a noble advocate for the Indigenous community and assist in the goal of reconciliation and empowerment of the Indigenous population.” She says she wants to be an inspiration to future Indigenous students and women to “pursue their dream career and not give up on what they want.” Chantel notes that the challenges and discrimination she has experienced as an Indigenous woman motivates her in proving to society that being Indigenous doesn’t restrict her ability to be successful.

Aparna Gupta

Aparna is a fifth year chemical engineering student at the University of Alberta. Aparna explains that her desire to become an engineer is rooted from experience in being raised in Fort McMurray. At the age of 13, she had the opportunity to visit Syncrude and to experience a life as an engineer for one whole day. Aparna was struck by how the engineering department was a male dominant environment. She was not intimidated by it being predominantly male, but fascinated by the work that the engineers were doing. Aparna is involved in ensuring different ways to represent engineering as a female, mostly by encouraging and educating young people about the opportunities in engineering. Aparna has been a volunteer with the Girls Inc. Staying Strong Mentoring Program for more than five years.

Janelle Flett

Janelle is working to become an environmental scientist. She says growing up near the oil sands and being Indigenous she has always understood the economic benefit but worried for her community and land. Janelle wrote, “As a little girl I remember wanting to save the world after watching a water documentary, now I know I won’t ‘save the world’ but, I think the path I am on is a step in the right direction.” Janelle believes that advancements in reclamation technology are needed and hopes to work in remediation or expand research involving tailing ponds and wetlands in northern Alberta. Janelle has strong community connections, volunteering with Santas Anonymous, The Salvation Army and the Community Clean Up.