"The SMART program has been a great part of my journey for my love of science and robotics. The mentors and helpers guided me every step of the way with their welcoming support."
-- Manorama Joshi, SMART Program participant 2017
In 2016, women made up 34 per cent of STEM bachelor’s degree holders and 23 per cent of science and technology workers. Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Finning Canada are working to change that. Thanks to a new partnership, Girls Inc. and Finning Canada will be awarding two $1000 scholarship to women who are in their first year of post-secondary school pursuing a degree in a science, technology, engineering or a mathematics related field.
Finning Canada STEM Award
Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Finning Canada will recognize two girls for breaking gender stereotypes as they pursue a career in STEM related field.
A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a woman in her first year of a post-secondary school STEM program. Preference will be given to a recipient that previously participated in the Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta Operation SMART®program and lives within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
The second $1000 scholarship will be awarded to an Indigenous woman or someone with deep involvement in Indigenous communities in her first year of a post-secondary school STEM program. Preference will be given to a recipient who participated in Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta Operation SMART® and lives in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
The awards are also available for ‘non-traditional’ STEM fields including ‘applied sciences’ (e.g. nursing, medicine,
economics, social sciences, etc.), so long as the applicant demonstrates how they utilize STEM to break gender
Accepting applications from September 15, 2019 - November 15, 2019
Operation SMART® is a program offered through Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta for girls between the ages of 10 and 14 who have an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics(STEM). Since 2011, Girls Inc. and the BrainStem Alliance have been working together to deliver the program in weekly workshops on saturday mornings.
Girls learn a variety of STEM disciplines through the sessions working with female engineers to explore the vast array of engineering disciplines. This is a hands on, interactive, and life transforming program.
For more information about Operation SMART click here.