Discontinued in 2023
"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. Together they will award two scholarships to individuals in (or entering) a post-secondary school in a science, technology, engineering or a mathematics(STEM) related field.
This includes applied sciences such as, nursing, economics, medicine and social sciences.
In 2021 these scholarships increased from $1000 to $3500.
Finning Canada STEM Award
Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Finning Canada has recognize girls for breaking gender stereotypes as they pursue a career in a STEM related field.
In 2021, the $1000 scholarship increased to $3500 and awarded to a woman in (or entering) a post-secondary STEM program. Preference was be given to a recipient that previously participated in the Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta Operation SMART program and lived within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
The second $3500 scholarship was awarded to an Indigenous woman or someone with deep involvement in Indigenous communities in (or entering) a post-secondary STEM program. Preference was given to a recipient who participated in Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta Operation SMART® and lives in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.