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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 will be awarded to a girl/young woman enrolled in or applying for 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 at the time of application.

Another $3500 scholarship will be awarded to an Indigenous girl/young woman or someone with deep involvement in Indigenous communities enrolled in or applying for a post-secondary school STEM program. Preference will be given to a recipient who participated in Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta Operation SMART program and lives in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo at the time of application.

Both awards are given based on the financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activities/community involvement, as well as demonstrated interest and passion in STEM careers.

The awards are 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 stereotypes.

3D Printing with Medical Makers. Operation S.M.A.R.T. - 2019.

Virtual Operation S.M.A.R.T.

Reaching S.M.A.R.T bridges Indigenous knowledge and “western science” together to connect girls to land and culture, while inspiring them to consider careers in STEM related fields.