Canadian Mining Journal


EDUCATION: De Beers Canada launches scholarships for women STEM students

CALGARY – De Beers Canada is launching four new scholarships for first year, full time women studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. These grants are part of De Beers’ UN Women partnership commitment.

De Beers opened the Victor mine, Ontario’s first and only diamond producer, in July 2008. (Image: De Beers Canada)

Female students currently applying to earth sciences, environmental science, chemical engineering, geological engineering, environmental engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering may be considered for the De Beers one-year scholarships for the September 2018 intake. Additional support will be made available in future years for new students.

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.

De Beers’ program has a unique component – to identify Indigenous women candidates from the Northwest Territories and Northern Ontario. The company operates the Gahcho Kue diamond mine at Lac des Gras, NWT, and the Victor diamond mine near Attawapiskat, Ont.

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 ten 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.

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