VANCOUVER – More Canadian women will be able to pursue successful careers in engineering thanks to two new annual scholarships from AMEC and the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF). Two scholarships for women in engineering will be awarded this fall.
AMEC is funding the new $10,000 AMEC Masters Scholarship in Engineering and the new $5,000 undergraduate AMEC Scholarship in Engineering for Aboriginal Women. Both will be awarded annually for three years beginning in the fall of 2006. As well, AMEC is ensuring these women will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience by offering the scholarship recipients summer employment. AMEC’s total commitment to CEMF’s scholarship is $60,000.
These new scholarships will be awarded based on leadership, extracurricular activities and the applicant’s dedication to encouraging more women to enter engineering, rather than academic performance. CEMF now offers a total of 10 scholarships at the graduate and undergraduate levels for women in engineering.
“AMEC recognizes that there is a real need to encourage more women to enter engineering,” says Michael Jolliffe, AMEC’s VP of government relations and communications. “We are pleased to partner with the CEMF on new scholarships, and one which will encourage Aboriginal women to enter engineering.” Women represent only 10% of the 160,000 licensed engineers across Canada and the number of Aboriginal women in engineering is significantly lower.
Visit www.cemf.ca for more information on the scholarships available to women who study engineering.