Nine Canadian women share De Beers scholarships
De Beers Group has awarded C$43,200 in post-secondary scholarships to nine Canadian women as part of its commitment to advancing women and girls in countries where the company produces diamonds. The scholarships are each worth C$4,800.
The scholarships went to seven recipients in the Northwest Territories, one in Nunavut, and one in Northern Ontario. The funding is part of De Beers’ three-year, $600,000 commitment announced in 2017 to support education for women and girls in Canada.
The scholarships allow the women to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and STEM-like disciplines during the 2019-20 school year. Each woman is eligible for an additional two years of funding through the De Beers program.
An additional $84,000 in De Beers scholarships is available to 12 more women studying at the University of Waterloo and the University of Calgary in 2019-20. Once awarded, this will bring the company’s total scholarship support in Canada to over $183,000.
(This article first appeared in the Canadian Mining Journal)