Women in S.T.E.M. Scholarship Fund
This fund addresses the gap that currently exists for women living in the Global South and areas of conflict who wish to pursue post-secondary education in S.T.E.M. fields. The fund will empower and enable bright young women to become future leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) and become role models for other young women in their own communities and countries.
According to UNESCO’s March 2015 publication on Women in Science, only 28% of women in the world are researchers. In our countries of focus, the rate of women in S.T.E.M. is 10-20% at best.
Of the 75 students the Foundation supports (52 currently, 23 alumnae), 22 women (30%) of our students pursue S.T.E.M. studies. Examples: a Ugandan pursuing a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering at the University of Calgary; a Palestinian refugee who was living in Lebanon pursuing a Masters in Applied Sciences at Carleton University after we supported her during her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the at the American University, Beirut; and a student from Northern Pakistan in the Masters in Environmental Sciences at York University in January 2017. The Foundation currently supports two students from Syria pursuing undergraduate degrees in Environmental Sciences at the Asian University for Women. And we also support 14 medical students, in Nicaragua, Birmingham (UK), Lebanon and Pakistan.
We have negotiated partner agreements with multiple universities. We are negotiating further agreements, including with the Swiss Federal PhD-granting agency.
One woman receiving a university education can impact ten immediate family members. We believe each of these young graduates will, over their lifetime, impact at least 10,000 people. This could be a Master Science Teacher in Northern Pakistan; a physician who introduces new technology in a refugee camp and saves neo-natal lives; a civil engineer who starts and grows the first female-run civil engineering company in Uganda; a student working on developing a commercially viable and affordable solar powered car that could impact millions in our lifetimes. Or a Palestinian physician who, when she graduated as a pediatrician, wants to work in the refugees camps in Lebanon, providing specialized care to a population of 300,000 refugees spread over multiple camps. Or one from Cameroon completing her PhD in agriculture sciences, who could improve commercial crop yields and impact climate, thus impacting thousands of lives.
Benefactors can contribute $500, $1,000 or $1,500 per month, for a four year commitment, to support one, two or three students respectively. Donations are tax deductible. Donors also have the opportunity to name the scholarship/s after themselves, their families or their loved ones