CLAUDETTE MACKAY-LASSONDE GRADUATE ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP
ABOUT THE CLAUDETTE MACKAY-LASSONDE GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP
The Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation was founded in 1990 to develop
scholarship and award programs that encourage women to choose engineering as a career
to honour the memory of the 14 women at École Polytechnique whose contributions to
Canada ended on December 6, 1989.
Each year, CEMF offers one $15,000 scholarship in Canada to a woman enrolled full-
time in a graduate engineering program at the PhD. level. This scholarship is meant to
encourage women to pursue their career path in engineering and recognize the valuable
contribution they bring to society through research, teaching and community
Applicants must be willing to act as role models and to promote engineering, particularly
to young women. The scholarship recipient will be required to make at least two
presentations to students in their first year of university, preferably before they have
chosen a specific discipline.
Along with the financial award, there are many other great reasons for applying for
Promotion and Recognition. Those selected for a CEMF scholarship are
featured in an annual Winners Brochure with a biography and photo distributed
nationally, an individualized press release sent to the National Media, professional
engineering associations, the recipient’s university and community media. As
well, the winners’ names, photos, university and year of receiving the scholarship are prominently promoted on the website. Throughout the year, winners are promoted through a variety of public relation methods from posters to media interviews.
Career Networking and Travel Opportunities. The winner will be invited to
attend the CEMF Awards Luncheon to be presented with their award. This event
is held at the AGM of Engineers Canada at various national locations. Travel and
accommodation will be provided, and the winners are given an opportunity to
meet and socialize with prominent members of the industry and leaders in
engineering innovation. As well, the CEMF Board of Directors is made up of
professional engineers who are available to advice and/or mentor winners in
pursuing a successful career.
Recipients Can Use the Monies in Any Capacity. Unlike many other
scholarships, CEMF does not require scholarship winners to apply the award to
tuition, books or academic costs. Rather, scholarships are geared to helping
students stay in engineering and can be used in any capacity the student requires –
from living expenses to child care.
A Focus on the Future. Scholarship recipients act as ambassadors to the field of
engineering and serve as role models for other young women to encourage them
to become professional engineers.
A Scholarship for Leaders. While recognizing academic excellence is important,
the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Scholarship is not awarded based on academic
achievement. Rather, the focus is on female students who are proven leaders in
their community and who have dedicated time to extra-curricular activities and
volunteerism while serving as a role model to others.
All application packages must be Post-marked or Courier Date-stamped no later than
Midnight Friday, January 16, 2009.