The 2017 scholarship application season is closed. Recipient information will be announced at the 2017 Annual Memorial Scholarship Breakfast on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Ottawa.
The WiDS Scholarship fund was established in 2006 with a mandate to encourage women to pursue careers related to security and defence in Canada, to provide development opportunities to women in the security and defence fields and to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of women who are Canadian citizens employed or planning careers in defence and security. Since 2006 the scholarship has awarded funding to female students ranging from $1,000-10,000.
Applicants must meet the following mandatory criteria. No exceptions will be considered. Applicants must:
1. be enrolled at an accredited university or college, either full-time or part- time (in the case of university students both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible, however undergraduates must have completed at least 2 years of study);
2. demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to security or defence;
3. have a minimum grade point average of 70%;
4. provide evidence of community, education or professional leadership;
5. be a woman; and
6. be a citizen of Canada.
The WiDS scholarships are tenable only at recognized institutions in Canada. For applicants who have completed a previous degree abroad, proof of acceptance or registration at a Canadian institution is required.
APPLICATIONS FOR 2017 ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED. APPLICATIONS FOR 2018 WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE.
Awards will be based on academic achievement, participation and interest in defence and security activities, field of study, work experience, statements of objectives, and recommendations. WiDS reserves the right to revise, suspend, or discontinue this program without notice.
Please note that only successful applicants will be notified. Scholarship recipients will be invited to attend a formal Scholarship Awards Ceremony in Ottawa, Ontario.