The longest standing and most recognized program is the WiDS Annual Memorial Scholarship Breakfast, awarded each year in honour of women who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Funded by WiDS’ members and the defence and security industry, this special ceremony has awarded 15 scholarships since 2006 with a value of almost $100,000.
On March 7, 2019, the WiDS Special Memorial Scholarship Breakfast will honour women who have lost their lives in the line of duty because of suicide, and those who continue to struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and mental illness. Collectively, with the support of both government and industry, the CAF, Policing and First Responder agencies, we have assembled a program where we will pay tribute to those who have died, describe efforts highlighting programs that build resilience, and recount stories of hope that will inspire a future where, working together, we can deliver better support services to women employed throughout the defence and security fields.
The WiDS Scholarship fund recognizes excellence in women furthering their educational pursuits related to Canada's defence and security. We are thrilled to provide the successful 2019 incumbent with a scholarship worth $10,000. Our scholarship winner will be announced in the New Year. Thank you to those outstanding applicants who are striving to make a difference. All of your collective efforts are to be truly commended!