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Applications Open for Nine New De Beers Group Scholarships for Females

by pmnationtalk on March 6, 2019190 Views

Mar 01, 2019

De Beers Group is pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for nine entrance scholarships for Canadian females applying for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and STEM-like baccalaureate programs at Canadian post-secondary institutions this fall.

The new scholarships are offered through Scholarships Canada, each worth US$4,800. They are part of De Beers Group’s commitment to provide 67 years of combined education funding for Canadian women between 2018 and 2021 working in partnership with UN Women’s HeForShe movement.

“These nine new scholarships improve opportunities for females to pursue careers in areas that are traditionally male-dominated, especially in the Indigenous and Northern communities where we work,” explained Kim Truter, CEO of De Beers Canada. “Feedback from our scholarship recipients to date has been very positive, with many telling us the funding has helped remove economic barriers which allows more time for them to study and succeed in their chosen field.”

The partnership with Scholarship Canada is in addition to six US$7,000 entrance scholarships being awarded at each of the University of Waterloo and the University of Calgary this fall.

Applications for the Scholarship Canada awards opened today (March 1) and will be accepted online at until 11:59 PM ET on June 1, 2019. Special preference for the scholarships, as well as awards at the Universities of Calgary and Waterloo, will be given to females from northern Ontario, southern Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Awards through Scholarships Canada are renewable for two additional years, based upon academic performance and confirmation that the recipient is still enrolled in a STEM/STEM-like field, making the total potential funding available to each of the nine 2019 recipients worth up to US$14,400 over three years.

The application deadline for De Beers Group scholarships at the University of Calgary is August 1, 2019. The University of Calgary scholarships are open to female undergraduates in Earth Science and Engineering, and the 2019 awards are renewable based academic performance and confirmation of enrolment in the stated fields for the following year.

Awards at the University of Waterloo are available to female undergraduates entering their first year in Earth Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geological Engineering, and, Mechanical Engineering. University of Waterloo scholarships are awarded based upon academic performance and student financial need.

The STEM scholarships are just one component of the De Beers Group-UN Women partnership that will see a total of more than US$3 million invested by De Beers Group in Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa to 2020. Additional activities and investments are planned across Canada between now and 2021.

Tom Ormsby
Tel 403 930 0991 x2703
Mob 403 464 5516


De Beers Group is a member of the Anglo American plc group. Established in 1888, De Beers Group is the world’s leading diamond company with expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of diamonds. Together with its joint venture partners, De Beers Group employs more than 20,000 people across the diamond pipeline and is the world’s largest diamond producer by value, with mining operations in Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa. As part of the company’s operating philosophy, the people of De Beers Group are committed to ‘Building Forever’ by making a lasting contribution to the communities in which they live and work, and transforming natural resources into shared national wealth. For further information about De Beers Group, visit


UN Women is the UN entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. For more information, visit


Created by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, the ‘HeForShe’ solidarity movement for gender equality provides a systematic approach and targeted platform where a global audience can engage and become change agents for the achievement of gender equality in our lifetime. ‘HeForShe’ invites people around the world to stand together as equal partners to craft a shared vision of a gender equal world and implement specific, locally relevant solutions for the good of all humanity. For more information, visit


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