Breaking barriers

Breaking barriers

Helping women in STEM succeed

As the number of women working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers continues to grow, a disparity still exists in the number of women choosing to pursue a career in STEM and to be able to achieve equal pay and high-level positions.  

We want to be a part of changing this. In response to the obstacles women face in STEM fields, 49 Women in Science (49WIS), was created. 49WIS is a giving circle that breaks down the barriers many of our students will face as they follow their science dreams.  

 “The 49 Women in Science scholarship and bursaries not only give students much-needed financial help, but also show them that we acknowledge their hard work and want to encourage them on their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics journey,” said Gerda Krause, Dean, Faculty of Science. 

Currently, funds raised through 49WIS provide support for the following: 

  • Two bursaries for students in financial need, including one for a single parent. 
  • One scholarship awarded to a female student in the sciences, based on academic performance (CGPA). 

But more funding is needed. As of 2022, 49WIS has awarded $43,500 through 29 awards over the last three years, and they are also raising funds to create an endowment. There are currently 50 women in the Giving Circle, and they are seeking new industry partners and members to join the group.  

Join our giving circle and be part of the change that will help women succeed in STEM careers. Donate now. 

Funds raised through the 49WIS Giving Circle provide two bursaries for students in financial need, including one for a single parent. A scholarship is also awarded to a female student in the sciences, based on academic performance (CGPA). The Giving Circle has awarded $43,500 through 29 awards over the last three years, and they are also raising funds to create an endowment. There are currently 50 women in the Giving Circle, and they are seeking new industry partners and members to join the group. 

Join our giving circle and be part of the change that will help women succeed in STEM careers. Donate now.