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Women’s defence organization accepting applications for 2019 Memorial Scholarship

WiDS (Women in Defence and Security) is now accepting applications for the 2019 WiDS Memorial Scholarship.

Established in 2006, the memorial scholarship was created to encourage women to pursue careers related to national security and defence in Canada, and to provide financial assistance to women employed or planning careers in defence and security. 

As a volunteer-run organization, WiDS’s members are men and women who work in the public sector, the private sector, corporate, government, academic and military fields. WiDS was created to highlight defence and security as a great career option for women and to provide a forum for those in the industry to come together and network.

Co-Presidents’ of Scholarships, Fellowships and Internships Heather Hrychuck and Dr. Shelley Kelsey say the most rewarding aspect of working with WiDS is the moment they call someone to tell them they have been the selected recipient.

“In that moment you can really tell how much of a difference it makes to them and their future. The second most rewarding part is being able to spend a short amount of time with the recipient and their families before and during the WiDS Memorial Scholarship Breakfast in March,” says Kelsey.

“We are rewarded again as we hear about the impact this will have on their future, watching the pride in their families as they receive the scholarship, and providing them with continuous mentorship,” says Kelsey.

The scholarship ranges from $1,000 – 10,000 and is open to women who are enrolled at an accredited university, demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career related to Canada’s security or defence.

Other criteria include a minimum grade point average of 70 per cent, provide evidence of community, education or professional leadership and be a citizen of Canada. 

Applications must be mailed to WiDS, postmarked no later than December 16th, 2018.

“We hear about the impact this will have on their future, watching the pride in their families as they receive the scholarship, and providing them with continuous mentorship.”

For more information or to apply click here.

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Paige LeClair

As a recent graduate from the St. Thomas University Journalism program, Paige has a passion for storytelling and investigative journalism. In 2016, she, along with her journalism team were awarded first place at the Emerge Media Awards in the multimedia category. The team was also a finalist at the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards. She is excited to work with other military spouses providing stories and information to the military community. Paige is newly married to Andrew, a Lineman, and moved to their first posting in Petawawa in May of this year. She is excited to begin this journey with Andrew, their dog Diablo, and cat, Linux

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