De Beers Canada launches UN Women 2018 scholarships for STEM students
De Beers Canada is pleased to announce that the first four scholarships in support of De Beers’ UN Women partnership commitment are now available to female students applying for first-year full-time studies in eligible Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs at the University of Waterloo, also a UN Women HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 champion. Through 2020, De Beers has committed to providing a total of USD$504,000 (approximately CDN$639,000) in STEM scholarships across Canada for female students, including 16 scholarships at the University of Waterloo.
These four inaugural one-year scholarships will be for the September 2018 student intake, with additional support available in future years for incoming students.
Unique to the program is a commitment to identify female Indigenous candidates from the Northwest Territories and northern Ontario in areas where De Beers Canada has mining operations.
De Beers Canada Chief Executive Officer Kim Truter said the launch of this scholarship program is a significant step in enhancing female participation in the mining and technical industries.
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De Beers is a member of the Anglo American group. Established in 1888, De Beers is the world’s leading diamond company with unrivaled expertise in the exploration, mining, and marketing of diamonds. Together with its joint venture partners, De Beers employs more than 20,000 people (directly and as contractors) 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 are committed to Living up to Diamonds by making a lasting contribution to the communities in which they live and work and transforming natural resources into shared national wealth.