The Nellie McClung Foundation presents the Nellie McClung Trailblazer Scholarships.
These awards are for female students considering careers in the exciting fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), business, fine arts, or underrepresented trades. Careers in these areas offer excellent job opportunities, great earning potential and stimulating work environments.
Thank you to all applicants and congratulations to the 2022 recipients.
Julia Sanchez Bonilla
Grade 12 students:
Five awards of $1,000.00 will be granted to female students in grade 12 who have demonstrated an aptitude in an area of study that could lead to further education and/or careers in STEM, business, fine arts or underrepresented trades.
Five awards of $1,750.00 will be granted to female students who are in their first year of post-secondary study in STEM, business, fine arts or underrepresented trades programs.
Selection criteria for both of these awards will ensure the diversity of Manitoba’s population is reflected, including awards to students from Indigenous, northern and rural communities.
Who is eligible to receive an award?
The Nellie McClung Trailblazer Scholarships are open to self-identified female students who are studying and living in Manitoba and are Manitoba Residents*.
* For the purposes of the Grade 12 award category, a Manitoba Resident shall be defined as a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada who, at the application deadline, meets the following description:
– has resided continuously in Manitoba for any two-year period while attending a Manitoba high school
For the purposes of the post-secondary award category, a Manitoba Resident shall be defined as a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada who, at the application deadline, meets any one of the following two descriptions:
– has graduated from a Manitoba high school
– has resided continuously in Manitoba for any two-year period following high school graduation
The Grade 12 award category is open to female students currently enrolled in Grade 12 in a public or private secondary educational institution in Manitoba.
The post-secondary award category is open to female students who are in their first year of post-secondary study in STEM, business, fine arts or underrepresented trades programs (a list of these trades is attached to the application form). The student must be currently enrolled in full-time education (60 to 100 per cent course load in each term).
The following criteria will be considered in selecting award recipients:
demonstration of leadership in school and community activities
demonstration of an interest and aptitude in a future career in STEM, business or underrepresented trades
representation of the diversity of Manitoba’s population
regional and program representation
Applications close March 31, 2022
Application requirement includes:
List any high school courses you have taken or are currently taking related to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), business, fine arts or underrepresented trades
a transcript of your most recent high school marks and proof of current enrolment in Grade 12 [photocopies are acceptable]
a brief typewritten essay (maximum 1,500 words) to tell us about yourself. Include your short and long-term career goals; what makes you passionate about a future career in STEM, business, fine arts or underrepresented trades; your leadership in the school setting; your commitment to your community; a description of any barriers you may have had to overcome in order to succeed; and why you deserve this award.
up to two letters of support by people who can speak to your interest and aptitude in a future career in STEM, business, fine arts or underrepresented trades, your leadership in the school setting and/or your commitment to your community (teachers, counsellors, supervisors, community leaders, mentors, etc.)
Agricultural equipment technician
Aircraft maintenance journey-person
Automotive service technician
Conservation Officer, Park Warden or Fishery Officer
Construction craft worker
Crane and hoisting equipment operator
Diesel engine mechanic
Electric motor system technician
Gas turbine repair and overhaul technician
Heavy duty equipment technician
Industrial mechanic (millwright)
Instrumentation and control technician
Insulator (heat and frost)
Pork production technician
Pre-engineered building erector
Railway car technician
Recreation vehicle service technician
Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic (commercial)
Sheet metal worker
Sprinkler system installer
Tool and die maker
Transport trailer technician
Truck and transport mechanic
Water and wastewater technician