20 Scholarships to Celebrate 20 Years!

Techsploration raises $20,000 in scholarships and bursaries for its alumnae and young women pursuing post-secondary education in science, trades, and technology

Techsploration recently announced an expansion of its scholarship program for the 2018-2019 school year with the launch of its ‘20 scholarships to celebrate 20 years’ campaign in recognition of the non-profit’s 20th anniversary. The announcement was made at Techsploration’s Annual Launch and 20th Anniversary Kick-off on November 24th to an audience of industry sponsors, alumnae, teachers, role models, and volunteers.

“The expansion of our scholarship program reflects our dedication and the commitment of our industry sponsors to growing a diverse workforce. Our aim is to help remove financial barriers to post-secondary education for our alumnae and young women in our region who want to pursue a career path in science, trades, or technology. In many cases careers paths in those fields are uncharted territory for women, and we want that to change,” says Arylene Reycraft, Executive Director of Techsploration

Techsploration scholarships and bursaries provide financial support for Techsploration alumnae and young women in Nova Scotia to further their post-secondary education in science, trades, or technology, fields where women are typically underrepresented. This investment aligns with Techsploration’s mandate to increase the number of women working in science, trades, and technology by encouraging young women in grades 9 through 12 twelve to consider careers in those fields via hands-on, mentor-led programming.

“I was awarded the first Techsploration scholarship in 2002. I was one of two women in my program. This scholarship helped me focus on doing my course load, instead of worrying about how I would make my tuition payments. Techsploration pushed me out of my comfort zone, which encouraged me to take risks when I normally wouldn’t. It’s been the voice in the back of my head telling me to do something I’m passionate about,” explains Margaret Davidson, Techsploration Alumna and Scholarship Recipient.

The campaign is off to a strong start with more than $20,000 in total scholarship commitments, marking the organization’s largest investment in scholarships to date. The following organizations have confirmed Techsploration scholarships: Acadia University, Dalhousie University, Digital Nova Scotia, Engineers Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, Nova Scotia Community College, REDspace, St. Francis Xavier University, and Saint Mary’s University. Additional details on each individual scholarship will be available in January, 2018.

“We’re excited to support Techsploration’s 20th year, a huge milestone for an organization that is doing so much to empower the next generation of women leaders. As both a sponsor and role model, I’ve seen first hand the impact this program has had on raising awareness about the countless careers in STEM. They are working to break down barriers for girls entering these industries and showing them they are capable of doing anything. By supporting programs like Techsploration, we as industry leaders are investing in these girls’ futures and validating the job opportunities for them in our sectors,” notes Jenn Priske, REDspace Executive.

Organizations interested in contributing to Techsploration’s scholarship campaign can do so up until February 20th, 2018. For more information on this initiative, please contact emily.boucher@techsploration.ca.

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Emily Boucher
Manager, Communications and Strategic Partnerships
Techsploration
O: 902-491-3535  C: 902-817-6428
E: emily.boucher@techsploration.ca