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Girls Inc. announce partnership with Finning Canada

PHOTO. Students hard at work participating in a BrainSTEM Alliance function. Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta announced a three-year partnership with Finning Canada providing scholarships for female students pursuing a STEM-related field in post-secondary education. Supplied by BrainSTEM Alliance.

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta received a generous contribution from Finning Canada.

The Vancouver-based heavy equipment dealer pledged $5000 over the next three years for Girls Inc.’s Operation S.M.A.R.T. Program.

Finning will also award two $1000 scholarships to Indigenous female students pursuing post-secondary education in STEM.

Moreover, their partnership led to the founding of the Finning Canada STEM Award.

The award would also provide two $1000 scholarships to first-year students enrolled in a STEM program at their post-secondary school.

Finning’s Vice President of Mining Solutions, Brent Davis, said Girls Inc. keeps with their purpose to build a better world.

“In keeping with our core purpose to build and power a better world and our focus on STEM education in youth, Finning encourages girls in the region to get involved in the program and consider applying for the Finning awards to assist with their continued education in a STEM field.”

Davis added participants of S.M.A.R.T. would receive preference for scholarships.

Nanase Tonda, Executive Director for Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta, also talked about the bold, new initiative.

“Together with a growing body of advocates for women and girls in STEM, we hope that many girls in our community find sparks and passion through this program and ultimately break the gender stereotypes.”

The application period begins Sept. 15, 2019, and end on Nov. 15, 2019.

STEM is the acronym for the study of science, mathematics, engineering or technology.