Canada's First HeForShe Scholarship Winners

2015 HeForShe Scholarship Winners

Earlier this month, the University of Waterloo announced the first six recipients of the prestigious HeForShe IMPACT scholarship. 

The scholarship will award a total of $288,000 to 24 exceptional female students over the next four years. Each year, six female students applying to science, technology, engineering or math will receive $12,000 each for the duration of their academic involvement at the university.

This scholarship is one of the ways in which the University of Waterloo shows its commitment to the UN’s HeForShe framework. HeForShe is a global effort to engage men in removing social and cultural barriers that prevent women from achieving their full potential.

Waterloo’s involvement with the initiative will, in part, revolve around boosting female student participation in traditionally male-dominated STEM academic program areas. One of the ways in which the University hopes to achieve this is via HeForShe IMPACT scholarships.

This year’s recipients are:

Sarah Muth

Ever since she was in Grade 9, Sarah knew that she wanted to become a theoretical particle physicist.

I love everythingSarah Muth about physics. I like the idea of understanding the laws which govern the universe. It makes one feel powerful, but also sort of humbled.

Sarah received the HeForShe scholarship when entering the Mathematical Physics program at Waterloo. She is very pleased with the scholarship's prestige, and believes that it will give her a competitive advantage when applying for a masters program at Waterloo's Perimeter Institute. ​

Sally Hui

Sally was admitted into the Mechatronics Engineering program at the University of Waterloo. She is a robotics enthusiast, and while studying at Waterloo, she hopes to explore future employment opportunities through the co-op program. Hui says that she is grateful to receive the HeForShe scholarship.

Sally HuiIt is good to not have to depend on my parents as much and it will be a really good incentive to study really hard to keep the scholarship.​

Anya Forestell

Anya is starting a program in physics and astronomy. Although she dreams of ultimately becoming an astronaut, she is open to exploring other options. 

Anya ForestellReceiving this scholarship is a huge honour for me. HeForShe is an admirable program and I am so grateful for its help.

Anqi Yang 

Yang travelled from Surrey, BC to pursue an engineering degree at Waterloo. While Anqi recognizes that the industry is mostly male dominated she thinks that the HeForShe scholarship is a great step towards gender equality. 

Joyce YangI felt like my heart warmed, as I can see the world is trying to encourage more women into the industry.

Jing MaJenny Ma

​Jing comes from a family of engineers, so for her, computer engineering seemed like a natural choice. Entering the university this fall, Jing received the HeForShe scholarship - which, she says, was very exciting.  

Zhuo Yu 

Zhuo Yu

Zhuo has recently moved to Canada from Shandong, China to study applied mathematics at the University of Waterloo. Although she has participated in the Model United Nations Competition, she was not aware of the HeForShe effort until receiving the scholarship, for which she is very thankful. 

Before I accepted this scholarship, I didn’t know anything about Emma Watson and the UN effort, so when I received it I searched for the program and learned more about it.

Read the full story in the University of Waterloo News.

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