The Manitoba Government and the Nellie McClung Foundation present 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 or underrepresented trades. Careers in these areas offer excellent job opportunities, great earning potential and stimulating work environments.

Two categories of awards are being offered:

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 or underrepresented trades.

Post-secondary students:

  • 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 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 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:

  • academic standing
  • 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

Who will award the Nellie McClung Trailblazer Scholarships?

Manitoba’s Minister responsible for the Status of Women will grant the award based on recommendations made by a selection committee. The awards are being presented in partnership with the Nellie McClung Foundation.

How to Apply

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Deadline for completed applications have now closed.
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