The Leaders in Equality Award of Distinction (LEAD) Program is a new initiative that supports students who are engaged in reducing gender discrimination or in fields of study where their gender is typically underrepresented. A total of $225,000 in scholarships and awards is available through this program, allowing 90 students to receive $2500 each.
The LEAD program consolidates two streams of funding; the Women in STEM Award stream and the Persons Case Scholarship stream. The purpose of tying these two funding streams into one program is to streamline the application process and reduce the amount of “red tape.”
The Women in STEM Award is open to women under 30 years of age who are studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Up to 40 awards of $2500 are available under this funding stream. The Persons Case Scholarship is open to anyone pursuing a field of study to advance gender equality. Up to 50 awards of $2500 are available under this funding stream.
The application deadline for the LEAD Program is February 21, 2021.
According to the LEAD program website, eligible applicants for either stream of the LEAD program must be:
1) A Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person (visa students are not eligible)
2) An Alberta resident, and to be considered an Alberta resident one of the following conditions must apply:
a) One parent or legal guardian has maintained permanent residence in Alberta for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies, or
b) Alberta is the last place the student has lived for six consecutive months immediately prior to commencing post-secondary studies, or
c) The student’s spouse/partner has maintained permanent residence in Alberta for six consecutive months prior to the person attending post-secondary
Eligible applicants for the Women in STEM Award:
1) Identify as a woman studying in STEM
2) Must be 30 years or younger by March 31, 2021
3) Must be a registered (full or part-time) student in an approved Alberta post-secondary institution
Eligible applicants for the Persons Case Scholarship:
1) Can be any gender
2) Can be any age
3) Must have student status:
a) undergraduates must be a registered (full or part-time) student in an approved Alberta post-secondary institution
b) graduates must be an Alberta resident (as described above) and be registered (full or part-time) in a graduate program in Alberta or elsewhere
The LEAD Program website also states that Indigenous students, racialized students and students living with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.
More information on the LEAD Program and the application process can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/leaders-in-equality-award-of-distinction-lead-program.aspx.
Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grizzly Gazette