Queen’s Engineering Student Wins $10K Scholarship

Published on: 2011/04/21 - in News

This week, the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF) announced that Queen’s University student Jessica Steeves has received the 2011 Vale Undergraduate Engineering Scholarship.

This prestigious $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to two of the most promising women in an accredited undergraduate engineering program in Canada.  Both winners are described by the Foundation as being actively involved in their communities, volunteering many hours to helping others, as well as exemplifying strong role models for the engineering profession.

Jessica is from Oakville Ontario and a second-year geological engineering student who recently completed her term as the Director of Events for the Queen’s University Engineering Society. She has also volunteered as a swim instructor, served as the First Year President, co-chaired a Relay for Life Committee, organized a charity concert and been a peer tutor.

This is not the first national award received by Jessica, as she also won the Much Music / Hewlett Packard “Declare Yourself” contest in 2009 and received free tuition for her first year at Queen’s along with other prizes.

This year’s second CEMF scholarship winner is University of Windsor student Rita Laith.

Vale is a founding partner with the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation and it is through Vale’s support these two scholarships are available.

“Vale would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Rita and Jessica – to have accomplished so much already as volunteers and community leaders is very impressive and we are proud to support both of these young women as they work towards their goals,” says Michael Gribe, Manager HR Systems, Workforce Planning, Budgeting and Sourcing for Vale. “At Vale, we are committed to building a better future – investing in youth and education is just one of the ways we give back to the communities we serve.”

Along with the financial support, Vale also offers the opportunity for summer job placements to its scholarship winners. They will receive their scholarship certificates this May at the CEMF Annual Awards Ceremony in Halifax.

“Jessica and Rita are joining the ranks of over 100 other remarkable women who have received a CEMF scholarship, and who, collectively, represent the very best the engineering profession has to offer.  We are confident both will go on to successful careers as P.Engs.,” says Huntley O’Connor, P.Eng., CEMF president. “Congratulations Jessica and Rita, and I look forward to meeting you in Halifax this spring.”

For more than ten years, the CEMF has promoted engineering as a career choice for young Canadian women through its scholarship program, a website that attracts thousands of new visitors a month, social media programming, and via scholarship winner presentations to high school students.


Photo / Jessica Steeves: Screencap from her Youtube video submission to Much Music & HP’s “Declare Yourself” contest