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Build a Dream & First Robotics partner on skilled trades scholarship

To encourage and support young women entering the trades, Build a Dream and FIRST Robotics Canada have joined together to create the 2021 Skilled Trade Scholarship.

The ideal candidate will be a woman who has demonstrated strong leadership, is fanatical about science and technology and wants to motivate positive change in the community and has been a part of a FIRST Robotic program either through FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Competition in 2019 or 2020. 

Two scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each will be awarded per school calendar year and will be announced in 2021.

The deadline to apply is February 15th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (EST)!

Skilled Trade Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must:

  • Complete and submit the application form by Febraury 15th, 2021 date;
  • Be a female student currently enrolled, or have been enrolled, in a Canadian high school.
  • Participate on a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) or FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team in Canada;
  • Be eligible to enroll, and agree to enroll, as a full-time student in an accredited college starting no later than the fall semester of 2021; and
  • Use the scholarship to pursue a skilled trade college program 
  • Be a female student who is a dedicated role model in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

Application for women entering trades

To apply for the Scholarship, you must provide each of the following documents to the FIRST Scholarship Committee no later than February 15th, 2021:

  • Your completed application form (indicate on the form which event you/your team are/have attended)
  • A letter of recommendation from a high school instructor from whom you have taken one or more classes
  • A brief essay (no more than 500 words) in which you discuss your desire to be a STEM role model, your participation in the FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and the impact of the program on your life.
  • What sets you apart from others?
  • How are you making a difference and what is your plan to do so moving forward?
  • Your official high school transcript

If you are a home-schooled student, please contact the FIRST Scholarship Committee for instructions on what materials you should provide in lieu of a letter of recommendation and transcript.

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