Canadian Association of Women in Construction Bursary

June 30, 2023

One of CAWIC’s mandates is to promote education and encourage women to pursue careers in the construction industry. To this end, each year we organize several fundraising events, and a portion of the proceeds are allocated to our bursary fund. In order to help us identify potential applicants for bursaries, we approach various Canadian post-secondary institutions that provide diploma or degree programs in construction-related disciplines to distribute information to students on our bursary program. Our Bursary Committee will select the successful recipients of several $1,000 and $2,000 bursaries from a list of applicants. These recipients are chosen based on meeting the required criteria.

Students enrolled in construction-related programs may apply directly to CAWIC on or before June 30, 2023 for the term commencing in September of that year.

How to Apply

Minimum qualifications are:

  • Applicant must identify as a woman
  • Completion of at least the first year of a diploma or degree program at a college or university and full time enrolment in the subsequent year or minimum enrolled in a 1-year trades program*
  • Demonstrate clear career objectives relating to the construction industry
  • Evidence of financial need
  • Leadership qualities and involvement in community activities
  • Interest in activities that further the advancement of women in construction, and
  • Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status

*If applying for the Cooper Bursary for Women in Construction, applicant must be enrolled in a minimum 1-year trades program at a college or registered trades school.

Students who wish to apply for a CAWIC bursary must submit the following minimum documentation:
● Completed Application Form
● Two letters of reference, at least one from a current college or university instructor. Letters from family members are not acceptable. **see note below
● Most recent grade transcript
● Covering letter describing career objectives in the construction industry as well as the areas in which they intend to participate in CAWIC activities.

** CAWIC may contact references.

Bursary recipients will receive a one-year complimentary student membership in CAWIC which provides invaluable networking opportunities to women embarking on a career in construction.

Questions may be e-mailed to the Bursary Committee at