Opterus Helen Rose STEM Award

June 14, 2024

Opterus is providing 2 scholarship awards for young women, between the ages of 18-26 and enrolled/will enrol at a Canadian post-secondary institution, who are pursuing a STEM or Arts educational path. The Opterus Rebel With A Cause Awards awards are inspired by Founder Janet Hawkins’ mother, Dr. Helen McKilligin, and sister, Valerie Ann Hawkins.

Opterus Helen Rose STEM Award – $10,000

Dr. McKilligin led a remarkable and groundbreaking life. She graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1958 with a specialty in pediatrics. She was a published author, writing a book with pioneering insights into the principles of neonatal nursing in 1970. She practiced in Newfoundland at the Grace Hospital and taught as an associate professor at the medical school at Memorial University in Newfoundland. She helped form the first Family Planning Association of Newfoundland that opened a birth control centre in St. John’s, which was the first of its kind in the province. In 1980 she moved the family to Ontario and worked for the ministry of health creating groundbreaking programs in reproductive health. Before retiring she also completed her fine arts degree at the OCAD University. Helen Rose McKilligin was my mother. The Helen Rose STEM Award is dedicated to her memory.

How to Apply

  • Woman between the ages of 18-26.
  • Plan on pursuing an education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) at an accredited Canadian university or college.
  • Pursuing a field of study that will help them in the future to create or contribute to a new mindset for a better world.

Example programs: Nursing, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, BSc in Psychology, etc.

  • Question 1 (maximum 275 words): Think about a time in your life when you achieved something you are proud of. Tell us about it and why you are proud to have accomplished this. 
  • Question 2 (maximum 275 words): Tell us something about yourself that you would not typically be asked about on a scholarship application. What differentiates you from your peers that is never asked in typical scholarship applications? 
  • Question 3 (maximum 275 words): What do you plan to study within the STEM field? Why do you want to study this?
  • Question 4 (maximum 275 words): How would winning this scholarship help you achieve your goals?

If you have any questions regarding the Opterus Rebel with a Cause Awards, please email application@scholarshipscanada.com with “Opterus Awards” in the subject line.