Opterus Helen Rose Awards
 

Opterus Helen Rose Awards

Opterus is launching 2 new scholarship awards for young women, between the ages of 18-25 and residents of Canada, who are pursuing a STEAM educational or entrepreneurial path. The awards are inspired by Founder, Janet Hawkins’ mother, Dr. Helen McKilligin. 

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. These annual awards are dedicated to her memory. 

The scholarship application deadline will be June 30, 2019 at 11:59 EDT.

 

The Helen Rose Academic Award - $10,000

The Helen Rose Academic Award can be applied to tuition at an accredited Canadian University or College program.  To apply for this Award, you must be a woman between the ages of 18-25 and a resident of Canada.  The student we are looking to fund is pursuing a field of study that will help them in the future to create or contribute to a new mindset for a better world. 

The Helen Rose Entrepreneurial Award - $10,000

The Helen Rose Entrepreneurial Award can be used for entrepreneurial seed money for your business venture.  To apply for this Award, you must be a woman between the ages of 18-22 and a resident of Canada, who is pursuing a specified entrepreneurial path.  You are a bright creative person but want to potentially postpone school to work on your own venture.  You’ve got an idea and have been dreaming of doing your own thing and just need the seed money to make it happen.  The project we're looking to fund is a new mindset, a new model or a new solution for a better world.