Requirements

Please make sure you are eligible for the awards before you begin your application. You can review the eligibility requirements below, or in the terms and conditions.

Opterus Helen Rose STEM Award - $10,000

To be eligible for the Helen Rose STEM Award, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • All applicants must be a woman between the ages of 16-28.
  • All applicants must be pursuing an education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) at an accredited Canadian university or college.

To apply for this award, you must provide the following:

  • Complete the application form by clicking on "Apply Now", the application also includes:
    • An answer to the question (maximum 250 words): Please give an example of a time you set a goal for yourself and didn’t meet it and what the lessons learned were from the experience.
    • An answer to the question (maximum 250 words): Describe a time in your life where you achieved something by NOT following the rules. An example of when you did something differently than what was asked, and it ended up being more interesting, creative and impactful. Think about the title of this award “Rebel WITH a Cause” when answering this question. We’re looking for women who view the world through a different lens and will impact the world in a positive way because of that ‘rebellious’ approach. We’re looking to reward women who have really gone outside the box. This is the award they’ve been waiting for.
  • You must provide an essay covering (maximum 1000 words):
    • Background, overall goals and/or objectives
    • What is your program of study and why you have decided to study the program you have chosen?  Why you feel it’s fantastic?  What kind of impact do you think completing this program will help you make to the world/community?
    • Will this program help you to develop new perspectives and have future implications for specific communities?
    • Hobbies or other interests

Opterus Valerie Ann Arts Award - $10,000

To be eligible for the Valerie Ann Arts Award, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • All applicants must be a woman between the ages of 16-28.
  • All applications must be pursuing an education in the Arts at an accredited Canadian university or college.

To apply for this award, you must provide the following:

  • Complete application form by clicking on "Apply Now", the application also includes:
    • An answer to the question (maximum 250 words): Please give an example of a time you set a goal for yourself and didn’t meet it and what the lessons learned were from the experience.
    • An answer to the question (maximum 250 words): Describe a time in your life where you achieved something by NOT following the rules. An example of when you did something differently than what was asked, and it ended up being more interesting, creative and impactful. Think about the title of this award “Rebel WITH a Cause” when answering this question. We’re looking for women who view the world through a different lens and will impact the world in a positive way because of that ‘rebellious’ approach. We’re looking to reward women who have really gone outside the box. This is the award they’ve been waiting for.
  • You must provide an essay covering (maximum 1000 words):
    • Background, overall goals and/or objectives
    • What is your program of study and why you have decided to study the program you have chosen?  Why you feel it’s fantastic?  What kind of impact do you think completing this program will help you make to the world/community?
    • Will this program help you to develop new perspectives and have future implications for specific communities?
    • Hobbies or other interests