Remembering the 14 Women from École Polytechnique Through Scholarships

Posted on December 2, 2020

December 6, 2020 marks the 31st anniversary of the mass shooting at École Polytechnique (an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal) that took the lives of 14 women. Today, many awards and scholarships are available to support student women in engineering—donations to which help support the ongoing education and career development of women in engineering fields.

At UVic, the 30 by 30 Women in Engineering Award memorializes the 1989 tragedy, while helping to raise the proportion of newly licensed engineers who are women to 30% by the year 2030—a goal developed by Engineers Canada and adopted by Engineers and Geoscientists BC. The award, created in 2019, is supported by engineering faculty, alumni, and industry partners. More information about this award is provided on the UVic website; to donate, email [email protected].

Registrants can also make donations to the Sheri Plewes Scholarship, an Engineers and Geoscientists BC Foundation scholarship award to a woman in full-time undergraduate engineering studies in an accredited engineering program at a BC university. Applications for this scholarship typically open in the Summer, but registrants can support it any time through a tax-deductible donation. For more information, or to donate, visit

Finally, registrants may choose to donate to the Week of the White Rose, an École Polytechnique campaign committed to helping girls aged 7–17 from disadvantaged communities by providing them the opportunity to take part in science awareness activities. Donations fund science programs for young girls, such as those offered by its science camp, Folie Technique. For more information, or to donate, visit

For more information about Engineers and Geoscientists BC 30 by 30 initiative, visit our 30 by 30 web page.

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