Scholarships 2020

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The National Scholarship program recognizes the achievements of members in Girl Guides of Canada, while supporting them as they pursue their educational goals and careers. 

Scholarships are open to girl and adult members who are pursuing post-secondary education at a recognized college, university or vocational program. Whether you’re a full-time or part-time student, studying engineering, education, political science, or anything in between, there’s a scholarship that’s right for you! Applications for GGC National Scholarships are typically available online between February and April each year.

Applications for the 2021 National Scholarships will open in February 2021.

Meet the 2020 National Scholarship Recipients

Actuarial Foundation of Canada National Scholarships

Ella

Ella
Port Moody, BC
First Year, Computer Science

“I recognize the massive potential that the technology field withholds today and believe that modern-day technologies can result in brilliant ways of assisting people and causing positive shifts in our society.”


Kristyn

Kristyn
Mississauga, ON
First Year, Computer Science

“I recognize that there are not a lot of women in Computer Science and I think I can add value and diversity to the field. One thing being in Guides has taught me is that girls can do anything and be anything they want to be.”


Maya

Maya
Port Morien, NS
First Year, Computer Science

“One of the greatest things about my Guiding experience was the fact that it pushed me to branch out of my comfort zone and become more outgoing.”


Almina Pokrant Memorial National Scholarships

Emily

Emily
Conception Bay South, NL
First Year, Engineering

“Education to me though is more than the textbook or test, it's about learning new concepts through experience and finding something that makes you want to keep learning. I chose to enter engineering after a lot of consideration since I know that my future degree is going to be a lifelong investment.”


Hanna

Hannah
Sherwood Park, AB
Second Year, Science

“Guiding has been a driving force in my life and has given me the tools that I have needed to succeed in my academic career, such as perseverance, dedication, and teamwork.”


Barrett Family Foundation National Scholarships

Katherine

Katherine
Victoria, BC
Postgraduate, Education

“Using my knowledge and skills to help advance the learning of those who most need it is my privilege, and I am excited for my next opportunity to grow as a student.”


Rachel

Rachel
Vancouver, BC
First Year, Business

“Business fascinates me at how flexible it is and how it is applicable to absolutely everything and anything. The broad field of study is exceptionally versatile, consisting of job opportunities in any sector across the globe. More specifically, the possibilities of entrepreneurship are endless.”


Rachel

Rachel
Salmon Arm, BC
Postgraduate, Education – Adolescence

“I want to be an educator to make a difference in the lives of children, improve my community, and ultimately make a positive impact on the world. I want to create an opportunity for learning in a respectful, inclusive, and committed environment that will inspire children and youth in all aspect of their lives.”


Barrett Family Foundation Environmental Education National Scholarships

Megan

Megan
Saskatoon, SK
Postgraduate, Environmental Education and Communications

“I feel compelled to continue working to transform our societies to become more conscientious of our impact on a warming planet, and subsequently take strong action against the alarming climate crisis.”


Rachel

Rachel
Waterloo, ON
First Year, Outdoor Recreation

“While I have a variety of interests that I wish to pursue, the Girl Guide in me wanted to be able to get outdoors. Growing up we had a family cottage where I could spend all summer on the lake. Quickly a canoe or kayak became my best friend along with fishing or adventuring into the forest beyond.”


Col. Karen Ritchie Memorial National Scholarship

Jessica

Jessica
Bedford, NS
First Year, Engineering

“Guiders and guest speakers have shown me that women can be in STEM fields and shouldn’t feel discouraged because of their gender. I had the opportunity to be part of the planning for a provincial STEM event that hosted over 600 girls. It was a privilege to have the chance to show girls from across my province that they can do STEM!”


Dr. Roberta Bondar National Scholarship

Jocelyne

Jocelyne
Edmonton, AB
Postgraduate, Medicine

“Not every profession allows you to learn, teach, innovate, and challenge yourself every single day, but medicine does. Each patient is unique, and disease processes present themselves differently in every single person.”


Equitable Life Insurance of Canada National Scholarship

Skyler

Skylar
Edmonton, AB
First Year, Sociology and Communications

“I love helping people, and understanding social structures and effective communication will allow me to help amplify the impact I can have.”


GGC National Scholarships

Ally

Ally
Powell River, BC
First Year, English and Classics

“Guiding has given me so much, but it is just as much about giving back. I have worked with many girls throughout that time and I love teaching and sharing new ideas with them. Guiding opened doors to travel, friends, skills and just learning about who I am and who I want to be.”


Erica

Erica
Paradise, NL
First Year, Primary Care Paramedicine

“By furthering my education down the path of a first responder, I will be integrating the skills I have learned through my years in the Guiding program, always being prepared, helping others and my interpersonal and leadership skills.”


Katelyn

Katelyn
Halifax, NS
First Year, Kinesiology

“From a young age I have known I wanted a career where I could help others. Being someone who is very hands-on and loves tasks and moving around, I knew I wanted a career that would let me do those things.”


Madison

Madison
Yarmouth, NS
First Year, Kinesiology

“From a very young age I have always wanted to help people. I also have a great deal of interest in the human body and how it works and heals. By combining these two I have decided that I would like to pursue a career goal in physiotherapy.” let me do those things.”


Sarah

Sarah
Vancouver, BC
First Year, Arts

“Throughout Guiding I was exposed to so many new concepts and ideas that I would have never experienced elsewhere. Through Guiding I have been empowered by so many amazing girls and women at all levels, I gained the confidence and ability to empower those around me.”


Sarah

Sarah
Middle Sackville, NS
First Year, Agriculture, Pre-Veterinary

“I want to use my knowledge and skills to protect those without a voice of their own, engaging in wildlife locally and internationally. After high school, I decided to pursue animal medicine, as the best way for me to do my part.”


Hannah

Hannah
Dartmouth, NS
Second Year, Linguistics and Psychology
“I have chosen to major in Linguistics with a double minor in English and Psychology, in preparation for a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. My education has taught me the value of clear communication, which is the basis of a functional society.”


Emily

Emily
Hamiota, MB
Third Year, English
“Working in collaboration with other like-minded girls, I was able to work on my leadership as well as teamwork skills in an environment that changed my life. After these positions, I was no longer scared to speak my mind at a board table. I was no longer nervous about whether or not I was deserving of opportunities.”


Tiana

Tiana
Calgary, AB
Fourth Year, Biomedical Sciences

“My experiences in Guiding have given me the confidence to be resourceful, courageous, and to pursue my STEM interests in a post secondary setting to make a difference in the world. In the future, I would like to use my own experiences to help develop the next generation of female leaders.”


Amelia

Amelia
Salmon Arm, BC
Postgraduate, Education

“When I moved to Nova Scotia for my Education degree, knew almost no one in my new city and was living in an isolated situation, Guiding has given me wonderful opportunities to branch out beyond the university, socialize with other members weekly and engage in meaningful volunteering.”


Thilini

Thilini
Coquitlam, BC
Part-Time, Adult Learning and Education

“My career has been in Student Affairs and Student Development in post-secondary institutions. I have chosen my specific program of study to further expand my knowledge of theories and ways in which I develop programming for adult learners.”


Vanessa

Vanessa
Vancouver, BC
Part-Time, Education – Online Curriculum & Pedagogy

“Becoming a Unit Guider allowed me to realize how much I love working with children, and how much impact teachers (both formal and informal) can have on the lives of children. I realized that I wanted a job that would allow me to continue working with youth, and that I really valued the opportunities that I had to teach the girls in my unit different skills.”


Humber Glen Trefoil Guild National Scholarship

Anita

Anita
Cold Lake, AB
First Year, Elementary Education

“I hope to be a positive influence on children, help them grow to be positive influences in the world, and help them learn the important building blocks on which they will lead to future learning.”


Kingston Trefoil Guild National Scholarship

Rebecca

Rebecca
Kingston, ON
Postgraduate, Anatomical Sciences

“As women, can do anything we put our minds to, but it requires supporting and lifting each other up. I’ve gained so much by having these opportunities to share and learn from girls and fellow Guiders and I’m excited to see what comes as we grow together in future years.”


Laura Krajewski Memorial National Scholarship

Andrea

Andrea
Mississauga, ON
Second Year, Mechatronics Engineering

“To me, getting an education can really also help kickstart your journey to the future that you want to create for yourself. I always knew growing up engineering would be the way to go because of my passion for math and science and wanted to use those skills to make a difference in the world.”


Manuela Silva Memorial National Scholarship

Alexandra

Alexandra
Edmonton, AB
First Year, Art & Design (Engineering)

“Education opened my eyes as to who I could be, to what learning and goals meant to me, and allowed me to explore my interests and who I truly was: an artist and a scientist. From there, the choice of a bachelor’s degree in Design in Engineering seemed like the best of both worlds.”


The Masonic Foundation of Ontario National Scholarships

Abby

Abby
Stoney Creek, ON
First Year, International Development Studies

“I have developed a strong sense of compassion for others because of my unit’s involvement with our local long-term care facility and dedicated myself to a career in International Development due to my experience visiting the United Nations through Guiding.”


Emily

Emily
Kitchener, ON
First Year, Biochemisty

“Whenever someone wanted me to ‘picture my life in 20 years,’ I was always experimenting in a lab somewhere. Being on the cusp of finally focusing on science I’m passionate about, biochemistry, I’ve never been more excited to go to school.”


Jasmine

Jasmine
Windsor, ON
First Year, Concurrent French Education

“One main reason I want to become a French teacher is that I love working with children. Since I was a Brownie, I've been someone who helped those younger than me succeed in what they're doing.”


Keana

Keana
Brampton, ON
First Year, Law: Government & Policy

“Many people around the world, more specifically girls, are restricted from getting the education they deserve due to gender inequality, war, government corruption, health issues, and more. Being able to go into politics means I can fight for those who don’t have access to an education.”


Leah

Leah
Mono, ON
First Year, Journalism

“The program that I am pursuing is Journalism. It’s a unique degree in which the majority of courses I take will be outside of my primary field of study. One thing that Guiding has taught me is that to be successful, you should always have an open mind and be able to learn from lots of different places.”


Meghan

Meghan
Port Elgin, ON
First Year, Journalism

“My career aspirations are to become an investigative journalist and bring attention to important issues that aren’t quite as well-known and public as they should be, such as human rights violations, environmental concerns, political corruption, etc.”


Samantha

Samantha
Bolton, ON
First Year, Applied Human Nutrition

“It is my dream to be able to help others through the gift of food and nutrition, and study new ways in which the food we eat affects us as biological beings.”


The Masonic Foundation of Ontario Part-time National Scholarship

Natalie

Natalie
Mississauga, ON
First Year, Social Sciences

“Guiding has made me the feminist I am today. Every week, I get to meet with a group of empowered young women from different backgrounds, and we are all able to speak our minds and be heard.”


Norma Osler Education National Scholarship

Lisa

Lisa
Rothesay, NB
Postgraduate, Professional Education

“Girl Guides has taught me to use my talents and abilities by providing a safe space to try new activities and be unafraid to fail. As a Unit Guider, I have learned that I love working with children, which has led me to working for Autism Intervention Services.”


Misty

Misty
Pitt Meadows, BC
Second Year, Early Childhood Education

“Volunteering so many years in units has prepared me for becoming an Early Childhood Educator (ECE). My new career needed to fill my heart. I knew Guiding did that for me so becoming an ECE comes naturally.”

Meet Previous National Scholarship Recipients

2019 Recipients

2018 Recipients

2017 Recipients

2016 Recipients

2015 Recipients

2014 Recipients

Thank you to our donors!

Thank you to the individuals, groups, foundations and corporations who help make the 2020 Scholarship Program possible.

  • Actuarial Foundation of Canada
  • Teh Barrett Family Foundation
  • Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada
  • The Masonic Foundation

Memorial scholarships:

  • The Almina Pokrant Memorial Scholarship
  • The Col. Karen Ritchie Memorial Scholarship
  • The Laura Krajewski Memorial Scholarship
  • The Manuela Silva Memorial Scholarship

A special thank you to:

  • 1st Humber Glen Trefoil Guild
  • 1st Kingston Trefoil Guild
  • 5th Georgetown Trex
  • The Port Credit Girl Guides and the 1st Jalna Trefoil Guild

For more information about applying to, or supporting, GGC's National Scholarship Program, please contact us at:
Scholarship(@)girlguides(dot)ca