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Scholarship Overview

At McElhanney we are driven by our passion towards building a more equitable workplace and achieving a sense of belonging for all. To us, equity means fostering a workplace that is safe and welcoming to persons from all backgrounds and offering support to alleviate the barriers to inclusion by providing equal opportunity to all. McElhanney’s Equity Scholarship is designed to support visible minorities* pursuing careers in STEM fields applicable to McElhanney. We recognize and value the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the workplace, and we are committed to promoting these values both within our organization and throughout the broader community. By investing in the education and development of visible minority* students and new graduates, we hope to promote greater diversity and inclusivity within the STEM workforce and contribute to a more equitable workplace. The ideal candidate identifies as a visible minority* and strives to be an ally for the community, has demonstrated a strong commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion during their studies, while making a positive impact on their community and society at large. 

Selected recipients who are completing an education program in STEM (see applicable programs below) are awarded up to $5,000 to use towards tuition, textbooks, supplies, and living expenses (on-campus accommodations) as well as providing a direct co-op / internship opportunity. 

Applications for McElhanney’s Equity Scholarship are open from September 5th, 2023 to November 3rd, 2023.

Candidates are also encouraged to apply for opportunities to join McElhanney as a co-op student or new graduate during our regular recruitment cycles (winter, summer, and fall), which will be advertised on McElhanney’s website and via most post-secondary institutions’ co-op communications.

Step 1: Select Your Career Path

Hands-on career training will be available through full-time or co-op opportunities, and reserved for individuals interested in one or more of the following career paths. In your application, please select your current career path of interest. If you have more than one career path of interest, please rank them from most to least interested.

Geomatics Engineering


Geotechnical Engineering

Structural Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Environmental Sciences & Engineering

GIS & Remote Sensing


Landscape Architecture

Other Associated
Technology Disciplines

The career path you select should align with the current education program you are enrolled in.
For more information on McElhanney services in these areas, visit:

Step 2: Confirm Your Eligibility

To qualify for this scholarship, please ensure you meet the following criteria:
  1. You have a passion for advancing and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) on your campus and in your respective community. 
  2. You have displayed a high level of resilience, determination, and creativity in overcoming any challenges as a member of a visible minority* community.
  3. You are enrolled in a diploma or degree program and have completed at least one year of post-secondary education at an accredited Canadian institution that is in one of the mentioned career paths. 
  4. You are seeking a co-op / internship opportunity while completing an education program in STEM (see applicable programs above).  

Step 3: Application Instructions

A complete application must be submitted on or before November 3rd, 2023, and include the following documents to receive consideration:

  1. A resume that summarizes your experience. 
  2. A cover letter including a personal statement of 1-2 pages that addresses the following questions:
    • How have you been involved in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in your community, and / or on your campus, and what impact have you had in this area?
    • What challenges have you faced as a visible minority pursuing a STEM degree, and how did you overcome these challenges that impacted your academic and personal experiences?
    • Why should you be selected as the recipient of this scholarship?
    • How would this scholarship support your career plans?

When answering these questions, you may wish to consider how your studies or future work in STEM will contribute to the advancement of EDI in STEM and / or provide us with any other information you feel we should know about you that elevates your qualities as a candidate.

What We Offer

As the recipient of McElhanney’s Equity Scholarship, you will receive:

Financial Support:

This scholarship offers up to $5,000 for tuition, textbooks, supplies, and living expenses (on-campus accommodations).


Industry Mentorship Opportunity:

Be paired with a McElhanney industry professional who will support you in achieving your professional goals. Together, you will discuss training, coaching, or career aspirations of interest to you.

Co-op Opportunity

Co-op / Internship Opportunity:

You will be awarded a paid co-op / internship that aligns with your career plans and McElhanney’s hiring needs. All scholarship applicants will be considered for current and upcoming McElhanney career opportunities. In addition, all applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to any opportunities directly at



We will share your efforts and accomplishments on McElhanney’s website and social media channels (great for your resume or portfolio).

*Members of visible minorities as defined by the Government of Canada: “A person in a visible minority group is someone (other than an Indigenous person as defined above) who is non-white in colour / race, regardless of place of birth. The visible minority group includes: Black, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, South Asian-East Indian (including Indian from India; Bangladeshi; Pakistani; East Indian from Guyana, Trinidad, East Africa; etc.), Southeast Asian (including Burmese; Cambodian; Laotian; Thai; Vietnamese; etc.) non-white West Asian, North African or Arab (including Egyptian; Libyan; Lebanese; etc.), non-white Latin American (including Indigenous persons from Central and South America, etc.), person of mixed origin (with one parent in one of the visible minority groups listed above), other visible minority group.” 

McElhanney is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion which celebrates the successes that comes from a team diverse in expertise, experiences, and perspectives. We encourage and are pleased to consider all qualified candidates, welcoming all ethnicities, religions, colours, sex, sexual orientations, gender identities, Aboriginal status, age, or people with disabilities. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the selection process.