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Scholarship Overview

In recognition of the exemplary contributions of people who identify as women at McElhanney, this scholarship is designed to inspire and celebrate future leaders in Geomatics and Geospatial disciplines while upholding our unwavering commitment to creating opportunities where women have equal opportunity to grow their careers. The ideal candidate identifies as a woman, strives to be an ally for women, and has demonstrated strong leadership within their community. Additionally, the ideal candidate is currently enrolled in an accredited baccalaureate or graduate program in Geomatics or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and / or Remote Sensing-related programs, and has a passion for a career in a Geomatics or Geospatial discipline that applies to McElhanney.

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

Applications for McElhanney’s Women in Geomatics & Geospatial 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 / Diploma
(Surveying / Mapping)

(GIS & Remote Sensing)

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 women and strive for equity in your respective community.
  2. You have displayed a high-level of resilience, determination, and creativity in overcoming any challenge as a member of the 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 the mentioned disciplines (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 women and advancing equity on your campus and / or in your community, and what impact have you had in this area?
    • What challenges have you faced as a woman pursuing a career within your current field of education, and how did you overcome these challenges that impacted your academic and firsthand 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 equity in STEM, and provide us with any other information you feel elevates your qualities as a candidate.

What We Offer

As the recipient of McElhanney’s Women in Geomatics & Geospatial 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).

McElhanney is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion which celebrates the successes that come from a team diverse in expertise, experiences, and perspectives. We encourage and are pleased to consider all qualified candidates, welcoming all ethnicities, religions, colors, 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.