FIRST Robotics Canada recognizes the tremendous benefits of diversity, and since its inception in 2001 has encouraged equality and inclusion in all its programs. FIRST Canada and the Murai family are proud to announce the “Canadian Women in STEM Award” scholarship of $10,000 to encourage and support high school girls who wish to pursue post-secondary education and a career in a STEM field. The ideal candidate would be someone who has demonstrated strong leadership, is fanatical about science and technology and wants to motivate positive change in the community.


The FIRST Canada Scholarship Committee is accepting applications for the “Canadian Women in STEM Award.” Canadian female students who are team participants in the 2019-2020 FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge program in Canada are encouraged to apply. One scholarship will be awarded per school calendar year.

The FIRST Canada Scholarship Committee will select the scholarship recipients. A total of one scholarship will be awarded per school calendar year. One winner will be announced in 2021.

[boc_accordion_section][boc_accordion title=”Eligibility”]To be eligible for the scholarship, candidates must:

  • Complete and submit the application form by January 31, 2021 date;
  • Be currently enrolled, or have been enrolled, in a Canadian high school.
  • Participate on a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) or FIRST  Tech Challenge (FTC) team in Canada;
  • Be eligible to enroll, and agree to enroll, as a full-time student in an accredited college or university starting no later than the fall semester of 2021; and
  • Use the scholarship to pursue a major or degree program at the college or university in engineering or science.
  • Be a student who is a dedicated role model in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)

[/boc_accordion][boc_accordion title=”Application Instructions”]To apply for the Scholarship, you must provide each of the following documents to the FIRST Scholarship Committee no later than January 31, 2021:

  • Your completed application form (indicate on the form which event you/your team are attending)
  • A letter of recommendation from a high school instructor from whom you have taken one or more classes
  • A brief essay (no more than 500 words) in which you discuss your desire to be a STEM role model, your participation in the FIRST Robotics competition, and the impact of the program on your life. What sets you apart from others? Have you experienced adversity as a woman in STEM, and how did you overcome that and use it to your benefit? How are you making a difference and what is your plan to do so moving forward?
  • Your official high school transcript

If you are a home-schooled student, please contact the FIRST Scholarship Committee for instructions on what materials you should provide in lieu of a letter of recommendation and transcript.

All materials should be mailed or emailed to FIRST Canada at the following address:

Attn:  Arti Javeri

FIRST Canada

P.O. Box 518, Pickering Main

Pickering, ON, L1V 2R7


To receive your initial disbursement of Scholarship funds, you must send FIRST Canada, no later than the end of the second week of classes, a letter requesting the funds and confirming the college or university to which the funds should be sent.[/boc_accordion][/boc_accordion_section]

For complete details about the scholarship, and to apply, download the 2021 Canadian Women in STEM Scholarship Program Materials below: