opportunities that create impact.
Students on Ice
COVID update: At the moment there are no scheduled voyages to the north for 2021. The next voyage will take place in 2022.
Number of Bursaries: 5
Applicants: Females from ages 14-18
Calendar timing: Applications are received by Students on Ice depending on dates of travel. They usually accept submissions between January – March of the calendar year.
Application Process: Staff at Students on Ice review submissions, and a short list is then reviewed by staff at the Leacross Foundation. Chosen applicants are contacted by staff from the Leacross Foundation.
The Leacross Foundation supports five girls who want to participate in Students on Ice voyages going to the Arctic or the Antarctic. Students must be between 14-18 years of age and have the capacity to learn, to engage and become community leaders.
Biomedical Engineering for Women at the Ottawa Heart Institute
Number of Paid Internships: 2
Applicants: Two women in undergraduate or graduate biomedical engineering programs.
Calendar Timing: Applications are reviewed by staff at the Ottawa Heart Institute prior to the May to September internships of each calendar year.
Nature of experience: Interns will have hands on opportunities to work in the Ottawa heart Institute training with experienced staff in many areas of the research hospital. Opportunities for witnessing surgeries and engagement with key technologies allow participants to go beyond theoretical applications.
Number of Internships: 4
Applicants: Awarded to female-identifying undergraduate students from the Ryerson University Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science as a means of support in community and education, and encouraging the endeavours for women in science. The four Research Assistants will be trained and mentored in complex, state-of-the-art, exciting and dynamic environments, providing them with invaluable trainee experience, including opportunities to explore, practice and hone their disciplinary skills.
Number of Bursaries: 1 or 2
Applicants: Awarded to female students in second semester studying in an under-represented field for women such as police foundations, paramedic, building construction, carpentry and millwork.
Students much have a minimum B average.
Rotman Business School – University of Toronto
Number of Bursaries: 2 or 3
Applicants: Female students who have demonstrated leadership and interest in under-represented careers for women such as manufacturing, construction, technology or engineering.
Nature of Course: Recipients will be attending Rotman Business School to receive their MBAs either in a-part time or-full time capacity
Calendar Timing: Applications are received from January to March of the calendar year to start school in September.
Application Process: Submissions are reviewed by staff at Rotman Business School, and possible candidates are then expected to have a face to face interview with staff from the Leacross Foundation. Please contact Admissions for more information.
“I am so grateful for the endowment that allowed for this unique learning experience. It was with excitement and trepidation that I accepted this position in a hospital setting, but it was an incredibly rewarding experience. Getting to watch multiple open heart surgeries and taking apart the CT machine are the kinds of incredible opportunities most people never have.”
Biomedical Engineering Internship
“Being awarded a Leacross Scholarship to participate in the Students On Ice 2011 Arctic Expedition changed the course of my life. The opportunity came at a pivotal point in my life and the experience allowed me to meet academics, politicians, artists, historians and elders from across Canada and the world. I am also incredibly grateful for the mentorship and friendship that I share with Roslyn. She has been and continues to be one of my greatest supporters and champions. I am so pleased and honoured to be a Leacross recipient.”
BA Honours in Sustainability and Canadian Studies, MA in History, Certified Labour and Birth, Postpartum and Abortion Doula and current Operations Manager at MEOPAR Inc.
“My name is Chiara Concini and I am a first year student at the University of Alberta’s French campus, the Faculté Saint-Jean. Thanks to the generosity of the Leacross Foundation, I was a member of the Students on Ice 2019 Arctic Expedition. Being a part of the Arctic expedition changed my life. I learned about Arctic communities and the northern way of life while also being exposed to students from around the world who spoke different languages and shared different perspectives. This experience uncovered a passion for advocating for the Arctic and started me on the path that I am now on. I am an anglophone student learning about the world in French, and I write weekly about our role as Canadians in protecting the Arctic.”
Students on Ice, 2019
“I am immensely grateful to the Leacross Foundation for providing me with the opportunity to intern at the Ottawa Heart Institute. My time there opened my eyes to the amazing work of biomedical engineers/technologists in hospitals. Having the practical experience to take apart complex medical equipment to understand the intricacies of the technology went beyond what I had learned in class. I could hardly believe it when I was given the opportunity to observe open heart surgeries and other cardiac procedures. Thank you Roslyn for making this possible! “
“Leacross Foundation funding provided me access to the unique position of engineering intern at the Ottawa Heart Institute. The direct exposure to medical equipment, technologists, clinical engineering, and the hospital system captured the perfect lesson in biomedical engineering. The leacross foundation taught me more about my field, and the people in it, than most of my degrees. I continue to draw from my experiences at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute during my work at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital as a PhD Researcher.”
B. Eng., M.A.Sc., PhD Candidate, 2015 Leacross Alumni