Order of the White Rose

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A symbolic and prestigious scholarship

Over the years, the white rose has become the symbol of Polytechnique Montréal’s commemorative activities. Therefore, to mark the 25th anniversary of the events of December 6, 1989, which cost the lives of 14 young women and injured several others, Polytechnique created the Order of the White Rose in tribute to the victims as well as the wounded, the families, the faculty members, the employees and the students who were forever affected by the tragedy.

This annual and non-renewable Canada-wide scholarship is awarded annually by the Polytechnique administration to a woman engineering student who wishes to enrol in graduate studies in engineering (master’s or PhD) at the institution of her choice, in Canada or elsewhere in the world.

To highlight the 150th anniversary of Polytechnique Montréal, as of 2023 the scholarship recipient receives a $50,000 award.

Media coverage across canada

This scholarship’s highly symbolic nature means that it benefits from extensive cross-Canada media coverage. The recipient is expected to be available for that purpose. The Polytechnique Montréal Communications and Public Relations service provides coaching ahead of the award ceremony to help the recipient feel more comfortable speaking with media present.

Eligibility conditions

To be eligible for the scholarship, the candidate must, as of the application submission deadline at her home institution, be:

  • A woman
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • A graduate of an engineering program at a Canadian university and have completed her bachelor's degree in December 2023, or be in the process of completing it in May or August 2024
  • Enrolled, or in the process of enrolling, in a graduate studies program in engineering (master’s or PhD) to begin the year after receiving her bachelor’s degree*.

*As of September 1, 2024, the candidate must be enrolled in a graduate studies program in engineering (master's or PhD) and have sent proof of enrolment to Polytechnique Montréal at orderwhiterose@polymtl.ca 

How to submit an application portfolio

The candidate must submit her application portfolio to the department responsible for this comptetition at her home institution (where the candidate completed her bachelor's degree) for the first step of preselection. This institution is responsible for organizing the internal competition to choose a finalist, and for sending the finalist’s portfolio to the Order of the White Rose scholarship selection committee.

The candidate’s submission* must contain, in the following order:

  • the identification form (.pdf)
  • A letter of motivation detailing, among other things, the candidate’s aspirations and what the scholarship will allow her to accomplish; (1 page max.)
  • A curriculum vitae: the candidate must explain the precise role she played in any published research; likewise, she must describe her contributions to any project or initiative she has taken part in, so that the selection committee members can properly understand her involvement and role;
  • A detailed description of the candidate’s achievements (1 page max.)
  • A detailed description of the candidate’s social engagements (1 page max.)
  • The most recent official transcript
  • An official proof of enrolment in a graduate studies program (master’s or PhD)
  • A letter of support signed by a person in authority at the candidate’s home institution (e.g., professor, dean, department head);
  • Any other document deemed relevant. (max. 2 pages)

*The portfolio can be written in either English or French.

Instructions for the home institution:

Only one application portfolio may be preselected at your institution with the following stipulations:

  • The candidate selected must have completed her bachelor's degree at your institution
  • The complete portfolio must be sent as a PDF file to orderwhiterose@polymtl.ca
Selection Criteria

To be selected to receive the Polytechnique Montréal Order of the White Rose scholarship, the candidate must demonstrate outstanding merit in the following three areas:

  • academic record
  • technical achievements
  • social commitments

The Polytechnique Montréal Order of the White Rose scholarship aims to reward the full body of work by a student during her undergraduate studies, as well as her outstanding commitment and, in so doing, to call attention to the important role of women in the field of engineering. The recipient is a source of inspiration for her peers and embodies the coming generation in the eyes of the Canadian scientific and engineering community.

Academic record (30%)
The candidate will be evaluated on the excellence of her academic record and must have maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.0 (or equivalent). Scholarships and other support received as well as the duration of previous studies will also be analyzed.

Technical achievements (35%)
The candidate must demonstrate that she has contributed to various technical achievements during her university career. Technical achievements are defined as those pertaining to any scientific, technological or professional activity other than those recognized by the diploma.

Social commitments (35%)
The candidate must demonstrate that she has taken part in various activities other than academic and technical during her university studies. Examples of such non-technical achievements include any social, cultural and sports endeavour, as well as any project that promotes communication, leadership, involvement with the community and/or women, and international outreach initiatives.

Descriptions of activities must be sufficiently detailed to allow the members of the selection committee to evaluate all aspects of the candidate’s personality.

Award

One scholarship of $50,000 (non-renewable)

DEADLINES
  • For candidates: The deadline for submitting your application portfolio is determined by your home university, which is the institution where you completed your bachelor's degree. To find out your university's deadline, contact the department responsible for scholarships.
     
    • For candidates from Polytechnique Montréal, the deadline for submitting an application portfolio is May 15, 2024. For any additional information regarding the Polytechnique internal competition, please write to us at bourses.sep@polymtl.ca.
       
  • For universities: The department responsible for co-ordinating this competition in the participating institution has until September 1, 2024, to e-mail the finalist's application portfolio to the Polytechnique Montréal Order of the White Rose selection committee at orderwhiterose@polymtl.ca.

Are you about to obtain your bachelor's degree and planning to pursue graduate studies?

The scholarship aims to recognize and honour a woman who is a great source of inspiration for her peers and embodies the next generation in the eyes of the Canadian scientific and engineering community.

Are you about to obtain your bachelor's degree and planning to pursue graduate studies?

The scholarship aims to recognize and honour a woman who is a great source of inspiration for her peers and embodies the next generation in the eyes of the Canadian scientific and engineering community.