2005-2006 ASWN Scholarship
The 2006 winner of the AWSN scholarship is Annalisa Wilson, a student entering her third year of civil engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She is passionate about mentoring girls and tutoring students as reflected by her involvement with Girl Guides of Canada, University of Alberta’s WISEST (SET and Choices Conferences) and the SCIberMENTOR program. Annalisa volunteers both independently and through her sorority with numerous charitable organizations and service projects: last year she spent time on the Thai/Myanmar border volunteering in refugee camps and schools with disabled/displaced children.
Through her actions she has had an effect on those around her; at the age of 15 was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal - presented by the Governor General to Canadians, “...who have made outstanding and exemplary contributions to their communities or to Canada as a whole.” In the words of her Girl Guide District Commissioner, “Annalisa ... focused on mentoring and empowering young girls, also has a strong effect on the other leaders. Her attitude encourages other women to undertake new challenges and grow personally. This in turn increases the positive experiences of the girls”.
The Alberta Women’s Science Network (AWSN) is a non-profit society conceived in 1992 with the mission “To give women in science opportunities to realize their full potential and to attain a higher profile in society through visibility, networking and programs designed to fulfill these goals.” The AWSN scholarship for a continuing full time undergraduate female student entering at least second year of a program in science or engineering at an Alberta university, college or technical institute was established in 2005 to recognize a student who has demonstrated leadership in the academic or community setting.