McGill student receives national scholarship


Canadian Engineering Memorial Fund honours female engineers

Cynthia Ené, an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Engineering, is the winner of a prestigious scholarship from the Canadian Engineering Memorial Fund. Ené received the honour at the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, which was held in Regina, Saskatchewan, on May 13, 2005.

The scholarship, valued at $5,000, commemorates the 14 women engineering students from École Polytechnique whose lives were cut short on December 6, 1989. The award recognizes women leaders in the male-dominated field of engineering. Of the 160,000 engineers in Canada, only 10 percent are women.

Ené aims to use her degree in engineering as a stepping stone to alleviate poor living conditions in places such as Africa. "Growing up and seeing the poverty in Nigeria motivated me to pursue a degree that will give me the ability to solve some of the problems people face there," says Ené.

To win the scholarship, Ené drafted a presentation, wrote an essay and showcased her leadership abilities. There were five winners this year.

As a child, Ené spent 11 years in Nigeria experiencing first-hand the poverty and hopelessness of many — this experience led to her desire to study engineering as a stepping stone to helping industry minimize waste that is being left behind by all. She is a Career Leader to first-year students at McGill University, as well as being a member of the McGill Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

About McGill University
McGill University is Canada's leading research-intensive university and has earned an international reputation for scholarly achievement and scientific discovery. Founded in 1821, McGill has 21 faculties and professional schools which offer more than 300 programs from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. McGill attracts renowned professors and researchers from around the world and top students from more than 150 countries, creating one of the most dynamic and diverse education environments in North America. There are approximately 23,000 undergraduate students and 7,000 graduate students. It is one of two Canadian members of the American Association of Universities. McGill's two campuses are located in Montreal, Canada.