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Brock University Chancellor Donates $500,000 to Support Aspiring Entrepreneurs, Women in STEM

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Donation made in honour of Niagara politician Laura Sabia

The Chancellor of Brock University has made a substantial donation to help women studying science, technology, engineering and math. 

Chancellor Hilary Pearson and her husband Michael Sabia have donated $500,000 to the Yousef Haj-Ahmad Department of Engineering and the Entrepreneurship Program. 

The donation was made in honour of Niagara politician Laura Sabia. 

Part of the gift will be used towards scholarships for women studying STEM subject areas.

"We are committed to supporting women students and researchers in kick-starting their careers and engaging in world-class research," says Pearson. "The world needs more women in STEM and more women exploring entrepreneurship, and we can’t think of a better place for them to do that than at Brock."

The funds will also be used towards a four-month paid co-op, as well as business coaching and mentoring from the school's LINC program.

Researchers in the Yousef-Haj-Ahmad Department of Engineering, with priority being given to female researchers or projects involving women students. 

Sabia, who was an Officer of the Order of Canada, was one of the founding members of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women and the President of the Canadian Federation of University Women. 

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