Opterus Helen Rose Awards

Opterus is launching 2 new scholarship awards for young women, between the ages of 18-28 and residents of Canada, who are pursuing a STEAM educational or entrepreneurial path. The awards are inspired by Founder, Janet Hawkins’ mother, Dr. Helen McKilligin.

Dr. McKilligin led a remarkable and groundbreaking life. She graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1958 with a specialty in pediatrics. She was a published author, writing a book with pioneering insights into the principles of neonatal nursing in 1970. She practiced in Newfoundland at the Grace Hospital and taught as an associate professor at the medical school at Memorial University in Newfoundland. She helped form the first Family Planning Association of Newfoundland that opened a birth control centre in St. John’s, which was the first of its kind in the province. In 1980 she moved the family to Ontario and worked for the ministry of health creating groundbreaking programs in reproductive health. Before retiring she also completed her fine arts degree at the OCAD University. These annual awards are dedicated to her memory.

The scholarship awards will be open for applications on May 1, 2019. In the upcoming weeks be sure to check back to download the applications.

Please send applications to the following email address: helen.rose@opterus.com