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Jim Watson Women in Technology

Scholarship in Cybersecurity


Application Deadline:  September 30th, 2016

Jim Watson Women in Technology Scholarship in Cybersecurity

Description of the Award


Mayor Jim Watson and Willis College are proud to have a shared commitment in increasing the participation of women in critical technology careers.

As a part of our 150th anniversary celebrations, Willis College has created the The Jim Watson Women in Technology Scholarship in Cybersecurity Education (WITS). This was undertaken to recognize the Mayor’s significant efforts to empower women and girls and also to help recruit new talent into the growing sector of cybersecurity.

A total of six (6) Scholarships will be awarded annually over a three-year period (2016, 2017, and 2018) to qualified female students from across Canada who require financial assistance to enroll in Willis College’s Advanced Network Security Professional Diploma Program. Three of the six awards will be dedicated to Indigenous women.

Each Scholarship will be valued at $25,000 and provide tuition, books, industry certification and industry lab costs for a one-year program starting in the fall semester.


Willis College

Willis College, a proudly Canadian and Ottawa-based organization, is Canada’s first regulated Career College.  Willis College has a great track record of partnering with employer that extends back to when we were formed in 1866.

Our model has been to deliver industry-led, job-ready talent in a short period of time within Canada’s cultural mosaic.  Over the last 150 years, this best practice model has allowed Willis College to produce over 150,000 graduates locally, nationally and internationally.

With three locations, Willis College offers many financial solutions for qualified students, a wide range of services and is home to Canada’s only Fortinet and Sophos Labs.  Students may take individual courses to upgrade their skills, or enroll in a full career diploma program that leads them to lucrative jobs in business, technology and healthcare.


Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa

Jim Watson was re-elected Mayor of the City of Ottawa on October 27, 2014 after having first been elected Mayor of the amalgamated City of Ottawa in 2010. Mayor Watson has dedicated most of his career to public service in Canada’s Capital. First elected as a Councillor in 1991, he was re-elected in 1994. Three years later he was elected as the youngest Mayor in Ottawa’s history with 82% of the popular vote. Following the amalgamation of Ottawa and surrounding communities, Mayor Watson was appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Tourism Commission, a federal crown corporation. In 2003, he was elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean and immediately appointed to cabinet as Minister of Consumer and Business services. In 2005, he was appointed as Ontario’s first Minister of Health Promotion and he successfully implemented the Smoke Free Ontario Act. Re-elected as MPP in 2007, he was promoted to Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. An active member of his community, Watson has also served on the boards or as honourary chair of several community organizations, including the Riverside Hospital, the National Arts Centre, the Christmas Exchange of Ottawa and the Forum for Young Canadians. He served as chair of United Way’s 2002 campaign, which raised a record $21 million.



Basis of Selection

The candidates will be asked to demonstrate some or all of the following qualities (in no particular order): proven intellectual and academic ability; personal integrity; interest in technology and cybersecurity; demonstrated leadership and; need of financial assistance.

Method of Selection

A Selection Committee consisting of representatives of the Jim Watson WITS Board of Trustees will choose the successful candidates.  The decision of the Selection Committee is final.

Method of Application

The completed application, with all the required information must be forwarded to:

Selection Committee Jim Watson Women in Technology Scholarship Board of Trustees

c/o Willis College of Business, Technology, Healthcare

85 O’Connor Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5M6


Admission Status

The applicant must:

  • Must be 19 years of age or over
  • Must successfully pass all entrance requirements
  • Provide proof of education, including all secondary or post-secondary transcripts

Award Presentation

The successful candidate will be presented with the award and a commemorative certificate by Mayor Jim Watson at the Jim Watson WITS Scholarship in Cybersecurity Annual General Assembly, to be held each July at Willis College Headquarters in Ottawa.



This application contains four parts: 1) Personal and Academic information, 2) Required information, 3) Selection process; and 4) Letter of Reference.  All of the application pages must be fully completed and returned to Willis College of Business, Technology, and Healthcare.

Please ensure that your completed application with all of the required information is received by Willis College by September 30th, 2016. This includes all letters of reference.
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.


Please click the link below to download the WIT application form.
Fill in the application form, sign it and email it to scholarships@williscollege.com

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