Empowering the Future: Hazel Smart-Patterson Establishes Scholarship to Inspire Women in STEM at Algonquin College

By Algonquin College Modified on May 26, 2024
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An alumna of Algonquin College creates scholarship to help female students entering their 3rd or 4th year of full-time STEM studies.

 Empowering the Future: Hazel Smart-Patterson Establishes Scholarship to Inspire Women in STEM at Algonquin College

Hazel Smart-Patterson, a distinguished alumna of Algonquin College, is paving the way for women pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs with the establishment of the Hazel Smart-Patterson Scholarship. 

With a visionary pledge of $100,000, Hazel Smart-Patterson aims to ease financial constraints and ignite the ambitions of female students entering their third or fourth year of full-time STEM studies at Algonquin College. 

Breaking down barriers for women in STEM

Patterson, a woman of incredible insight and experience, sees education as a transformative force. With a nod to the evolving landscape in the world of business, Patterson shared her conviction that women deserved the spotlight in STEM fields, emphasizing the wide array of choices available. 

“The Hazel Smart-Patterson Scholarship is a testament to my belief in the transformative power of education. It is a commitment to providing women the opportunity to excel in STEM fields,” said Patterson. “Education opens doors, and my hope is that this scholarship will serve as a catalyst for success for those who might otherwise face financial barriers.” 

“Hazel’s generous gift is not just a financial contribution; it’s a powerful message of support and belief in our students’ potential,” said Mark Savenkoff, Vice President, Advancement and Strategy, Algonquin College. “Her dedication to nurturing female talent in STEM fields is inspiring. This scholarship will have a profound impact, breaking down barriers, and opening new horizons for our students. It reflects a shared vision of empowering women to excel and innovate, paving the way for a more diverse and inclusive future in these critical fields. We are immensely grateful to Mrs. Smart-Patterson for her visionary support and the opportunities it creates for our students.” 

Learn more about Hazel Smart-Patterson

A graduate of Algonquin College’s Business Management program, Patterson understands the challenges faced by students juggling work and education. Her personal journey, marked by perseverance and commitment, fuelled her desire to provide an advantage to women navigating similar paths.  

Her desire to support women through the scholarship stemmed from the positive experience she had following previous donations to the College — the gratitude expressed by recipients who might not have graduated without her support. “That makes me feel so good to get that feedback,” said Patterson. 

Patterson’s contributions extend beyond financial support; they represent an investment in the empowerment and encouragement of future generations of women. In a world where financial constraints pose challenges for many, Hazel Smart-Patterson’s commitment to supporting women in STEM stands as a beacon of hope and opportunity. 

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