Association of Women in Finance announces new scholarships in support of International Women's Day #PledgeForParity

VANCOUVER, March 8, 2016 /CNW/ - The Association of Women in Finance (AWF) is celebrating International Women's Day by taking the #PledgeForParity and announcing a new scholarship lineup for 2016. The annual scholarships – aimed to accelerate gender parity in the finance industry – are open to female students enrolled in finance programs at seven British Columbia universities and colleges.

"An important part of the AWF's mission is to encourage young women to enter the field of finance," says AWF President Danielle Slavin. "Women remain under-represented in the finance industry, particularly in top leadership positions and on corporate boards. We are delighted to be working with local universities and colleges to provide scholarships that directly assist deserving women in completing their education as the first step toward a successful career in finance."

A total of $23,500 is available through scholarships at seven post-secondary institutions: British Columbia Institute of Technology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Island University, Douglas Collage, the University of the Fraser Valley and the University of British Columbia. Complete details can be found at womeninfinance.ca/scholarships.html.

The Association of Women in Finance (the "AWF") is a non-profit events organization dedicated to supporting the advancement of women in finance. Since its formation in 1996, the AWF has become the preeminent professional organization for women in the financial services industry in British Columbia, providing a forum for networking and exchanging business knowledge, ideas and opinions. Funds for the scholarships and bursaries are raised each year at the AWF's Annual PEAK Awards Gala and Fundraising Dinner through the generous support of sponsors and attendees. This year's PEAK Awards Gala will be held on May 10 and tickets are available now at womeninfinance.ca. Donations to the AWF's scholarship and bursary fund can also be made year-round at vancouverfoundation.ca/awf. For more information please follow us via Twitter or connect with us on LinkedIn.

SOURCE Association of Women in Finance

For further information: Lorraine Pitt, Director, Association of Women in Finance, 604-765-2850, eventsdirector@womeninfinance.ca

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