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News Release - Queen’s University student Brielle Chanae Thorsen earns Order of the White Rose scholarship

Thursday, December 3, 2020

(December 3, 2020) Brielle Chanae Thorsen is the 2020 recipient of the $30,000 Order of the White Rose scholarship awarded by Polytechnique Montréal. Originally from Cochrane (near Calgary, Alberta), Thorsen holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), where she is now pursuing a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering. 

Over the years, white roses have become the symbol of Polytechnique Montréal’s commemorative activities to mark the tragedy of December 6, 1989, which cost the lives of 14 young women and injured several others. Upon the commemoration’s 25th anniversary, Polytechnique created the Order of the White Rose in tribute to the victims as well as the wounded, the families, the faculty members, the employees and the students who were forever affected by the tragedy. 

This $30,000 scholarship is awarded annually by the Polytechnique administration to a woman engineering student who intends to undertake graduate studies in engineering (master’s or PhD) at the institution of her choice, in Canada or elsewhere in the world. Nathalie Provost, who was injured on December 6, 1989, is one of the patrons of the Order of the White Rose scholarship. 

“We all need to remember the women who came before us, especially the victims and survivors of the Polytechnique tragedy. We must all have an equal opportunity to pursue a rewarding career without being the targets of discrimination or violence, regardless of our gender, race, sexuality, or religion.” 
- Brielle Chanae Thorsen, 2020 scholarship winner, Queen’s University 

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