Scholarships and Awards
CFUW K-W Charitable Fund
Every year, over $60,000 is awarded to 53 deserving students in the K-W area through 15 awards managed by the CFUW K-W Charitable Fund.
How can I apply for an award?
All award recipients are chosen by the educational institution involved. Details on how to apply can be found on the appropriate website for the institution, under their student financial support area.
ANN & GEOFFREY POWER AWARD RECIPIENT
I feel proud and honoured to be a recipient, as conservation is something that I am very passionate about. This scholarship has allowed me to get one step closer to my dream of making a difference in the field, and for that I am thankful.
LENIA CHAMBERLAIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
As a woman who is passionate about the field of religion and culture, particularly as it relates to global affairs and justice, I am honoured to have been recognized for this scholarship.
CFUW K-W 100TH ANNIVERSARY MARGARET DALE PHILP SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
As a female and person of colour who grew up with limited access to mental health support and who has worked in the mental health field for 10 years, I understand the complexities of navigating a mental health system.
CFUW K-W Charitable Fund
The CFUW K-W Charitable Fund was founded in 1985 to provide a means for CFUW members and the public to recognize and encourage educational excellence. The Fund is a registered charitable organization consisting of 13 endowment funds with a mandate to provide scholarships and awards at the secondary and post-secondary educational level in the K-W area.
As a result of CFUW K-W Club fundraising, mainly the spring used book sale, as well as donations from members, friends and families of club members, the Fund is now over $1.6 million. Investment earnings from these funds provides annual revenue to support over $60,000 in awards, scholarships and bursaries given out to high school students, undergraduate and graduate students in K-W each year.
How can I donate to the Fund to help students in K-W?
The funds that finance these awards depend upon the generosity of CFUW K-W members and the public at large through individual donations and from fundraisers such as the Annual Used Book Sale held each spring.
If you would like more information on how you can support educational excellence by making a donation, memorial or otherwise, or by planning a bequest, please contact CFUW K-W Charitable Fund by emailing Managing Trustee.
Tax receipts are provided.
Dr. B. Mabel Dunham Award
Since 1957, this award at 14 local area high schools has recognized the woman graduate with the highest overall average in her best six University Entry courses. The current award is $350 per school, for a total of $4,900 each year.
Edna Haviland Award
Since 1981, this award at 14 local area high schools has recognized the woman graduate with the highest grade in Grade 12 University Level Chemistry. The current award is $350 per school, for a total of $4,900 each year.
Hildegard Marsden Award
Since 1988, this award at St. Louis Adult Learning Centre has recognized special achievement of two women graduates who plan to further their education. The current award is $500 to each of two students, for a total of $1,000 each year.
Parry Michael Zehr Memorial Award
Since 1996, this award has recognized a string player of promise in the K-W Symphony Youth Orchestra, who plans to use the award money to help fund his/her musical studies, and will continue as a member of the Youth Orchestra. The current award is $600 each year. As this award was not given for three years due to COVID, for the next several years two awards will be given, for a total of $1,200 each year.
Conestoga College CFUW K-W Bursary
Since 1993, this bursary at Conestoga College has supported women students in the Practical Nursing program who have achieved an overall average of over 75% in the first year, have demonstrated financial need and intellectual achievement and promise. The current award is $1,000 to each of four students, for a total of $4,000 each year.
Margaret Dale Philp Award
Since 1973, this award at Wilfrid Laurier University has recognized an outstanding female student in the masters or doctoral program in Humanities or Social Sciences. The current award is $4,000 each year.
Lenia Chamberlain Memorial Scholarship
Since 1998, this award at Wilfrid Laurier University has recognized a graduate student of merit in the Masters of Arts or Doctoral-level program, in the field of Religion and Culture. The current award is $9,000 each year.
Elliot T. Grasett Award
Since 1977, this award at the University of Waterloo has recognized the student with the highest cumulative average mark in his/her third year class in the four year honours history program. The current award is $1,500 each year
George G. Blackburn Scholarship
Since 2001, this award at Wilfrid Laurier University has recognized an outstanding student who has completed his/her third year of the Honour History program. The student must have taken at least one course of Canadian History and must take the fourth year Canadian History seminar course. The current award is $3,500 each year.
Women of Waterloo County Scholarship
Since 2001, this award at the University of Waterloo has recognized a first year student who has attended a Waterloo Region secondary school for at least three years, and has demonstrated academic merit along with leadership abilities. The current award is $2,000 each year. Due to special fund raising for our club’s 100th anniversary, two awards will be granted for the next several years, for a total of $4,000 each year.
Proudly She Marched/Jocelyn Cowan Scholarship
Since 2010, this award at the University of Waterloo has recognized a third or fourth year student in the Health Sciences program intending to pursue a career in medicine. The current award is $2,000 each year. Due to special fund raising for our club’s 100th anniversary, two awards will be granted for the next several years, for a total of $4,000 each year.
Bernice MacCallum Hilliard - Bursaries
Since 2004, this bursary at the University of Waterloo has supported Mature Students based on financial need. Both full time and part time students are eligible. The current bursary is $13,000 each year, split among five to eight students.
James & Edith Davis Scholarship
Since 2014, this award at the University of Waterloo has recognized two upper-year students, majoring in political science or history with strong academics who have made meaningful contributions through involvement in extracurricular activities in the school or community. The current award is $1,750 each, for a total of $3,500 each year.
Ann & Geoffrey Power Award
Since 2018, this award at the University of Waterloo has recognized an Honours Biology program student with strong academics combined with a demonstrated interest in the student of vertebrates, their ecology and conservation. The current award is $2,500 each year.
Winifred Walker Award
Beginning in 2021, this award at the University of Waterloo recognizes a third year Pharmacy student with strong academics combined with a demonstrated interest in enhancing women’s health, who has shown innovative thinking during co-op work terms. The current award is $2,500 each year.