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Please note: scholarships and awards marked with an asterisk (*) have an internal application or nomination process, or are not distributing in 2018.

Beth Renouf Memorial
scholarship for grade 12 students at Halifax West High School with a passion for teaching

Bob Taylor Memorial
a scholarship for students in culinary arts students

Buddy Daye
a scholarship for young African Nova Scotians aged 14-24

Burns Lodge Legacy
a scholarship for grade 12 students in the Halifax Regional Municipality

*Chantal Duguay Memorial Scholarship
a scholarship for students of École Acadienne de Pomquet

Davin Moxsom Rugby Scholarship
a scholarship for Dartmouth High School rugby players who best represent the qualities that Davin Moxsom brought to the sport of rugby in Nova Scotia

Donald Lee Eagles Memorial
a scholarship for business students at NSCC (KingsTech Campus)

Earle & Janet Reid
an award for United Church parishioners in HRM to continue studies

*Ethel F. Grant Eagles
a scholarship fund for nursing students at Cape Breton University

Fondation communautaire du Grand-Havre bourses d’études
des bourses pour la persévérance et de leadership

Hugh Douglas Langin Fund
a scholarship for local musicians

James McGregor Stewart Award
recognizing outstanding contributions of individuals living with a disability

John Abbass Sr. Scholarship Fund
a scholarship for members of family-owned businesses in Nova Scotia who are pursuing studies in business. Supported by the Atlantic Division of the Family Business Association

Loretta Saunders Community
a scholarship to support indigenous women in their chosen field of study

Oliver Fund
supporting North Colchester High School students pursuing post-secondary studies

Peter Kohler
four year scholarship for Engineering students in Atlantic Canada

Peter & Joan Oliver Arts Scholarship
an art scholarship for students in Shelburne County

*Rita Joe
a scholarship for Mi’kmaw students

Robert Sampson Integrity Award
for students at Sir John A. Macdonald High School

*Stephen LeBlanc Memorial
for automotive service and repair students at NSCC (Burridge Campus)

Storas na h-Oigridh (Treasures of Youth)
awarded to youth (age 5-21) to advance their skills in Gaelic traditions

*Will Sutherland Award
for a player on the Truro Bearcats Junior A Hockey Team

 

Beth Renouf Memorial

Beth Renouf Memorial In support of those with a passion for teaching

Established: 2013

Beth Renouf instilled her zest for life in everyone she met. She was the beloved wife of John Renouf for 40 years and loving mother of two children, Jamie and Kelly. She was a dedicated teacher who brought joy and passion to her classroom and the students she taught. Throughout her career she touched the lives of many young people at Halifax West, Sir Charles Tupper and St. Francis schools. Beth loved the outdoors and particularly enjoyed sailing, kayaking and hiking. She enjoyed travelling and discovering new places and people. Those closest to Beth consider themselves extremely fortunate to have counted her as one of their own. Her legacy will live on through this Scholarship and the many friends she left behind. The Beth Renouf Scholarship Fund was established by her family in her memory and is held at the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, a public foundation and registered charity.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  • Be a grade 12 student at Halifax West High School with plans to attend a post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada;
  • Demonstrate academic excellence and athletic involvement, particularly in minor sports.

Selection Criteria

Preference will be given to students who have engaged in teaching, mentoring or coaching activities and whose future plans follow in a similar vein.

Award Frequency

Typically one scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded annually. However, the donor reserves the right to award scholarships on a more or less frequent basis as income levels and the Foundation permit.

Deadline: The deadline for applications is April 30th.

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Bob Taylor Memorial

Bob Taylor Memorial A Scholarship Fund for Students in the Foodservice Industry

Established: 2010

Known for his perseverance and professionalism, Bob Taylor was a valued member of the Halifax/Dartmouth Branch of the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (CAFP). He enjoyed over 30 years as co-owner of Taylor Agencies Ltd. – manufacturers’ representatives for foodservice, ventilation, and healthcare products. He was well-known and respected by many and valued the connections and friendships he made through CAFP. The numerous donations to the Bob Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund are a testament to his positive impact.

The Bob Taylor Memorial Scholarship will benefit select student members of the CAFP and the Junior Chef’s Association who embrace Bob’s dedication, interest and longstanding commitment to the foodservice industry. In addition to their professional memberships and passion for the food service industry, recipients will be chosen based on their ability to demonstrate Bob’s generous, kind, gracious, enthusiastic, optimistic and caring personality.

CAFP is one of the only industry associations that welcomes members from all sectors of the food service world. Members benefit from new relationships and information sharing with food service operators, chefs, consultants, educators, food manufacturing and equipment representatives, corporate buyers, healthcare managers and directors, brokers and distributors. The group is diverse with a common goal dedicated to enhancing the profile of the food service industry through ongoing professionalism and education.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be enrolled in an approved and recognized Culinary Arts program in Nova Scotia or a member of one of the CAFP Nova Scotia Student Branches in Nova Scotia. Applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of one year in one of these programs. Previous winners are not eligible.

Selection Criteria

Student members who demonstrate Bob's dedication and interest in the foodservice industry and those who best represent the qualities that Bob brought to CAFP will be considered for the award.

Award Frequency

One scholarship will be awarded for each student category, the amount approximately $2,000. The Committee may exercise their option to award the two scholarships in one student category.

Deadline for applications is February 28.

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Buddy Daye

Buddy Daye A Scholarship Fund for African Nova Scotians, 14-24 years of age

Established: 2009

About the Buddy Daye Scholarship Fund

Buddy Daye may be best remembered for his triumphs in the boxing ring. As the first Canadian Junior Lightweight Champion, he had an impressive record of 88 fights, 82 wins – 72 by knockout, with 21 of those occurring in the first round. After completing his career in the ring, he worked with numerous local, national and international regulatory boxing organizations, advocating

for better medical and safety standards for boxers as well as fair pay, and fairness in the rating process. Daye was inducted into to the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame and the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.

But there was more to Buddy Daye than his athletic prowess and achievements in the boxing world. He was a respected community member, who fought passionately for community, political and minority rights, especially on behalf of African Nova Scotians. He was a founding member of the Black United Front and the Black Learners Advisory Committee. He also played a key role in establishing the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia. At the time of his passing, Buddy Daye was the Sergeant at Arms in the Nova Scotia Legislative House of Assembly. For years, he used his knowledge about the inner workings of government to help anyone who needed it. The interest of his fellow citizens was always at the forefront of his endeavors.


Eligibility Criteria

The Nominee must be African Nova Scotian between the ages of 14 and 24 and continuing his or her studies in the upcoming academic year. Any individual, school, youth group, community group or sports organization may nominate someone for the award (no individual can nominate himself/herself for the award).

Selection Criteria

  1. Applicants will be rated on:
  • Athletic accomplishments;
  • Community involvement (especially with respect to civil and human rights, or other activities beneficial to the community); and
  • Scholastic achievement in the previous 12 months (from July to June).
  1. Only activities done in a volunteer capacity will be considered.

Award Frequency

Typically scholarships will be awarded annually. However, the Donor reserves the right to award scholarships on a more or less frequent basis as income levels and the Foundation permit.

The deadline for nominations is April 30th.

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Burns Lodge Legacy Fund

Burns Lodge Legacy Fund A Scholarship Fund for Grade 12 students in the Halifax Regional Municipality

Established: 2009

Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie BurnsScotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard, was born in 1759 near the town of Ayr in western Scotland, the son of a tenant farmer. In those years, young Burns lived close to the land and Scottish traditions, moving to a farm near Tarbolton when he was 18. It was there that Rabbie became a Mason, being initiated into Lodge St. David Tarbolton on July 4, 1781. He was passed and raised in the Lodge on the 1st of October that year.

Robert Burns became a renowned Scottish poet and lyricist whose work forever influenced Scottish literature. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. He is also regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement and, after his death at the age of 37 in 1796, he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism. Today, Robert Burns is considered a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish Diaspora around the world. In 2009, he was voted by the Scottish public as being the Greatest Scot.

This Fund was established by members of Burns Lodge No. 10 (AFAM) to honour Robert Burns’ legacy in New Scotland (Nova Scotia) and to help local students pursue post-secondary education.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be residents of the Halifax Regional Municipality, in Grade 12 and planning on pursuing post-secondary educational studies in Atlantic Canada.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be adjudicated upon the basis of their scholastic achievement, community involvement, athletic accomplishments and financial need.

Award Frequency

Typically scholarships will be awarded annually. However, the Donor reserves the right to award scholarships on a more or less frequent basis as income levels and the Foundation permit.

The deadline for applications is April 30th.

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Chantal Duguay Memorial Scholarship

Chantal Duguay Memorial Scholarship In support of Students of École Acadienne de Pomquet

Established: 2014

Chantal Duguay loved working with children and left a lasting impression on them as a teacher and also a Guidance Counsellor at École Acadienne de Pomquet and in Truro. Working with young people was her passion and throughout her career, she influenced and impacted many lives. Chantal died at the age of 39, after a courageous battle with cancer, leaving behind not only her family and friends, but a career that she loved. This Fund was established to honour Chantal and her strong commitment to her profession. Through this Fund, Chantal will in some way be able to continue to maintain her dream of making a difference in the education and well being of those precious to her – her students.

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Davin Moxsom Rugby Scholarship

Davin Moxsom (far left) with the Dartmouth High School rugby team. A scholarship for Dartmouth High School rugby players who best represent the qualities that Davin Moxsom brought to the sport of rugby in Nova Scotia

Established: 2017

The Davin Moxsom Rugby Scholarship is awarded to a Dartmouth High School rugby team member who best represents the qualities that Davin Moxsom brought to the sport of rugby in Nova Scotia.

Davin valued the connections and friendships he made within the rugby community. Davin is described by all who knew him as a selfless, kind, generous person who valued teamwork, integrity and respect, both on and off the field. The recipient of this award should demonstrate Davin’s personal qualities and involvement in the sport of rugby.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be a Grade 12 student enrolled at Dartmouth High School and must be a member of one of the Dartmouth High School Rugby teams. The applicant must be planning to attend a post-secondary university or community college.

Selection criteria

This scholarship will be judged on the following:

  • Community involvement
  • Academic standing
  • Dedication to the sport of rugby in Nova Scotia
  • Financial need

Selection process

Eligible applicants will be reviewed and chosen by a committee comprised of at least five people; one coach of the Dartmouth High School Rugby team, two members of the family of Davin Moxsom and two other members, in accordance with the eligibility criteria described above. The Community Foundation of Nova Scotia shall provide an oversight role in ensuring that the eligibility and selection criteria are met. The award will be presented to the successful recipient by the family of Davin Moxsom at the Dartmouth High School graduation ceremony.

Award frequency

Typically scholarships will be awarded annually. However, the donor reserves the right to award scholarships on a more or less frequent basis as income levels and CFNS permit.

The following is a breakdown of what is required for a complete application:

  • A list of involvement in the community, such as church groups, volunteer work, sports teams or competitive/leadership roles, mentorship programs, other associations, and/or any other charitable involvement. Please provide a 500 word essay to expand on one community involvement experience.
  • Most recent academic transcript
  • Proof of registration at a post-secondary institution
  • An explanation of financial need

The deadline for 2018 applications is May 30.

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Donald Lee Eagles Memorial Fund

Ethel and Donald Eagles A Scholarship Fund for business students at the Kingstec Campus, NSCC

Established: 2009

Donald Lee Eagles was born in Port Williams on October 19, 1923, the oldest of six children. In his life, Donald embodied the values of discipline, hard work, independence, honesty, and integrity. These values, together with the love and support of his wife, brought him enormous success and happiness. In this way, Donald Lee Eagles represented the finest traditions of generations of Nova Scotians.

Donald was raised on the family farm in North Grand Pre (Long Island). He left home to work in the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce at the age of 15 to help his family meet its expenses. After his service in the air force during WW II, he worked for the bank in Trinidad in the West Indies for two years, after which he was posted to the bank’s international branch in Montreal. Early in the 1950’s, he decided to return to Nova Scotia and marry the love of his life, Ethel Grant, a nurse from Dominion, Cape Breton. Together they raised four children in Kingston, NS – Robert, Munroe, Annalee, and Lorna. Donald worked for several firms in Kingston, and managed the Greenwood Credit Union. In the late 1960’s, he returned to school to earn his teaching credentials and took up a teaching position in the business program at the Kings Regional Vocational School (now the Kingstec campus of the Nova Scotia Community College) in Kentville. He taught there for more than two decades, retiring in 1988.

This Fund was established by his wife of 56 years, Ethel, with the support and love of their four children, to honour Donald by ensuring with this scholarship that his dedication to, and love of, his home in Nova Scotia, continue on forever in his memory.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be enrolled full-time in the Business Administration program at the Kingstec campus. Students who are about to graduate from the program are not eligible.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be adjudicated upon the basis of their financial need and academic standing.

Award Frequency

Typically scholarships will be awarded annually and will be renewable one time for a total of two academic years provided that the award recipient maintains at least a “B” average. However, the Donor reserves the right to award scholarships on a more or less frequent basis as income levels and the Foundation permit.

The deadline for applications is April 30th.

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Earle & Janet Reid Scholarship

Dr. Earle and Janet Reid To help United Church parishioners in HRM attend a secondary or post secondary institution

Established: 2013

Dr. Earle Reid grew up in the small community of Steam Mill, Kings County. After losing his father at the age of six due to a lack of prompt medical attention, Dr. Reid’s future was determined. Driven to become a doctor, he studied his way by lamp-light before and after chores on the farm to a Governor General’s award for scholastic excellence. In 1957, Earle graduated from Dalhousie University with his medical degree. Earle met the love of his life, Janet (nee Dexter), while attending a youth dance at Bethany United. They later married in that same church and spent 50 happy years together while remaining active in the church. After their passing, it was their wish to support the United Church of Canada and its parishioners by establishing this scholarship fund.


Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  1. be accepted to or enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary education institution; and
  2. not be in receipt of another scholarship or scholarships at the time of application.

Selection Criteria

Award winner(s) will be selected on the basis of their financial need and participation in church activities. Preference will be given to parishioners of Bethany United Church and also to any individual who was receiving financial assistance from Dr. Reid in 2011.

Award Number & Frequency

Typically two scholarships will be awarded annually. However, scholarships may be awarded on a more or less frequent basis as income levels permit.

Deadline for applications is April 30.

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Ethel F. Grant Eagles Scholarship

Ethel F. Grant Eagles Scholarship A Scholarship Fund for Nursing Students at Cape Breton University

Established: 2010

Mrs. Ethel (Grant) Eagles, a passionate Cape Bretoner, is always eager to help those in need. That’s why she created a Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia to help nursing students at Cape Breton University. Born and raised in Dominion, Nova Scotia, Mrs. Eagles led the province in her RN exams when she graduated from Glace Bay General Hospital as a registered nurse in 1946. Mrs. Eagles immediately went to work in the local area and three years later she became an industrial nurse at the Sydney Steel plant. Mrs. Eagles loved working in an industrial setting because it was fast-paced and dynamic! “I loved to analyse situations and figure out the best treatment plans.” Mrs. Eagles also loved to work in surgery and ensured that every dressing was neatly done. In 1952, she married her best friend and the love of her life, Donald Lee Eagles. They were married for over 56 years and together they raised four children in Kingston, NS – Robert, Munroe, Annalee and Lorna. Mrs. Eagles currently lives in the Valley and enjoys going for walks with her sister.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be enrolled full-time in the Cape Breton University Nursing Program.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be adjudicated upon the basis of their financial need and academic standing.

Award Frequency

The scholarship award is granted annually and is renewable three times for a total of four academic years provided that the award recipient maintains the minimal level of academic standing required to continue in the program. The Donor reserves the right to award scholarships on a more or less frequent basis, or to modify the amount of the award, as income levels and the Foundation permit.

The deadline for applications is April 30th.

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Fondation communautaire du Grand-Havre bourses d’études

Fondation communautaire du Grand-Havre bourses d’études Des bourses pour la persévérance et de leadership

Établi: 2016

La Fondation communautaire du Grand-Havre (FCGH) a été créée en 2016 avec le Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre. Les bourses scolaires visent à augmenter l’aide financière accordée aux étudiants pour leur permettre de poursuivre des études supérieures (universitaires, collégiales ou autres) au Canada.


Critère d’éligibilité

Pour être admissible à recevoir une des bourses l’étudiant(e) doit être un/une gradué(e) d’une école secondaire du Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) à l’intérieur de la Municipalité régionale de Halifax (MRH) avec deux lettres de références, avoir une preuve d’inscription des études postsecondaires au Canada, et faire preuve de leadership et/ou persévérance.

Processus de sélection

Quatre bourses d’études de la FCGH seront décernées chaque année pour une valeur de 750 $ chacune.  Deux bourses pour la persévérance seront accordées aux étudiants qui démontrent un courage dans la poursuite de leur éducation malgré les défis qu’ils ont à surmonter; et deux bourses de leadership seront accordée aux étudiants qui se sont engagés dans leur école et dans la communauté.

La date limite pour les demandes est le 15 mai

CLIQUEZ ICI POUR POSTULER

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The Hugh Douglas Langin Fund

The Hugh Douglas Langin Fund A Scholarship Fund for Local Musicians

Established: 2013

This Fund was established in memory of Hugh Douglas Langin, Halifax’s strongest living statement that each of us has the potential to change and im­prove at any point in our life. Injured at birth, Hugh had challenges throughout his life, yet his thirst for knowledge and understanding was life long. Hughie’s greatest passion was music. He loved the music and musi­cians throughout Halifax loved him. They understood that Hughie’s love of music was like his personality, simple and pure. He was happiest circulating throughout the crowd at Stayner’s Wharf while the band played on. The Hugh Douglas Langin Fund distributes Hughie Awards annually through two streams: one through the Music Arts Program at the Nova Scotia Community College and the second through the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia. The purpose of these Awards is to help local musicians “play on,” through the provision of financial support for his or her musical studies and/or artistic growth pursuits.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this award, applicants must either be enrolled in the Music Arts program at the Nova Scotia Community College or pursuing another form of musical studies and/or musical artistic growth.

Selection Criteria

Musicians of exceptional talent, or potential talent, who best reflect Hughie’s qualities and passion for music, will be selected for the award.

Award Frequency

One or more scholarships will be awarded annually. The donor advisors reserve the right to distribute awards on a more or less frequent basis as income levels and the Foundation permit.

The deadline for NSCC applications is April 30. Please visit thehughieawards.ca for a complete listing of all Hughie awards, deadline dates, criteria and eligibility.

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James McGregor Stewart Award

James McGregor Stewart Award An award to recognize outstanding contributions of individuals living with a disability

Established: 2015

The purpose of this fund is to provide an award recognizing high achievement by a Nova Scotian with a disability. It honors the accomplishments of Mr. James McGregor Stewart who overcame many barriers, despite a reliance on crutches throughout his life as a result of childhood polio. First in his class at Dalhousie Law School in 1914, he was also President of the Students’ Council. He was shortlisted for the Rhodes Scholarship but was not successful, in part due to concerns expressed about his physical disability by the Dalhousie University Senate. Nevertheless, Stewart went on to head a Halifax law firm that became the present day Stewart McKelvey. He was Chairman of Dalhousie’s Board of Governors. In 2000, Canadian Lawyer magazine named him as one of Canada’s ten greatest lawyers. This Fund was established by a friend of the James McGregor Stewart Society and donations by The Maple Tree Fund to recognize Nova Scotians living with a disability for their leadership, personal accomplishment or effective advocacy.


Eligibility

Nominations are accepted for residents of Nova Scotia with disabilities.

Selection Criteria 

Nominees will be evaluated for determination and achievement in conquering personal or externally imposed boundaries, with emphasis on leadership, personal excellence and advocacy.

Award Frequency and Value

The one-thousand dollar Award will be presented annually on June 30th, the anniversary of the birth date of James McGregor Stewart.

Deadline: The deadline for all nominations is April 30th.

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John Abbass Sr. Scholarship Fund

John Abbass Sr. Scholarship Fund A Scholarship to promote post-secondary business education among members of family-owned businesses in Nova Scotia.

Established: 2016

John Abbass was a shining example of entrepreneurial spirit. He was a long time member of Family Business Atlantic and built a legacy for his family and their business in Cape Breton and beyond. John was an iconic figure within the Nova Scotia business and political community and was a strong proponent of the value of family enterprises. Among his many accomplishments, John founded Abbass Studios in 1946 and was a contract photographer for the Cape Breton Post. He was involved in the Progressive Conservative party, serving as provincial party president from 1985 to 1988. In 2006, the provincial party named him honorary president. John Abbass is synonymous with photography and as a champion for Cape Breton. The prominent Sydney, Nova Scotia businessman became a household name as owner of Abbass Studios, a business that is carried on today by members of his family. John is described by his family as “A man who believed foremost in his wife and all his kids and then his community.”

The John Abbass Scholarship Fund was established in the memory of John Abbass Sr. by Family Business Association-Atlantic members or family business owners in Nova Scotia and helps to promote post-secondary business education pursuits. Applications are reviewed by the John Abbass Scholarship Committee with the award disbursed to the winning candidate’s post-secondary educational institution.


Application Process:

Applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements to be considered by the Selection Committee for the John Abbass Scholarship Fund. Candidates can be nominated or can apply directly for this scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must be a resident of Nova Scotia (may be attending a post-secondary institution outside of Nova Scotia)
  • Candidates must be a member of Family Business Association Atlantic have experience working with a family business within Nova Scotia
  • Candidates must be in the process of taking their first post-secondary educational pursuit
  • Candidates degree should have a business focus or be related to their family business
  • Candidates must have achieved a grade point average of 80%
  • Candidates will preferably have a family business background or interest in becoming involved in their family business or pursing their own business interests.
  • Candidates must be applying for the first time-only one submission per applicant permitted.

Selection Criteria

  • A solid academic record-minimum 80%
  • Family business work experience, or exposure to and understanding of family business
  • Leadership and service to community and involvement in extra-curricular activities
  • Written responses from applicants that address their understanding of family business issues and their benefits and contributions to Nova Scotia’s economy

Only the successful applicant will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision. Interviews may be required of scholarship finalists. Scholarship support will be issued directly to the applicant’s post-secondary institution.

Deadline: The deadline for applications is 5pm (Atlantic Time) March 31st of each year.

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The Loretta Saunders Community Scholarship

The Loretta Saunders Community Scholarship A scholarship fund to support indigenous women in their chosen field of study

Established: 2014

About the Loretta Saunders Community Scholarship Fund

Loretta Saunders was an Inuk woman attending Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and just months away from completing an honours degree in Criminology when she was brutally murdered in February 2014. Despite the many obstacles she faced in her life, Loretta excelled during her studies, including in her thesis work on three cases of missing and/or murdered indigenous women in Mi’kma’ki. In her work, Loretta spoke passionately about her research into the continued impacts of colonialism on indigenous women like her. Here is an excerpt from her thesis proposal:

“My story isn’t unique, thousands of girls are exposed to the exact same experiences that I couldn’t even fathom wishing upon another human being, yet our very own government is responsible for orchestrating the events and developing the policies and practices that led to the marginalization of generations of my people … I now know that many of my past experiences are a part of a vicious cycle that has been passed down through generations. This can no longer be accepted by our women and girls. It is through this project … that I aspire to educate and enlighten others to the devastating intergenerational impacts that colonization has created for us, as well as provide hope and inspiration that change is possible.”

Loretta became a passionate advocate for an end to violence against indigenous women and girls and an outspoken advocate for a just reconciliation between indigenous peoples and settlers. In order to honour Loretta’s passion about justice for indigenous peoples and her dedication to her university studies, Dr. Darryl Leroux and Molly Peters — the co-recipient of the 2013 Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association (NSNWA) women of the year award — created this Fund.


Eligibility Criteria

Indigenous women who are attending a post-secondary institution in Mi’kma’ki, Nunatsiavut, or Atlantic Canada and who have completed the equivalent of one year of post-secondary education in the previous two years are invited to apply.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be adjudicated upon the basis of their scholastic achievement, service to indigenous communities, community potential and financial need.

Award Value: Awards can range from $500 to $2,000.

Deadline for Applications: May 30th

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Oliver Fund

Oliver Fund A Donor-Advised Fund created to support and assist in community betterment

Established: 2013

This Fund was established by a local couple to enable them to support their favourite charitable causes both today and over time.

The Oliver Fund draws its name from a combination of place and people. The hardy pioneers built the base on which we live today, giving their names to areas, unaware of the lasting legacy of their labours. This Fund honours the rural way of life and promotes initiatives of North Shore Nova Scotian youth and adults through two fund initiatives:

1) The Oliver Fund assists a student graduating from North Colchester High School in continuing his/her education at the post-secondary level and;

2) The Oliver Fund provides grants in the local Colchester area to encourage the creative artistic pursuits of youth.


Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  1. be graduating from North Colchester High School;
  2. be in receipt of no major scholarship (e.g., one that would cover 75% or more of the anticipated tuition) at the time of application; and
  3. be accepted to a recognized post-secondary education institution (college or university) in Canada and plan to attend that institution in the Fall of the same year.

Selection Criteria

Award winner(s) will be selected on the basis of financial need, activity in the school or community, and character references.

Award Frequency

Typically scholarships will be awarded annually. However, the Fund reserves the right to award scholarships on a more or less frequent basis.

The deadline for applications is April 30th.

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Peter Kohler Scholarship

Peter Kohler Scholarship A scholarship fund for engineering students in Atlantic Canada

Established: 2013

Born in Germany, Peter Kohler moved to Canada at the age of 23 to study Mechanical Engineering at Queens University. In 1977, he started a cellulose insulation firm in Debert, Nova Scotia. Around the same time, Peter introduced vinyl windows and doors to the construction industry. Mr. Kohler’s business acumen, commitment to the highest standards of quality and unrelenting pursuit of product innovation positioned his company, Kohler Windows, as an industry leader. Today, Peter Kohler is considered to be a pioneer in the window and door industry in Canada.

Not one to do things on a small scale, Mr. Kohler established this sizeable scholarship to create a significant impact on the lives of local engineering students.

“Engineering is a very demanding discipline. I created this scholarship to reduce the burden and financial worries for students committed to pursuing this profession.”  

– Peter Kohler


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be from Atlantic Canada and enrolled full time in an Engineering Program at an Atlantic Canadian university.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be adjudicated upon the basis of their character, financial need and academic standing.

Award Frequency & Renewal

Typically scholarships will be awarded annually and will be renewable a maximum of three times for a total of four academic years provided that the award recipient maintains the minimal level of academic standing required to continue in the program. The Donor reserves the right to award scholarships on a more or less frequent basis, or to modify the amount of the award, as income levels and the Foundation permit.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 31.

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Peter & Joan Oliver Arts Scholarship

Purpose:

The Shelburne County Arts Council is proud to offer an art scholarship for any graduating student or graduate residing within Shelburne County. This scholarship is intended to reward arts students for past accomplishments and to encourage future pursuits in the arts.

A Brief History

The Shelburne County Arts Council was established in 2001. Our mandate is to support and promote the development of art, artists and art education in Shelburne County. We have a special focus on youth and education as we create opportunities for citizens to engage in a wide range of artistic endeavors. Peter Oliver was director of Basement theatre in Shelburne. He was a mentor and friend to many students. He has been described by his students as being dynamic, fun, challenging, curious, brave yet devoted and a perpetually interesting man who gave something to the people of Shelburne that should be celebrated. Peter will be remembered for his own great accomplishments and for the accomplishments he allowed other people to experience.


Eligibility:

You must meet all of the following in order to be eligible for this scholarship:

  • You must be a current or former resident of Shelburne County, Nova Scotia.
  • You must show proven artistic ability in at least one of these arts areas: dance, literature, music, theatre, traditional arts, and visual arts.
  • You will need to be accepted as a full-time undergraduate at a fully-accredited college or university with a major in one of the areas listed above.
  • Turn in a completed application to the SCAC by May 31st of the year of intended study.

Application Review:
The following items must be included with the application:

  • Completed application form.
  • A sample of arts projects completed during high school (choose one option or a combination of the following):
  • Portfolio of five samples of visual artworks.
  • DVD or videotape containing five minutes of performance (dance, video art, visual arts, drama).
  • CD or audiotape containing five minutes of performance (musicians, composers).
  • Printed copies of five written works (prose, poetry).
  • A one-page resume listing arts activities, classes, and training received during high school.
  • One-page typed essay (or 150-200 word essay) describing “Why you feel you are deserving of this scholarship.”
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A Copy of your High School transcript.

Scholarship Amount:

One scholarship in the amount of $300. It will be at the discretion of the committee whether unused scholarship money will be awarded from a previous year.

Award of Scholarship:

The scholarship will be awarded at the graduation ceremony of the local school of the recipient.

The deadline for applications is April 30.

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The Rita Joe Scholarship

Rita Joe (née Rita Bernard), 1932 – 2007 A scholarship fund to support Mi’kmaw students pursuing education.

Established: 2015

About the Rita Joe Scholarship Fund

Rita Joe (née Rita Bernard), was born and spent her childhood on a Mi’kmaw Reserve at We’koqma’q First Nation on Cape Breton Island. She lived with foster families after her mother’s death when she was just 5 years old.

Orphaned when she was 10, Rita Joe left the island at the age of 12 to go to the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School. She later returned to Cape Breton to live on the Eskasoni First Nation Reserve, where she and her husband raised 10 children, including 2 adopted sons.

Rita Joe recalled being told constantly, at the Residential School, “You’re no good.” She began writing to challenge such negative messages, which she encountered again as an adult, in the books her own children were reading.

In the prologue to her memoir, Rita Joe states, “My greatest wish is that there will be more writing from my people, and that our children will read it. I have said again and again that our history would be different if it had been expressed by us.” Rita Joe’s first collection of poetry, titled The Poems of Rita Joe, was published in 1978.

Over the years Rita Joe has received many accolades and honours. She was a member of both the Order of Canada and the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. She received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, and was awarded a number of honorary doctorates. Rita Joe is often referred to as the “poet laureate” of the Mi’kmaw people.

This fund was established by Rita Joe’s family to generate scholarships, bursaries and awards for Mi’kmaw students in memory of Rita Joe, a brilliant and much beloved Mi’kmaw woman from Waycobah, Nova Scotia who was passionate about writing poetry and children’s books particularly as they related to Mi’kmaw language and culture in Nova Scotia and Canada.


Eligibility Criteria

The scholarship is to provide recognition for exemplary achievements in the life of the individual or a youth group who consistently and regularly contribute to the community well being. The recognition may be honours or monetary as determined by the Adjudication Committee.

Selection Criteria

The broad scope of the scholarship elevates the seven sacred teachings of the Mi’kmaw culture, language, traditional values, academic achievements, community involvement and personal wellness/wellbeing. The end result for the person receiving these scholarships is to recognize and appreciate that this is a gift of personal value and remembered in years ahead.

Award Value & Application Process

Typically one award will be granted from this Fund on an annual basis. However, awards may be made on a more or less frequent basis as the Donor Advisor(s) recommend and as income levels and the Foundation permit.

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Robert Sampson Integrity Award

Robert Sampson Integrity Award For students at Sir John A. Macdonald High School

Established: 2013

Robert Sampson was a plumber by trade and an educator and humanitarian by nature. Robert worked in various roles at the Nova Scotia Community College where his greatest enjoyment and contribution was acting as a coach and mentor. His special talent was helping others recognize and nurture their own unappreciated potential. Robert loved to see those who were struggling go on to succeed, and he encouraged everyone around him to do this with his positive pep talks, infectious enthusiasm and good humour.

Robert knew his own success was not predicted by his academic scores, but resulted from the help he received from others and his own strong values. He was always keen to “pay forward” the help that he received.

Robert graduated from Sir John A. Macdonald High School in 1978 as the class co-president who continued to bind his class together for 30 years. At reunions, Robert repeatedly proposed that the group create a scholarship at SJA and so this Award is an attempt to capture Robert’s spirit by supporting an SJA student with his qualities.


Eligibility Criteria

Grade 12 students at Sir John A. Macdonald High School who plan to continue their studies after graduating and who embody the humanitarian and nurturing qualities of Robert Sampson are eligible for this Award. There is no application process; instead students must be nominated by an SJA teacher.

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be adjudicated on the extent to which they have demonstrated the following qualities: compassion, integrity, leadership ability, respect for the entire school community and overall positive impact on the world. Financial need will be a consideration, but not a requirement.

Award Frequency

Typically there will be one annual Award. However, the Donor reserves the right to give this Award on a more or less frequent basis as income levels and the Foundation permit.

Deadline

The deadline for nominations for this award is May 30th.

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Stephen LeBlanc Memorial Award

Stephen LeBlanc Memorial Award For Automotive Service and Repair Students at NSCC Burridge Campus

Established: 2014

Stephen LeBlanc was an inspiring young man who knew what his goal in life was and worked hard to achieve it. He struggled throughout school but with encouragement from family, friends and teachers he graduated from NSCC (Burridge) in 2013 with his Auto Service and Repair Certificate. As a young teen, Stephen developed a passion for cars, especially high-end vehicles. He strived to know everything about them. He entered his first car in show and shines and enjoyed being part of the auto scene. Stephen’s vision was to become a high-end mechanic, working on the very cars that he was so passionate about. His persistence, interest and eagerness found him his dream job at Coffill’s Auto Repair LTD in Canning. They immediately recognized in Stephen the same interest and enthusiasm that they had for their cars and job. They knew he was the right man to join their crew. It is hoped that this Award will capture Stephen’s spirit by supporting a NSCC (Burridge Campus) student who exemplifies the same passion, energy and enthusiasm for automobiles.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be enrolled in the Automotive Service and Repair Program at the Nova Scotia Community College Burridge Campus with a demonstrated financial need.

Award Frequency

Typically one award will be given annually. However, awards may be presented on a more or less frequent basis as income levels and the Foundation permit.

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Stòras na h-Òigridh (Treasures of Youth) Fund

Stòras na h-Òigridh (Treasures of Youth) Fund To ensure that local youth continue the Gaelic traditions

Established: 2013

The Nova Scotia Highland Village Society created the Stòras na h-Òigridh (Treasures of Youth)Fund to ensure that cultural skills based on Gaelic traditions will continue to flourish in Nova Scotia’s youth. The Fund provides financial support to up-and-coming youth between the ages of five and twenty-one who are keen to advance their skills in the Gaelic tradition including: fiddle, pipes, piano, language, storytelling, song and dance. Financial donations can be made to the Fund in general, or directed specifically to the discipline of the donor’s preference. The Treasurers of Youth Fund concept was inspired by the enthusiasm of the late Michael Anthony MacLean from Washabuck, NS. It is with this enthusiasm in mind that disbursements supporting youth to better their fiddling skills will be issued under his name. Michael Anthony was a well-known fiddler who always had a keen interest in assisting youth to further their skills in playing traditional Cape Breton music, especially the fiddle. The Fund was ignited by sales of Michael Anthony MacLean’s “Good Boy M.A.!” CD.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this award, applicants must be Nova Scotians between the ages of five and twenty-one and keen to advance their skills in one or more of the following Gaelic traditions: fiddle, pipes, piano/guitar accompaniment, language, storytelling, song and dance.

Award Frequency

Typically one scholarship will be awarded annually. However, we reserve the right to award scholarships on a more or less frequent basis as income levels and the Foundation permit.

The deadline for applications is April 30.

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Will Sutherland Award

Will Sutherland Award In support of those with a passion for teaching

Established: 2014

The Will Sutherland Award was established in memory of Wilbert E. Sutherland by his family to honour his passion for helping young people, especially those involved in sport.

Will developed his love of hockey at an early age at the New Glasgow Stadium. His teen years were spent in Sydney, playing varsity hockey for Sydney Academy, graduating as valedictorian of his class.

Attending Dalhousie University, he played varsity hockey for the Dalhousie Tigers, graduating with a B.Com. in 1966. Will articled with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, obtaining his Chartered Accountancy (CA) designation in 1969, while enjoying playing in the CA hockey league in Halifax. After moving to Truro, his hockey playing years continued with the Truro Bearcats Oldtimers team where he passed on his knowledge of hockey by coaching and mentoring minor hockey players of all ages in the Truro area.

Will always took the time to help youth develop life-long skills. He founded and developed the Truro Junior A Bearcats Hockey Club educational fund and worked as a financial advisor for the 2010 Canada Winter Games. Will believed in his family, his career and helping young people, especially through sport. These passions were clearly evident to anyone who knew Wilbert E. Sutherland.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Hockey player with the Truro Junior A Bearcats in his final year of eligibility in junior hockey
  • Must be accepted into a full-time course of study at a CIS University
  • Must have demonstrated proficient hockey skills and education abilities
  • Must be recommended by the coaches in conjunction with a committee

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be adjudicated on the extent to which they have demonstrated a desire to obtain a good education in addition to their dedication to the game of hockey. Financial need will be a consideration, but not a requirement.

Award Frequency

Typically there will be one annual Award of $1,000. However, the Donor reserves the right to give this Award on a more or less frequent basis as income levels and the Foundation permit.

Awarded at the annual Truro Junior Bearcats closing banquet.

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