Scholarships

FWIO Provincial Scholarship

Deadline: July 15, 2021

Value: $1,000

Selection:

This scholarship is provided for students furthering their formal education as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution (in their first year). 

Eligibility:

  • For the 2021 scholarship, students must complete a 750-word essay, answering the question:

“In 2020, our way of life changed as a result of the global pandemic. Explain the importance of community and how Women's Institutes can play a role in preventing social isolation, both during this health crisis and beyond.”

  • Awarded on the basis of academic achievement upon entrance into the program. A transcript of marks for the most recent academic year showing the numerical grade average in percentage form for the complete year (e.g. 85%).
  • Three signed reference letters from community organizers and/or high school faculty (no more than 2 from the school).
  • Applicant must be a resident of Ontario, and a prospective high school graduate.
  • Full-time students entering their first year of studies at a post-secondary institution.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.

Conditions:

  • Candidates may apply only once in any one year.
  • For the scholarship to be awarded, the FWIO Provincial Office must receive proof of enrolment by September 30th. Scholarships are forfeited after this date and will be awarded to the alternate.

FWIO Provincial Scholarship Application Form - 2021 (Fillable PDF)

Helen M. McKercher Scholarship

Deadline: July 15, 2021

Value: $1,200

This scholarship was established in 1976 to recognize Helen McKercher's years of service to FWIO as Director of the Women's Institute and Home Economics Service.

Purpose:

To assist a graduate student to pursue a post-graduate degree in Family and Consumer Studies, Home Economics or in a related program.

Eligibility:

  • For the 2021 scholarship, students must complete a 750-word essay, answering the question:

“In 2020, our way of life changed as a result of the global pandemic. Explain the importance of community and how Women's Institutes can play a role in preventing social isolation, both during this health crisis and beyond.”

  • Must be a resident of Ontario for five years.
  • Must be a graduate of a Canadian University.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.

Conditions:

  • For the scholarship to be awarded, the FWIO Provincial Office must receive proof of enrolment by September 30th. After this date, scholarships are forfeited.

Helen M. McKercher Scholarship Application Form - 2021 (Fillable PDF)

90th Anniversary Scholarship

Deadline: July 15, 2021
 

Value:  $1,000

Established in 1987 as four regional scholarships (valued at $250 each) and presented annually to Women's Institute (WI) Members upgrading their education, this is now one provincial scholarship.

Purpose:

To assist WI Members who seek self-improvement and personal enrichment through the education system as full or part-time students enrolled in a certified course.

Eligibility:

  • For the 2021 scholarship, applicants will be asked to write a 500-word essay on the following topic:

“In 2020, our way of life changed as a result of the global pandemic. Explain the importance of community and how Women's Institutes can play a role in preventing social isolation, both during this health crisis and beyond.”

  • Must be a resident of Ontario for at least 5 years.
  • Must be a WI Member for at least 5 years and currently active in WI.
  • Previous winners are not eligible.

Conditions:

  • For the scholarship to be awarded, the FWIO Provincial Office must receive proof of enrolment by September 30th. After this date, scholarships are forfeited.

90th Anniversary Scholarship Application Form - 2021 (Fillable PDF)

Ontario Women's Institute Scholarships

Deadline:  May 15th

 

Since 1947, these Scholarships have been presented by FWIO in recognition of the women who pioneered the Women's Institute in Ontario.

Value:  Up to (3) three awards of $1,000 each

Purpose:

To assist students studying at the University of Guelph, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.

Eligibility:

  • Residents of Ontario with a minimum cumulative average of 70% who have completed at least 4.00 credits in the BASc. program and who have contributed to extracurricular activities.
  • If other qualifications are equal, preference will be given to students who have participated in the Ontario 4-H program and/or students whose mothers are Women's Institute Members.

CLICK HERE for more information on the University of Guelph website.

International Scholarship - Lady Aberdeen

Established in 1962, this award provides scholarships for the promotion and encouragement of education in the economic, social, and cultural spheres in a developing country.

 

Purpose:

To provide training in specific subjects (namely community welfare and related topics) to those who have not previously had this advantage, as well as offering further training to qualified leaders.

Eligibility:

  • be a member of an ACWW Society

Value: dependant on course, length of instruction, etc.

For more information and/or applications, visit http://www.acww.org.uk/ or contact ACWW at info@acww.org.uk

Winners

2020

FWIO Provincial Scholarship
Anastasia Maziarz

Ontario Women's Institute Scholarship
Naomi Brown
Sherry Fang
Vanda Weisz


2019

FWIO Provincial Scholarship
Emily Perrino

90th Anniversary Scholarship
Kim Sheldrick

Ontario Women's Institute Scholarship
Claire Nanda
Alexandra Proulx
Ainsley Tsetekas


2018

FWIO Provincial Scholarship
Erin Parna-Gile

Helen M. McKercher Scholarship
Janet Okrafka

90th Anniversary Scholarship
Kim Sheldrick

Ontario Women's Institute Scholarship
Carolyn Wyse
Kathleen Morgan
Tianxue He


2017

FWIO Provincial Scholarship
Elana Klingspohn

Helen M. McKercher Scholarship
Sandra Venneri

Ontario Women's Institute Scholarship
Lauren Cook
Carolynn Whitehouse
Ziying Xiong


2016

FWIO Provincial Scholarship
Jacqueline Taylor Dyck

Helen M. McKercher Scholarship
Sarah Cappuccitti

Ontario Women's Institute Scholarship
Jessica Beagan
Melissa Nauta
Melissa Crawford


2015

FWIO Provincial Scholarship
Caroline Simons

Helen M. McKercher Scholarship
Huma Rana

Ontario Women's Institute Scholarship
Lauren Cook
Kristie Pun
Alexandra Nunez


2014

FWIO Provincial Scholarship
Mary-Lynn VanLankveld

Ontario Women's Institute Scholarship
Charlotte Jones
Shannon King
Emma Sysiuk


2013

FWIO Provincial Scholarship
Elizabeth (Libby) Root

Ontario Women's Institute Scholarship
Elizabeth Bruce
Shavonne Nice
Lauren Renlund


2012

FWIO Provincial Scholarship
Lauren Paré

Helen M. McKercher Scholarship
Jessica Lee Hambleton

Ontario Women's Institute Scholarship
MacKenzie Brown
Rebecca Kinio
Christine Kucava