Scholarships and Bursaries

For over 20 years the Thunder Bay Community Foundation has had the privilege of awarding prestigious scholarships to students in the City of Thunder Bay and the District. On behalf of the generosity of our donors, our Scholarship Review Committee is able to select remarkable deserving youth and award over 24 scholarships and bursaries each year!

Thunder Bay and District of Thunder Bay high schools include, but are not limited to: 

City of Thunder Bay - North Ward

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Hammarskjold High School

St. Ignatius High School

Superior CVI

 City of Thunder Bay - South Ward

 Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School

 St. Patrick High School

 Westgate CVI

 Matawa Education Centre

District of Thunder Bay 

 

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Geraldton Composite High School

Lake Superior High School

Long Lac 58 First Nation High School

Manitouwadge High School

Marathon High School

Nipigon-Red Rock District High School

If you are unsure if your school falls into our district, please view our map or contact the office at 807.475.7279. 

 

Schedule of Dates

  • Applications become available: March 1, 2019
  • Completed Applications to Student Services from Applicants: April 12, 2019
  • Nominations from Student Services to TBCF: April 25, 2019
  • Students Notified: *PLEASE NOTE: as there has been a high volume of applicants this year, students will be notified within the week of June 10, 2019 
  • Reception Date: *PLEASE NOTE: the date of the reception has been changed to June 18, 2019

 

Application Materials

To apply for the scholarships and bursaries, the following forms are to be used. Please only use the forms that are requested for the specific scholarship or bursary. This information can be found in the associated information.

*To apply for the Justice Ronald B. Lester Bursary, please use this form only. 
 

Scholarships and Bursaries 

Aileen and Gertrude Lahti Family Scholarship 

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Aileen Lahti passed away in 2008 at the age of 97. She was employed by Prudential Insurance Co. of America until her retirement after 38 years of service. Her sister Gertrude Lahti passed away in 2011 at the age of 97. She worked for 31 years for the Grain Commission. The sisters lived all of their lives in Thunder Bay.

  • The Aileen and Gertrude Lahti Family Scholarship are open to students from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay high schools.
  • Each school is asked to select and nominate the Seven (7) most qualified student for consideration by our Scholarship and Bursary Committee.
  • Students may not apply directly to the Foundation for this scholarship. Please submit applications to your school's Student Services.

Eligibility

  • Nominees must be in their graduating year of secondary school.
  • Nominees must have a minimum overall average of 80% in all Grade 12 credits.
  • Nominees must be seeking full-time admission to a Canadian university, accredited by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

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Arthur Widnall Bursary 

The Arthur Widnall Bursary is dedicated to creating opportunities for young people from the Thunder Bay Indigenous Community, who as a result of economic limitations may not otherwise be able to attend College or University. The goal is to help individuals further their educational pursuits and realize their highest potential and aspirations. Another goal of this bursary is to motivate young Indigenous students to inspire leadership by becoming mentors and role models for other youth (not only Indigenous youth) in the community and help create a bright future for the community of Thunder Bay.

  • The Arthur Widnall Bursary is open to students from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay high schools.
  • Awards will be presented annually to students from Thunder Bay who have completed Grade 12 and are entering a Post-Secondary Program at Confederation College or Lakehead University.
  • Each school is asked to submit an unlimited number of qualified students for consideration. 
  • Students may not apply directly to the Foundation for this scholarship. Please submit applications to your school's Student Services.

Eligibility

  • The Arthur Widnall Bursary is open to applicants from Ontario Secondary Schools from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay.
  • Applicants must be seeking full-time admission to Confederation College or Lakehead University.
  • Applicants must be in their graduating year of secondary school.
  • Applicants must demonstrate adequate academic performance.
  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants must be of Indigenous descent - Status First Nations.

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Friesen Jones Family Bursary

McLean Scholarship

The Cliff Friesen and Susan Jones Friesen are excited to announce the creation of the Friesen Jones Family Bursary. Susan created the Bursary to support individuals under the age of 29 that have been in the care of the Children’s Aid Society of Thunder Bay who have graduated or will be graduating from high school and pursuing post-secondary opportunities. Like the mission of the Children’s Aid Society of Thunder Bay – “to protect and enhance the lives of children through strengthening families in partnership with our community” – the Friesen Jones Family felt a strong desire to continue to protect and enhance the lives of these former children, now young adults, by contributing to their educational success. As a long time educator and advocate for the Children’s Aid Society of Thunder Bay, Susan Jones Friesen has joined with her philanthropist husband Cliff to established this bursary as a partnership with the Thunder Bay Community Foundation. 

  • The Friesen Jones Family Bursary is open to students from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay high schools.
  • Each school is asked to submit an unlimited number of qualified students for consideration by our Grants & Scholarships Committee.
  • Applicants not in high school who meet the criteria may apply directly to the Foundation. Students still in high school may not directly apply to the Foundation.

Eligibility

  • Must be a student graduating from high school or a youth (up to the age of 29) that has been in the care of or received services from the Children’s Aid Society of Thunder Bay (this will be direct verified with the Children’s Aid Society of Thunder Bay.
  • Applicants must be seeking full-time admission to a Canadian university or college, accredited by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
  • Applicants must demonstrate adequate academic performance.
  • Applicants must be in their graduating year of secondary school.
  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate financial need.

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James and Shirley Symington Family Bursary

McLean Scholarship

Jim and Shirley Symington established the Shirley & James Symington Donor Directed Endowed Family Fund Bursary in 2018 with the goal of assisting young people in our community pursue an education with reduced financial burdens. Jim grew up in Hurkett and Port Arthur, Ontario and Shirley grew up in London, Ontario. Both Jim and Shirley pursued a post-secondary education with Jim earning his Bachelor of Commerce and Shirley earning her Bachelor of Nursing - both receiving support in the way of bursaries. In 1976 Shirley and Jim moved to Thunder Bay and have been a integral part of the community ever since. As a result of their own experiences, Jim and Shirley wish to provide support to students who would otherwise have challenges pursuing a post-secondary education. 

  • The James and Shirley Symington Family Bursary is open to students from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay high schools.
  • Each school is asked to submit an unlimited number of qualified students for consideration by our Scholarship and Bursary Committee. 
  • Applicants not in high school who meet the criteria may apply directly to the Foundation. Students still in high school may not directly apply to the Foundation.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be in their graduating year of secondary school.
  • Applicants must demonstrate adequate academic performance.
  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate financial need.
  • Subsequent Eligibility: This bursary is available to past recipients going into each subsequent year of their post-secondary program . They will be eligible to receive up to another $2,500 for each subsequent year of full time study, to a maximum total of four years, provided they continue to show financial need and also, that they have maintained a minimum of a C average in their first and subsequent years. They must inform the Thunder Bay Community Foundation by February 15th of their desire to apply for year two and subsequent years financial support and submit appropriate paperwork by September 30th.

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 John Alexander McLean Scholarship

Created by Mr. McLean's wife Jean Elizabeth, this scholarship will be awarded to a High School Student enrolling in their first year of Bachelor Education or Concurrent Education at Lakehead University.

  • The John A. McLean Scholarship is open to students from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay high schools
  • Each school is asked to select and nominate the SEVEN (7) most qualified students for consideration by our Scholarship and Bursary Committee.  
  • Students may not apply directly to the Foundation for this scholarship. Please submit applications to your school's Student Services.

Eligibility:

  • Nominees must be in their graduating year of secondary school.
  • Nominees must have a minimum overall average of 80% in all Grade 12 credits.
  • Nominees must be seeking full-time admission to first year Bachelor Education or Concurrent Education at Lakehead University.

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Justice Ronald B. Lester Memorial Bursary

Justice Lester was very committed to serving his community especially supporting youth organizations. For many years Justice Lester was the President of Harbour Youth Services. After his passing in 2000, the Harbour Youth Services Board renamed their post-secondary bursary after him. In 2005, the Lester family overtook the administration of this bursary and started the Justice Ronald B. Lester Memorial Youth Foundation. This Foundation is dedicated to creating educational opportunities for local graduating high school student who as a result of economic limitations may not otherwise be able to attend college or university. This bursary is awarded to local graduating high school students who have demonstrated financial need and outstanding community service. Since its inception in 2000, the bursary has been awarded to 44 students totaling over $200,000 in funding. The Justice Ronald B. Lester Bursary is one of the largest (financially) private family bursaries in the Thunder Bay region to be awarded.

  • The Justice Ronald B. Lester Memorial Bursary is open to students from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay high schools.
  • Each school is asked to submit an unlimited number of qualified students for consideration. 
  • Students may not apply directly to the Foundation for this scholarship. Please submit applications to your school's Student Services.

Eligibility:

  • The Justice Ronald B. Lester Memorial Bursary is open to applicants from Ontario Secondary Schools from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay.
  • Applicants must be in their graduating year of secondary school.
  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate financial need

 


Joshua Dyke Family Scholarship 

Mrs. Edith Dyke was a graduate of Victoria College, University of Toronto and was one of the first women to practice law in the District of Thunder Bay. Her legal practice was eventually purchased by the firm Weiler, Maloney, Nelson. On November 20th, 1980 Mrs. Edith Dyke passed away at the age of 84. Through her estate she established a scholarship in honour of her father, the late Rev. Joshua Dyke. In 1890 Rev. Dyke founded the Wesley Methodist Church (now Wesley United Church), and in 1902 he also served as the Mayor of the City of Fort William.

  • The Joshua Dyke Family Scholarship is open to students from South Ward schools.
  • Each school is asked to select and nominate the SEVEN (7) of the most qualified students for consideration by our Scholarship and Bursary Committee.
  • Students may not apply directly to the Foundation for this scholarship. Please submit applications to your school's Student Services.

Eligibility

  • Nominees must be in their graduating year of secondary school at St. Patrick High School, Dennis Franklin Cromarty and Westgate CVI.
  • Nominees must have a minimum overall average of 80% in all Grade 12 credits.
  • Nominees must be seeking full-time admission to a Canadian university, accredited by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

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June Morgan MacDonald Bursary for the Arts & Design

Dyke Scholarship

June Morgan MacDonald was born in Fort William in 1926. Before retiring, June was head of the Art Department at Lakeview High School, where she spent much of her life helping generations of students to discover and embrace the arts. She had an irrepressible gift for teaching, and her life was filled with a passion for all the arts: painting sculpture, tapestry, music, ballet, theatre, and literature. June established the bursary to support students who are in financial need pursuing education at the University level in the Arts.

  • The June Morgan MacDonald Bursary for the Arts & Design is open to students from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay high schools.
  • Each school is asked to select and nominate an unlimited number of qualified students for consideration. 
  • Students may not apply directly to the Foundation for this scholarship. Please submit applications to your school's Student Services.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be seeking full-time admission to a Canadian university, accredited by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada or trade certification through the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Applicable areas of study include: Design (interior, architectural, stage, clothing, costume, landscape, urban, graphic or industrial; Music (composition or performance of music classified as “fine art music”); Dance (choreography or performance of traditional or contemporary ballet/dance); or Writing (biography, novel, history, poetry, or scripts for theatre, film, television, etc.). This endowment is to assist students studying for a career in APPLIED ARTS not visual arts.
  • Applicants must demonstrate adequate academic performance.
  • Applicants must be in their graduating year of secondary school.
  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate financial need.

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Helen L. Dewar Scholarship

Miss Helen Lilodah Dewar was born in Calcutta, India. Her family moved to Canada when she was eight years old and in 1920, the family moved to Fort William. Helen was a music supervisor and teacher with the Port Arthur Public School Board for many years. She died in December 1989 and the Thunder Bay Community Foundation became one of the main beneficiaries of her estate. In recognition of her substantial contributions, the Thunder Bay Community Foundation established the Helen L. Dewar Scholarship in 1991. 

  • The Helen L. Dewar Scholarship is open to students only from North Ward schools.
  • Each school is asked to select and nominate the Seven (7) most qualified students for consideration by our Scholarship and Bursary Committee. 
  • Students may not apply directly to the Foundation for this scholarship. Please submit applications to your school's Student Services.

Eligibility:

  • Nominees must be in their graduating year of secondary school.
  • Nominees must have a minimum overall average of 80% in all Grade 12 credits.
  • Nominees must be seeking full-time admission to a Canadian university, accredited by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

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Ross A. Wilson Science Scholarship

A former Hammarskjold High School teacher Mr. Wilson has created 2 scholarships for students from Hammarskjold High School who show particular interest in the Sciences and who are proceeding on to a Canadian University.

  • The Ross A. Wilson Science Scholarships are open to nominated students only from Hammarskjöld High School.
  • Students must be entering a science program at an accredited Canadian university. Student Services is asked to select and nominate the Seven (7) most qualified students. 
  • Students may not apply directly to the Foundation for this scholarship. Please submit applications to your school's Student Services.

Eligibility:

  • Nominees must be in their graduating year of secondary school at Hammarskjöld High School.
  • Nominees must have a minimum overall average of 80% in all Grade 12 credits.
  • Nominees must be seeking full-time admission to a science program Canadian university, accredited by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

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 Roy Seymour Rogers and Geraldine Ruth Rogers Scholarship

In 2006, Mr. Roy S. Rogers established a scholarship fund at the Thunder Bay Community Foundation to honour his late cousin, Ms. Geraldine Ruth Rogers. Geraldine was born and raised in Espanola, Ontario and moved to Fort William in 1951. She attended Toronto Teacher’s College and later received her Bachelor of Arts from Lakehead University. She taught at Ogden Street School and Edgewater Park School where she retired in 1989.

  • The Roy Seymour Rogers and Geraldine Ruth Rogers Scholarships are open to nominated students from the District of Thunder Bay high schools only (not available to the City of Thunder Bay).
  • Each school is asked to select and nominate the SEVEN (7) of the most qualified students for consideration by our Scholarship and Bursary Committee.
  • Students may not apply directly to the Foundation for this scholarship. Please submit applications to your school's Student Services.

Eligibility:

  • Nominees must be in their graduating year of secondary school.
  • Nominees must have a minimum overall average of 80% in all Grade 12 credits.
  • Nominees must be seeking full-time admission to a Canadian university, accredited by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

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Shirley H. & Meredith O. Nelson Scholarship

The Shirley H. & Meredith Nelson Health Care Scholarship is for a student graduating from a secondary school in Northwestern Ontario currently living on a working farm or a student who was raised on a farm and is in a graduate program. Priority will be given to student(s) entering the health care field; Additionally, nursing will be given a priority.

  • The Shirley H. & Meredith O. Nelson Scholarship is open to students from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay high schools.
  • Each school is asked to select and nominate the SEVEN (7) most qualified students for consideration by our Scholarship and Bursary Committee. 
  • Students may not apply directly to the Foundation for this scholarship. Please submit applications to your school's Student Services.

Eligibility:

  • Be a student graduating from high school living on a working farm in Northwestern Ontario or a student who was raised on a farm and is in a graduate program.
  • Submit a short essay describing the size of the farm, where its income is derived, the number of animals, main crops and what the applicant did to help on the farm.
  • Have an 80% average at the time of submittal of the application.
  • Be attending a Canadian university
  • First priority will be given to a student(s) who are going into the field of Nursing. If there are two students who apply in one year and meet the above requirements, then potentially more than one award will be given at an amount determined by Meredith Nelson or Deborah Kraft or their designees.
  • Priority two - if there are no students going into Nursing then a Scholarship will be given to a  student majoring in other health care either in an undergraduate or graduate program. **Note if the Scholarship recipient is going into a Graduate Program or continuing in a Graduate Program at a Canadian university they will provide marks based on the Graduate Program they have been admitted to or are attending.  80% will not be the baseline.  They will also not be expected to live on a working farm while they are attending University.  
  • Priority three  - if none of the above requirements are met the Scholarship will be open to any student meeting criteria 1 through 4 and entering into any undergraduate program in a University in Canada.

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Superior North EMS Leslie Vance Bursary

Leslie Vance worked as a Primary Care Paramedic for Superior North EMS since 1992; she passed away on Sunday, August 1, 2010 at age 38. She was an avid reader, loved to travel, stay active and spend time with family and pets. Leslie had a unique sense of humour and volunteered at the Thunder Bay and District Humane Society.

  • The Superior North EMS Leslie Vance Bursary is open to students from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay high schools.
  • A total of three (3) Awards will be presented annually and will be awarded to students who have completed Grade 12 and are entering a Post-Secondary Program with a career focus as a Paramedic or other Health Care Provider. Applicants require a minimum grade B average academic ranking, strong oral and written communication skills, demonstrated leadership skills and must be involved in extra-curricular activities and/or community volunteerism.
  • Each school is asked to select and nominate an unlimited number of qualified students for consideration. 
  • Students may not apply directly to the Foundation for this scholarship. Please submit applications to your school's Student Services.

Eligibility:

  • The Superior North EMS Leslie Vance Bursary is open to applicants from Ontario Secondary Schools throughout the District of Thunder Bay.
  • Applicants must be in their graduating year of secondary school.
  • Applicants must have a minimum overall grade B average of in all Grade 12 credits.
  • Applicants must be seeking full-time admission to a Canadian Post-Secondary Program with a career focus as a Paramedic or other Health Care Provide

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Susan Cochran Simonsen Bursary for Indigenous Students

When the Thunder Bay Community Foundation (TBCF) was formed in 1971, Sue Cochran Simonsen became a founding member. Sue was invited to attend the graduation ceremony at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School and gained an insight into the amazing Indigenous culture through the stirring drumming and singing of the ceremony as well as through the pride of the parents and community as they celebrated the achievements of their young graduates. It was then that Sue recognized the gap between the Indigenous and the mainstream Canadian culture and realized for the future of Canadian Society to advance, this separation had to be understood. As a retired educator, Sue had witnessed the many doors that had opened up to young people as they became transformed by education. Sue knew that the misunderstandings between the cultures could only be breached by education on both sides. She was determined to contribute in some way so that young Indigenous graduates would have the same opportunities as their peers. As such, Sue established the Susan Cochran Simonsen Bursary for Indigenous Students.

  • The Susan Cochran Simonsen Bursary for Indigenous Students is open to students from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay high schools.
  • Each school is asked to select and nominate an unlimited number of qualified students for consideration. 
  • Students may not apply directly to the Foundation for this scholarship. Please submit applications to your school's Student Services.

Eligibility:

  • The Susan Cochran Simonsen Bursary for Indigenous Students is open to applicants from Ontario Secondary Schools from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay.
  • Applicants must be seeking full-time admission to a Canadian university, accredited by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.
  • Applicants must be in their graduating year of secondary school.
  • Applicants must demonstrate adequate academic performance.
  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants must be of Indigenous ancestry.

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The Amber Foundation Bursary

McLean Scholarship

The Amber Foundatuon Bursary is for a motivated person who has had to struggle with lifes' challenges to get to this point in their academic life. While their prior academic grades are of secondary importance, they should be of a sufficient grade to ensure that the student could succeed in a post-secondary environment

  • The Amber Foundation Bursary is open to students from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay high schools.
  • Each school is asked to select and nominate an unlimited number of qualified students for consideration by our Scholarship and Bursary Committee. 
  • Applicants not in high school who meet the criteria may apply directly to the Foundation. Students still in high school may not directly apply to the Foundation.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be in their graduating year of secondary school.
  • Applicants must demonstrate adequate academic performance.
  • Applicants must be seeking full-time admission to a seeking entrance to any program at Lakehead University or Confederation College in Thunder Bay.
  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate financial need.
  • Subsequent Eligibility: This bursary is available to past recipients going into year two of their post-secondary program. They will be eligible to receive up to another $4,000 for their second year of full time study, provided they continue to show financial need and also, that they have maintained a minimum of a C average in their first-year. They must inform the Thunder Bay Community Foundation by February 15th of their desire to apply for year two financial support and submit appropriate paperwork by September 30th.

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Veena Lamba Scholarship for the Arts 

McLean Scholarship

Mr. Lamba created this scholarship in memory of his wife Veena. Veena died on July 1, 1991 at the age of 47. As a rememberance of her love of art, her love of life and her joy in her family, Pritam Lamba has created a scholarship in her memory. In perpetuity Veena's name and legacy will live on in this scholarship in Thunder Bay. The award will assist a student to find their passion in art as Veena did. 

  • The Veena Lamba Scholarship for the Arts is open to students from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay high schools.
  • Each school is asked to select and nominate SEVEN (7) qualified students for consideration by our Scholarship and Bursary Committee. 
  • Applicants not in high school who meet the criteria may apply directly to the Foundation. Students still in high school may not directly apply to the Foundation. 

Eligibility: 

  •  Applicants must be in their graduating year of secondary school.
  • Nominees must have a minimum overall average of 80% in all Grade 12 credits.
  • Nominees must be seeking full-time admission to an arts program at Lakehead University. 

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Victor Stevenson Aircraft Engineering Technology Award

Victor Stevenson was born in Ontario, studied engineering in the United States and worked his entire career at Can Car (now Bombardier). This bursary was created in his honour and his love for this community and region. He was very concerned about its economic future and how he could make an impact. He was very impressed by the Thunder Bay Community Foundation and wished that this scholarship be administered by the Foundation.

  • The Victor Stevenson Aircraft Engineering Technology Award is open to students from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay high schools.
  • Each school is asked to select and nominate an unlimited number of qualified students who are planning on attending the Confederation College's Aviation School of Excellence or Flight Management Program by our Grants & Scholarships Committeefor consideration.
  • Students may not apply directly to the Foundation for this scholarship. Please submit applications to your school's Student Services. Priority will be given to students who are entering the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering program

Eligibility:

  • Nominees must be in their graduating year of secondary school.
  • Nominees must have a minimum overall average of 80% in all Grade 12 credits.
  • Nominees must be seeking full-time admission to Confederation College's Aviation School of Excellence  or Flight Management Program.

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Victor Stevenson Entrance Scholarship in Engineering

Victor Stevenson was born in Ontario, studied engineering in the United States and worked his entire career at Can Car (now Bombardier). This scholarship was created in his honour and his love for this community and region. He was very concerned about its economic future and how he could make an impact. He was very impressed by the Thunder Bay Community Foundation and wished that this scholarship be administered by the Foundation.

  • The Victor Stevenson Entrance Scholarship in Engineering  is open to students from Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay high schools.
  • Each school is asked to select SEVEN (7) of the most qualified students pursuing a university degree and career in engineering at Lakehead University. 
  • Students may not apply directly to the Foundation for this scholarship. Please submit applications to your school's Student Services.

Eligibility:

  • Nominees must be in their graduating year of secondary school.
  • Nominees must have a minimum overall average of 80% in all Grade 12 credits.
  • Nominees must be seeking full-time admission to Lakehead University.

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Past Winners

2017 Scholarship and Bursary Reception Scrapbook 

 2017 Scholarship and Bursary Reception Scrapbook

Past Scrapbooks