The Canadian Federation of University Women-Northumberland (CFUW-N), founded in 1991, promotes education and advocacy for women and girls. Membership is open to all women who value lifelong learning. Over the past 31 years, CFUW-N has, through annual scholarships and bursaries, supported girls and women on their educational journeys. Every year we hold fundraisers to promote our work and add to our scholarship trust fund. We continually seek new opportunities to support local students with financial assistance.
CFUW-N works with the six Northumberland County High Schools, the First Peoples House of Learning, Fleming College and Trent University, to identify women who will benefit from financial support as they pursue their education.
Over $18,000 in scholarships were awarded in 2022. In addition to our “regular” six scholarships, we awarded six scholarships in honour of the joint 30th anniversary of Dr. Roberta Bondar’s space flight and the CFUW-N Club.
Dr. Bondar was our special guest speaker for the 2021 fundraising event. These extraordinary scholarships were designed to support female students pursuing STEM-related studies with one scholarship offered at each of the six secondary schools across Northumberland County. In addition, three $500 scholarships were awarded in 2022 to female high school students pursing apprenticeship programs. CFUW-N congratulates the award recipients and wishes them every success in their studies.
These scholarships are supported through fundraising by our Club. More than 120 members and supporters attended our 2022 fundraising event to hear a thought-provoking presentation by Moira Welsh “Happily Ever Older”.
In October 2022, our annual online auction raised more than $3,500 for scholarships in Northumberland. In addition, we received many donations from our members and the community. We were thrilled to learn that Ganaraska Financial Credit Union would like to contribute. They have provided funding for one of our scholarships ($1,000) to a student at the high school of their choice in June 2023.
Our 2023 fundraising event will be held on May 8 – a music, mix and mingle event sure to be lots of fun! Visit our Home page to find out more about this very special event.
If you would like to contribute to our scholarship funds, you can make a tax receiptable donation at any time through our CanadaHelps site.