A History of CFUW Guelph Scholarships at U of G

CFUW Guelph was established in 1945. One of our founding principles was the promotion of educational opportunities for women.  From modest beginnings, our scholarship and bursary donations to local community and educational institutions now total  $8500 annually.  Since its beginnings in 1964, the University of Guelph (UofG) has been one of our most important partners in delivering scholarship funds to deserving students.

Early years of CFUW Guelph Scholarship Program

From 1946 – 1964, CFUW Guelph supported High School Leaving Scholarships for female students entering university after graduating from Guelph high schools. It is not known how many students went on to the Macdonald Institute in Guelph, but it is likely that many did.

  • 1946: First scholarship, $25.00 awarded to GCVI graduate
  • 1950-1956: Scholarship gradually increased to $100
  • 1959-1960: 2nd scholarship added for JF Ross graduate, amount increased to $150 each
  • 1961-1962: scholarships increased to $400 each
  • 1964: High School Leaving Scholarships were transitioned into entrance scholarships at the newly founded University of Guelph
University of Guelph Entrance Scholarships (established 1964)

Two University Women’s Club of Guelph Entrance Scholarships were awarded to female students entering first year at Wellington College (U of G ’s first College of Arts and Sciences).

  • 1964-1965: two awards at $400 each
  • 1970s, revised to five awards at $150 each, continued to 1984
University of Guelph Undergraduate Science Scholarship (established 1984)

The University of Guelph Undergraduate Science Scholarship (originally named University Women’s Club of Guelph Scholarship) was established in 1984 as an award for the top female student registered in Year 3  (fall semester) of a B. Sc. program in Engineering or Physical Sciences.

  • 1984: first award, $600
  • 1988-1989: University of Guelph Undergraduate Scholarship increased to $750
  • 1990-1993: University of Guelph Undergraduate Scholarship increased to $1000
  • 1993-2000: increased annually up to $2000 in the year 2000
  • 2000-2016: University of Guelph Undergraduate Scholarship continued at $2000
  • 2016-2017: amount reduced to $1,000 (funds were directed to new awards)
  • 2017: award re-named CFUW Guelph – Engineering Scholarship
Elizabeth Schroder Memorial Scholarship, 1993

A one-time award of $400 was offered to a mature student returning to the University of Guelph to continue her education.

CFUW Guelph’s 50th anniversary scholarship, 1995

A one-time award of $1500 to a mature University of Guelph, B. Comm. student who demonstrated financial need, academic performance, & involvement in the community.

Margaret Craig Award, 1996-1998

A $1000 bequest from the estate of Margaret Craig, a local elementary school teacher, artist and former CFUW-Guelph member, funded an award for three consecutive years to a female Master of Fine Art student at the University of Guelph.  Read more about Margaret here https://www.ugdsb.ca/gcvi/wp-content/uploads/sites/69/2016/06/wall_of_fame.pdf

Master of Fine Art Scholarship (established 1999)

This scholarship was a continuation of the Margaret Craig Award, with ongoing funds provided by CFUW Guelph’s Scholarship Fund. Awarded to a female MFA student whose work in studio and/or art history classes is considered outstanding.

  • 1999: First year of award, $250
  • 2002: increased to $500
  • 2006: increased to $1000
  • 2017: award re-named CFUW Guelph Master of Fine Art Scholarship
Scholarship for women in graduate studies in Nutritional Sciences (established 2008)

This award is based on academic achievement, relevant research activities, leadership abilities and extra-curricular activities related to nutrition and health or women’s issues. Qualifying applicants are registered in a graduate program offered by the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences and working on a thesis topic relevant to human nutrition.

  • 2008-2011: Award set at $500
  • 2012: increased to $1000
  • 2017: award re-named CFUW Guelph Nutritional Sciences Graduate Scholarship