Our Partners

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 institutions now totals  $7000-$8000 annually.

We’re very proud of our long term association with local partners and we’d like to share some of our history and feedback from our recipients:

A message from Conestoga College (2019):

Your members are absolutely amazing!  The support CFUW (Guelph) has shown for Conestoga and our students means so much.  Your members’ generosity not only touches our students’ lives, but also encourages them to work hard to achieve their dreams and make a difference in our community.  I shared the good news with the Manager of Aboriginal Services at Conestoga, and she was thrilled to hear that you will be supporting aboriginal students attending Conestoga in this way.  For everything your members do, and for the difference you make here at Conestoga, thank you again”   

Manager, Donor Relations & Stewardship, Conestoga College, 2019

From Indspire’s President and CEO, Roberta Jamieson, June 2019:

CFUW Guelph’s investment in education will encourage and empower Indigenous youth across Canada, converting their ambitions and aspirations into solid achievement and brighter futures.  Your commitment is sending a clear message that every student should be given that chance to succeed and for that we are truly grateful!

Guelph Youth Music Centre, News release: Guelph Today, Sept 5, 2019:

The Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC) announces registration fee assistance for students in need for the 2019-2020 academic year.  This is made possible by a donation from the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Guelph.  “The continued support and generosity of the CFUW Guelph is very much appreciated,”commented Gabriella Currie-Ziegler, Executive Director of the GYMC. “With cuts being felt at every level, this donation creates an opportunity for youth to learn, play and take part in programs they may not have otherwise been able to. We feel the arts are a vital part of every child’s education and it’s important that it not be restricted to the few who can afford it.” Funds are limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis for any student wishing to participate in a GYMC program.

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But……. our longest relationship has been with the University of Guelph:

University of Guelph and our Early Years:

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, now part of the University of 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