scholarshipPost-secondary education has been a priority for our Club since its inception in 1921. And today, supporting the educational and career goals of young women in our region remains a key part of our Club’s identity.

The single largest allocation from our Charitable Fund goes to provide assistance to local young women wishing to study at college or university and to our local post-secondary education partners, Brock University and Niagara College. From 2004 to 2017, CFUW St. Catharines’ has donated $110,375 in Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards.

If you would like to contribute to our Awards program, you may donate to our Charitable Fund (Reg.# 88908 8365 RR0001) using the button to the right.

Our 2021-22 Awards include:

Brock – $2,000 – Four $500 awards to Brock students

  • Lily Bell Memorial Award – most deserving female student in 2nd or 3rd year English
  • Gail Jenkins Memorial Bursary – female student in the Faculty of Humanities
  • Brock University Continuing Education Bursary – mature returning female part-time student
  • Eleanor Shaw Award – second term Pre-Service Education Program

Niagara College – Two awards to Niagara College students

  • CFUW St.Catharines Bursary Award –valued at $900 –  mature returning full-time female student
  • Laura Sabia Bursary Award – valued at $950 – 2nd year female student in the School of Administrative Studies

Math Awards – $6,000 – Twelve $500 scholarships to graduating high school students from local area secondary schools


  • St. Francis Catholic Secondary School
  • Denis Morris Catholic High School
  • Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School
  • Governor Simcoe Secondary School
  • Laura Secord Secondary School
  • Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School
  • Thorold Secondary School
  • St.Catharines Collegiate
  • Beamsville District Secondary School
  • Ridley College
  • Eden High School
  • DSBN Academy

This continues a longstanding tradition – the first CFUW St.Catharines High School graduation award was given in 1926 to a graduate of St.Catharines Collegiate.

Students interested in applying for the Brock University or Niagara College awards should contact the Student Award and Financial Aid Office at Brock or the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at Niagara College.

The recipients of the high school awards are selected by the school’s teaching staff at their discretion. Preference is given to a student who identifies as female with high achievement in any combination of senior courses in the Mathematics, Science and/or Technology subject areas who have applied to a post-secondary education program.

In addition to these, CFUW St. Catharines is proud to sponsor the following awards:

Adult Education Awards – $1,000 – two $500 scholarships to graduating Adult Education students who identify as female from the Lifetime Learning Centre and the St.Thomas Adult Education Centre. The recipients of these awards are selected by the Adult Education Centre’s staff. Preference is given to students, completing their secondary diploma for the first time, with high achievement in any combination of senior courses in the Mathematics, Science and/or Technology subject areas who have applied to a post-secondary education program.

NRSEF Award – $250– One award of $250 is given to the top female high school student entry as selected by the CFUW Judging panel at the Niagara Regional Science & Engineering Fair, held each year in March.

NSO Music Camp – $200 – A bursary of $200 to support the participation of Niagara student(s) at the Niagara Symphony Music Camp held each year in July.

❖ When possible, we provide support for the CFUW National Scholarship Fund. At the National level, CFUW’s Charitable Trust gives over $80,000 in fellowships and awards per year to female post-graduate students.

Some of our Award Recipients