CFUW KW Charitable FundThe Canadian Federation of University Women, Kitchener-Waterloo Charitable Fund (CFUW K-W Charitable Fund) was founded in 1985 to provide a means for CFUW members and the public to recognize and encourage educational excellence. The Charitable Fund is a charitable organization that consists of a number of memorial/honorary endowment funds which provide scholarships and awards at the secondary and post-secondary educational level in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and nationally.
CFUW Charitable Fund manages nine endowment funds. Revenue from these funds provides twenty-six awards, scholarships and bursaries given out to high school students, undergraduate and graduate students in Kitchener-Waterloo. There is also one national award given to a graduate student at a recognized university anywhere in Canada.
In 2014-15, $33,900 was distributed, providing many students with recognition and financial support.
The funds that finance these awards depend upon the generosity of members and the public at large through individual donations and from such fundraisers as the Annual Used Book Sale.
Introducing a few 2014 CFUW K-W Award winners
Charlotte Tyhurst is the winner of the Dr. B. Mabel Dunham Award for Eastwood Collegiate Institute. She is currently studying music and math at the University of British Columbia. She has been playing cello since Grade 7 and has gradually worked her way up to where she now needs to practice 3 to 4 hours a day to continue at the caliber of play that she is aiming for. She hopes to become part of a professional symphony orchestra in the future. The Dr. B. Mabel Dunham Award not only helped her pay for her tuition but it validated all of her hard work she puts into both her studying and her music playing.
Fiona Moloney won the Dr. B. Mabel Dunham Award and the Edna Haviland Chemistry Award for St. David Catholic Secondary School. She is now studying Bio-Medical Science at the University of Guelph and is thoroughly enjoying this program. Fiona is thankful to have received the support from the CFUW K-W to help her pursue her educational goals. She is planning to further her education in a Professional Degree or Graduate Program after having completed her undergraduate degree. Fiona believes in the importance of women in higher education and was honoured to be recognized by an organization that promotes the role of women in Post-Secondary Education.
Bailey Gerrits is the 2014 winner of the CFUW Margaret Dale Philp Award funded by CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo. She obtained a B.A. with Honours in Political Science in 2012, and completed a M. A. in Political Science a year later at University of Alberta. She is currently doing her Ph. D. in Political Studies at Queen`s University. Bailey's doctoral research will investigate the silences in media coverage of domestic violence, examining news coverage from production to reception. She also actively volunteers in the feminist community as a Director for a domestic violence shelter, a volunteer for a sexual assault center, and a co-founder of a violence-prevention campaign. Bailey was grateful and honoured to be chosen as the 2014 recipient of an award from the Canadian Foundation of University Women, an organization dedicated to improving the status of women and girls in Canada and abroad. She is encouraged that a national organization (and a local Kitchener-Waterloo chapter) is interested in the media coverage and silences around the issue of domestic violence.