Deadline: The deadline is 12 noon on May 15.
Value and Number of Awards: The value of each award is dependent upon financial market performance of the Foundation investments. In 2019, over $70,000 was awarded to 51 local students.
The successful recipient of the Alan J. Witherspoon Memorial Fine Arts Award receives up to $3,500.
The successful recipient of the Bidder Bursary Award receives an additional $400.
The successful recipient of the Erwin Kloos Memorial Award receives an additional $400.
Arnold Ellis wished that others could have the educational opportunities he never had. His legacy will support Columbia Valley students, in perpetuity, to reach their potential through education, ultimately benefiting their community and country. This fund was established in February 2004. Income from this fund will be distributed to provide scholarships and bursaries to youth attending training and education at recognized post-secondary institutions. This fund supports tuition and fees, as well as other expenditures such as travel, tools, books, work clothing and safety equipment, childcare, room and board.
Key Eligibility Criteria for the Arnold Ellis Scholarship Fund:
Established in October 2006. Income from this fund will be distributed to provide bursaries to youth attending training and education at recognized post-secondary institutions.
Established in 2017, income from this fund to support Columbia Valley students with post-secondary education with particular focus on students pursuing trades and technical schooling.
Alan J. Witherspoon loved the arts. Through the Alan J. Witherspoon Memorial Fine Arts Fund his passion for the arts will live on. This fund will support Columbia Valley youth pursuing an education in the fine arts.
Key Eligibility Criteria for the Alan J. Witherspoon Memorial Fund:
The funds for this student award were raised in 2017 through the raffle of Greg Constable’s 1982 Toyota Corolla – the vehicle that he drove for 35 years to his job as the music teacher at the local high school.
The student must be residing with a single, unsupported parent during the last year of high school and must be enrolled in a diploma/certificate/degree program of two years’ duration or longer at a post-secondary institution.
Established in December 2002. Income from this fund will be distributed to provide post-secondary student awards in consultation with the Kinsmen Club of the Windermere Valley.