Scholarships & Bursaries

The County Foundation, through donors and scholarship creators offer a number of grants open to people from the Prince Edward Community attending post-secondary education.

If you are interested in grants for other purposes, please visit the Funds TCF Manages – Grant Opportunities.

OPEN: Most scholarship/bursary applications are due May 30.

Alan Whiteley Scholarship Fund

Alan Whiteley

Alan Whiteley was a brilliant lawyer who passed away on September 1, 2020. On a pro-bono basis, he led the CCSAGE crusade against an arbitrary government policy that ignored the rights of citizens in the placement of industrial wind turbines across the province.

The Fund awards a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating student of Prince Edward Collegiate Institute who is entering a post-secondary institution within Canada.

Applications are due May 30 each year. Click here for Application Information.

Bill Roberts Indigenous Reconciliation Bursary

The purpose of this Fund is to provide an annual Scholarship of five-hundred dollars ($500.00) for a student finishing either Grade 11 or Grade 12 who lives in PEC.  However, they need not attend school in PEC. The Award is to recognize, in the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a student’s efforts past, present and future to build a meaningful bridge between the Mohawks of Bay of Quinte, and Prince Edward County.

This Bursary is not available in 2020, the funding has been redirected to the PEC Helping PEC Covid-19 Fund. It will be available again in 2021.

Guenther Wetzel Trades Bursary Fund

Guenther Wetzel

The late Guenther Wetzel believed in the real value of tradespeople – electricians, plumbers, welders, carpenters, masons, and all those other skilled workers without whom nothing would get built and nothing would function. To honour Guenther’s appreciation for these folk, and to encourage young people to pursue a career in a trade, his wife Donna Havery Wetzel has established the Guenther Wetzel Trades Bursary through The County Foundation.

A single bursary of approximately $1,500 will be awarded to the successful applicant. Applicants will have applied and been accepted at a post-secondary institute offering formal instruction in a trade. The bursary will be paid directly to the post-secondary institute, on behalf of the student, and can be used for tuition or other costs and fees levied by the Institute.

Applications are due May 30 each year. Click here for Application Information.

Jack R. Sisson Bursary Fund

Jack Sisson

The Jack R. Sisson Bursary Fund was established in 2014 to recognize his 32 years of exemplary contributions as teacher, coach and high school Principal. The Fund was specifically created to pay tribute to his 18 years of dedication to Quinte Secondary School (QSS), and his significant support and contributions to the growth and development of athletics at both the local and provincial levels.

When QSS closed in 2018 the Jack R Sisson Society decided to expand the bursaries to include one female and one male student graduating from both Centennial Secondary School and Eastside Secondary School and proceeding to post-secondary education at a college or university in Canada. Students will have demonstrated skills in athletics, leadership in the school community, a sense of fair play, and team spirit.

Application information is available through the respective schools cited above. 

Oeno Gallery Arts Scholarship

Oeno Art Gallery logo

The purpose of this Fund is to provide an annual Scholarship of two-thousand dollars ($2,000) for a person either living in Prince Edward County (primary residence) or from Prince Edward County (having attended high school) studying towards either an Undergraduate Degree or Master’s Degree in Arts Administration or Fine Art (Visual) at a recognized post-secondary institution. Visit the Oeno Gallery website.

Applications are due May 30 each year. Click here for Application Information.

PEC Arts Council Scholarship

Prince Edward County Arts Council

An annual Student Arts Award of $500 is presented to a talented County student graduating from high school and going on to post-secondary education in the arts. The award is supported by an endowment fund. As the fund grows, so will the size and number of annual awards.

Are you a graduating student pursuing the arts after high school? Visit the Arts Council website to get an application.

PEC Syria Funds – Education Fund

The purpose of this PEC Syria Funds – Education Fund is to, from time to time, provide grants and bursaries to former refugees pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities or training opportunities with a recognized organization, and who have been privately sponsored or supported by the volunteers Prince Edward County Syria (PEC Syria) within the County and the Bay of Quinte region.

Click here for Application Information.

Peter Fleming & Bill Roberts Food & Farm Bursary

Each year The Peter Fleming & Bill Roberts Food & Farm Bursary will be awarded, in the amount of $2,500, to a graduating student, who lives in Prince Edward County, pursuing a post-secondary diploma or degree in one of the following disciplines:

  • Geography
  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science/Studies

The goal is to develop skills, through your studies, that can be applied to areas including: rural planning; agronomy; farm specific studies; environmental studies; food production and/or management. Agriculture and the rural economy are diverse, and how you plan to be part of it is important for this Bursary.

The applicant must live in PEC, but can attend school outside of PEC.

This Bursary is not available in 2020, the funding has been redirected to the PEC Helping PEC Covid-19 Fund. It will be available again in 2021.

Virginia Cowan Memorial Bursary

Virginia Cowen

Virginia Cowan left us far too soon. This bursary provides opportunities to young women so they can reach their fullest potential. Virginia played an active role in all aspects of school life at PECI: organizing extra-curricular trips, joining sports teams, students’ council and excelling in academia; she graduated in 1991. After high-school, she attended Bishop’s University where she played on the women’s rugby team, field hockey team and became accredited as a CFA. Upon graduating in 1995, she worked in the financial sector for a large, multi-national investment firm. Virginia was diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue Sarcoma shortly after graduation. She stubbornly continued to work while receiving treatment, she never stopped laughing, contributing to her community and looking to the future. Her journey ended in February, 2001.

Presented annually, a bursary for $1,250, to a graduating PECI female student pursuing post-secondary education who has participated widely in school life, sports, and community.

Applications are due May 30 each year. Click here for Application Information.

Willi Fida Culinary Bursary Fund

Willi Fida
The Willi Fida Culinary Bursary was established by the friends and family of Willi Fida, to honour his pioneering efforts to develop fine culinary experiences within Prince Edward County. Each year, bursaries of $1,500 are awarded to up to 2 young people (up to age 30) from Prince Edward County who are pursuing a post-secondary culinary education. Applications are due May 30 each year. Click here for Application Information.

How to Contribute

Donate using a credit card through Canada Helps.

We can accept Interac e-Transfers sent to

The County Foundation can accept donations by cheque mailed to their office. However, at this time, to limit the possibility of infection, other electronic donation methods are preferred.

Mail cheques to:  
The County Foundation,  
Suite 103, 280 Main Street,  
Picton, ON  K0K 2T0

If you wish to donate marketable securities to this Fund, or the TCF, please contact Joanne Coker at BMO Nesbitt Burns and CC The County Foundation at  Tax receipts provided on the market value.  

Joanne Coker, Wealth Advisor, BMO Nesbitt Burns
BMO Picton
115 Main Street
Picton,  ON K0K 2T0
613-476-9794 or 1-800-647-3998

If you wish to donate foreign exchanges ($100 or more) to this Fund, or the TCF, please contact to make arrangements. Tax receipts provided on the converted value in Canadian Dollars.