Virginia Cowan Memorial Bursary

Virginia Cowan 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.

How to Apply

The following are required in order to complete your application:

  • A short essay (less than 1,000 words) detailing your suitability for the bursary highlighting the essential elements of post-secondary plans, activities in PECI and in the community. Be specific in listing any leadership activities, special projects or initiatives, including what motivates you to pursue higher education and what your ambitions are after school.
  • Your most recent high school transcript. (Not necessary for 2020 applications)
  • A copy of the letter/email of acceptance from your post-secondary institution. Ideally with a student number so that the money can be placed into an account with the College/University.
  • Please complete and sign the Application Form

Please submit your application to:
The County Foundation
280 Main Street, Suite 103
Picton, ON K0K 2T0 (preferred)

Should you have any questions about this application, please contact:
Executive Director
The County Foundation

The deadline for applications is May 30 each year.

Announcements will be made at Graduation.

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.