Founded in 1967 by the Canadian Women’s Club to mark Canada’s centennial, the CCSF has awarded some 500 scholarships to outstanding students from across Canada who are enrolled in postgraduate programmes at UK universities, colleges, institutes or conservatories.
Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic excellence, as well as on their ability to represent Canada within the UK academic and artistic community. They represent a breadth of academic interests and pursuits. The scholarships, including The Mary LeMessurier Award for the Study of History and The Belle Shenkman Award for the Study of the Arts, are among the most prestigious annual scholarships for Canadians studying in the UK.
“It is a great honor to have been selected as the recipient of the Canadian Centennial Scholarship and to represent Canada within the UK academic community and beyond. This award is yet another indication of Canada’s commitment to supporting excellence that can contribute to the betterment of our community back home and globally in face of the unique challenges of our century. With the support of this award, yet another symbol of the support of my country and community, I look forward to making such contributions and living up to this invaluable premise.” Parisa Bastani, writing a PhD in Economics at Cambridge, 2013 CCSF Scholar
The CCSF is a UK-registered charity (No. 313966) and is administered by volunteer committee members. Donations can be made directly to the CCSF or through the Maple Leaf Trust, the main sponsor of the CCSF. The Maple Leaf Trust hosts numerous fundraising events on behalf of the CCSF and we are very appreciative of the support it receives from the Canadian community in the United Kingdom. Please contact either the CCSF at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Maple Leaf Trust at email@example.com to discuss how best to support the CCSF.
All CCSF Committee members give their time on a voluntary basis. The CCSF is deeply grateful for the help given by: Tracy Oldfield and her colleagues at Blake’s for all the administrative support they provide, Tina Bykowski (BBT Webmasters) who acts as our Webmaster and Barbara Richards, past CCSF Chair, who manages most of the design and content on our website. We remain grateful to the High Commissioner of Canada to the UK and the High Commission staff in London for enabling us to host our annual student interviews at beautiful Canada House. And finally but not least we are indebted to David Glennie, the managing partner of the London office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP for his many years of support and guidance and for generously hosting CCSF’s regular Committee meetings.