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2024 Claudette Savaria Bursary - Open for Applications

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The Communities in Bloom Foundation is requesting applications for two bursaries.

The mission of the Communities in Bloom Foundation, a non-profit organization with registered charitable status, is to fund, develop and disseminate educational material on the value, importance, improvement and sustainable development of green spaces and the natural environment in our society.

Each year, the Foundation awards two bursaries to two students registered in a full-time post-secondary program pertaining to ornamental and/or environmental horticulture in an accredited institution and who are involved with their local Communities in Bloom committee, in the national or provincial editions. With the passing of our dear friend, Claudette Savaria, it was decided to name the Bursary in her honor. Claudette, horticulturalist by trade, promoted green spaces and the protection of the environment in municipalities in Canada and abroad, with the aim of improving the quality of life of citizens. Over the past 23 years, she played a leading role within the Communities in Bloom Canadian program. As a founding member, she helped set-up the program in 1995 with emphasis on judges training. She served as Board Director, Executive member and chaired the Judging, Symposium and Awards Ceremonies committees. She was also a founding member and President of the Quebec Association of Green Space Managers and the International Liveable Communities Program (LivCom).

Bursary:

  • Two (2) bursaries of $500 will be awarded to the successful individuals for the 2024 / 2025 school year;
  • The bursaries will be awarded by October 20, 2024

Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be registered in, and successfully complete, a full-time post-secondary level pertaining to ornamental and/or environmental horticulture programs in an accredited institution;
  • Applicant must be involved in a community/attraction participating in the Communities in Bloom program (national or provincial editions);
  • Successful recipient must agree to have their name and education information publicized throughout the Communities in Bloom network and public (website, magazine, etc.).

Selection:

  • Applicant must submit, by September 15th 2024
  • Personal information (names, address, phone and e-mail)
  • Education information (school, program)
  • Letter (200 to 300 words) indicating the reason and interest in studies pertaining to ornamental and/or environmental horticulture. The letter will also include details of any volunteer work done in the community.
  • Successful recipients will be determined by the Communities in Bloom Foundation based on the applications received.
  • Applications must be sent by email to bloom@cib-cef.com

2023 Claudette Savaria Bursary recipient

This year’s recipient is Selina Cumby from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta

 Selina has been enrolled in the Horticultural Program with the University of Guelph since May of 2021 and has currently completed her certificate in Horticultural studies and Landscape Design. She will be completing her diploma in Horticulture this fall and continuing with her Landscape Design diploma in the winter semester.

Congratulations Selina – wishing you all the best with your future career in horticulture!