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CiB Foundation – Bursary

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2018 Claudette Savaria Bursary

The Communities in Bloom Foundation is requesting applications for a bursary.

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 a bursary to a student 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).


  • One (1) bursary of $1,000 will be awarded to the successful individual for the 2018/ 2019 school year;
  • The bursary will be awarded by September 30, 2018


  • 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 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.).


  • Applicant must submit, by August 15, 2018 to  president@cib-cef.com
  • Personal information (names, address, phone and e-mail)
  • Education information (school, program)
  • Letter (minimum of 300 words / maximum of 500 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 recipient will be determined by the Communities in Bloom Foundation based on the applications received.


2017 Recipient


Matthew Carr, 3rd year Horticulture Science, University of

“By awarding me your bursary in Claudette’s honor, you
have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus
more on the most important aspect of school; learning. Your
generosity has inspired me to help others and continue to give
back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help
students achieve their goals just as you have helped me”.