Scholarships

Easter Seals Nova Scotia contributes to or manages several Scholarships supporting Nova Scotian students of differing abilities. Please take note of the deadlines and criteria when submitting your application for consideration.

Camp Tidnish Scholarships

Applications for the Kim Wry Bursary, The Durham Laporte Memorial Scholarship, and the Finley Mills Memorial Scholarship are now open!

Kim Wry Bursary for Camp Tidnish

The Zonta Club of Amherst Area is part of Zonta International. Founded in 1919 in the USA, Zonta is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

The Zonta Club of Amherst Area supports important service projects on international and local levels. Since its first meeting in 1984, our Amherst members have supported many local programs, including Autumn House, Maggie’s Place, the Food Bank, International Women’s Day, Girls World, Camp Pagweak, Easter Seal Campaign, Cumberland County Museum, and the Kim Wry Bursary.

Kim Wry was instrumental in forming The Zonta Club of the Amherst Area, was a charter member and was the club’s first President. Sadly, Kim passed away at a young age. The Kim Wry Bursary was organized to honour Kim’s contribution to the Zonta Club and women in Cumberland County. Initially created for women returning to school and/or post high school studies, many women in this area have benefitted from this Bursary. During the Covid-19 Pandemic, our members discussed how the Bursary might be redirected and a decision was made to use the Kim Wry Bursary funds to sponsor a woman from Cumberland County to attend Camp Tidnish, which has operated for over 80 years and is very familiar to the residents of this area. It is our intent to continue this Bursary each year going forward.

Members of the Zonta Club of Amherst Area look forward to joining Easter Seals of Nova Scotia and the Rotary Club of Amherst in supporting a woman (19 years +) from Cumberland County to attend Camp Tidnish with its wonderful programs for individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

The deadline to apply for the Kim Wry Bursary is March 31st, 2024.

The Durham Laporte Memorial Scholarship

The Durham Laporte Memorial Scholarship is established in memory of Durham Laporte, who was a Camp Tidnish Counsellor who suddenly passed away at the young age of 25.

Durham was a compassionate individual with a love of performing arts. He was a comedian who entertained and a caring young man who enjoyed working with people with disabilities. He enjoyed his time as a counsellor at Camp Tidnish and touched the lives of many campers. During his time at Camp Tidnish, Durham encouraged campers and other staff to embrace and demonstrate their creativity through performing in talent shows and open mic sessions.

To honour Durham and his love of Camp Tidnish, his family has created this scholarship, which will be awarded to one family per year and will cover the enrollment fee for a one-week session at Camp Tidnish.

The Scholarship will be awarded to an adult over the age of 19 with a disability, living in a Residential Care Facility.

Applications for the Durham Laporte Memorial Scholarship are open until March 31st, 2024, with the recipient being announced on April 15th. The Scholarship winner will be personally selected by Durham’s family.

The Finley Mills Memorial Scholarship

The Finley Mills Memorial Scholarship is established in memory of Finley Mills, who was born with Down Syndrome and passed away at the tender age of 3.5 months. To honour Finley, his family has created this scholarship, which will be awarded to one family per year and will cover the enrollment fee for a one-week session at Camp Tidnish.

Terms of Reference for The Finley Mills Memorial Scholarship:

  • Awarded to an individual of any age with Down Syndrome
  • Preference will be given to those applicants who demonstrate financial hardship
  • Applicants must be residents of Nova Scotia

Applications for the Finley Mills Memorial Scholarship are open until March 31st, 2024, with the recipient being announced on April 15th. 

The Scholarship winner will be selected by a committee comprised of Easter Seals Nova Scotia representatives in conjunction with Finley’s family.

If you have any questions about scholarships, please contact Wanda Sinclair, Director of Development & Marketing at 902-453-6000 ext.224 or by email at wanda.sinclair@easterseals.ns.ca.