Scholarships

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

The Durham Laporte Memorial Scholarship 

The Durham Laporte Memorial Scholarship is established in memory of Durham Laporte, who was a Camp Tidnish Counsellor that 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 from January 1st until March 30th each year, with the recipient being announced on April 15th.

The Scholarship winner will be personally selected by Durham’s family.

For more information on how to apply click here.

 

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 old. 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 each year, 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.

For more information on how to apply click here.

    The Rotary Club of Truro Sponsorship 

    The Rotary Foundation of Truro provides sponsorship opportunities for campers who may have difficulty meeting the camp fee. To apply for this sponsorship opportunity click here.

    Please note: The information provided in this application form will be shared with potential sponsoring organizations.

    All applications must be submitted before March 31st, 2023.

    1988 Campaign Scholarship for Disabled Students (VII Pan American Wheelchair Games Bursary)

    Criteria:

    Open to disabled students currently attending Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, in any faculty who are registered full-time in at least three full-credit hours or the equivalent in half courses and working to the best of their ability. Award based on Academic standing.

    For more information and to learn how to apply, please visit: the SMU website here

    The Faye Joudrey Recreation Scholarship

    For 30 years, Faye Joudrey has been a committed advocate for those living with disabilities in Nova Scotia. Her passion, strength and encouragement was demonstrated every day in her tenure with Easter Seals Nova Scotia and the many organizations, activities, and community members she interacted with over the years. Upon her retirement, Easter Seals Nova Scotia, in honour of Faye and her passion for recreational activities and healthy living, is pleased to establish The Faye Joudrey Recreation Scholarship in honour of Faye’s extraordinary commitment to supporting sporting activities for those living with disabilities.

    Criteria:

    • Scholarship applications are only available to persons who self-identify or have been diagnosed with a disability.
    • Scholarship funding can be used to help de-fray registration fees for any recreational activity including lessons, programs, and local, regional or national competition.
    • Scholarship funds can be used for equipment, travel, adaptations or any approved costs associated with participating in a recreational program, lesson, activity or competition.
    • Preference will be given to those applicants who demonstrate financial hardship.
    • Applicants must be residents of Nova Scotia.

    The Elizabeth & Forest Fyfe Award

    The Elizabeth & Forest Fyfe Award is offered through a trust fund initiated by the late Elizabeth M. Fyfe, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and managed by Easter Seals Nova Scotia.

    Are you an accomplished musician? Have you recently learned a new musical skill? If you are a young person between the ages of 8 and 21 years with a physical disability, you may qualify to become a recipient of the Fyfe Award. The Fyfe Award is a monetary gift of $250.00 given to an individual with a disability who has, despite their disability; made an effort to develop musical skills to enrich their own life and the lives of those around them.

    Criteria:

    • The award is available to residents of Nova Scotia, ages 8 to 21, with a physical disability.
    • Persons with a mobility disability will be given preference.
    • The award will be presented to a student enrolled in a Nova Scotia educational or training institution.
    • The award may be used to cover costs associated with the applicant’s musical development,
      including, but not restricted to, tuition.
    • No individual shall receive the award in consecutive years unless determined by the selection
      committee.