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One of the Foundation’s largest funds, the Chaney-Ensign Bursary Fund provides educational bursaries to students who demonstrate serious financial need and who have completed their high school requirements in publicly-funded secondary schools located in the City of Hamilton.

Students must be in attendance at an approved college or university in Canada or, for specialized programs, in the United States. If warranted by continuing need and satisfactory progress, the award may be repeated in subsequent years. This bursary fund is generally intended to assist students enrolled in full-time undergraduate studies, although part-time or postgraduate studies may be considered.

This Fund is supported from the generous estate gifts of Genevieve A. Chaney (d. 1975) and Cordelia C. Ensign (d. 1971), twin sisters who had been teachers and residents in both New York State and Hamilton, Ontario.

The intent of this bursary fund is to support students, graduating from secondary schools in the City of Hamilton most likely to benefit from higher education either in the United States or Canada, but who otherwise would be unable to financially afford the same.

Eligible students may make application through the Financial Aid Office of the institution which they are attending.
Application deadlines are September 20 and January 20. Bursaries currently range in size up to $1,500 at the discretion of the Committee.

Excerpt from 2009-2010 Annual Report