Women of the OWCC have always understood that education gives you the ability to control your life by teaching you the skills required for employment. More than just increasing your earning potential, a good education helps make the world a better place by exploring what is right, wrong, fair, and unfair. We hope we are helping to create better global citizens.
High School Students
A long-standing tradition since 1978
Four times a year, our very active students program, invites two remarkable young women from local high schools to our luncheons. Each student is introduced to the Club and her past success and future aspirations are presented. As we strive to remain connected to the ever-changing community we live in, we are always struck by the variety of interests, volunteer activities and sports these high school students participate in while maintaining academic excellence.
What it Entails
Following a lunch on us, students attending our luncheons inscribe their name and a brief message in our “Students” guest book. We also instituted a Postcard-To-Myself program, where we connect older generations to younger generations as students write a short postcard note and mail it from the hotel lobby mailbox. We hope that one day, these young women will become members of our Club.
I received the Ottawa Women's Canadian Club Scholarship for the 2018/2019 academic year. In 2019, I travelled from Queen's University to Ottawa to attend the Club's luncheon at the Château Laurier. It was an incredible honour and an experience I won't soon forget.
Queen's University Student
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Why Our Program Exists
The History of the Program
The OWCC established its first academic scholarship in 1919 at Queen’s University; the only institution that accepted women applicants in Ontario at the time. “The donation of $4000.00 to create the scholarship was intended for Prisoners of War enlisted from, or resident in Military District #3 and the descendants or, failing these, veterans of the Great War and their descendants.”
The Program today
Our Club’s commitment to supporting post-secondary education has not ceased since 1919 and it now spans both scholarships for academic excellence and bursaries for financial need across 3 institutions. On behalf of the OWCC, these universities currently manages just under $1 million in endowment funds that award approximately $20K annually. Each year, the post-secondary award recipients are invited to a luncheon where they are introduced to Club members and guests. We are proud of the Club’s personal commitment to help young people reach their full potential.
All awards – both scholarships and bursaries – are administered by Student Financial Aid offices at each institution and each has different processes. These offices will assist with applications for awards generally and ours specifically. For general information please see below.
University of Ottawa
- Chelsea Club Bursary: Upon the closing in 2010, the Chelsea Club has donated part of their assets to create this scholarship in order to financially assist University of Ottawa students in perpetuity.
- Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club Scholarship: Created by the OWCC for a deserving full time student in an undergraduate program in Canadian or Indigenous Studies.
- Teresa E.Smith Bursary: Endowed in 2019 by the estate of Teresa Elizabeth Smith, long time member of the Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club, this bursary is provided to students in financial need entering any program of study.
- Patricia Larmonth Bursary: Named after a cherished past president and established in 1919 to support higher education.
- Chelsea Club Bursary: Upon the closing in 2010, the Chelsea Club has donated part of their assets to create this scholarship in order to financially assist students in perpetuity.
- Ottawa Women’s Canadian Club Scholarship: Created by the OWCC for a deserving third or fourth year undergraduate student in Canadian Studies.
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Many of our bursaries are a result of the generous donations of our past members who believed in supporting anyone seeking post-secondary education.