CFUW impacts the community in a positive way

The mandate of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is to improve the status of women and girls; promote quality public education, advance human rights, justice and peace, and encourage CFUW members to participate in their communities.

Since its inception in 1990, CFUW Southport has awarded over $40,000 in scholarships to women.

Every year, with the the collaboration of the Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS), three scholarships are granted to the top Female Students going to University and College as well as to the Top Female First Nations student.

Top Scholarship Recipient: (L-R) out-going Scholarship Committee Chair, Jane Kramer, Recipient Vanessa Phillips & in-coming Committee Chair Primeau

Additionally, as a legacy established by the family of our late founding member Betty Colborne, a scholarship has been awarded to the top student enrolled in a science, kinesiology or physical therapy program.

Vanessa Phillips

This year’s winner of the Betty Colborne is Vanessa Phillips of Port Elgin who is pursuing a degree in psychology at Laurier University in Waterloo.  Phillips received the $1,000 scholarship at the recent CFUW June 14th meeting.

Three other recipients, Heather Lyness, Aspen Chapman (First Nation recipient) and Sarah Bester also received a $500 scholarship each.

In 2015, the Mature Woman Scholarship was originally awarded as one-off in celebration of our Club 25th anniversary but ever since it has been decided by our members to include it as an annual award. The fundraising for this scholarship has been spearheaded by our member Luz Maria Alvarez Wilson with donations to the fund from her “El Camino” walk and last summer’s Mexican Feast. The scholarship has been awarded in collaboration with the Adult Learning Centre and this relationship will continue.

In 2019, CFUW will celebrate its 100th anniversary nationally. To commemorate this special event, Southport will support one young woman who is leaving foster care and who is pursuing post-secondary education. The Bruce Grey Child and Family Services is an active partner on this initiative.

The Southport Club currently has 82 members and new members are always welcome. University degree or College diploma is not required.

Jane Harlock (L) and Sylvia Sheard greeted members as they arrived

Deadline for the Applications for the Mature Women’s Scholarship is July 20th. The form can be found on the CFUW Southport website  under “Scholarships”.

For more information on the “Mature Woman” Scholarship, contact Maria Bertrand, Program Coordinator, Adult Learning Centre, Maple Square Mall, Port Elgin, 519-389-2302 or  For more information on any other aspect of the work of the Scholarship Group, contact Sandie Primeau, Chair Southport Scholarship Committee, .