In 1984, Kin Canada created the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund (HREF) to award bursaries to students from coast-to-coast. Founder Hal believed in education and served on the Forest Hill Board of Directors. The HREF is funded by clubs making donations each year and the number of $1,000 bursaries awarded each year are determined by the amount donated.
Each year in February, every club in Canada is encouraged to collect applications from students going into or returning to study at a recognized university, community college, technical institute and other schools for advanced education. Each club can submit one applicant to the HREF board (2 if they receive more than 20 applications) for consideration. In 2017, 52 bursaries were awarded and 5 of those were from District 2 (Manitoba and NW Ontario). The recipients from District 2 are:
Kennedy DeBeer, Brandon MB nominated by Kinsmen Club of Brandon
Alexa Chesky, Dryden ON nominated by Kinette Club of Dryden,
Kiele Kittle, Flin Flon MB nominated by Kinette Club of Flin Flon,
Kaylee Banting, Denare Beach SK nominated by Kinsmen Club of Flin Flon,
David Randall, Winnipeg MB nominated by All Saints Kinsmen Club.
Besides the HREF, most clubs in District 2 have recognized education as an important part of “Serving the community’s greatest needs” and fund local scholarships as well. 19 clubs in the district have committed $18,300 to local scholarships.
All of the scholarships have a leadership and volunteer component to them and encourage the students to continue to give back to the community and reward those efforts.
Some of the highlights include:
- The Pas Kinsmen award $3,000 – 2 scholarships valued at $1500
- Kenora Kinsmen award $2,500 – 5 scholarships valued at $500 (2 for each of the two local high schools and 1 to local college)
- The Flin Flon Kinsmen work with the Lions and Rotary Clubs to award 3 scholarships valued at $600
- The Thunder Bay Fort City Kinsmen award a $600 scholarship at Lakehead University in honor of their founding member, Harry Pym.
- The Brandon Kinsmen and Kinettes each fund $200 scholarships at all 3 local high schools, and the Kinettes also fund an off-campus school while the Kinsmen fund another at Elton Collegiate in Forrest, MB
- Treherne Kinsmen, Flin Flon Kinettes, Neepawa Kin Club, Dauphin Kinsmen, and Swan River Kinsmen all contribute over $1,000
- Dryden Kinettes, Gladstone Kinsmen, MacGregor and Area Kinettes, Boissevain Kinsmen, and Dauphin Kinettes all award a bursary annually
“Our clubs believe that in order for our country and communities to move forward in today’s society, that the importance of education cannot be stated enough,” states District Governor Dave Roberts, “It is one of our goals to help students to take the next step in their education, learn new things and ask questions.”
Please watch for the Hal Rogers Bursary applications in January on kincanada.ca, district2kin.ca or on your club’s Facebook pages.
Feature image – Brandon Kinsmen with HREF Bursary winner Kennedy DeBeer
Flin Flon Kinettes with HREF Winner Kiele Kittle Dryden Kinettes with HREF Winner Alexa Chesky
The Pas Kinsmen Bursary winner Lindsey Bernstrom. Dryden Kinette Bursary Winner Marcie Coles