Increasing Accessibility

Scholarship Student Leon Tompson 2011 The Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs is a not-for-profit volunteer based organization that provides scholarship opportunities for individuals from all walks of life to participate in our programs and events on a year-round basis and in particular in our signature Summer Conference. Students, youth delegates, community leaders, and artists from across Canada and around the world can experience our Summer Conference should they not have sufficient resources to cover their attendance. We are proud that we are able to make our activities as widely accessible as possible and have found that our scholarship recipients over the years have not only contributed to the growth of the Institute but have often moved on to play leadership roles in Canadian society.

Expectations of scholarship recipients include active participation in conference sessions and discussions, acting as recorders in at least one plenary session, and ongoing involvement in our committees and public affairs activities throughout the year, sharing with a broader public the work of the Institute.

Scholarships are awarded from Funds established by the devoted Couchiching community and are intended to keep registration fees low and to defray travel and accommodation costs wherever possible. In 2011 the Institute disbursed over 40 scholarships to applicants who attended the conference.

Scholarships are generously supported by the following funds:

Kurt Swinton Fund

The Kurt Swinton fund provides financial assistance to Canadian youth delegates up to the age of 25 who are enrolled in a recognized educational institution or have graduated in the previous year. To be considered, applicants must demonstrate an interest in the particular conference topic or in the realm of public affairs.

The Aczel Fund

The Aczel Fund provides scholarships to interested Canadians — young professionals or others — not currently in an educational program, who have significantly contributed to the Couchiching Institute through its committees, or who have a special interest and connection to the annual conference topic and seek to contribute meaningfully to the conference.

The Fresh Minds Fund

The Fresh Minds Fund provides scholarships to attend the Summer Conference to Canadian community leaders and artists who have shown outstanding leadership and made significant contributions to their communities. The scholarship is geared to applicants who do not have the funds to attend the conference but demonstrate a passionate interest and engagement in Canadian public affairs. Fresh Mind Scholars/Fellows are expected to build on their relationship with the Couchiching Institute by reporting back to their communities and establishing deeper connections with the Institute through follow-up programming. Fresh Mind Scholars generally come from under-served communities across Canada and are also encouraged to raise awareness of issues and concerns arising from their experience within these communities.

Contributions to these funds are always welcome! 

Applications for scholarships to the 2016 Conference will be accepted in 2016.

For more information contact:

2016 Summer Conference

The Canada Project

Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World

August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON

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2016 Public Policy Award and Gala

Monday April 11, 2016
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Hart House, Toronto, ON

Enjoy provocative discussions and celebrate award recipient Dr. Anne Golden

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2016 Conversations

“The Spirit of Social Change”
Documentary and Conversation

Thursday, January 14, 2016
7:00pm – 9:00pm
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Couchiching Connects
January 2016
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2015 Conference Gallery


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