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Kin Canada Bursaries is a program of the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund (HREF).


Kin Canada established the HREF in memory of Hal Rogers, Kin Canada's founder who passed away in 1994. 


Lamp of LearningThroughout his life, Hal Rogers believed in the value of education. In his own words, "providing and promoting the finest and most effective education possible for our young people" was a noble endeavor.

Hal’s commitment and devotion to education is evidenced in his many years as a trustee on the Forest Hill Board of Education. In addition, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation named Founder Hal the first recipient of the coveted Lamp of Learning Award (pictured right) in 1950. The Lamp is awarded annually to a non-teacher who has made an “outstanding contribution to public secondary education in the Province.” 

The HREF is supported by Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs, and public donations. 

From the fund, $1,000 bursaries are awarded to successful Canadian applicants who are pursuing post-secondary education at a recognized university, community college, technical institute and other schools for advanced education.

Of the bursaries awarded, there are 4 named bursaries: The “Diana Lyn McKenna Memorial Bursary” to a student from Ontario in the Health/Sciences field, the Bob Pittman Bursary for a Business student, the Kevin Denbok Bursary for Music students and the Winnipeg Kinsmen Jackpot Bingo Bursary awarded to a District 2 students. 

Board of Trustees

The HREF Board of Trustees carry out the Fund's purpose to promote, encourage and sponsor educational programs and activities.

The HREF Board of Trustees are tasked with scoring the endorsed applications sent to them by the clubs. Strict scoring guidelines are used to evaluate the submissions in order to determine the successful bursary recipients.

Board of Trustees Members

Eric Wilson, Chair
Eli Rizk
Edwin Herrenschmidt
Denea Parker
Palma Champoux
Allyson Palaschuk
Christine Stahl, Staff Liaison

Fast Facts

  • 1030 bursaries, worth $1,030,000, have been awarded since 1994.
  • 186 applications were received for the 2016-2017 school year and 50 students from across Canada each received a $1,000 bursary. 
  • Kin Canada Bursaries is one of the largest non-corporate providers of bursaries in Canada.


Visit our Apply page for information about the application, application process and eligibility requirements.

 "Receiving this award motivated me to maintain high marks and excel in the aviation program at Mount Royal University. I needed warm boots with a good grip, a sleeping bag and survival gear for cross country flights.  I also needed a good quality headset for flying. The bursary also assisted in paying for my books and maps. It has helped my aviation career take flight."

- Bursary Recipient


Contact Christine Stahl at cstahl@kincanada.ca or call 800-742-5546 ext. 215 for more information.