Kin Canada Bursaries, a program of the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund (HREF) is proud to
have awarded bursaries to 1055 students across Canada since its inception in 1994.
This year, Kin Canada Bursaries awarded 56 deserving students with a $1,000 bursary for
their 2019-20 school year. Successful applicants were chosen based on their community
and school involvement, knowledge of Kin Canada and financial need. See the list of
The Hal Rogers Endowment Fund disburses a number of named bursaries in honour of people/organizations who have shown support for Kin Canada Bursaries through their financial commitment and or advocacy for the program.
The Diane Rogers Bursary for Excellence
The Diane Rogers Bursary for Excellence was established in 2019 to honour the longstanding contributions and
support of Diane Rogers to the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund. Diane Rogers is the daughter of Kin Canada’s Founder,
Hal Rogers O.C., O.B.E. Diane Rogers served as the honourary spokesperson of the Hal Rogers Endowment
Fund. This bursary is awarded to the top scoring applicant of each year.
2018-19 recipient- Nishaant Bhambra
Kevin Denbok Bursary for Musical Studies
The Kevin Denbok Bursary for Musical Studies, which was established at the 1987 National Convention to honour the
memory of Kevin Denbok, is available to persons wishing to pursue excellence in the field of music at a school of
music. In 1982, Kevin Denbok became the first person in the history of Kin to be made an honorary member of the
Association. Kevin, who suffered from cystic fibrosis, died on Nov. 24, 1986, at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto
approximately two weeks before his 22nd birthday. Kevin dedicated his life and his music to finding a cure or control for
cystic fibrosis and worked extensively with Kinsmen and Kinette clubs across Canada to raise funds for cystic fibrosis
research and treatment.
2018-19 recipient- Cassandra Riles
Bob Pittman Bursary for Business Studies
The Bob Pittman Bursary for Business Studies, which was established by the 1990-1991 National Board of Directors to
honour the memory of Bob Pittman, is available to persons wishing to pursue excellence in the field of business. In 1990,
Kin Bob Pittman, Past Governor of District 4, was made a life member of the Association. Bob dedicated his life and
career to striving for excellence through personal development.
2018-19 recipient- Alexis Halldorson
Ian F. McClure Bursary for Business Studies
The Ian F. McClure Bursary for Business Studies, which was established in 2019 to honour the contributions of Ian F.
McClure to the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund, is available to persons residing in Ontario wishing to pursue excellence in
the field of business. If there are no eligible business applicants in a year, applicants enrolled in a psychology program are
considered.Ian F. McClure is a life member of Kin Canada. He served as the Governor of District 8 in 1968-69. He was the
first Kinsmen to be president of Cystic Fibrosis Canada, where he served from 1976 to 1978. Ian F. McClure is also a
generous supporter of The Hal Rogers Endowment Fund.
2018-19 recipient- Ruolan Yang
Winnipeg Kinsmen Jackpot Bingo Bursary
First awarded in 2009, this bursary was named after the Winnipeg Kinsmen for reaching the $50,000
cumulative club donation level. The club requested the name include “Jackpot Bingo” to recognize the source
of the funds.This bursary is awarded to the applicant submitted by the club, or f there is no qualified
submission from the club, then the bursary goes to the applicant from the nearest geographical location to the
2018-19 recipient - Rebecca Storey
Kin Canada Foundation Bursary
This bursary made possible by 10-year funding from the Kin Canada Foundation. First awarded in
2018, it will be awarded up to and including the year 2027.This bursary is in support of recipients with
a military or first responder background.
2018-19 recipient- Robert Wright
All 2018-19 bursary recipients