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Cranbrook’s CFUW celebrates 30 years of scholarships and bursariesPosted: June 29, 2012

The Cranbrook Branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) has been in existence since 1982, and this year is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

CFUW is a non-profit, non-governmental women’s equality-seeking organization with close to 10,000 members in 112 clubs across Canada.  It is committed to promoting quality public education, improving the status of women and girls, and advancing human rights. Plans are currently underway for a special event in September to celebrate 30 years of community contributions by CFUW Cranbrook. Stay tuned!

CFUW Cranbrook meets on the third Thursday of every month for fun and interesting programs which encourage friendship and personal growth. New members are always welcome. The goal of fundraising efforts has been to promote education and the advancement of women locally. To that end the club has established two perpetual scholarships and a bursary at the College of the Rockies, and a scholarship at Mount Baker Secondary School.  Since 1999 over $16,000 in scholarships has been given to Mt. Baker graduates. Since 1983 over $56,000 in scholarships and bursaries have been given to College of the Rockies students. A walk back in time reminds us that Clare Morrison was the first East Kootenay Community College scholarship winner, and went on to get a PhD.

In addition, the club has financially supported other groups in the community over the years, including the Cranbrook Public Library, the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, the Symphony of the Kootenays, MS Infinity math and science conferences for young women, the Cranbrook Arts Council, School District No. 5 Science Fair, E.K. Eating Disorders Clinic, Kids Sport, Young Parent Education Program, and Cranbrook Music Teachers’ Scholarships.

CFUW has a consultative status at the United Nations and is represented through a Canadian Education Sub-Committee for UNESCO.  CFUW is affiliated with the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), a global organization advocating for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality education and training up to the highest levels.



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