Awards Bursaries & Grants
BPW of Greater Moncton
Each year the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Greater Moncton Inc. awards three different types of bursaries and grants.
The Employability Grant awards grants to women who wish to improve their employability and earning potential. This grant has been established to assist women who face financial and various other barriers to employment. Previous applicants have used funds granted to assist with child care costs while attending training, purchase appropriate work wear, or have dental work completed.
Requests of up to $1000.00 will be considered.
Elaine Burke-Gauvin Memorial Bursary
The Elaine Burke-Gauvin Memorial Bursary is awarded on an annual basis to a woman pursuing post-secondary education in an effort to improve her life.
Elaine Burke-Gauvin was a member and past president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Greater Moncton, Inc. Elaine’s very essence was that of a person who cared deeply for family, friends, acquaintances and even those she had never met. Elaine had a passion for helping others and she was a role model for women who seek to live life to the fullest and help others accomplish the same. In memory of her spirit and drive, this memorial bursary was established in Elaine’s name in 2011.
This non-renewable bursary is awarded annually in the amount of $1,000.
H. Dell McAuley Memorial Bursary
This bursary is presented annually to a female high school graduate in the Greater Moncton area.
Following the death of H. Dell McAuley in 1969, the Moncton Business and Professional Women’s Club Bursary Fund was renamed the H. Dell McAuley Bursary Fund in honour of her accomplishments and example as a professional woman. Given that none of our Young BPW members were even born yet and most of the rest of us were not in business in her day, it seems fitting that we learn a little about her.
Born Harriet Dell McAuley in Pollet River, NB on April 06, 1896, she became a teacher and taught in Middle Sackville and Dorchester, served as principal of Elgin Superior School, and ended her teaching career in the Moncton High School Vocational Department, retiring in 1956, after 40 years in the profession.
She attended St. John’s United Church, was a Life Member of the Soroptimist Club of the American Federation, having also been Past Governor of the Maritime Region, a charter member of the Moncton Soroptimist Club and a member of the Moncton Business and Professional Women’s Club. She was also active for a number of years in the YMCA, as well a being on the Board of the Inter-provincial Home for Women and a Life Member of the Women’s Liberal Federation of Canada.
Following her retirement from teaching, she won a seat on Moncton City Council in 1957, and served for eight and a half years under three mayors – M.M. Baig, S.H. Rideout and Leonard C. Jones. She was the first woman ever to be elected to Moncton City Council. During her tenure in civic government, she served as Chair of the Board of Works Committee, the Finance Committee, the Winter Fair Committee, the Transportation Committee, the Victorian Order of Nurses Committee and the City Employees’ Pension Fund Committee. She also served as Liaison Officer between CNR and City Hall and on every Standing Committee of Council.
This bursary is awarded annually in the amount of $1,000.00.