Sources of Knowledge Student Bursary for National Park Studies and Protected Areas

Sources of Knowledge (SoK) is known for organizing and holding an annual Forum in the Northern Bruce Peninsula covering environmental/cultural/heritage themes. However, many don’t realize that SoK also administers an annual student bursary award program on behalf of Parks Canada.

Each year we seek secondary school students with an interest in the environment and outdoors who also plan to pursue post-secondary studies in the area of conservation and related themes to apply for an award of up to $1000.00 from the bursary. We manage $4,000.00 in total bursary funds provided each year by Parks Canada.


To be eligible, candidates must be “local” meaning from the Municipality of Northern Bruce
Peninsula or a member of the Saugeen Ojibway Nations. They must have a good academic
standing and demonstrate an interest in a career in conservation or a related field. Their
applications must include a 500 word essay outlining their interests, a summary of past activities related to the environment and outdoors, and have a demonstrated involvement in community service. The application must also include an academic and community reference and proof of acceptance at a post-secondary school institution, including program of study.

The selection committee had an easy task this year as all five candidates were very strong and received awards of between $500.00 and $1,000.00 each for a total of $4,250.00 in bursary funding. SoK is very pleased to see such interest within our communities and, along with Parks Canada, are happy to assist these students in their future studies.

The purpose of the award is:

  1. To provide financial support to qualifying secondary students for post-secondary study in
    fields related to the environment, conservation or other fields related to a prospective
    career with Parks Canada.
  2. Thereby, to assist Parks Canada in meeting its obligation for local employment under
    clauses 15 and 16 of Appendix A of the Agreement between the Government of Canada
    and the Government of Ontario to Establish a National Park and a National Marine Park
    in the Township of St. Edmunds dated July 20, 1987.
  3. To further the stated goal of the Sources of Knowledge Forum to “encourage and enable
    youth to be stewards of this remarkable place.”


The following students are the 2021 SoK Bursary award winners :

Ruth Duncan – Indigenous Environmental Science, Fleming College;

Avery Hutchinson – Arts and Humanities, King’s University College – Western University;

Ethan Parker – Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Fleming College;

Moira Parker – Animal Biology, University of Guelph;

Zachary Rodgers – Industrial Design, Carleton University;

Congratulations to all five students – we are pleased to see such great academic achievement in our communities. The successful candidates include a new applicant, a returning bursary award winner from last year, and three from earlier years.

The Board would also like to acknowledge the work of Cavan Harpur for managing the Bursary Program, including contacting schools, meeting with teachers, following up with students and organizing the formal documents for the Bursary Committee’s review.