Created in winter 2000 as a way to give something back to the community that supports Venus Envy, the Bursary Fund aims to support women and trans people in need who wish to further their education. We raise money by throwing parties and other local events, donations from store proceeds, and private donations.
We are always impressed by the diversity of the applicants and the interesting things they are studying and what their plans are for the future. It's exciting each year to open the envelopes and find out a little bit about some of the people who live in our community. Sometimes the stories are sad and painful to read but always told with a strength and a hopefulness that makes us wish we had more money to give to more people!
We particularly welcome applications from people of colour, First Nations and trans people and encourage applicants to self-identify.
The Ottawa Program
Started in 2006, the Venus Envy Ottawa Bursary Fund awards two people in the Ottawa area each a $1500 bursary. The bursary is awarded based primarily on need but also community involvement and other criteria.
We raise money by throwing parties, and other local events, donations from Bursary Mondays, and private donations. You can pick up a zine or a button at the store or shop on the first Monday of each month to help us raise more cash!
The Venus Envy Bursary Society is registered as an incorporated, non-profit organization in Ontario.
For more information, please visit venusenvy.ca/Ottawa/bursary.