In memory of the Association's founder, who passed away in September 1994 at the age of 95, Kin Canada established the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund, the purpose of which is to promote, encourage and sponsor educational programs and activities.
Supported by Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs across the country, Kin Canada Bursaries, a program of the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund, annually awards $1,000 bursaries to successful Canadian applicants who are pursuing post-secondary education at a recognized school of learning.
On average 1000 applications are received each year.
Throughout his life, Hal Rogers believed in the value of education. In his own words, "providing and promoting the finest and most effective education possible for our young people" was a noble endeavor. He was dedicated to the concept of education throughout his life. His commitment is evidenced in his many years as a trustee on the Forest Hill Board of Education. His devotion to the concept of education for young people was recognized by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, which named him the first recipient of the coveted Lamp of Learning Award in 1950. The Lamp of Learning is awarded annually to a non-teacher who has contributed to the furtherance of education in the Province of Ontario. More than 10 years ago, the concept of developing an endowment fund for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the pursuit of education was approved enthusiastically by Founder Hal.
Applicants to the Kin Canada Bursaries must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. Also, applicants must be full-time students in the process of graduating from high school, or currently studying or registered at a post-secondary institution. All applicants for a bursary must complete the current application form and submit it to a Kinsmen, Kinette or Kin Club nearest your permanent residence by February 1st. Bursary winners are notified before June 30th by the local sponsoring club.
Through the fund, assistance to applicants is available in their quest for higher learning at a recognized university, community college, technical institute and other schools for advanced education. The Endowment Fund awards $1,000 bursaries to successful applicants. The amount disbursed in any one year is in accordance with the Fund's balance and its governing laws