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John and Catherine Kelly Bursary

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John and Catherine Kelly Bursary for Students who have been admitted to Canada by the Government of Canada as a Refugee, Students from Kosovo, or Students who are Indigenous to Canada -  First Nations, Métis and Inuit

Dr. John Kelly received his PhD in Sociology from York University in 1978. Dr. Kelly was employed by Statistics Canada from 1972 to 1981 and by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe from 1981 to 2003. After retiring, he worked from 2008 to 2012 as a consultant for the European Commission and the Council of Europe in Kosovo, assisting the National Statistical Office of Kosovo to plan and carry out its 2011 population and housing census. Dr. Kelly and his wife Catherine are passionate about financially assisting the following three groups of students so that they can pursue graduate studies at the University: refugees beginning new lives in Canada; students from Kosovo; and students who are Indigenous to Canada -  First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student, in any year of any Masters or Doctoral program, who has demonstrated financial need. Eligible students are those who have been admitted to Canada from any country as a refugee, and have current refugee status or are now permanent residents or Canadian citizens; or are international students from Kosovo; or are students who are Indigenous to Canada - First Nations, Métis and Inuit (status or non-status). Preference will be given to students who came to Canada as refugees as above and international students from Kosovo based on financial need; then to students who are Indigenous to Canada - First Nations, Métis and Inuit -  based on financial need. Students must submit an application form by January 31, available from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' office, outlining their financial need and circumstances. The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will complete an assessment of the students' financial need and select the recipient. When First Nations, Métis and Inuit students are being considered for the bursary, a representative of Indigenous Services will be part of the selection process. This bursary was established through the generosity of Dr. John Kelly (MA '70, BA '68) and his wife Catherine Kelly (Althouse College of Education '69, BA '68).

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