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The award was established in 2017 in memory of Mary Pegg by her family. Mary was a teacher in York Region for 27 years. She was active in the her community and was instrumental in founding the East Gwillimbury Public Library. One of her last gifts to the community was the establishment of this award in partnership with the CFUW Aurora/Newmarket, a group that she was a member of for many years. Mary’s vision was to provide a financial award that would allow more young women the opportunity to pursue their career goals by attending a post-secondary institution.

The award provides $2500 a year for up to four years (maximum of $10000) to the selected candidates. The awards will be present each year from 2017 until 2026.

Mary Pegg Education Award
Mary Pegg

To be eligible for the award, the candidate:

  • Must be a female student graduating from Newmarket High School or Huron Heights Secondary School in Newmarket Ontario
  • Can demonstrate critical financial need (intends to apply for OSAP)
  • Has proof of acceptance in full-time studies at a university, college or trade school in the province of Ontario in a program that will be beneficial to her future success
  • Is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada 
  • Has demonstrated a positive attitude, integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Has contributed to life in her school and/or community


A completed application must include:

1.    Application form 
2.    A letter (of less than 500 words) outlining the student’s personal situation, career goals,
        and an explanation of how this award will enable her to attain these goals
3.     Proof of acceptance to a university, college or trade school located in Ontario 
        (If you have not received your acceptance at the time the application is due, please include:
        the names and addresses of the institutions to which you have applied; 
        the program and its length; information you have received from the institutions
        about the expected dates of acceptance
4.    Two letters of reference from non-family members

Selection Process

  • Eligible applications must be received by your guidance department by April 30 2021
  • Final selection will be made by members of the Trust and the Pegg family
  • A personal or telephone interview may be part of the selection process
  • The Trust will inform the recipient of her successful application. Unsuccessful applicants will also be informed
  • The Trust will inform the school of the successful applicant for graduation planning
  • The award will be presented at the school’s graduation by a member of the Pegg family