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About Mary Pegg
Mary Pegg was a teacher in York Region for 27 years, working primarily teaching kindergarten and as the school librarian. Mary was also very active in the community and was instrumental in founding the East Gwillimbury Public Library. 

One of Mary's last gifts to the community was the idea to develop the Mary Pegg Education Award in partnership with the Canadian Federation of University Women Aurora/Newmarket, a group of which she was a member for many years. Mary's vision was to provide an annual financial award, which would allow more young women the opportunity to pursue their career goals. 

Should you receive this award, know that it came from someone who was kind, generous and cared about your future.

Mary Pegg Education Award
Eligibility and Selection Guidelines

To be eligible for the award, the candidate:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada 
  • Must be a female student graduating from Newmarket High School or Huron Heights Secondary School in Newmarket Ontario
  • Must provide proof of acceptance in full-time studies at a university, college or trade school in the province of Ontario 
  • Will benefit from support to continue with her education
  • Must have demonstrated a positive attitude and strong work ethic
  • Must have contributed to life in her school and/or community
  • Must have overcome challenges in order to graduate

This expendable award began in June 2017 and provides $2,500 a year for up to four years to a maximum of $10,000. One additional candidate will be chosen each year for each of the next nine years.

A completed application must include:

  • An application form  
  • 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 
  • Proof of acceptance to a university, college or trade school located in Ontario
  • Two letters of reference from non-family members
  • The completed application must be submitted to your school's Guidance Department by May 1 to be selected by the Awards Committee of the Charitable Trust by May 15. 

Selection Process

Eligible application forms and letters must be received by the Trust by May 15th.

The final selection will be made by members of the Trust and the Pegg family no later than June 15th. A personal interview or telephone interview may be part of the selection process. The Trust will inform the recipient of her successful application and also contact the unsuccessful applicants.

The Trust will inform the school of the winner’s name for graduation planning purposes.

The award will be presented at the school’s graduation by a member of the Pegg family.

Kylie Graham 2017 Winner
 and Alvin Pegg 
The Pegg Family
This expendable award began in June 2017 and provides $2,500 a year for up to four years to a maximum of $10,000. One additional candidate will be chosen each year until 2026.