Dustin Pidborochynski Memorial Scholarship Fund

About the Dustin Pidborochynski Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established in 2023, the purpose of the Dustin Pidborochynski Memorial Scholarship Fund is to support Northwest Territories residents and registered apprentices in the Northwest Territories who are currently pursuing an apprenticeship training program. 

Application process

Individuals interested in applying must create a profile on our application portal. Once your profile is created, you will need to complete our eligibility quiz and then submit a scholarship application to the Dustin Pidborochynski Memorial Scholarship Fund.

2023 key dates

1 April, 12.01am

Scholarship application portal opens. 

15 May, 11.59pm

Scholarship application portal closes. Late applications not accepted.

Mid- to late July

Funding distributed to scholarship recipients. 

Please find the application process below, including some frequently asked questions. 

The Dustin Pidborochynski Memorial Scholarship Fund was originally established in 2019 with Skills Canada NWT, in memory of Dustin (Dusty) Pidborochynski. Dusty was a journeyman welder, a avid supporter of trades and apprenticeship programs, who sadly lost his life just weeks after being hired as the welding instructor at Ecole St. Patrick’s High School. In 2023, the Fund was transferred from Skills Canada NWT to the Yellowknife Community Foundation to support the longevity of the Fund and enhance its accessibility, for NWT students pursuing an apprenticeship. 

Family and friends would say that Dusty was wise beyond his years and always willing to lend a hand. He was teaching in everything that he did and never took the easy way out. In the year before he passed he had enjoyed coaching young welders and was volunteering his time as a welding technical expert for Skills Canada NWT’s territorial skills competition.

In order to be eligible to apply for the Dustin Pidborochynski Memorial Scholarship Fund, you must be:

  • A resident of the Northwest Territories for at least 12 consecutive months.
  • A registered apprentice in the Northwest Territories currently pursuing an apprenticeship training program.

All of our scholarship application forms and additional materials need to be submitted on our scholarship application portal

For students that are applying to the Dustin Pidborochynski Memorial Scholarship Fund, here are some things that you will be including in your application:

  • A personal essay describing your goals related to the trades field and your career
  • Where you are currently employed and your schooling information
  • Whether you apprenticeship training is compensated from your employer or others
  • One letter of reference

Please keep in mind that all applications to YKCF scholarships require the applicant to submit a proof of residency affidavit (which you will be able to find when you create an account on our application portal), and a confirmation of acceptance or enrolment (or a letter of admission) in an apprenticeship training program.

You can apply through our scholarship application portal

Please note you will need to create an account, and complete our eligibility quiz to see which Fund you are eligible to apply.

If you have more questions, check back to our FAQs on our scholarship page!

The Dustin Pidborochynski Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2023, therefore there are not yet any past recipients.

For more information

If you require assistance or have questions about the Dustin Pidborochynski Memorial Scholarship Fund, please do hesitate to contact the Yellowknife Community Foundation office at information@ykcf.ca or by phone at +1-867 446 4527.

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