Elaine (Sweet) Whitford Scholarship Fund

About the Elaine (Sweet) Whitford Scholarship Fund

Established in 2009, the purpose of the Elaine (Sweet) Whitford Scholarship Fund is to support residents of the Northwest Territories who are pursuing post-secondary studies in the fields of social work or nursing. 

First priority will be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry who have lived in the Northwest Territories for at least one half of their lives; second priority will be given to other resident of the Northwest Territories who have lived in the Northwest Territories for at least one half of their lives. 

Application process

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

2024 key dates

2 April, 12.01am

Scholarship application portal opens. 

31 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 Elaine (Sweet) Whitford Scholarship Fund was established in 2009 in memory of Elaine (Sweet) Whitford. 


Please note that award amounts vary year by year.

In order to be eligible to apply for the Elaine (Sweet) Whitford Scholarship Fund, you must be:

  • A resident of the Northwest Territories for at least the last 24 consecutive months (2 years)
  • Entering your second or subsequent year of post-secondary studies in social work or nursing at an accredited College or University

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

  • You will complete a  questionnaire describing your goals related to social work of nursing, your community involvement, and your understanding of the role professional social worker or nurses play in community development
  • You will write a brief statement of financial need

You must be an eligible resident to apply for a scholarship.
As such, YKCF requires you to make a residency declaration and have a witness sign off.
However, you do not need to print out any forms!
Each residency declaration is a one-click question embedded within the application process.
You just need to provide the email address of your residency witness, and they will be emailed directly.

You can only apply through our online application portal. In 2024, the application portal opens on April 2nd.

Access it here: https://www.grantinterface.ca/Home/Logon?urlkey=yellowknifescholarship

Mailed and emailed applications will not be accepted barring extreme circumstances.

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

  • 2023 Devin Hinchey
  • 2022 Angela Roy
  • 2021 Amanda Bradbury
  • 2020 Emma Cameron and Roxanne Kotchilea
  • 2019 Autumn Beemer
  • 2018 Destiny Mercredi
  • 2017 Caroline Mercredi
  • 2016 Jennifer Pitt
  • 2015 Kathleen Sullivan
  • 2014 Rebecca Robertson
  • 2013 Amelia Debogorski
  • 2012 Amelia Blondin
  • 2011 No award
  • 2010 Bianca Kotchea

For more information

If you require assistance or have questions about the Elaine (Sweet) Whitford Scholarship Fund, please do hesitate to contact the Yellowknife Community Foundation office at grants@ykcf.ca or by phone at +1-867 446 4527.