Lilly Borges-Oldham Language Scholarship

About the Lilly Borges-Oldham Language Scholarship

Established in 2002, the purpose of the Lilly Borges-Oldham Second Language Scholarship Fund is to support residents of Yellowknife pursuing second languages and/or cultures at a post-secondary institution.

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 Lilly Borges-Oldham Language Scholarship.

Applications will be made available during our scholarship intake season, in April/May 2024.

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 Lilly Borges-Oldham Second Language Scholarship Fund was established to assist individuals interested in studying second languages and / or cultures at a post-secondary institution.


Please note that award amounts vary year by year.

In order to be eligible to apply for the Lilly Borges-Oldham, you must:

  • be/have been a resident of Yellowknife for your Grade 11 and 12 years
  • be pursuing post-secondary studies of a second language or culture

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

  • You will complete a questionnaire describing why you wish to pursue studies in a second language and/or culture, as well as your academic experience and community involvement in the second language and/or culture.
  • You will provide the email address of a reference organization recognized for its work in languages or culture to support your application. We will email your reference a recommendation form to fill out.
  • You will write a brief statement describing your academic achievement.

Priority shall be given first to applicants pursuing post secondary studies in both languages and cultures, second to applicants studying languages, and third to applicants studying cultures.

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 No award
  • 2022 No award
  • 2021 No award
  • 2020 Ashley Ens
  • 2019 Alicia Camille
  • 2018 Madison Phillips
  • 2017 Mackenzie Marriott
  • 2016 Janine Cash
  • 2015 Liam Radford
  • 2014 Lana de Bastiani
  • 2013 Amber O’Reilly
  • 2012 No award
  • 2011 Nicolle Bonnel & Paulina Ross
  • 2010 Tamika Mulders & Adrienne Schmalz
  • 2009 Megan Cooper
  • 2008 Breanne Grayston
  • 2007 Evgenia Titkov
  • 2006 No award
  • 2005 Kirsten Mahler
  • 2004 Rachel MacNeill

For more information

If you require assistance or have questions about the Lilly Borges-Oldham Language Scholarship, please do hesitate to contact the Yellowknife Community Foundation office at grants@ykcf.ca or by phone at +1-867 446 4527.