Yellowknife Community Foundation

Lilly Borges-Oldham Language Scholarship

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.


To be eligible, individual applicants must be registering in a recognized post-secondary program of study in a second language or culture. They must also be a Grade 12 in Yellowknife or adult student and a resident of Yellowknife.


The criteria to be used in assessing the applications shall include:

Field of post-secondary study – 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:

  1. Academic merit – academic standing in all courses taken in their final year of high school
  2. Involvement in school and community activities related to languages and cultures

The scholarship can only be awarded once to any applicant.


The application must include a written essay on:

  1. Why they wish to pursue studies in second languages and/or cultures;
  2. Their academic experience and community involvement in the area of second languages and/or cultures.
  3. The applicant’s involvement (if any) with Ms. Borges-Oldham, either as a teacher, a principal, or through one of the clubs that she organized

Applications must also include contact information and two letters of reference in support of their application from an organization recognized for its work in languages or culture or another source acceptable to the Yellowknife Community Foundation. Applicants must also include a copy of their most recent transcript of high school marks; and proof of acceptance or conditional acceptance at a recognized post-secondary institution in a second languages and/or cultures-related course of studies.

A Proof of Residency form must be submitted along with the application.

Past Recipients

  • 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 Bonnell & 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




Assist individuals interested in studying second languages and / or cultures at a post-secondary institution.