Pat McMahon Memorial Fund

About the Pat McMahon Memorial Fund

Established in 2009, the purpose of the Pat McMahon Memorial Fund is to support female-identifying residents of Yellowknife who demonstrate community leadership in Yellowknife municipal affairs and civic pride in training or educational pursuits that support their goals.

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 Pat McMahon Memorial Fund.

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. 

Established in 2009 in memory of Pat McMahon.


Please note that award amounts vary year by year.

In order to be eligible to apply for the Pat McMahon Memorial Fund, you must be:

  • A female-identifying resident of Yellowknife for at least three years
  • Pursuing post-secondary studies in Political Science, Public Administration, and/or Tourism.

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 involvement or interest in municipal affairs, civic pride or promotional activities for Yellowknife, and how the scholarship will further your career or academic goals.
  • Proof of acceptance / enrolment in your program of study.

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 Gracie Brennan
  • 2022 Melanie Gentles
  • 2021 Hillary Huynh
  • 2020 Clair Littlefair and Anusa Sivalingam
  • 2019 Anusa Sivalingam
  • 2018 Alannis McKee
  • 2017 Urbah Syed
  • 2016 Marie-Soleil Lacoursiere
  • 2016 Makenzie Zouboules
  • 2015 Kathleen Sullivan
  • 2014 May Ly
  • 2013 Rachel MacNeill
  • 2012 Cheryl Fountain
  • 2011 Amy Lizotte

For more information

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