Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary

The Colleges and Institutes Canada Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary Program provides financial support to college and institute students that demonstrate financial need and face challenges or barriers to participating in and completing post-secondary education. Students attending colleges or institutes in rural, remote, or northern areas will be given preference for the bursaries of up to $5,000 each.

In grade 12, I was given a $200 bursary that changed my life. Now that my wife Gerri and I are in a position to give back, we want to help students in similar need, and especially those from rural communities who have limited access to bursaries and scholarships. I hope that one day, looking back, these recipients will feel the same way I did many years ago.

Paul Charette

2022 Bursary Recipients

2021 Bursary Recipients

How to Apply

Are you a CICan member college or institute?

You are responsible for selecting one eligible student to submit to CICan. You must collect students’ expressions of interest directly and review candidates in order to submit an application on their behalf directly to CICan by filling out the application form by Friday, October 27, 2023.

Guidelines & Application

Are you a student?

Students must contact the registrar office of the college or institute where they are enrolled by September 22nd, 2023 in order to express their interest and justify their need for financial support.

If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact Julie Trohon at