The initiative of this award comes from the recognition of underfunding of graduate students in general, and home economics/human ecology fields, specifically. Graduate students registered in a Master or Doctoral program in the field of home economics/human ecology may apply. Preference will be given to students who have an undergraduate degree in the field of home economics/human ecology. This has recently become a Designated Award due to a generous bequest from the estate of Verna M. Lefebvre.

Verna M. Lefebvre, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus retired from the University of Alberta in 1995 following 29 years of service. She joined the staff at the University of Alberta in 1966 in the Clothing and Textiles Division of the School of Household Economics. She later joined the Faculty of Education. Before coming to Alberta, she worked with the University of Saskatchewan Youth and Adult Education Extension. In Alberta, she taught at the junior and senior high schools and at the college level, she taught at Montana State University and the University of Guelph.


The program will provide $8,000 per year with a maximum of $1,000 per student. A student can hold the award for multiple years, However, the application process would apply each year.


Deadline for applications is September 30.

Entry Details

  1. Student must be enrolled in a graduate degree program in the field of Home Economics/Human Ecology. Preference will be given to a student who has completed a Home Economics/Human Ecology related undergraduate degree.
  2. Student must be enrolled in a Canadian university.
  3. Part time students are eligible.
  4. Student must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or landed immigrant.

Assuming the applicant meets the eligibility requirements above, the following criteria will be used in determining the recipients of the awards.

  1. Demonstration of volunteer work in a Home Economics/Human Ecology area AND/OR
  2. Demonstration of volunteer work in general.


All applications are due by September 30.

Applications must include:

  1. Canadian Home Economics Foundation Graduate Student Award application form. (Application form)
  2. Proof of current registration at a Canadian university.
  3. A one to two page description of volunteer work.
  4. Two reference letters from people related to the volunteer work.

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