In Canada, millions of dollars are provided each year for athletic and academic scholarships. Sadly, you would be hard-pressed to find scholarships of any amount in Canada that support promising young poets. We hope you will join us to help change that, through your gift to the Paddy O’Rourke Poetry Scholarship.
For the judging criteria, please refer to our Apply page on this site. You will see that the goal is to encourage and acknowledge our best young poets from Saskatchewan, regardless of their financial status or ultimate career goal. (We do require that they attend a post-secondary institution, regardless of where it is located, and take at least one post-secondary class related to poetry, such as a creative writing class, English 101, etc.)
Important Information for Donors:
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The Paddy O’Rourke Poetry Scholarship was established by his very close friends, Glen and Sonia Sorestad, and Ray and Debbie Penner. A fundraising Tribute Concert was held shortly after Paddy’s passing in September of 2017. The funds raised were used to establish the scholarship. Presently, the Scholarship is being coordinated by Glen, Sonia, Debbie and Ray – as volunteers – with all financial matters handled through a formal agreement with the Saskatoon Community Foundation. Glen is the Chair of our Group. A member of the Order of Canada and Saskatchewan’s first Poet Laureate, Glen has published numerous books of poetry and was, along with Sonia, among the four co-founders of the Canadian literary publisher, Thistledown Press.
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All gifts should be made directly to the Saskatoon Community Foundation, a highly regarded registered charitable institution authorized to handle all financial transactions related to donors and gifts, including advice to donors and issuing of receipts for income tax purposes. For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.saskatooncommunityfoundation.ca or phone them at (306) 665-1766.
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To make your gift now, you can go to the online donation page at the Saskatoon Community Foundation. Be sure to scroll down to see the online donor form. Be sure to indicate that you want your gift to go to the Paddy O’Rourke Poetry Scholarship. Thank you!
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For those who wish to donate by cheque, please make out your cheque to Saskatoon Community Foundation and indicate in the Memo Line:
Paddy O’Rourke Poetry Scholarship.
Please mail your cheque to:
Saskatoon Community Foundation
101-308 Fourth Avenue North
Ph: (306) 665-1766
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The Foundation’s professional advisors can also answer your questions about other forms of giving, including planned gifts such as bequests and other options, and donor requests.
Every gift of any amount is important! We greatly appreciate your support of aspiring Saskatchewan poets. Thank you!