County Foundation announces new scholarship fund for PECI trades grads

PECI Grade 11 manufacturing students Sara and Raelyn have done an exceptional job with their fire pits constructed of 10 gauge steel featuring a stainless steel spark screen. Panthers enrolling into post secondary trades programs will be eligible for a $10,000 two year scholarship. (HPEDSB Photo)




The County Foundation is excited to announce a new scholarship fund to benefit Prince Edward Collegiate Institute (PECI) students pursuing education in the trades.

The County Trades Scholarship will be the largest annual scholarship currently administered by The County Foundation. Each year The County Trades Scholarship will award $10,000 for a two year period (total scholarship amount of $20,000) to a graduating student from PECI pursuing post-secondary studies at a Canadian post-secondary institution for the Trades.

(Photo by PECI)

Preference will be given to programs that are eligible for red seal status and to those with the greatest financial need. New to the scholarship application will be an option to send in a video essay through The Foundation’s social media accounts rather than a written document if preferred.

A total of two scholarships will be awarded annually, one selected through the County Foundation application process and one through an internal PECI process guided by teacher and faculty nomination.

“We are excited for this amazing opportunity for our students interested in the trades,” Greer Koutroulides, lead of the Guidance, Student Success and Co-operative Education Department at PECI said. “We have seen an increasing number of students exploring trades through co-operative education placements and OYAP experiences. We are very grateful that the community of Prince Edward County always supports our Panthers in reaching their goals.”

The scholarship is funded by an anonymous donor who is passionate about advancing education in the trades and removing barriers to post-secondary education in this sector.

“The County Foundation is thrilled to be supporting this opportunity to PECI students pursuing continued education in the trades,” stated Dominique Jones, Executive Director of The County Foundation. “We know there is huge demand in skilled trades, as skilled trades workers are retiring faster than they are getting replaced.”

PECI students interesting in applying to this scholarship are encouraged to make an appointment with the guidance department at PECI and visit to learn more. 

Applications are due May 30th each year and the recipient is awarded at graduation.

The County Foundation is one of 201 Community Foundations in Canada. Since it was founded in 2008, The County Foundation has facilitated granting of over $4.2 million in Prince Edward County.

For more information and how to apply, please visit