The Charlie & Mildred Martin Memorial Bursary/Scholarship 2020

Charlie and Mildred Martin

The Hanover, Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Society is pleased to offer this bursary/scholarship program to provide financial assistance for students within Hanover, West Grey & Brockton who are entering or currently enrolled in a post-secondary agricultural, agri-business, or environmental program. Two $1,500 awards will be presented at the 2020 Hanover Fair to two students entering an eligible full-time apprenticeship, diploma or degree program starting in the twelve month period beginning September 1st, 2020. Award winners will be presented their scholarships in August at a date to be determined.

Applications may be obtained from our website (www.hanoverfair.ca). Completed applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Applications and supporting documents must be received no later than June 19, 2020 in order to be considered by the Scholarship Selection Committee. Successful applicants will be notified by email.

Eligibility:

  • The student must be a permanent resident within our membership area of Hanover, West Grey & Brockton
  • The applicant must have a proven record of involvement in the community showing interest in the field of agriculture or the environment
  • Incomplete or inaccurate applications will not be considered
  • The transcript must be official (no photocopies)
  • Applicants must provide proof of their volunteer service. The proof of volunteer service may be a stamped photocopy (i.e., a photocopy of the applicant’s volunteer service record stamped by the secondary school from which they graduated or will be graduating)

Proof of enrolment in a full-time agricultural, agri-business or environmental post-secondary program must be provided prior to scholarship/bursary funds being released.

Download the complete application form here:

About Charlie and Mildred:

It is an honour to dedicate the Agricultural Society Scholarship and Bursary in the name of Charlie and Mildred Martin.

Charlie and Mildred were active volunteers and board members with the Agricultural Society for more than 40 years. Charlie served as President in 1968 and continued to sit as a Director on the Board until 2013 and to take an active role in the planning and administration of the Society. Mildred served two terms as Homecraft President, from 1968-1971 and 1997-2005, and served as a director until 2011. Charlie has also served on the board of directors for the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) District 10 on several occasions throughout these 40 years, and both Charlie and Mildred continued to faithfully represent HBBAS at OAAS District 10 meetings throughout their years with the society. They were active members of the society well into their retirements and continued to be instrumental in the success of the Hanover Fall Fair for those many years, working long hours to assist with the set up and supervision of the homecraft displays at the fair.

It is impossible to list Charlie and Mildred’s many works and contributions to the community over nearly 50 years, or to imagine the countless hours spent working throughout the year, and year after year, to ensure that the Hanover Bentinck & Brant Fall Fair continued to be a success and a much anticipated annual event for the entire community.

For many fair goers and exhibitors, as well as society members, Charlie and Mildred provided familiar faces behind the scenes, and yet their work through HBBAS is just a small part of the contributions they made to our community. Since settling in Hanover to raise their family they were involved in many organizations. Charlie spent many years delivering “Meals on Wheels”, and Mildred was active with the St. John’s Ambulance for many years. They were also both active in their church, and Mildred made many quilts for the Ladies Auxiliary for donations and fundraising. Mildred also spent many years volunteering with the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, helping to cater many dinners over the years, while Charlie was also a Legion member. Charlie coached minor hockey and was on the executive for the Hanover Barons. All of this time and commitment to our community was undertaken while raising 5 children, and with Charlie at times working three jobs. They were certainly an example for all of us today who think we are too busy to help!