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Eva Mary and Judge Farquhar Bursary

Purpose:

To provide an annual bursary(s) for one (or more) students(s) enrolled in the BSW or MSW program at Dalhousie University who demonstrate financial need.

Conditions:

Earnings from the fund will be used to support an annual bursary(s), in memory of Eva Mary and Judge Hiram S. Farquhar, to one or more student(s) in the Social Work program at Dalhousie University, who successfully demonstrates financial need. First preference of recipient will be a student born in Hants County, Nova Scotia. If in any given year no applicant was born in Hants County, Nova Scotia, second preference of recipient will be a student whose current residence is in Hants County, Nova Scotia. If in any given year no applicant resides in Hants County, Nova Scotia, the third preference of recipient will be any student(s) named by the awarding body who successfully demonstrates financial need.

Funded by:

Eva Mary and Judge Hiram S. Farquhar Bursary

Application procedure:

Submit your curriculum vitae and cover letter to:

Director, C/O Linda Power
School of Social Work
Dalhousie University
Suite 3201-1459 LeMarchant Street
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS   B3H 4R2 

Deadline:

October 15th annually

Amount of scholarship:

To Be Determined

Awarding body:

The BSW and/or Program Committee will select the recipient or successor committee.

Background:

A native of Hants County, N.S., Eva Mary (Dimock) Farquhar (1900-93) taught in Three Mile Plains, Alton, Fort Ellis, Woodlawn, Brooklyn, and in Brownlee, Saskatchewan. She was a faithful volunteer at the Halifax School for the Blind. She was a constant supporter and encourager of Judge Farquhar throughout his years in public service.

Judge Hiram Smith Farquhar (1901-75) was born in Brooklyn, Hants County. Upon graduation from Windsor Academy, he was employed by the Bank of Commerce, after which he worked for the Halifax Herald until he returned home. He was appointed local Magistrate (said to be the youngest in Canada) and subsequently became Stipendiary Magistrate and municipal Clerk for West Hants.

In 1933, he was named Assistant Director and Chief Inspector of Old Age Pensions for Nova Scotia. In 1944, he was appointed director, and later became administrator of Pensions for the Blind and was active in provincial programs for rehabilitation. When Newfoundland became part of Confederation he was loaned to the Newfoundland Government to direct establishment of the Old Age Pensions program in that new province. Until his retirement in 1967, Judge Farquhar was instrumental in the development of social welfare in the province.

He held many posts, including President of the Canadian Welfare Council and President of the Canadian Conference on Social Work. He was deeply interested in the growth and progress of the Maritime School of Social Work (now Dalhousie School of Social Work), and was a frequent lecturer within its program. On occasion, in the absence of the Deputy Minister of public Welfare, he served as Acting Deputy Minister. Upon his retirement from the Department of Social Welfare he was appointed Judge of the Family court of Nova Scotia, the only social worker ever to be appointed to the bench, and served in that capacity until 1973.