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George “Butch Downer” Memorial Award

Scholarships and Bursaries

George “Butch Downer” Memorial Award

Butch, Butchie, Crusty – these were the most common nicknames he was known by. Regardless of the name, he was well-liked by his peers both at Fleming College and within the sporting community of Peterborough.  Butch worked at Fleming College for 23 years and continued to work diligently until the age of 77, as long as his health allowed him. He gave much to this College in many different areas but always ensured that students’ needs were met. Hard work and dedication were qualities that he strongly believed in.   He played a large role each year in Convocation ceremonies and loved being part of such a celebratory time for our students and their families.   Butch was a family man and enjoyed working in the same office as his daughter Paula. His face always lit up when speaking about his two granddaughters, Brittany and Cassidy.  He was a man of few words, often coming across as a “tough guy”, but he had a heart of gold and a great sense of humour.   Butch was also well-known within the Peterborough Petes and Lakers Lacrosse organizations, serving as a long-time sports trainer.  He enjoyed playing slow-pitch and watching his favorite teams, the New York Yankees and Chicago Blackhawks.   Butch was a very special man and he is greatly missed by all of us at Fleming since his passing in June 2015.  We hope his legacy will live on at Fleming College with this memorial bursary, continuing to help our students, as he loved to do.

Awarded to any returning student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who demonstrates financial need.


Estimated Value

1 available in the Fall semester

Applying is Easy

Registered students with an active timetable are able to apply for all bursaries that are administered by the college though our single on-line bursary application.

By completing this application, you will be considered for all college-administered bursaries and scholarships for which you are eligible. To apply, log into myCampus (the student portal), and go to the Student Centre section. The Apply Now! button will open the on-line application as long as you have a valid SIN on file. If you do not have a valid SIN on file, you are required to provide proof of SIN (any government issued document with your name and SIN) and government issued photo-id at the Registrar's Office so your record may be updated. Please note that bursary applications will not be evaluated until after the application deadline date.

Financial Aid Contacts:


(705) 749-5530 ext. 1616

Claudia Byers
Sutherland Campus (Peterborough)

(705) 749-5530 ext. 1166

Debbie McEachern
Sutherland Campus (Peterborough)

(705) 749-5530 ext. 1669

Alannah Kennedy
Sutherland Campus (Peterborough)

(705) 749-5530 ext. 1176

Amy D’Silva
Frost Campus (Lindsay)

(705) 749-5530 ext. 3302

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