This award honours Karn Nichols for her leadership and contribution to the community and was first awarded in 2021. The Passion and Purpose Award is a thank you to Karn for all her hard work and dedication to the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning.

The fund will provide up to one (1) individual scholarship totalling $1,000 and the opportunity to build a relationship with Karn while exploring career possibilities.


The Karn Nichols Passion and Purpose Award will be awarded to a participant who:

  • Is currently enrolled in Grade 12 or is a recent graduate (within 3 years);
  • Is enrolled in post-secondary education at a College or University;
  • Demonstrates helping others and making a difference to those around them;
  • Regularly contributes to their community, as demonstrated by long-term commitment and leadership as a volunteer, student, artist and/or athlete;
  • A focus and awareness as to how passion and purpose intersect in their lives.
  • A short essay (500 words min.) or a piece of art in the medium of your choice (painting, drawing, song, script, etc.) that outlines your financial situation and the importance of the bursary for you;
  • Your letter of acceptance from the post-secondary institution you will be attending;

Submission and Application Details

Applications must be submitted by email or in person by Tuesday, May 28, 2024. Please note once your application is submitted, you can no longer make edits.

Application can be emailed to

Or applications can be dropped off in person at: MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning, 50 Queen Street, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B2Y 1G1.

If you have questions or need assistance filling out this application, please contact the MacPhee Centre at or by phone at 902 469 2851

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