Scholarship Funds

Chili Thom Fund

Chili ThomIn 2016 a group of volunteers worked to create "Arts Whistler Presents: The Chili Thom Experience". For three weeks in June 2017, the magic and spirit of Chili Thom was celebrated throughout Whistler with exhibitions, eccentric evenings, performances, and a showcase of Chili-inspired young artists’ work. This resort-wide celebration lit up every building on Whistler's Cultural Connector, and honoured one of the most significant artists to work, live, and contribute to the Sea to Sky community.

The Chili Thom scholarship fund is a lasting legacy of The Chili Thom Experience, and made possible by the generous donations of local business, community members, family, and friends.

Fundraising for The Chili Thom Experience included the creation of this legacy fund in Chili Thom’s name - a gift to all the Chili’s of the future, from the town that knew and loved him.

Arts Whistler and the project team of volunteers who produced The Chili Thom Experience recognizes and thanks those patrons and businesses who were instrumental in making this scholarship happen, including the founding donors of The Chili Thom Experience: Sushi Village, The Whistler Grocery Store, Gibbons Whistler, The Houssian Family Foundation, The World Ski and Snowboard Festival, and The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.

For information on how to apply for a scholarship, please visit How to Apply for a Scholarship.

To make a donation to the Chili Thom fund, visit our Canada Helps Chili Thom Scholarship donation form.

DOUG and Mary FORSETH Fund

Doug and Mary started coming to Whistler in 1985 and in 1994 they made Whistler their forever home. They made friends, laid down roots and became truly part of making Whistler what it is today.  Doug is a key member of the senior leadership team at Whistler Blackcomb. Mary pursued her passion for the arts and eventually became co-owner of a local gallery. Beyond this, both have always been active members of numerous community organizations. Doug and Mary's philanthropic work has help to build a vibrant community life in Whistler. They are committed to Whistler now and forever.

The Doug and Mary Foreth fund was created in 2016. Currently, the fund will support scholarships for graduating students in the Sea to Sky Corridor who wish to study tourism and hospitality related programs. Eventually the fund will also support Whistler Animals Galore Society, Whistler Search and Rescue Society and the Community Grants program at the Community Foundation of Whistler.

Read Doug and Mary's story in the Legacy Book of Whistler


The 2014 graduating class of Whistler Secondary School raised enough money to cover their graduation and then some. Because the students are so community-minded, they wanted to use the  money to create a scholarship for other students in financial need. The Community Foundation of Whistler took on the management of the fund in 2015. The fund is a permanent endowment that is invested and will generate income year that will be distributed as scholarships.

The scholarships are meant to support students in need in School District 48, who demonstrate a keen desire to continue their education, rather than being awarded based on academic performance.

The graduating class of 2014 hopes that future graduating classes, parents, and community members will contribute to the fund to help it grow over time.

Kelty & riley dennehy scholarship fund

The Kelty & Riley Dennehy Scholarship Fund was created by Ginny & Kerry Dennehy in honour of their two children Kelty and Riley. On March 2, 2001 they lost their 17 year old son Kelty after a short battle with depression. That same year, the Dennehy's created the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation to help those that suffer from depression as well as their friends and family.

Tragedy hit the Dennehy family again in 2009 when Riley died of a heart attack from strong medication prescribed to manage the pain for a separated shoulder. Riley struggled to cope with the loss of  her brother and best friend, Kelty. Before she passed away, she had found peace and solace studying yoga.

The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation has raised millions to benefit youth and their families struggling with mental illness in British Columbia. The family wished to create a legacy that would specifically benefit the local community. The scholarships generated by the Kelty & Riley Dennehy Scholarship Fund are intended to support students graduating from secondary schools in Whistler. The scholarships will be awarded to students who stand out in unique ways, beyond academics. Each year, one scholarship will be awarded to a graduating male student and one scholarship will be awarded to a graduating female student.



The Whistler Children's Centre created the Sarah McSeveney Scholarship Fund for Early Childhood Education in 2006. This fund is in memory of the tragic loss of Dandelion Daycare Society employee Sarah McSeveney in October 2005. Sarah was a strong advocate for excellence in early childhood education and a proponent for life-long learning. This fund is designed to continue to promote Early Childhood Education in the corridor and create opportunity for students interested in furthering education in early childhood development. The beneficiary will most likely be a graduating secondary school student from the Sea to Sky Corridor entering post secondary education in early childhood education.

For information on how to apply for a scholarship, please visit How to Apply for a Scholarship

Whistler Scholarship Fund

The Whistler Scholarship Fund was created by the community in 1989 through the hard work of volunteers who staged "Whistler Night." Since that time, scholarships from the fund have been awarded to graduating secondary school students. In 2000, management of the fund was transferred to the Community Foundation of Whistler. The fund continues to support students graduating from Whistler Secondary School who demonstrate leadership, community involvement, consideration for others and outstanding personal qualities.

Since 2001, well over $25,000 in scholarships have been awarded to graduating Whistler students.

Wendy Thompson Scholarship Fund

Wendy Thompson was a strong, outdoor-oriented young woman who served as a ski-patroller in Whistler, a paramedic with the BC Ambulance Service in Whistler and Vancouver, and as a volunteer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She was an active mountain biker and hiker. Ms. Thompson died when a British Columbia Ambulance Service flight crashed into the ocean at the north end of the Queen Charlotte Islands. At the time of her death, she was on the ambulance service's Infant Transport Team, since she loved children and young people. This fund was established in 2005 in her memory by her parents Michael and Shirley Thompson.

The fund is intended to award scholarships and bursaries for School District 48 students pursuing the Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program.