The Geritol Follies Bursary

About this Award: 

These wonderful entertainers, all over age 60 – and some well into their 80s – regularly sell out their Hamilton variety show. They have also entertained audiences across North America and abroad.


In 1989, the Geritol Follies members decided to turn over their accumulated profits - more than $100,000 at the time - to set up a student bursary fund with Hamilton Community Foundation, encouraging “rising stars” to pursue post-secondary education in the performing arts. Follies members saw it as a way “of returning some of the blessings and benefits” they received in their younger days to talented Hamilton youth.


They also wanted to celebrate their own love of the stage, create a lasting legacy and be remembered for their unique impact on seniors everywhere.

The Geritol Follies performing arts bursary can be used to assist with tuition, housing and other expenses related to your post-secondary education.



Not specified


Number of Awards Available: 

Not specified



October 1, annually


Region of Study: 

Canada; United States


Level of Study: 



Eligibility : 

This fund provides bursaries for students with serious financial need who have graduated from a publicly funded high school in Hamilton or Burlington, who are enrolled in a performing arts program at a college, university or institution in Canada or the United States, studying voice, drama, dance or musical instrument. You can apply to this fund to support your first year as well as subsequent years of studies.


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Field(s) of Study: 
Dance;   Music;   Theatre;