The Community Foundation of PEI is honoured to announce the establishment of the Janice Kun Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship endowment fund was established at the Foundation as a tribute to Janice Kun who passed away from cancer in August 2019. The annual scholarship, valued at $1,000 in this inaugural year, aims to support a young PEI art student by giving them the same encouragement and acknowledgement that benefited Janice so greatly when she first ventured from her secondary school in Charlottetown out into the wider world.
For those who knew Janice, she was a beautiful, kind, witty, thoughtful, daydreamy, and creative soul, loved and respected by friends, family and colleagues alike. She worked professionally as an illustrator, while also creating a rich body of multi-genre fine art, drawing inspiration from various sources such as nature, fashion, and her personal cultural heritage and experiences.
“It’s tremendously meaningful for Janice’s family, friends and I to have this legacy established in a manner fitting to Janice’s inspiring and generous nature”, said her partner Daniel Turner. “The Community Foundation has fulfilled our hopes to have a trusted organization that can provide guidance and stewardship in establishing this scholarship in perpetuity.”
“We are proud to host this scholarship in honour of a truly special person that clearly had a tremendous passion for art”, said Kent Hudson, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Our role at the Foundation was simply to help the family with setting up the scholarship exactly as they wanted to provide an annual scholarship in perpetuity”.
The Janice Kun Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide an annual scholarship to a graduating student of a Prince Edward Island high school who will be attending a postsecondary institution in the fall in the area of Fine Arts, (eg. drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, etc). The student will be enrolled with the intention of working towards an undergraduate degree or diploma in fine arts. Exceptions will be considered for students starting later in the year or having taken a gap year off.