Jenny Whetham

Memorial Bursary

Developing the Next Generation of Women in Business

WOWSA provides an annual $250 Spirit Bursary to a student at Norwell District Secondary School, Wellington Heights Secondary School, and John Diefenbaker Secondary School each year.

About Jenny Whetham

WOWSA's bursary is named for Jenny Whetham, one of our founding members.

Jenny was the true meaning of an entrepreneur, a very successful business woman, a community leader, mentor, creator and active volunteer in Mount Forest.


As the successful owner of Cynthia & Co. for 20 years, entering her store you were immediately welcomed by her smiling face. Jenny always enjoyed and had time for a good conversation, no matter the topic or the day. Community was very important to Jenny, as well as future generations of women in business.

Jenny Whetham

As one of the founding members of WOWSA, Jenny recognized the need for women in business to have the opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs, to gain the knowledge to create, maintain and grow their business in a non-threatening environment.


Although Jenny lost her battle to cancer in June 2017, her strength, courage and determination never faultered.


The WOWSA Spirit Bursary will be awarded to an applicant who:

  • identifies as female;

  • will attend a post-secondary institution;

  • is active in the community; and

  • is interested in entrepreneurship or starting her own business (as a long-term goal).


Students who are interested in applying for the WOWSA Spirit Bursary are encouraged to contact their school guidance counsellor for an application form.


Awards are presented to a graduating student at the school's annual commencement ceremony.