PALS Legacy Fund

A scholarship celebrating the Human-Animal Bond.

About the Scholarship

The PALS Legacy Fund awards up to 2 merit-based scholarships per year to people who demonstrate exemplary character and commitment in pursuit of their goals.

Baxter – our inspiration for the Legacy Fund

The Background:

The Legacy Fund was founded in 2021 in memory of Baxter Phillips, an easy-going, tail wagging PALS volunteer who spread peace, love and joy at his visits for over 5 years. In his memory and the memory of the incredible two and four legged ambassadors that PALS loses each year, the PALS Legacy Fund was created. A fund celebrating the Human-Animal bond and PALS mission of Pets Helping People.

The PALS Legacy Fund’s focus is on individuals who are needing financial support under the following ‘Approved Areas of Funding’:  

  • Pursuit of post secondary education
  • Tutoring support
  • Special needs program support
  • Learning tools and educational support
  • Equipment 

While the scholarship amount may change from year to year based on the funds available, PALS is committed to awarding a minimum scholarship of $500 to each recipient.

It is PALS’ hope to keep the legacy of those who passed as a vibrant part of PALS, as their legacy provides strength and purpose to the PALS mission. 



Who Can Apply?

  • Active PALS volunteers and members of their family (children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews etc)
  • Individuals who have benefitted from PALS pet therapy

Submission Requirements: 

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Personal Statement. (max 500 words)
  3. Up to 2 written personal references. (coach, friend, neighbour, teacher)

Application Timelines:

Applications are CLOSED.

Applications will be accepted between October 1– April 30. Award recipients will be contacted by the end of May 2024.