Hamilton Community Foundation received two bequests that have been directed to providing bursaries for music students. These came from the estates of Irene Norris and Merle Williams. The bursaries are granted to students identified in the music programs at Mohawk College and McMaster University. Music was very important to both Ms. Norris and Ms. Williams and they wanted to leave a legacy that would help promising and deserving students who were pursuing their music studies in Hamilton. The first bursaries were awarded in 2013.