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Orchard Park, in partnership with local businesses and service clubs, offer awards and bursaries to many of our graduating students. Also many universities and colleges have automatic entrance scholarships for students who attain an average of 80% or higher.

Upcoming scholarships will be posted on this site. Please also register on studentawards.com and scholarshipscanada.com for additional opportunities.

Upcoming Scholarship Opportunities:

1. Td National Scholarship

  • WHO: 20 students from across Canada, in their final year of high school with a minimum high school average of 75%, who demonstrate outstanding community leadership.
  • WHAT: The scholarship awards $7,500 / year plus funds towards living and summer employment (up to $70,000 total per recipient).
  • WHEN: Completed application is due November 17, 2017. The application requires an essay and several letters of support – begin this application soon.
  • WHERE: Application is completely online at www.td.com/scholarships

2. Loran Scholar

  • Who: Graduating students with a minimum cumulative average of 85%
  • When: Deadline is Oct 25 2017
  • What: Up to $100, 000

3. Burger King Scholarship

  • Who: Graduating students applying to college or university who have a 75% overall average or above and significant contributions to their community.
  • When: Deadline for application is December 15, 2017
  • What: $1,000 – $50,000 (three students selected for top prizes; many others selected for $1,000)
  • Where: Apply at https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/burgerkingscholars/information.php

4. Schulich Leader – Congratulations Aidan!

  • Who: The “Top STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Student at our School” who is applying to a participating university (in Ontario this includes: Waterloo, Toronto, York, Ottawa, McMaster, Western, Queen’s)
  • What: One student from each school can be nominated as a Schulich Leader. The scholarship is worth $60,000-$80,000 and is based on two of these three criteria: academic excellence, leadership, financial need. Once we select our school’s student, the single application is then offered to each university. Universities will then select one (or two) students from the pool of applicants.
  • When: In-school applications must be emailed to your guidance counselor by Friday January 20th.
  • The Application Process: If you are applying to a STEM program at one of the universities listed above and wish to be considered to represent our school, please complete the following (limit to one page please):
    • List in point form your top three achievements (academic or otherwise)
    • one paragraph explaining why you will make a great Schulich Leader
    • one paragraph explaining any financial needs, if applicable
  • I will remove your name from your response and transcript and submit the anonymous applications to a panel of STEM teachers from our school who can evaluate each applicant. By compiling these anonymous evaluations, I will be able to determine which student will represent our school (I’m sorry that I can’t put you all forward!). I will email all interested students by  January 23 to let them know our school’s Schulich Leader.

4. Pathway of Hope Scholarship

  • Who: Any Canadian going on to college or university who can speak about their community leadership AND demonstrate need for financial assistance. Letters of reference are also required.
  • What: The specific amount is not listed. Call their head office at 1-888-320-8844 for details.
  • When: Deadline is January 31. Application must be mailed via snail mail (not online).
  • This application requires a letter from a teacher or your guidance counselor plus Ms. Merlino, which your counselor will help to coordinate. Please let us know when you are working on this application so that we can support you/coordinate Ms. Merlino’s reference.
  • Details at: http://www.start2finishonline.org/scholarship/

5. Terry Fox Humanitarian Award

  • Who: Any Canadian student in his/her final year at high school who plans to attend a university or college program in September 2018. Candidates will speak to their community involvement.
  • What: The maximum value of the award is $28,000 dispersed over four years. A stipend of $7,000 is issued directly to the institution each year in two installments of $3,500, one in September and one in January.
  • When: Deadlines is February 1, 2018. This includes having a reference and referee’s forms submitted by this time (so make sure to give your referee time to complete their portion of the online application).
  • Further details and the online application can be accessed at: http://apply.terryfoxawards.ca/

6. Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch Award

  • Who: Graduating students interested in ecology, biology, and raptor migration in particular.
  • What: $500 scholarship to one student from one of four high schools in the Niagara area (OP included)
  • When: Deadline for 500-word essay is February 1.
  • Details: This award has three parts: a 500-word essay on why you are interested in the biology of raptors and their migration or on the cultural significance of the raptor migration in Niagara. THEN, students will participate in a day of watching, tagging and monitoring raptors. THEN, students will complete a follow up reflection on the experience.
  • Please email your counselor with the subject RAPTOR SCHOLARSHIP and we will forward you details.

7. Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation’s National Citizenship Award

  • Who: Any Canadian going on to college or university who can speak about their community volunteerism. Financial need is also considered.
  • What: $1,000
  • When: Deadline is February 2, 2018.
  • Click here for details and the online application: http://www.futureaces.org/scholarship/application/

8. Optimist Club Oratorical Contest

  • Who: Any graduating student.
  • What: up to $15,000 towards university or college tuition
  • When: a copy of a 4-5 minute speech is due at the beginning of March. Participants will compete in a speech contest with other participants at the Optimist Club of Stoney Creek in mid March.
  • Details: Please email your counselor with the subject “Optimist Oratorical Contest” and we will send you the application package.
  • The topic this year is to be announced at a later date.

9. Ron and Gina Fraser Health Sciences Bursary

  • Who: Students who are accepted into McMaster’s Health and Science program for September 2017 and have considerable financial need.
  • What: Full tuition each year of undergraduate degree (and medical school tuition fees).
  • When: This application is due before March Break. The five students who have applied to this program will be notified via email and invited to apply.

10. GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program

  • Who: Aboriginal students or female students who are studying engineering at McMaster University,University of Calgary, University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Waterloo or McGill University and demonstrate financial need.
  • What: $3,000 for year 2, 3, and 4 of undergraduate program.
  • When: Application is due March 15.
  • For more information and online application, click here: GE Scholarship Information and Application

11. HATCH Scholarship for McMaster Engineering Programs

  • Who: Applicants to McMaster’s engineering program with an admission average of 94%.
  • What: $8,000 per year for four years
  • When: Application is due March 28.
  • For more information and online application, click here: HATCH application

12. The John Helou Scholarship and Follow the Leader Scholarships

  • Who: Students with an 85% average who have had MS (multiple-sclerosis) touch their lives. The John Helou Scholarship also requires students to be entering a STEM field.
  • What: $25,000 over four years
  • When: Application is due March 31.
  • For more information and online application, click here: Online Application

13. 2016 Retail as a Career Scholarship

14. Teachers’ Life Scholarship

  • Who: Students whose parents or grandparents are members of Teachers’ Life and have an average of 80%.
  • What: $3,000 for four years
  • When: Application is due March 31.
  • For more information and online application form, click here: Teacher’s Life Scholarship

15. Girl Guides of Canada Scholarships

  • Who: Girls who have been active, and continue to be members of Girl Guides Canada.
  • What: Various scholarships are available.
  • When: Deadline is April 1. For more information and online application, click here: Girl Guides Scholarships

16. OFSAA Scholarship

  • Who: Students with an average of 80% minimum whose involvement in high school athletics has had a meaningful impact on their lives.
  • What: $500
  • When: Deadline is April 1. For additional details, click here: OFSAA Scholarship Details and Application

17. Educational Muslim Achievement Awards

  • Who: Any Hamilton high school student involved in one of the following categories: Overall Excellence (80%+); Community Services; Qur’an Recitation; Journalism and Literature; Visual Arts; Athletic; and Innovation.
  • What: $500 per category. Most categories include a two page resume and one reference letter.
  • When: Deadline is April 30th. For more information and to apply online, visit www.emaan.ca/hamilton

18. Check einfo for University Specific Scholarships

Please check http://www.electronicinfo.ca/scholarships?sort=deadline&search= for a list of upcoming scholarships for specific universities. There are many due dates through April and May; take note of the scholarships for your potential schools and apply! Let your counselor know if we can help.

19. Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers National Scholarship Program

  • Who: Students, moving on to college or university, who are actively employed by an Independent Grocery Store who is a current CFIG member (eg. Kraft, Maple Leaf foods and other retailers found here: https://cfig.ca/industry-links/) or be an immediate family member of an employee of a current CFIG member.
  • What: apply online for the $1000 scholarship. Application includes a 1,000 word essay, describe new ways grocers can resonate with consumers pointing to key trends (maximum 5) happening in the industry to better connect with, and get more shoppers into their stores.
  • When: May 15.
  • For details and online application, visit http://cfig.ca/national-scholarship-application/


20. Johnson Scholarship Program

  • Who: Students who have an auto or home policy through Johnson or have a parent or grandparent who is a member/employee of a Johnson sponsor group or employee.
  • What: $1000 scholarship
  • When: Due August 31, 2018. For more details and application visit: johnson.ca/scholarship

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Updated on Friday, May 11, 2018.
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