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Canada Learning Bond
Your child’s higher education is important to you, but you may not know how you’ll be able to afford it. Start your child’s education savings with free money from the Government of Canada. Apply for the Canada Learning Bond. If your child was born on January 1, 2004 or after, and you qualify for the National Child Benefit Supplement, you could get your child up to $2,000. The Canada Learning Bond is a contribution that’s paid right into an eligible child’s Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), even if you don’t contribute any money yourself. To get the Canada Learning Bond you have to open an RESP account with a licensed RESP provider so that the Government can deposit the money. You and your child both need to have a Social Insurance Number to register an education savings plan.
Learn more: Go to SmartSAVER.org to start your application online. You will need you and your child’s SIN. Visit your bank and ask to open an RESP.

Canadian Classics Video Competition
Deadline:  Friday, February 15, 2019
Our competition aims to highlight what makes the Ancient World so exciting and interesting. We are looking for innovative and engaging films by Canadian high school students that explore a classical object or topic in under four minutes. A prize of $500 will be offered for the best entry, with two runner-up prizes of $200. The best entries will also be put on our website dedicated to the competition, which will run annually.  To participate in the competition visit http://arts.uottawa.ca/cla-srs/

Reverend John C. Holland Awards
Deadline: Wednesday January 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
Description: Established in 1996, these awards celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the community, with a particular focus on the contributions of African Canadians to the social, economic, and cultural life of our entire city. Each year the Hamilton Black History Committee joins with the wider community to celebrate the achievements of youth and acknowledge the contributions of community members. These awards have become one of the premier events in our community and a valued symbol of achievement.
Learn more: www.johnhollandawards.com

Prime Minister’s Awards
Deadline: January 14, 2019
Description: Nominate an outstanding Teacher or Early Childhood Educator for a 2018 Prime Minister’s Award! For most of us, at least one teacher stands out in our memories. Those teachers played an important role in our lives as they do in the lives of today’s children. The Prime Minister’s Awards honour exemplary teachers and early childhood educators that help build the next generation of talented, caring and creative Canadians. The Prime Minister’s Awards will offer awards for outstanding teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) that help develop the culture of innovation Canada needs today, and in the future. Prime Minister’s Awards recipients can receive: Cash awards worth up to $5,000; A certificate from the Prime Minister; and national recognition and promotion of their best teaching practices.
Learn more: Canada.ca/pm-awards

STEAM Horizon Awards
Deadline: January 16, 2019
Description: Would you describe any number of your students as leaders, achievers, or innovators? Do they have limitless drive, ambition, and determination? If so, you should know there’s an exciting opportunity for them to receive a $25,000 prize towards their post-secondary education! Founded in 2016, the STEAM Horizon Awards invite Canada’s youth to promote positive changes throughout their community using science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Five Canadian students will be awarded $25,000 each, to attend a Canadian university or college to study in a STEAM field. Two of these awards will be given to Indigenous students. The winners will be invited to Ottawa and recognized at an award ceremony in April 2019. More information about the prize program and how to apply can be found at steamhorizonawards.ca. The deadline for applications is January 16, 2019 – share this opportunity with your students today!
Learn more: steamhorizonawards.ca

Susan E. Bennetto History Student Recognition Awards, and the Hamilton History Student of the Year Award
Deadline:  Thursday, January 31, 2019
Description:   Students in Grades 11 & 12, who have taken courses in Canada and World Studies, History, and Native/Aboriginal Studies are eligible to apply, and can do so themselves.  The application process is entirely student-driven, with online applications at: www.hamilton.ca/HeritageDayAwards.

 The Susan E. Bennetto Awards are named in honour of a Hamilton educator who served our community as teacher and principal for fifty years.  They are given to all applicants who meet the criteria. The History Student of the Year Award is given to one city-wide candidate chosen from among the Bennetto Award recipients.

Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Literacy Fund Grants
Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
Description: The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation is committed to supporting high-needs elementary school libraries across Canada to help inspire a love of reading in all children.  As part of this commitment, each year, the Indigo Love of Reading Literacy Fund provides $1.5 million in grants to a select number of high-needs elementary schools across Canada.  Last year, they provided grants to the thirty schools listed here:  http://www.loveofreading.org/en/literacy_fund_grant.  Over the last 14 years, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has provided over $28 million to more than 3,000 Canadian high-needs elementary schools, impacting over 900,000 students.  The application for the Literacy Fund Grant, as well as an Overview and FAQs, is available here:  https://grant-application.loveofreading.org/

Farah Foundation Family Youth Peace Scholarship
Deadline: February 15, 2018
Description: The Farah Family and the YMCA are inviting youth school groups in the Hamilton, Burlington, and Brantford area to apply for a grant of $500-$2500 to support youth-led projects that: Encourages the advancement of peace in their community; Promotes non-violence within the family, community, nationally or internationally; Demonstrates ways to live in peace and harmony in an increasingly diverse society; Supports leadership in global awareness among young people; and Encourages global responsibility and action towards positive change.
Learn more: www.ymcahbb.ca/Programs/Global-Initiatives/Farah-Family-Youth-Peace-Scholarship-2018

Premier’s Awards for Accepting Schools
Deadline: February, 16, 2018
Description: The awards recognize safe and accepting schools teams for their initiative, creativity and leadership in promoting a safe, inclusive and accepting school climate. Anyone in the school community can nominate a team; simply complete the online nomination form. Anyone can nominate a team, including a teacher, parent or student. Every team should include at least one student. Every team must include the principal and at least one parent, teacher, non-teaching staff member and community partner. Anyone who is familiar with the team’s work can complete the letter of support template, except it can’t be a member of the team or a relative. Besides safe and accepting school initiatives, teams can include other components of “well-being” in their nomination form, such as mental health supports, healthy schools programs and equity and inclusive education initiatives.
Learn more: ontario.ca/acceptingschools

Young Women in Public Affairs Award
Deadline:  Friday, March 1, 2019
Description:  The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 continues to offer the “Young Women in Public Affairs Award”. This program was established to encourage women, 16-19 years old, to enter careers or seek leadership positions in social-policy making, government and volunteer organizations.

The awards program operates at the local, District and International levels of Zonta. Our local club will collect applications, judge these applications and provide a $750.00 prize to the winner. The local winner will then compete in the District level competition.  The Zonta International Foundation will provide the District Award Winner with a cash bursary of US$1,000.00.

Zonta International will provide judges and select 10 International winners from among the District Winners.  Each International Winner will receive a US$4,000.00 bursary from the Zonta International Foundation.

Applications must be received no later than March 1st, 2019.  If you know of a suitable candidate or candidates, please share the information that is on the poster. The application is available for download at the following website http://www.zonta.org/Global-Impact/Education/Young-Women-in-Public-Affairs-Award


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