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HWDSB created this page to help our community communicate award opportunities for students. This includes scholarships, bursaries and awards of distinction. Awards may or may not include a financial reward.

When your award is posted, you can then approach the schools individually for approval to distribute this information. Please note that if an award is not on the Awards page, HWDSB schools will not distribute the information.

Criteria for awards

Awards will be approved based on the following criteria. For context, the promotion of awards will align with the Education Act:

Education Act, Regulation 298 S.24:  No advertisement or announcement shall be placed in a school or on school property or distributed or announced to the pupils on school property without the consent of the board that operates the school except announcements of school activities.

Criteria for Approval:

  1. There may be no fee for a student to apply for an award.
    1. A student providing their likeness (name, photo, post-secondary institution, area of study, etc.) may not be a requirement to be considered for an award.
    2. The organization offering the award is responsible for obtaining consent before a student’s name, photo or any personal information is shared or posted where it is accessible to the public (e.g., on websites, social media platforms or in print material)
  1. The material must NOT contain commercial advertising, corporate logos, reference to corporate sponsors, or be a private business, unless these are directly linked to an award.
  2. The information must be respectful of all faiths, races and ethnic backgrounds.
  3. The information must respect the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) and the Education Act.

Awards will be removed after their application deadline. If your award is offered annually, you will need to resubmit each year.


Questions regarding the distribution of award opportunities should be directed to:

Hamilton Foundation for Student Success
905-527-5092 ext. 2103
email foundation@hwdsb.on.ca


Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information regarding scholarships on this website. It is the responsibility of the student to do research early in order to note deadline changes, revisions to criteria, and so on. Contacting the sponsor directly for the most up-to-date information is recommended.

HWDSB schools may have awards that are specific to a given school. That is, only students attending a given school may be eligible for certain school specific awards. Check with your Principal (elementary) or Guidance Counsellor (secondary) for more information about school specific awards offered by your school.

McMaster University Access Award
Application Deadline: February 17, 2023

We can help you find your place at McMaster — applications for funding are now open.  Our goal is to help you envision post-secondary education at McMaster as a world of possibilities instead of barriers.  There are funds to help.

McMaster’s Access Program connects equity-deserving students and those from historically under-represented backgrounds with information and supports to set them up for success in university.  If you identify as a student from an equity-deserving group, we’re here to reassure that there’s a place for you at McMaster, and we can help you get there.

Equity-deserving groups often include:

  • Students with parents who did not attend, or complete, post-secondary studies (first-generation university students)
  • Indigenous students
  • Students with disabilities
  • Certain racialized minority students (especially youth with Afro-Canadian and Latin American backgrounds)

Access Awards provide up to $20,000 per year for four years of post-secondary education at McMaster.  Plus, mentorship, employment options and academic supports to set you up for success.

Eligibility – academically qualified students from equity-deserving and historically under-represented groups in Hamilton and the surrounding area.  Students applying to McMaster undergraduate program for Fall 2022-2023 are encouraged to apply.

How to apply:

  • Complete and submit your application to McMaster University through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC)
  • Apply for the Access Award using McMaster’s Award Spring platform.  Your application must include:
    • a short essay describing the barriers you’re experiencing and why you want to attend McMaster
    • a reference letter

For more information, feel free to contact access1@mcmaster.ca.

Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs
Application Deadline: March 1, 2023

Zonta is dedicated to achieving gender equality in education and supports scholarships, fellowships and awards for women and girls pursuing education and careers in these traditionally male-dominated fields.

The goal of the YWPA award is to encourage women students to enter careers in public affairs, public policy, and community organizations. The award recognizes the commitment of women students, aged 16 to 19 years, to serve their communities and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.

This award is granted annually by the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 to a student attending high school, college or university. Click here to learn more on the Zonta website.

Value of award: $750
Application Deadline : March 1, 2023

Applications are available here: YWPA Entire Application (FOR PRINTING)

Writing In Colour:  Grade 11 Essay Colloquium Award
Deadline:  March 1, 2023

The English department at the University of Waterloo would like to invite Grade 11 students to apply to the 2023 Writing in Colour: Grade 11 Essay Colloquium Award.

To apply, students submit an essay on the year’s selected topic. This year, we have chosen the topic of Displacement.

This competition is open to students who are Black, Indigenous, or students of colour, and submissions are due by March 1, 2023. This new award is part of a multifaceted campaign by Waterloo English to bring antiracist and equity practice to all our areas of outreach, curriculum, hiring, research, and more.

The students with the top essays will be chosen and asked to participate in a student colloquium at the University of Waterloo, where the winning essay will be selected for a $1000 prize. In addition to the prize, the winning student will have the opportunity to receive networking and support over the coming year from members of the university to support their future ambitions.

Click here for more information.

Ronnen Harary Foundation Full Potential Scholarship
Deadline: 1 p.m. March 14, 2023

The foundation awards the Full Potential Scholarship to any Canadian student with a documented learning disability who is applying to university or college in Ontario for the 2023 semester.

Up to twenty (20) entrance scholarships will be available at the bachelor or diploma level for students with learning challenges.

These scholarships are valued at $1,000 per academic year, available for up to four (4) consecutive years or until a first bachelor’s degree or diploma is obtained.

In addition to the scholarship’s monetary tuition support, Full Potential Scholarship offers its recipients tutoring support valued at $5,000 CAD over the course of four (4) years.

Applications are open from January 10 to 1 p.m. March 14, 2023.


  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident,
  • Have a documented learning challenge that meets the accepted definition of this challenge,
  • Be planning to enroll in full-time studies in a first bachelor or diploma at an Ontario University or College during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Click here to review the guidelines.

Click here to learn more about the foundation.

University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) STEM Scholars Program 2023 Youth Scholarship
Deadline: Saturday, April 1, 2023

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) STEM Scholars Program aims to increase diversity among future leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It is open to high-achieving Black students who are entering undergraduate studies in STEM and who aspire to graduate school. The program is open to those who excel in both academic and extracurricular activities and who have an interest in the advancement of underrepresented groups in STEM. Click here to learn more.

Minimum Requirements for Entry to the Program:

  • Any 3 of the following 4 Grade 12 courses, each with a minimum mark of 85%: Advanced Functions, Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Commitment to follow an undergraduate program in the sciences
  • Intention to pursue a graduate degree
  • Self-identification as Black
  • Canadian citizen or landed immigrant (permanent resident)

Grade 12 students can apply for the program by submitting an application to UTM through OUAC and completing this form: UTM STEM Scholars Program

Please note that this application form is intended for high school students planning to begin their undergraduate studies at UTM in September 2023. Applications will close on Saturday, April 1, 2023.

Think Big Scholarship
(ongoing opportunity)

As a Partner in Education Toromont Cat is pleased to award students with a scholarship upon admission to one of our sponsored College Programs. With over twenty thousand dollars designated for scholarships Toromont Cat is paving the way to a rewarding career as a Technician.

Up to ten awards of $2,000.00 will be awarded to successful applicants; $1,000.00 towards 1st semester tuition then upon successful completion of semester 1, $1,000.00 will be awarded to towards the remainder of the program.

Click here for more information.

Click here to complete the scholarship form.

Federal Education Grants and Bonds
(ongoing opportunity)

To help save for a child’s future studies, the Government of Canada provides two education savings incentives, which are deposited into a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). The Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG) consists of a basic amount of 20% on the first $2,500 in annual personal contributions to an RESP (this grant is available to all eligible beneficiaries regardless of family income), as well as the additional amount of Canada Education Savings Grant, which is:

      • 10% on the first $500 of annual personal contributions for children from families with an adjusted income greater than $46,605 and up to $93,208; or,
      • 20% on the first $500 of annual personal contributions for children from families with an adjusted income of $46,605 or less.
        CESG is available until the end of calendar year in which the beneficiary turns 17, and the maximum lifetime amount, including the additional amount of Canada Education Savings Grant, is $7,200.

The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is available for eligible children from low-income families born in 2004 or later and provides an initial payment of $500 plus $100 for each year of eligibility, up to age 15, for a maximum of $2,000. Personal contributions are not required to receive the CLB.  RESPs are the only savings vehicle that attract the federal and, where applicable, provincial education savings incentives. The money saved in an RESP is not only used to help with tuition, but can also be used to pay for housing, transportation and other education-related expenses, such as textbooks, equipment, supplies, etc., once enrolled in post-secondary education. You will need you and your child’s SIN. Visit your bank and ask to open an RESP.

Learn more: Brochure

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