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Susan E. Bennetto History Student Recognition Awards/Hamilton History Student of the Year Award
Deadline: January 31, 2020

The Bennetto Awards are named in honour of a Hamilton educator who served our community as teacher and principal for 50 years. The History Student of the Year Award is given to one candidate chosen from among all Bennetto recipients. Student applications for the Susan E. Bennetto History Student Recognition Awards, and the Hamilton History Student of the Year Award are accepted until the end of January.  Students in grades 11 and 12 who have taken courses in Canada and World Studies, History, and Indigenous Studies are eligible. The application process is entirely student-driven.  Online applications: www.hamilton.ca/HeritageDayAwards

Contact: Christopher Redford, Heritage Presentation Coordinator, Tourism and Culture Division, City of Hamilton. 905-546-2424 ext. 4688, christopher.redford@hamilton.ca

St. Joseph’s Mental Health – Spirit of Hope Award
Submission Deadline: Friday, May 29, 2020, 12:00 (Noon)

This award is presented annually at “A Mental Health Morning” breakfast event and is administered by St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation.
This award honours and celebrates those that have overcome mental health or addiction challenges or made impactful contributions to the mental health care or addiction field.

2020 SOH Award Nomination Pkg (HWDSB) May 29, 2020 deadline.docx

OTIP Teaching Awards
Deadline for receipt of nominations:  March 31, 2020
Nominations are now open for the 2020 OTIP Teaching Awards. The Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan (OTIP) and the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF) are proud sponsors of the awards.

For many years, these awards have recognized the excellence of our teachers in publicly funded education. There are three categories of awards: elementary school teacher, secondary school teacher and beginning teacher in the first five years of teaching. A teacher may be nominated by anyone – professional colleagues, students, parents, or the general public.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is March 31, 2020. Visit www.teachingawards.ca for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Jason Healey at OTF: Jason.healey@otffeo.on.ca.

2020 OTIP Teaching Awards flyer-Eng  2020 OTIP Teaching Awards flyer-Fre (1)

Diverse Minds Creative Writing Competition
Deadline for entries:  March 9, 2020
Calling all Grade 9-12 Hamilton students!  Create a children’s book for elementary school aged children.  Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three stories selected!
Write and illustrate a children’s book that tells a story of tolerance, diversity and inclusion, win $3,000 and have it published!
2nd prize: $1,500
3rd prize: $500
The school and supervising teacher of the 1st place winner will each win $500
Visit www.bnaibrith.ca/diversemends for detailed submission information and guidelines.

Habitat for Humanity Hamilton Meaning of Home Contest
January 6, 2020 to February 21, 2020
This opportunity is available to Grades 4, 5 and 6 students from across Canada.  Submit a written poem or essay (in English or French) explaining what home means to them for a chance to direct a $30,000 grant to a local Habitat for Humanity build. There is no cost to enter. Since 2007, over 58,000 students have participated in the Meaning of Home contest. Thanks to their inspiring words, and the support of founding sponsor Genworth Canada and award sponsors Revera Inc. and The Silver Hotel Group, the Meaning of Home contest has raised over $1.5 million to build homes across Canada for families in need of decent and affordable housing.

The Meaning of Home contest offers a unique and meaningful way to get students involved in the creative writing process. The goal is to teach students about the importance of giving back to the community and foster their active participation as world citizens.

Visit  http://meaningofhome.ca/ for more information.

Reverand John C. Holland Awards
Deadline:  January 15, 2020, 11:59pm
The Hamilton Black History Committee is excited to announce that applications for the 2020 Reverend John C. Holland Awards are now open!  Youth Achievement scholarship and bursary application forms can be found at www.johnhollandawards.com/applications.  The deadline for submission is Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Johnson Insurance Scholarship Program
At Johnson, we understand the challenges faced by students during their pursuit of higher education, and we are proud to offer scholarships to help them achieve their dreams. Since 1998, Johnson has awarded over 1,500 scholarships valued at more than $1 million to support young Canadians coast to coast in pursuing their post-secondary education. We are pleased to provide you information as to how your members’ children or grandchildren are able to apply for a scholarship from Johnson Insurance. Johnson Insurance is proud to offer 50 scholarships, valued at $1,000 each, to eligible students completing high school in 2019 and starting post-secondary in the fall of 2019. Visit https://www1.johnson.ca/scholarship to learn more and to apply today!

Essayontime Scholarship
Deadline:  December 1, 2019
If you wonder about where and how to find scholarships to sponsor your academic initiatives, here is good news. We are delighted to inform you that we are going to launch our scholarship contest to help students deal with their financial challenges. We are providing an opportunity to win $1000 intended for educational purposes and make your academic endeavors slightly easier. Moreover, by launching this contest, we want to emphasize the importance of education and provide our assistance in covering tuition, college books or equipment. How you will spend your money is up to you, the only condition is that it must be on education.

If you are ready to apply since you believe that this scholarship for high school seniors and college or university students is a good fit for you, you are welcome.  Click here for more information.

Federal Education Grants and Bonds
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. Brochure




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