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Jean Lumb Awards

The 24th annual Jean Lumb Awards will be presented to outstanding students who have excelled in eight areas: Academics;  Athletics; The Arts; Community Services; Defence of the Environment; Dignity of Life; Innovation, and Leader of Tomorrow. Students must be enrolled full-time in any grade in a high school or secondary school in Canada and of Chinese heritage.

The application deadline is May 24, 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its financial impact on students and their families, we are doubling again the number of award recipients to sixteen, two per award category.

Jean Lumb, C.M. (1919-2002), was the first Chinese Canadian woman to receive the Order of Canada. Among her many other honours is the naming of the Toronto District School Board’s newest school, Jean Lumb Public School that opened in 2020.

For more information, visit www.jeanlumbfoundation.ca

Young Women in Public Affairs Award

The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 continues to offer the YOUNG WOMEN IN PUBLIC AFFAIRS AWARD.  This program was established to encourage young women, 16-19 years of age, 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 $1000.00.

Zonta International will provide judges and select 10 International winners from among the District winners.  Each International winner will receive a US $4000.00 bursary from the Zonta International Foundation. Applications must be received no later than MARCH 1, 2021.  If you know of a suitable candidate or candidates, please share the information that is on the poster.   The application is available to download at the following websites Zonta.org under Our Programs at the bottom of the page. Our local club is Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 and the application can be found under Scholarships and Awards for Women. Completed applications should be sent electronically to Dianne Moore at awards@zontahamilton1.ca

Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF) Bursary
The BASEF Bursary Program helps students in need of financial assistance to begin or complete their science fair project. Based on teacher recommendations, up to 40 bursaries of $30.00 will be awarded to Grade 7 to 12 students in BASEF’s catchment area. **2021 Application – In order to be more accessible to this year’s students who are in Online Learning, we will be accepting student based nominations. Applications are open from December 1st, 2020 to January 31, 2021. Note: If students are going to work on a Science Project as a pair, please apply for only one $30 bursary for the group.Decisions will be communicated by email from bursaries@basef.ca
Apply for a student bursary.

Big Data Challenge
This year’s Big Data Challenge (BDC) will encourage students to apply analytical and computational approaches to explore the complexities with real-world problems such as equality in education to develop sustainable solutions to local and global issues. Teams of up to 4 will be given learning resources, data sets, tools for data analysis, and the help of academia to explore socioeconomic and educational Open Data. Resources and mentorship are provided online, so teams can work remotely from any location with Internet access. The challenge will also allow you to network industrial professionals. At the end of the challenge, research abstracts of all teams will be submitted and published through the peer-reviewed NRC Research Press STEM Fellowship Journal. The top teams are invited to present their findings in front of industry and academic experts to compete for academic and monetary prizes.

The registration deadline to form teams of up to 4 students is October 20, 2020. The challenge period will last from October 20, 2020, to January 22, 2021. Through this challenge, students will be able to collect and investigate data, analyze their information, hypothesize and formulate solutions, and present their findings in the form of a scientific report.

Students can register for our HsBDC event at: https://stemfellowship.org/registration/

Should you have any questions regarding the BDC, please contact the Chief Data Officer Anish Verma at anish.verma@stemfellowship.org.

Electronic Recycling Association: In the coming weeks, ERA will be holding 3 competitions targeted at Elementary, Middle and Highschool students. Also targeting Colleges and Universities.

1. Kids Poster Competition (Go to Page): It’s back! ERA is proud to announce its 3rd Kid’s Poster Competition that will launch this October. We are asking students in Elementary Schools across Canada to use their creative minds. This competition is designed to not only educate students on the importance of sustainability but to bring their vision of an ever-changing environment to paper.

2. ERA’s Scholarship (Go to Page): The Electronic Recycling Association is proud to announce that we will be holding our first-ever Scholarship competition. We are looking for bright, young students with an interest in the environment to host a collection event at their location. Students will gain experience in event planning and hosting. The top 10 winners will receive prizes of up to $10,000.

3. Kids Video Competition (Go to Page): ERA host their first Video Competition that will launch this Fall. We are asking students in Middle Schools and High Schools across Canada to use their creative minds. This competition is designed to not only educate students on the importance of sustainability but to bring their vision of an ever-changing environment to video.

If you are interested in applying for any of these competitions please click on the “go-to page” and apply now!

Prime Minister’s Youth Council (PMYC)
Deadline for applications is August 17, 2020.

A new recruitment campaign for the next cohort of Council members for the Prime Minister’s Youth Council (PMYC) has been launched!

The Prime Minister is accepting applications for the next cohort of members. Canadian youth, permanent residents and protected persons aged 16-24 years can apply.

The PMYC is a group of young Canadians, between the ages of 15 and 24, who provides non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister and the Government of Canada on issues of importance to them and to all Canadians.

Youth Council members meet both online and in person several times a year to discuss issues that matter to their peers, their community, and their country. They also engage with local and national organizations, meet with policy makers and decision-makers like Cabinet Ministers, and attend public events.

Learn more about the Prime Minister’s Youth Council and how to apply at canada.ca/youth-council.

Public Property Assessment Network Scholarship

Deadline for applications is May 29, 2020

The Public Property Assessment Network Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is being awarded to one recipient of Ontario Public School Boards’ Association’s (OPSBA’s) Central West Region. Scholarship recipients are students of strong character, leadership skills and potential, who care deeply about their communities and furthering their own learning.

Applicants are asked to explain in a maximum of 300 words their suitability for the Public Property Assessment Network Scholarship based on the established Selection Criteria.

All applications must be accompanied by two letters of reference, one of which must be from the applicant’s school principal or principal designate on school letterhead. Letters of reference should not exceed two pages in length. Any additional materials/letters and/or submissions beyond the word limit will not be taken into consideration.

Please send your package in PDF format by May 29, 2020 to: Donna Danielli, Central West Regional Chair, daniellid@hdsb.ca.

Application details and eligibility requirements: PublicPropertyAssessmentNetworkScholarship_CWregion.pdf

Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching

Deadline for applications is April 30, 2020

Each year, Canada’s History Society recognizes 6 teachers for innovative approaches to teaching Canadian history. The 2020 recipients will be awarded:

  • An individual cash prize of $2500;
  • A $1000 cash prize for the recipient’s school; and
  • A trip for two to Ottawa to attend the awards ceremony, the Canada’s History Forum, and the History Makers celebration dinner.

If you or a teacher you know makes history come to life in the classroom, submit a nomination or apply online today at CanadasHistory.ca/GGAward.

If you have any questions about the award or application, please contact Joanna Dawson at jdawson@canadashistory.ca or 204-988-9300 x225

5th Annual K. Valerie Connor Memorial Poetry Celebration
Submissions accepted March 23 – May 8, 2020

The Leacock Museum National Historic Site in Orillia is excited to announce that the 5th annual Connor Poetry Prize is now accepting submissions from all over Ontario!

The Connor Prize was established by the late Harry Connor who created the Connor Prize to honour his wife Valerie, whose love of the arts and people touched many lives. This tribute to K. Valerie Connor carries her love for the arts into the community.

Valerie Connor is best remembered as a teacher and active community member who volunteered at the Leacock Museum. Val was a part of groups such as the School Belles and the Orillia Fine Arts Association, and in her free time she was also a talented painter and poet.

The Connor Prize awards cash prizes to successful entrants, judged by published Canadian Poets, at the Elementary, Secondary, and Adult level. There is no fee for entries at the Secondary and Elementary levels.  Prize rules can be found on this page.

Elementary Award Application
Secondary Award Application

2020 Canadian Hearing Services National Scholarship Opportunities
Deadline is June 15, 2020 at 4 p.m. EST. Apply today at chs.ca/scholarships.

Apply now to receive a Canadian Hearing Services National Scholarship

After 80 years of serving Deaf and hard-of-hearing Canadians, we are embarking on a new course to better serve and support all of our clients, donors and community of supporters. Canadian Hearing Society is now Canadian Hearing Services.

The Canadian Hearing Services National Scholarship Program for students who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing is now accepting applications.

This scholarship is available to Deaf and hard-of-hearing Canadian residents 17 years of age or older attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution. Scholarship awards are $3,000 per year for full-time students and $1,000 per year for part-time students.

Canadian Hearing Services is Canada’s leading organization serving Deaf and hard-of-hearing Canadians. We are “Raising the Bar” on hearing health care standards to empower lives and drive excellence. Founded in 1940, Canadian Hearing Services is North America’s largest, most comprehensive resource for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing. For more information, visit CHS.ca.

The 23rd Annual Jean Lumb Awards
Deadline: Monday, May 18, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time

The 23rd annual Jean Lumb Awards will be presented to seven high school students of Chinese heritage who have achieved excellence in Academics;  Athletics; The Arts; Community Services; Defence of the Environment; Dignity of Life; and Innovation. Students, including international students, must be enrolled full-time in any grade in a high school or secondary school in Canada. The Jean Lumb Foundation is a registered charity #83058 2128 RR0001.

Jean Lumb, C.M. (1919-2002), was the first Chinese Canadian woman to receive the Order of Canada. Among her many other honours, the Toronto District School Board opened its newest school this year: Jean Lumb Public School.

For more information please visit jeanlumbfoundation.ca.

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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