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African Caribbean Cultural Potpourri Inc. (ACCPI) Youth Scholarship
“Recognizing the Academic Excellence & Community Service of Our Youth”
Deadline: June 18, 2021

This year, ACCPI youth scholarships are available for students from two cohorts – those who graduated in 2020 and 2021 graduates. The scholarships recognize the academic achievements and community contributions of students of African or Caribbean heritage and will be presented at the annual ACCPI Youth Scholarship Awards Celebration (virtual or in person) at a date to be determined in 2021.

Candidates for these awards MUST:

  1. Be residents of the Hamilton-Wentworth district or Burlington areas.
  2. Be Ontario students who have completed the academic requirements for admission to a post-secondary institution (Skills/Trade Program, College or University).
  3. Have been accepted into a recognized program of higher education at any post-secondary institution in Canada.
  4. Be of African or Caribbean heritage, and a landed immigrant or Canadian citizen.
  5. Have demonstrated a commitment to service in their school and community.

Learn more at www.accpischolarships.ca/ or by contacting accpischolarships@gmail.com or 905-869 7377

ACCPI scholarship instructions and application 2021

Media Girlfriends Student Scholarship, Media Girlfriends Black Student Scholarship

Deadline:  April 30, 2021

Requirements:  Essay, letter of recommendation, resume.

Write a personal essay of up to 500 words on what you hope to achieve working in the media.  Provide one letter of recommendation, highlighting your school work and extracurricular activities, and a recent resume or biography highlighting your student activities, hobbies, and/or related media experience.

$10,000 for two young women (women/non-binary/trans folks, ages 17-30) in journalism, communications, media or tech.

$10,000 for a Black Canadian high school student (Black students, any gender, ages 16-25) entering a journalism program.

More information at mediagirlfriends.com or ScholarTree.ca

Canadian Hearing Services National Scholarship Program

The deadline is May 25, 2021 at 4 p.m. EST.

Canadian Hearing Services recognizes the unprecedented challenges being faced at this time and we want you to know that we remain committed to providing scholarships that help students who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing access higher education and build brighter futures.

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.

Apply today at chs.ca/scholarship-program

“Tons of Hope Scholarship”

Call for Applications: March 15th, Application Deadline: April 12th
AIM Recycling Hamilton has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hamilton to offer post-secondary scholarships to eligible individuals through the Tons of Hope Scholarship (Founded by AIM Recycling Hamilton & George Bereziuk). Scholarships will be awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time or part-time program at an accredited post-secondary educational institution beginning in September 2021. The value of the scholarship is $2,500.

Learn more: Tons of Hope Scholarship Outline

“Lucas Ulbinas Memorial Scholarship”
Call for Applications: March 15th, Application Deadline: April 12th
The Ulbinas family has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hamilton to offer post-secondary scholarships to eligible individuals through the Lucas Ulbinas Memorial Scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year. Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time or part-time program at an accredited post-secondary educational institution beginning in September 2021. The value of the scholarship is $2,500.

Learn more: Lucas Ulbinas Memorial Scholarship Outline

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation Education Bursary
Deadline: May 31, 2021

Through initial support from the Fort Erie Conservation Women’s Auxiliary, The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation is proud to offer an annual bursary program aimed at assisting secondary school students in their educational endeavours. The Foundation is currently accepting applications for this bursary through our website and an Education Bursary Committee will review applications to consider financial assistance to students who reside within the Niagara Watershed including Hamilton and Haldimand County, wishing to continue their post-secondary education in the related fields of conservation environment, natural resources, forestry and/or wildlife at a Canadian university or college. The amount of each bursary will range annually from $250 to $1,000 and the committee will notify you of its decision by the end of June.

Bursary winners, as a final formality, will be requested to forward their post-secondary school acknowledgement to the Foundation confirming their acceptance and enrolment in a school and program which meets the requirements of this bursary. Interested students can apply directly online at www.niagaraconservationfoundation.com/educationbursary.

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FirstOntario Co-operative Young Leaders camp/education awards
Deadline: May 7, 2021

At FirstOntario, we understand the demands of getting to post-secondary education and getting ready for life beyond high school. Whether it’s leadership and skill building opportunities or figuring out the financial needs of post-secondary, we can help! Every year we support growth and development opportunities through Co-operative Young Leaders camp. This year we are sponsoring two students to attend camp at the Co-operative Education Centre (CEC) near Aylmer, Ontario at the Gay Lea Dairy Museum. We believe in the importance of continuing education. To help support your goals, FirstOntario is awarding six Education Awards valued at $1,000 each. To learn more and to complete your online submission, visit FirstOntario.com/YourFuture.

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Honouring Our Pandemic Heroes VirtualAwards Ceremony

Deadline: March 17, 2021

Member of Provincial Parliament, Donna Skelly, has organized the Honouring Our Pandemic Heroes VirtualAwards Ceremony. The idea is to formally recognize the sacrifices of many in the community. These are individuals or groups who have shown compassion and courage in an effort to keep people healthy, safe, and supported through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms. Skelly is asking you to consider nominating an individual or group who deserves such an award. Those who are interested will need to submit their selection’s name, photo if available, and a brief summary of under 200 words explaining why the recipient(s) deserves the recognition. Submissions can be emailed to donna.skelly@pc.ola.org by March 17, 2021. Nominees must reside or work in the Flamborough-Glanbrook area.

We have heard so many wonderful HWDSB stories over the past year and know they exist in your schools and communities. Pandemic heroes can be students, teachers, staff members, or any other individual our group that has been an inspiration during the pandemic. These HWDSB stories have brought joy to your schools and we hope you choose to share them with the greater Flamborough-Glanbrook community.

Every nominee will be recognized at the Honouring Our Pandemic Heroes VirtualAwards Ceremony that will be held towards the end of March or early April. Details of the ceremony will be communicated prior to the event.

For further information, contact Skelly’s office at (905) 679-3770 or donna.skelly@pc.ola.org.

I-Think Scholarship
Deadline: Monday, March 29, at 11:59 p.m.

The RJS Scholarship in Integrative Thinking is for students who have become better thinkers and problem solvers because of their experiences with Integrative Thinking. Successful candidates are able to describe what they learned from Integrative Thinking, how their behaviour and thinking has changed, and why that is important to them.

The scholarship provides $4,000 for each year of a students undergraduate program at the University of Toronto. Previous scholarship recipients have pursued diverse programs, including political science, art history, biology, biomedical physics and business.

  • To apply, students entering university in the fall of 2021 must submit three pieces:
  • A letter telling the selection committee about themselves, their plans for school and their qualifications for this scholarship;
  • A 250-word essay on how Integrative Thinking has impacted them, personally; and
  • The name of a teacher or administrator who will be their reference. Students are asked to CC the teacher or administrator’s email address when submitting their scholarship package. We will contact the references of the top three applicants.
  • Payment of the award is conditional on full-time registration at the University of Toronto in the fall of the year the scholarship is granted.
  • This scholarship was established by Roger and Sue Short, Roger Martin and Jennifer Riel. Their generous donation supports and recognizes the use of Integrative Thinking in K-12 classrooms.
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Dundas Valley Orchestra HAALSA Young Musician Award 2021-2022
Deadline: April 30, 2021

To recognize a promising young musician and provide them with an opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Dundas Valley Orchestra (DVO). Eligibility Requirements include: Open to all orchestral instruments including harp, guitar, piano, organ, and voice; Contestants should be no older than 19 at the time of application; Resident of the Greater Hamilton Area; and nominated by a music teacher.

Heritage Green Community Trust Scholarship Program
Deadline: April 1, 2021.

The Heritage Green Community Trust believes in giving back to the community of Upper Stoney Creek. What better way to give back than to promote continuous learning and higher education to the students living in our area? The Heritage Green Community Trust Scholarship Program provides financial support to students to continue their education at the post-secondary level who put forward visionary ideas to stimulate community building. For information, please visit the scholarship guidelines.

Public Property Assessment Network Scholarship
Deadline: May 28, 2021

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 for three school years – 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22. Scholarship recipients are students of strong character, leadership skills and potential, who care deeply about their communities and furthering their own learning. For more information, please see this flyer.
Win a Spot in Visual Arts Mississauga’s Online Portfolio Development Course
Deadline:  Monday, March 22, 2021
#MyStillLife Artwork Submission Guidelines

Students are asked to create a still life in any medium that includes 3 objects to represent themselves.  This course is invaluable for students preparing portfolios for Post-Secondary Visual Arts program applications.

To enter, students must upload a 300 dpi resolution jpeg of their artwork clearly labelled (First Name_Last Name.jpeg) and send to programs@visualartsmississauga.com by Monday, March 22nd with #mystillLIfe in the subject line.

All entries will be shared on Visual Arts Mississauga Teen Instagram and Facebook. Students may share their entries on social media by using the #VAMmystillLife and tagging @visualartsmississaugateen. Contest opens February 8th with submissions due March 22nd, 2021.

A panel of 3 judges will award 1 young artist a spot in the Spring session of the VAM Teen Portfolio Development course with all materials included. The course begins April 6th and ends June 8th.  For more information, click here.

National Indigenous Scholarship Program

Deadline to Apply: March 14th 2021 (11:59pm EST)

The National Indigenous Scholarship Program is awarded annually to three incoming Indigenous undergraduate students (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) studying full-time at Western’s main campus based on their outstanding academic excellence. The National Indigenous Scholarship also recognizes the candidate’s academic achievements, creative and innovative thinking, and previous or intended contributions to Indigenous communities (on and off reserve as well as urban settings).

Scholarship Values

2 awards at $50,000 each to Indigenous students applying from Canadian high schools ($20,000 for year- one, $10,000 for year’s two to four based on ongoing registration)

1 award at $50,000 to an Indigenous student applying from a post-secondary institution ($20,000 for year-one, $10,000 for year’s two to four based on ongoing registration)

For more information or to apply please visit the following website: https://indigenous.uwo.ca/students/future-students/national-indigenous-scholarship.html

The Access Award – Deadline to apply: February 12, 2021

As an applicant for admission to Level I of a McMaster undergraduate program who qualifies for consideration you’ll be able to apply to the Access Award and others using Award Spring.  You’ll need to activate your MACID using the Barcode and Student (Person) ID Number in your Acknowledgement letter.

The process is outlined in more detail via this link under ‘How to Apply’

Here are some more details on the Access Award (listed under Specialty Scholarships):

Established in 2019, the Access Award creates a pathway for academically qualified students from under-represented groups in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area  to access post-secondary education. In addition to financial assistance, students will have access to support and mentorship opportunities that will help position them for success.

  • Value: $10,000 per year in aid & award funding towards tuition, compulsory fees, books, equipment and living costs and one guaranteed McMaster University work experience. Tenable for up to four years.
  • Eligibility for Award:
    • Students from under-represented groups in the Golden Horseshoe area
    • Demonstrate financial need
  • Criteria: 
    • AwardSpring application which includes:
      • Short essay questions detailing the barriers to accessing post-secondary education you are facing and your desire to attend McMaster
      • Reference letter
    • Deadline:February 12, 2021

If students have questions about the award or are looking for support with the application process, they can email Visanou Saythavy at saythav@mcmaster.ca in Aid & Awards.

The National Indigenous Scholarship Program is awarded annually to three incoming Indigenous undergraduate students (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) studying full-time at Western University’s main campus based on their outstanding academic excellence. The National Indigenous Scholarship also recognizes the candidate’s academic achievements, creative and innovative thinking, and previous or intended contributions to Indigenous communities (on and off reserve as well as urban settings).

Scholarship Values

2 awards at $50,000 each to Indigenous students applying from Canadian high schools ($20,000 for year- one, $10,000 for year’s two to four based on ongoing registration)

1 award at $50,000 to an Indigenous student applying from a post-secondary institution ($20,000 for year-one, $10,000 for year’s two to four based on ongoing registration)

Deadline to Apply: February 14th 2021 (11:59PM EST) if extended I will send another email with updated posters.

For more information or to apply please visit the following website: https://indigenous.uwo.ca/students/future-students/national-indigenous-scholarship.html

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.

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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