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NEW INFORMATION on OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program)    ontario.ca/osap.

  • Presentation on OSAP:  OSAP Presentation Mohawk
  • Make an appointment with the Financial Aid office at the University or College you plan to attend for more information.
  • Mohawk College’s Financial Assistance department has created how to submit an OSAP application for the current year.  Please click on this link to view the video,  https://youtu.be/P04rkprH6cY

    How to submit OSAP documents  https://youtu.be/BwCuE11Zip8

Awards & Scholarships

Important Deadlines regarding upcoming University Scholarships.  See attached documents.

Potential applicants can search the scholarships that are available to first-year students at Ontario’s universities. Students can search by university, annual dollar value range, required grade range and other useful criteria. By performing multiple searches, students can ensure that they find all the scholarships available to them.

Check your college/university websites for information on awards/scholarships specific to your program and school. Apply by the deadline; obtain transcripts, letters of reference, etc. Let the Guidance Counsellors know you want to be nominated for specific awards and submit an up-to-date resume as soon as possible. Please access the following documents to view Major Scholarship links and deadlines as well as Universities and Colleges that grant SHSM students scholarships for earning the SHSM red seal.

Responsibilities of the student:

  1. Search various sources, websites, etc. for awards and scholarships.
  2. Check the awards for due dates and eligibility/criteria.
  3. Obtain the complete application form and procedures, available from the Guidance Office or download from websites.
  4. Complete the required information:
  • entire application form, personal information, etc.
  • obtain letters of reference, if required (ask early from your sources)
  • essay, if required (typed and proof-read)
  • school recommendation, if required, a signature or letter, ask a Counsellor
  • up to date transcript, ask a Counsellor
  • mail or submit online before due date

Register with the following sites to get more Scholarship Opportunities!

SCHOLARSHIPS CANADA – www.scholarshipscanada.com

YCONIC – Student Awards

Scholar Tree – ScholarTree.ca

Association of Universities and Colleges www.aucc.ca


Prepare a resume. It will be an invaluable tool for job searches, award and scholarship applications. Keep it on file and update as you complete activities. Provide copies to the people who are writing your letters of recommendation so that they know more about you. Resumes can be prepared in this format.

Community Awards

An application form must be submitted to the Guidance Office for consideration for community awards offered for graduating students. These awards are given out at the annual graduation ceremonies. For a copy of the application, please download the Scholarship Profile (see below) and email to [email protected].

*SCHOLARSHIP PROFILE AND CHECKLIST:  (Complete Profile and email to guidance office to be considered for graduation awards)


Proficiency Awards

An average of 80% must have been attained in the required number of subjects taken that school year. These awards are given at the Junior Awards assembly and at the graduation ceremonies.

Year 1 – A student must have successfully completed 8 courses and the best 7 courses are used to calculate the student’s average.

Year 2 – A student must have successfully completed 8 courses and the best 7 courses are used to calculate the student’s average.

Year 3 – A student must have successfully completed 7 senior courses (grade 11 and 12 courses) and the best 6 senior courses are used to calculate the student’s average.

Year 4 – A student must have successfully completed 6 senior courses (grade 11 and 12 courses) and the best 6 senior courses are used to calculate the student’s average.

Ontario Scholars – A student has earned Ontario Scholar recognition when the student has been recommended for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and the best 6 grade 12 courses are calculated to be 80% or higher.

Community/Corporate Scholarships:

**The information listed below may change at any time at the discretion of the organization. Be sure to check the website regularly.

Heritage Green Scholarship! 

Heritage Green is offering up to 12 scholarships to students residing in the Upper Stoney Creek Area.  This scholarship offers $2500 CAD for students.  Applicants can submit their application on line until April 1st.  Proof of acceptance to university or college, reference letters, essay & other documents required for submission. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Heritage Green Scholarship

Scholarship Guidelines

– program details available through the Heritage green community trust website.


University of Toronto National Book Award and Scholarship Program


Due Date: November

One per school

– exceptional achievement in a broad context
-original and creative thought
– involvement in the life of the school and community
– intellectual curiosity, superior academics
Lucas Ulbinas Memorial Scholarship – information found in link:

Lucas Ulbinas Memorial Scholarship Outline

Tons of Hope Scholarship – information found in link:

Tons of Hope Scholarship Outline

Gaspard Keep Canada Green Online Scholarship


Opportunity for students attending post secondary


 See contest details on line.

October – April applications accepted.

Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship Program


Opportunity for students attending post secondary  bachelor’s degree, exhibit financial need, involved in extra-curricular and community, Canadian citizen.

Deadline October timeframe.

Visit website for more details and to apply.

McMaster Engineering

Mac Engineering Entrance Scholarships


-Attending Mac Engineering

-Outreach for girls conference

The CWA Foundation Secondary School Awards Program was founded in 2014 for the purposes of promoting and encouraging the pursuit of post-secondary education in welding. The awards are for students who show an aptitude and passion for the welding industry and/or financial need, and are applying to a certified welding program offered by a publicly funded Canadian College or University.

Selected students will receive between $2000-2500 towards their tuition which will be paid upon proof of acceptance, directly to the educational institution identified on the application.

CWA Foundation – Apply here

 -Pursuing Education in Welding


City of Hamilton – History Award

Hamilton History Student of the Year

Grade 11 and 12 students eligible – apply today!


 Student Awards Poster

Deadline January

Chaney-Ensign Bursary Fund

A bursary  for post-secondary students who demonstrate financial need and have completed their high school requirements in publicly funded schools in Hamilton.


Deadline: September and January
AbbVie IBD Scholarship

Crohns & Colitis Scholarships

The AbbVie IBD Scholarship Program recognizes the obstacles faced by students living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and supports them in rising above their personal challenges in pursuit of their dreams.

Deadline June 1st

10 1 time scholarships up to $5000

 Geritol Follies Bursary Fund

Peforming Arts bursaries to talented students who can demonstrate financial need and are students of voice, drama, dance or musical instruments and have completed their high school requirements in publicly funded schools in Hamilton or Burlington.


Deadline: Please see website for updated deadline.

Applications for the Rev. John C. Holland Awards are now open!  Application forms can be found at:  www.johnhollandawards.com/applications.  

Reverend John C. Holland Awards c/o The Hamilton Black History Committee

Deadline found on website
www.johnhollandawards.com/awards/SCHOLARSHIPS – BFCN
The Joseph G. Doria Exemplary Student Award is a National award established in 2013 to honour the leadership of Mr. Doria as Chairman of the CWB Group Board of Directors from 2009-2013 for the purposes of promoting and encouraging the pursuit of a career in Welding Engineering. Mr. Doria has been an active participant in the welding industry for over 42 years and is President and CEO of Lincoln Electric Company of Canada. This award will be given to a Canadian secondary student who shows exemplary academic excellence, a demonstrated passion for the welding industry, and community involvement, that is entering a full-time technician or technologist program in welding with a desire to pursue a career in the industry.
One recipient will be chosen annually and will be awarded the amount of $3,000.
 -Pursuing Education in Welding
University of Toronto – RJS Scholarship for Integrative Thinking for a scholarship grant of up to $4000. – Must be attending University of Toronto for undergrad.

-Integrative Thinker

LORAN Award(formerly CMSF Awards and Canadian Morehead Award)
www.loranaward.caDue Date: October timeframe Sponsored up to 3 per school.  Due to guidance early October.  Direct pool (send on own) – October.
– well-rounded students, minimum 85%- applicable to specific universities only, check website
– demonstrate character, promise of leadership
– strong commitment to service in the community
Schulich Leader – York

(Nomination must be submitted by Feb – see website for confirmed date)

Application due January


 • Nominees must possess at least two of three criteria:
– Academic Excellence
– Leadership (community, business or entrepreneurial)
– Financial Need
Hal Rogers Endowment

Kin Canada Bursaries

Kinsman Club of Canada provide scholarships to students pursuing post secondary.  See link for application and deadline details.

Bursaries – Kin Canada
TD 4-H Agriculture Scholarship     www.4-h-canada.ca/programs – 4-H member in last year of high school- plan to enroll in an agricultura or agri-business related program
TD Canada Trust Scholarship for Outstanding Community Leadership                          www.tdcanadatrust.com/scholarship

75% average

Due Date: October

– outstanding community leadership, consistent caring and initiative for improving their community- 3 letters of reference
– school letter of recommendation
– 2 essays – community leadership, extenuating circumstances
– applications in Guidance office
Queen’s University Chancellor’s Scholarship
***nomination by school, see a Counsellor***
* Chernoff Family Award
* Dr. Iris May Marsh Memorial Award
* Bank of Montreal AwardQueen’s Scholarship
– superior academic ability, 90%+- demonstrated leadership
– creative and original thinking
* applications required
Violet Richardson AwardSoroptimist International of Stoney Creek-Niagara
– young woman between ages 14-17
– volunteers in community or school
Shad Valley Program                                                www.shad.ca

Financial assistance and scholarship opportunities available.

– available for grade 11 or grade 12 students- creative and entrepreneurial minds, initiative and drive
– communication skills, leadership abilities
– high academic success, especially in math and sciences
Harry Jerome AwardsBlack Business and Professional Associationwww.bbpa.org – must be African-Canadian- categories: Academics, Athletics,Leadership
Top 20 Under 20 Awards Program    www.top20under20.ca – must have a record of innovation, of leadership and achievement, of meeting personal challenges and of making a difference in school or the larger community
– include a letter of endorsement from a sponsor
Korean Credit Course Scholarships

(Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto)

$5000 scholasrhips

Register in person at school on first day of class

Finding School & Registration email [email protected]


Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program www.earthday.ca/scholarship
– demonstrated outstanding environmental commitment, community service and leadership
– maintain a high level of academic achievemnt
Ivey Business SchoolUniversity of Western Ontario
– academic excellence opportunity scholarship- submit current resume, financial statement form, general essay outlining how you qualify for various awards
Mensa Canada Scholarship Programme www.mensacanada.ca – scholarship rewards student who follows through with their career strategy
– submit a 250 word essay on your career plan and describe the means you undertake to achieve your goals
Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation Scholarship and Citizen Award                                        www.futureaces.org – exhibit exemplary citizenship qualities as represented in the Future ACES philosophy, in your home, school and community through extensive community service and volunteerism
– in need of financial assistance, provide evidence of the potential for success in post-secondary studies
Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program www.terryfox.org

Maximum award  $28000


– in recognition of having demonstrated the highest ideals and qualities of citizenship and humanitarian service while in pursuit of excellence in academic, amateur sport, fitness, health and voluntary community service
– reflect those ideals of courage, humanitarianism, service and compassion which Terry Fox embodied
Vari Scholarship, University of Toronto www.vicu.utoronto.ca – interest and commitment to a teaching profession
– high academic standing, extra-curricular involvements
– applied to Victoria College, University of Toronto, studies in Arts and Science
University of Guelph President’s Scholarship
Lincoln Alexander Chancellor’s Scholarships
Pamela Wallin Chancellor’s Scholarships
– high academic distinction, minimum 90%, leadership roles in activities
– made significant contributions to school and community
– demonstrate the potential to become leaders in society
– value of $32,000
Ron and Gina Fraser Health Sciences Bursary

(Criteria: Crown ward, social assistance, deceased parents, high financial need)

– applying to Bachelor of Health Sciences program at McMaster University-by nomination by the school, see a Guidance Counsellor

Deadline early April

York UniversityThe Harry W. Arthurs Alumni Entrance Scholarship
– applying for first year at York
– must be child, grandchild or sibling of a graduate holding a York University degree
– have a minimum of 90%+
– have demonstrated participation and leadership in extracurriculars
York UniversitySchool of Kinesiology and Health Science Entrance Scholarships
– Bobby Orr Entrance and Kinesiology/Health Science Entrance Scholarships
– applying for kinesiology and health sciences
– high academic standing
– record of extracurricular involvement
– demonstrate financial need
York UniversityThe Awards of Distinction
– applying to York University, any program
– minimum average of 90%+
– accomplishments such as leadership in community service, achievement in arts or sports, or excellence in other areas
University of WaterlooFaculty of Mathematics
National Scholarships
– apply to Mathematics at Waterloo
– list awards, achievements,academic competitions
– extracurricular activities, leadership experience
University of Western OntarioThe National Scholarship Program
***nomination by school, see a Counsellor
– academic average 90+%
– demonstrate ability for creative and innovative thought and a passion for the pursuit for learning
– exceptional leadership in extracurricular activities
– commitment to community service through ongoing contributions to school and community life
Zonta International, Young Women in Public Affairs Award                                                                   www.zonta.org – eligible young women 21 years of age or younger
– show evidence of active commitment to volunteerism, leadership achievements, dedication to advancing the status of women worldwide
Queen’s University           www.queensu.ca/studentawards – major entrance awards requiring applications
– demonstrated leadership
– community involvement
Allan Simpson Educational Fund Awards Independent Order of Odd Fellowshttps://grandlodgeofontario.ioof.net/allan_simpson_education_fund.htm – will be a full time student at college or university
– an orphan, both parents deceased
– preference given to applicants whose parent was a member of the IOOF
Carleton University Scholarships   www.carleton.ca/awards – applying to Carleton University
– 90% minimum average
– extracurricular involvement
The Miller Thomson Foundation National Scholarship Programme                                           www.millerthomson.com – will be attending a post-secondary institution
– contribution to school and community
– involvement in extracurricular activities
The Wiesenthal Scholarshiphttps://www.friendsofsimonwiesenthalcenter.com/student_workshops.aspx – average of 75% or highermust have strong community involvement or leadership connected to social justice, tolerance and/or human rights- is pursuing a field of study wherin he/she can infuse tolerance, justice and human rights
The Garfield Weston Merit Scholarship for Colleges www.gwmsc.ca – applying to college for a two-year program
– have a minimum of 75% in courses required for the program
– community service and involvement
Ontario Students Against Impaired DrivingThe Pilot Insurance Company Scholarship
The Anna Pyles Memorial Scholarship
– member of school’s OSAID group
– helped organized OSAID campaigns/events
– organize community events
– support letters, detailed biography
Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel AssociationGTA Region College Entrance Award
– enroll in a culinary management or food and beverage management program
– resident of GTA, including Hamilton
– letters of recommendation
– essay outlining why the program will benefit you and how this scholarship supports your plans at school
Ontario State Council of the Knights of Columbus                                                                     www.osc-koc.com – must be children of members of the Knights of Columbus
– include an autobiographical statement
– letter of recommendation
Ontario Minor Hockey Foundation
– Wall Scott Bursary                         www.hockeyfoundation.ca
– must have been a registered player in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association for a minimum of five years
– maintain a high standard of academic excellence
– active in local community programs
The Aird Scholarship https://osap.gov.on.ca/prodconsum/groups/forms/documents/forms/tcont003575.pdf – have a physical disability that is a major, longterm impairment that severely restricts your activities
– demonstrate outstanding scholastic achievement, motivation and initiative
– be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident
– entering first year of university or college
“Whipper” Billy Watson Education Bursary https://www.bloorviewschool.ca/scholarships/watson.php – apply to college
– have a physical disability which severely restricts their physical activities
– good academic studies, demonstrated leadership and community service, extra
– curricular activities
Ontario Hockey Foundation Bursary Program www.ohf.on.ca – be registered for three years within the OHF in any capacity
– have registered with the OHF during application season
– maintained good academic standing
Foodservice-Hospitality Scholarships www.chfscholarships.com – applying to university or college in studies of culinary, hotel, tourism, food and beverage,hospitality, resort
– application and reference letters required
Ontario Hostelry Institute Scholarship https://www.thechf.ca/ – applying to college for culinary, tourism, food and beverage, resort, hotel, hospitality
– criteria include work experience, extra
-curricular activities, academic record, letters of recommendation
OSSTF Federation Family Bursary                 www.osstf.on.ca – must be a child or ward of a member
– have a proven record of involvement and leadership in the school and in the community
– show leadership and interest in the community, labour/union and/or other social issues
Dr. E. Bruce Hendrick Scholarship Program https://www.sbhao.on.ca/programs-services/scholarships-bursaries/hendrick-scholarship – medical assessment for spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus
– letters of reference
apply to post-secondary education
Laurentian University National Deans’ Entrance Scholarships for Excellence
– minimum 90%
– have made significant contribution to school and community
– have demonstrated leadership qualities
Laurentian UniversityEntrance Scholarships
Leadership Awards
– academic excellence
– specific criteria for individual awards
RBC Royal Bank Financial Lifeskills Scholarships           www.rbcroyalbank.com/lifeskills – good academic studies, minimum of 65%
– involvement in extra
-curriculars, community leadership, volunteer service, special endeavours or circumstances
– accepted into university or college
First Ontario Credit Union Bursary www.firstontariocu.com – child of member at Firt Ontario Credit Union
– maintain B average, exemplifies the co-operative philosophies of self
-help, responsibility, equality, democracy, equity and solidarity through school and/or community
2008 Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarship Program   https://www.monsanto.ca/about/scholarship/opportunity.asp – student is from a family farm
– enroll in a agricultural sciences or forestry program
– demonstrate academic excellence, leadership capabilities, active involvement in community
Teachers Credit UnionCommunity Commitment Award
***nomination by school, see a Counsellor
– have added to the quality of life in the school or to the greater community
– made a significant contribution in sports, clubs, school committees or student government, social groups, institutions or other organizations
– application, resume, at least 70%, letters of reference required
OBCL Epilepsy Scholarship Awards www.epilepsyontario.org – student aged 16-21 enrolling in post-secondary education
– under physician’s care for epilepsy
– resume, letters of recommendation needed
The Maurice Izzard Memorial Award https://www.bloorviewschool.ca/scholarships/documents/MI%20Application%202011-2.doc – student has physical disability- applying to university, college
– letters of reference
Hamilton-Wentworth Federation of Agriculture Award- see Guidance Counsellor
email: [email protected]
– resident of Hamilton-Wentworth- enroll in a full-time program at an agricultural college or university
– submit an essay outling: agricultural experience, interests, future goals, reasons why you deserve this scholarship
– include transcript and proof of acceptance to post-secondary
– two reference letters: one from a teacher and one from individual outside the family
The Lincoln M. Alexander Award www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/honours/ – demonstrate exemplary leadership in eliminating racial discrimination- STUDENT AWARD and COMMUNITY AWARD
– work extensively in the area of race relations
Spirit of Hospitality Scholarship www.spiritofhospitality.com – enroll in a hospitality program: culinary or pastry, food and beverage, hotel- letters of recommendation
– essay response to questions
Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship  https://www.eduers.com/financialaid/database/AlphaDeltaKappaScholarship.htm – to provide monetary assistance to a female student going to post-secondary education
– leadership qualities
– financial need
Canadian Federation of Independent GrocersNational Scholarship Program
– applicant must be sponsored by an Independent Grocery Store that is a CFIG member
Canada Yearbook Services www.canadayearbook.ca – to provide talented student jounalists with an achievement award
– further studies in the field of journalism and print communications
– to promote future leadership and excellence in the publishing industry
MADD Canada Bursary Program   www.madd.ca – documentation of parent/guardian who had been killed in an impaired
-related driving crash
– applying to post-secondary studies
– extra-curricular involvement
The Jean Lumb Awards www.jeanlumbfoundation.ca – four categories of awards – academics, athletics, arts, community services
– be of Chinese Heritage
Olga Cloke Bursary        www.ywcahamilton.org – applicant must be female, resident of Hamilton area
– bursary funds must be used to upgrade oneself in education and/or skills
– applicant must generally be eligible for government grants
Grenada Association – Toronto www.grenadaconsulate.com – eligible to child/grandchild of Grenadian parentage
– attend first year university or college
– based on academic achievement and community involvement
African Caribbean Cultural Potpourri Inc.  ACCPI Scholarships – Application Form – resident of Hamilton-Wentworth or Burlington area
– admission to a post-secondary program, skills/trade program
– be of African or Caribbean heritage
– have demonstrated a commitment to service in school, community and to the Afro-Canadian community
– application and letters of recommendation required
June Callwood Harmony Scholarship     www.harmony.ca – to recognize the outstanding achievements of youth in promoting harmony and diversity across Cananda
– have promoted diversity
– race and ethnicity, class, family, gender, age, ability, regionalism, sexual orientation
Dr. Albert Rose Bursary Program   www.ontario.ca/mah – be a member of a rent-geared-to-income housing
– be an Ontario resident
– enrolled in an eligible education program
Teachers Credit UnionPost-secondary Scholarship
– applicant must be a Teachers Credit Union member- minimum 70%, contributed to school and community through extra-curricular and/or volunteer activities
– resume, essay assignment
Hamilton Community Foundation AwardsChaney-Ensign Bursary
David Davis Memorial Award (music)
Geritol Follies Bursary (performing arts)
– demonstrate financial need
Business Scholarship:
North American Van Lines will select two winners to receive an award of $1,000 each after the scholarship deadline on December 15th, 2024. To apply, candidates are required to write a brief essay of 400-800 words that explains why logistics/supply chain management is important within their college major.
Fesitalia Bursary

Deadline June 27th

Application requirements found in link:

FESTITALIA Bursary due June 27, 2024


Updated on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.
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