Community Education Awards Hub

The Community Education Awards Hub is the one-stop, free, online source for students to access numerous community scholarships, bursaries and awards. Each organization has customized their award application with specific requirements – many do not focus on high academic achievement while others require very specific areas of study. Award values range from $500 – $20,000 for a total of $330,000 available. For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more.

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Learn more about what awards are available:

Questions related to any of these applications can be directed to ArmstrongS@haltonlearningfoundation.ca

Foster Family Scholarship

The Foster Family Scholarship was established in honour of Win and Ian Foster. Win is a retired nurse who spent part of her career looking after seniors in care; Ian was an educator with the Halton District School Board who helped advocate for vulnerable students. This is a $750 award to recognize a Milton District High School student pursuing studies in healthcare or education.

Eligibility

  • Graduating students of Milton District High School.
  • Must be pursuing post-secondary studies in healthcare or education, preferably with a focus on vulnerable populations.
  • Should have been involved in volunteer work (unless they were unable to)

Hatch Scholarship

 This is a $1,000 scholarship established by Hatch, a global multidisciplinary management, engineering and development consultancy.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a graduating Indigenous (First Nations, Metis or Inuit) student
  • Be pursuing post-secondary education in the area of Engineering or a closely related science program (e.g. environmental, geography, geomatics) 
  • Demonstrate commitment to academics and initiative to succeed
  • Financial means will also be taken into consideration

  The Alix Jickling Scholarship

Established by retired nurse Alix Jickling, this is a $2,500 scholarship for a Georgetown District High School student who best meets the criteria:

  • Student must be pursuing a registered nursing program at college or university immediately following graduation
  • Recipient should be academically strong
  • Should demonstrate involvement in school and/or community activities
  • Successful applicant to provide a thank you letter to the donor.

Dr. Margaret Ackerman STEM Scholarship

 Established by a retired doctor of emergency medicine, the Dr. Ackerman STEM Scholarship is a $20,000 award to be paid over four years, if the student is accepted into an honours program and remains in good academic standing.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a graduating female or female-identifying student pursuing post-secondary education in science, technology, engineering or math at a recognized Canadian university immediately following graduation
  • Student must demonstrate a reasonable level of academic achievement (min. B average)
  • Have a strong work ethic, be responsible and goal-oriented
  • Student who has had to hold a regular, part-time job while attending high school full-time due to financial need

 Muslim Scholarship

This is a $1,000 scholarship established by the Muslim Scholarship Fund, to recognize students who go above and beyond to help those who are less fortunate.

To be eligible you must:

  • Demonstrate that you are strong, honest, hardworking, reliable, with a history of community service or other volunteering activities, as well as possessing strong leadership skills
  • Be a graduating student in high academic standing from Halton District School Board
  • Enrolled in a recognized Canadian university/college for a degree program

 The District 15 Retired Teachers of Ontario Academic Spirit Award

 This is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a student who best meets the criteria:

  • good academic performance, but not necessarily be considered ‘academically elite
  • a strong work ethic, commitment to successfully graduate from secondary school
  • financial means may also be taken into consideration.
  • student must be attending a Canadian post-secondary school or apprenticeship program

The Kevin Caughlin Technological Education Scholarship

 Established by retired HDSB teacher and principal Kevin Caughlin, this is a $1,000 scholarship to an HDSB student who best meets the criteria.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be successfully graduating from grade 12
  • Be enrolled in an apprenticeship or a trades program at college immediately following graduation
  • Demonstrate a strong desire to pursue technological education
  • Financial need may also be considered 

Burlington Professional Firefighters Association Community Scholarship

 This is a $750 award to recognize Burlington youth exhibiting community benevolence, school or team leadership and personal excellence. 

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a graduating student pursuing post-secondary education at a Canadian college or university following graduation
  • Demonstrate a reasonable level of academic achievement (75% average)
  • Demonstrate leadership, including a minimum of 100 hours of community service
  •  Financial need will be considered

 The Neil J. Guiry Construction Scholarship

This is a $500 scholarship established to commemorate the life and passion of Neil J. Guiry, owner of a building/construction company.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be enrolled as a registered apprentice in one of the trades in the construction section through the OYAP programs: Carpentry, Electrician, HVAC
  • Demonstrate desire to pursue skilled trades post graduation, and have limited financial means to do so

John Horner Halton Social Sciences Scholarship

Established by former HDSB teacher John Horner, this is a $1,000 award to a Halton student who best meets the criteria as outlined below.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a graduate pursuing post-secondary education – in the area of social sciences
  • Demonstrate a reasonable level of academic achievement
  • Demonstrate a concern for the general welfare of their community, as well as possessing strong leadership skills
  • Financial means will also be taken into consideration

 The Paula Liu Family Scholarship

Established in memory of single mother Paula Liu, who supported her children through their post-secondary education. This is a $1,000 award. 

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a graduating student from a single parent led family
  • 80% average or above
  • Be involved in co-curriculars at school OR
  •  involved in the community through part-time work, volunteer work or athletics
  • Demonstrate resilience

 Sunshine Building Maintenance Environmental Stewardship Scholarship

This is a $1,000 scholarship from Sunshine Building Maintenance. 

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a graduating student pursuing post-secondary education at a Canadian college, university, or apprenticeship following graduation
  • Demonstrate a reasonable level of academic achievement,
  • Demonstrate outstanding environmental achievements through waste reduction, energy conservation and carbon footprint reduction
  • Volunteer hours in the community, Earth Day initiatives and financial needs are also considerations for this award

 The Wendy Ernst Journey to Success Award

The Wendy Ernst Journey to Success Award was created in honour of former Halton District School Board teacher Wendy Ernst. Wendy was very passionate about life and her students, and gave much of her free time to helping the less fortunate in the community.

 This is a $2,000 award, to be paid over two years, to a graduating student of the HDSB who:

  • Is pursuing post-secondary studies or an apprenticeship.
  • Is motivated to do well.
  • Has overcome challenges.
  • Is known to be respectful.
  • Has been involved in community volunteer work and/or school extra-curricular activities (unless they were unable to)

 Mike Shepherd Memorial Scholarship

Mike Shepherd was a proud graduate of Milton District High School, and continued his studies in math at the University of Waterloo. Over his career, Mike received numerous honours for his business and community achievements in Milton. This is a $1,000 per year award, for up to four years, for students who maintain sufficient academic standing in post-secondary core subjects.

The award recognizes a student who:

  • Goes above what’s expected of them in school, work (or volunteering) and sport.
  • Has extraordinary potential and a solid plan to achieve their goals.
  • Is pursuing post-secondary studies in Business or STEM subjects.
  • Minimum 85% average in high school.
  • Has overcome a life challenge (or is working to).

Stuart Miller Bright Future Award

Stuart Miller served as the Director of Education of the Halton District School Board between 2015 and 2021. Stuart’s caring nature, his commitment to supporting all students, his humour and storytelling abilities endeared him to staff, students, families and community partners.  The purpose of this board-wide award is to help launch a graduating HDSB student in the direction of their dreams. 

This is a $1,000 award for a student who:

  • Demonstrates perseverance in the face of personal obstacles. 
  • Has engaged positively in the school community.
  • Has demonstrated sportspersonship and/or leadership in pursuit of justice/human rights. 
  • Recipient does NOT have to be pursuing post-secondary education.

The Ana Cesak Scholarship for Hospitality

Ana Cesak was a strong advocate for education as she had limited access to it during childhood. After working for a bank for many years, Ana opened a bed and breakfast in Stratford and loved every aspect of the business. The award was created by the Cesak family to provide financial support for students pursuing hospitality and culinary arts in post-secondary school. 

This is a $1,000 award for a graduating Halton District School Board student pursuing post-secondary studies or an apprenticeship in hospitality or the culinary arts, immediately following graduation. 

  The Colin M. Bain Halton Social Science Scholarship

Established by former HDSB teacher Colin Bain, this is a $4,000 scholarship awarded $1,000.00 per year for four years, as long as the winner maintains a sufficiently high academic standing during his/her under-graduate years. Open to all students, not necessarily for the ‘academic elite’.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a graduating student pursuing post-education in the area of Social Sciences
  • Completed or will complete two senior social science credits by graduation
  • Demonstrate strength, honesty, strong work ethic, and be reliable, with a history of community service or other volunteering activities
  • Possess strong leadership skills
  • Financial means will also be taken into consideration

To renew this scholarship you must achieve an 80% average in each year of post-secondary study. You must also maintain full-time registration in the Faculty to which you were admitted.

 Shaarei-Beth El Synagogue Community Scholarship

This is an award of $20,000 divided over three to four years, established to support youth interested in pursuing a career in the helping professions who are facing financial barriers to meeting their goals.  Successful completion and proof of registration required for each subsequent academic year.  

To be eligible you must:

  • Be an HDSB graduating student pursuing post-secondary studies in humanities, social studies or a helping profession immediately after graduation
  • Demonstrate leadership, community engagement and interest in working with people
  • Demonstrate a reasonable level of academic achievement as well as financial need
  • This award is open to students of all faiths

  Harry Tomkins Scholarship

Established in honour of former Oakville resident and education advocate Harry Tomkins. This is a three year award of $1,000 per year (with successful completion and proof of registration for each subsequent academic year).  

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a graduating student pursuing post-secondary education at a Canadian University 
  • Demonstrate a reasonable level of academic achievement with a strong desire to continue their education
  • Have strength of character, honesty, integrity, and commitment to studies
  • Demonstrate financial need

 Virox Science and Innovation Award

 Created by Virox Technologies to recognize students pursuing science at university.

Recipients must:

  • Be pursuing studies in biology, chemistry, physics, other BSc.
  • Demonstrate a minimum 80% average in sciences.
  • Have a demonstrated work ethic, curiosity and passion for learning, science and innovation.

Halton Region Chinese Canadian Association Scholarship 

The Halton Region Chinese Canadian Association offers one award of $2,000.00 to students who have demonstrated leadership and/or involvement in the promotion and integration of Chinese culture in the community.

Henderson Partners Scholarship

Henderson Partners LLP is a leading firm of chartered professional accountants and advisors that are dedicated to serving entrepreneurial people and organizations. We are entrepreneurial – we seek change, create value, deliver results, innovate and build strategic partnerships. We challenge ourselves and each other to do and be our best. We have passion for what we do – for our clients, our team and our community here in Oakville. 

We are proud to support young people from our community who share our values and passion in their pursuit of a career in accounting, business or entrepreneurship.

Up to three scholarships in the range of $1,500 – $2,500 will be awarded annually. 

To be eligible you are:

  • An Oakville resident and a HDSB or HCDSB graduating student or a university student
  • Currently enrolled at or planning to attend a Canadian university
  • Demonstrate a history of community service and leadership
  • Pursuing university education in the areas of accounting, business or entrepreneurship

IODE Oakville, Ontario, Angela Bruce Chapter is part of IODE Canada. A national women’s charitable organization.  Members volunteer with and for people, focusing on Children, Education and Community Service.

The  Angela Bruce Chapter IODE is pleased to offer a  $1,200.00  bursary to eligible students graduating from secondary schools in Oakville. 

Each high school will be awarded one  bursary and  a maximum of four applications from each  school will be considered. 

  • To  be eligible the student must: 
  • Submit a completed application
  • Be planning to pursue a post-secondary education in Canada
  • Be in financial  need
  • Provide a transcript or  equivalent
  • Provide a reference Letter from a Guidance  Counsellor/Teacher
  • Provide a personal  letter with  information  about their  goals,  future plans, volunteer   and/or work  experience.

Students should be willing to provide  10 hours of volunteer service to the organization (to  be arranged at a later date after the award  has been accepted).

George Winnett Scholarship

The Lions Club of Oakville has set up a scholarship fund in the name of the late George Winnett, a longtime resident of Oakville. This year two scholarships of $1000.00 will be awarded.

To be eligible a student must:

  • lacking in financial resources but with a dedicated commitment to community service work
  • be a resident of Oakville 
  • be in full-time attendance at an Oakville public or separate secondary school
  • have made a significant contribution of voluntary service to their community
  • be applying to a university
  • provide Proof of Registration at a recognized post-secondary institution prior to receiving an Education Award

The Scholarship Committee of the Lions Club of Oakville will review the selected applications and may elect to interview the applicants. The decision of the Club will be final. We will notify the recipients of the awards prior to commencement.

Jim Robinson Scholarship

The Lions Club of Oakville has set up a scholarship fund in the name of the late Jim Robinson, a longtime resident of Oakville. This year two scholarships of $1000.00 will be awarded.

To be eligible a student must:

  • lacking in financial resources but with a dedicated commitment to community service work
  • be a resident of Oakville 
  • be in full-time attendance at an Oakville public or separate secondary school
  • have made a significant contribution of voluntary service to their community
  • be applying to a Community College or Apprenticeship Program
  • provide Proof of Registration at a recognized post-secondary institution prior to receiving an Education Award

The Scholarship Committee of the Lions Club of Oakville will review the selected applications and may elect to interview the applicants. The decision of the Club will be final. We will notify the recipients of the awards prior to commencement.

If you have any questions about these applications, contact scholarships@maycourt.ca.

May Court High School Student Scholarship

The May Court Club of Oakville Scholarship Program is open to all students attending a publicly funded high school in Oakville pursuing a post-secondary institution within Canada.

Including degrees, diplomas and apprenticeships. Please note that our program is not marks-based.

May Court considers providing funds to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Attends a publicly funded high school in Oakville.
  • Demonstrates high financial need.
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to their school and/or community at large, through volunteering. Successful applicants typically surpass the mandatory provincial requirement of 40 hours of volunteer service.
  • Accepted into the eligible program of their choice.

Interviews

May Court interviews selected applicants. Interviews may take place in person or virtually. You will be notified how & when interviews will take place. Our interview process is kept informal. Interviews offer us an opportunity to get to know you and gives applicants another opportunity to share about themselves.

Funding Beyond Year One*

The May Court Club of Oakville offers financial assistance each year of your educational program*. Past May Court Scholarship recipients that continue to meet our criteria can re-apply for funds each year of their program**. Unfortunately, we cannot grant funds to students that change from the program listed on their initial application.

*subject to available funds **maximum 4-5 years depending on the program

May Court Past Recipient Scholarship 

This is only available for PAST RECIPIENTS of a May Court Club of Oakville Scholarship. 

May Court considers providing funds to past recipients who meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated high financial need
  • Continues to demonstrate commitment to their school or community at large via volunteerism or involvement with organizations
  • Currently enrolled in the same program/institution that they first applied for on their high school May Court Scholarship application

Funding Beyond Year One – Subject to Available Funds The May Court Club of Oakville offers financial assistance each year of your educational program as long as funds are available. Past May Court Scholarship recipients can re-apply for funds each year of their program, up to a max of 4-5 years depending on the program. Past recipients are still required to meet our criteria. Unfortunately we are unable to grant funds to students that changed from the program they listed on their initial application back in high school.

John Sawyer Academic Award

John Sawyer was a dedicated champion of business in the Town of Oakville serving as the President of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce from 2006 – 2018.  Upon his retirement, John wanted to build on the strong foundation of the entrepreneurial spirit in Oakville and ensure the town’s next generation of leaders and community volunteers were supported and given the opportunity to succeed. Through the generous backing of Chamber members, a fund was established to cement John’s legacy in the Oakville business community to create the John Sawyer Academic Award.

One scholarship will be awarded annually in the amount of $1,000 

To be eligible you must:

  • Be an Oakville student graduating from either a private or public high school. 
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary, graduate, or continuing studies program at Sheridan College.
  • Demonstrate a history of community service and/ or other volunteering activities.

Alexander and Bernice DeMaio Education Award

Alexander and Bernice DeMaio found fulfillment in their lives through philanthropy. Starting with a generous donation to the Oakville Community Foundation 25 years ago, their efforts to help others and make a difference continues years after their passing. To honour their legacy, the Oakville Community Foundation has created the Alexander and Bernice DeMaio Education Award.   

Three scholarships will be awarded annually in the amount of $1,500 each.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be an Oakville HDSB or HCDSB graduating student.
  • Be planning to pursue post-secondary education in Canada (university, college, or apprenticeship)
  • Demonstrate a history of community service or other volunteering activities
  • Have a financial barrier to pursuing post secondary education
  • Preference will be given to students with a connection (for yourself or family) to a Halton based charity.

Miller Family Foundation Bursary

The Miller Family Foundation will award up to six bursaries valued at $5,000 each to Indigenous students from the surrounding area and First Nation reservations to attend full time post-secondary programs at accredited colleges or universities located in Canada. 

The applications will be adjudicated by a Committee with a majority of Indigenous members, including the Foundation’s Elder in Residence.

Award will be directed to the post secondary institution once confirmation of registration is received and provided by the successful student.

Bursary specifics:

Up to 6 bursaries will be awarded annually in the amount of $5,000 each

To be eligible you must:

  • Identify as Indigenous (status or non status First Nation, Metis, Inuit)
  • Pursuing full-time post-secondary education in Canada (university, college, or apprenticeship). Full time is defined as 60% of course load. For accessible learning, full time is defined as at least 40% course load.
  • Attending any year of post-secondary education 
  • Bursaries are assessed on financial need
  • Must have a permanent address within Southern Ontario 

(Geographic area is bounded by Sudbury to the north; St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, and Detroit River to the west; Lakes Erie and Ontario to the south; and the Rouge River Valley to the east.)

If you have any questions about this application, contact education@theocf.org

Rotary Education Award

The Rotary Clubs of Oakville are jointly offering 30 Rotary Educations Awards of $2,000.00 each for the 2022-2023 post-secondary year. The award will be sent directly to the institution you will be attending.

  • Recipients will be identified as lacking in financial resources but with a dedicated commitment to community service work.
  • Proof of registration at a recognized post-secondary institution is required prior to receiving an Education Award.

Rotary – Indigenous Bursary 

The Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar and the Rotary Club of Oakville will together award one bursary valued at $5,000 per year to an Indigenous student from Northern Ontario. This bursary is intended to assist with expenses such as tuition, textbooks and equipment, and living expenses while the student is engaged in full-time study at an accredited university or community college located in Canada.

The bursary is available to students who are completing, or have completed, the first year of their studies and is a continuing bursary that is available to recipients entering second, third, or fourth year (as relevant to the length of their program), providing that the student is registered as full-time and remains in good academic standing.

Applications will be adjudicated by a committee from the two Rotary clubs awarding the bursary. The award will be directed to the postsecondary institution once confirmation of registration is received and provided by the successful student.

Criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • Identify as Indigenous (Status or Non-Status First Nations, Inuit or Métis).
  • Be pursuing full-time studies (as defined by the requirements of the chosen school) in any program at an accredited university or community college in Canada, and must remain in good academic standing.
  • Have completed at least the first year of your program by May 2022 and be entering at least the second year of your studies in the NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR, in 2022-23.
  • Demonstrate a financial need.
  • Have a permanent address within Northern Ontario.

Geographic area includes the ten districts of Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, Manitoulin, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Timiskaming

Questions related to the following applications can be directed to awards@cfuwoakville.ca

The Mildred G. Allworth Award

The Mildred G. Allworth Award is in honour of Mildred G. Allworth, an Oakville resident who was well-known for her leadership and contribution to the University Women’s Club of Oakville. Significant school/community service and leadership are requirements for this award. This $1,500 award requires greater than average financial need.

Additional Requirements

    • Female Oakville resident
    • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
    • Attendance at a publicly funded high school
    • Minimum average of 80% on credits earned in a publicly funded high school
    • Significant service to and leadership in school and the community beyond the 40 hours required for graduation. Additional verifiable hours must be reflected on your Credit Counselling Summary, and must be non-paid and non-credit hours.
    • Acceptance to and attendance at a Canadian University or College for 2022-2023

The Jean Malcolm Smith Award

The Jean Malcolm Smith Award is in honour of Jean Malcolm Smith, an Oakville resident who was well known for her leadership and volunteerism in the community. Significant school/community service and leadership are requirements for this award. Financial need is NOT a criterion for this $1,250 award. Additional award criteria:

    • Female Oakville resident
    • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
    • Attendance at a publicly funded high school
    • Minimum average of 80% on credits earned in a publicly funded high school
    • Significant service to and leadership in school and the community beyond the 40 hours required for graduation. Additional verifiable hours must be reflected on your Credit Counselling Summary, and must be non-paid and non-credit hours.
    • Acceptance to and attendance at a Canadian University or College for 2022-2023

The Shirley Henderson Community Service Award

The Shirley Henderson Community Service Award is in honour of Shirley Henderson, an Oakville resident who was well known for her leadership and volunteerism in the community. Significant school/community service and leadership are requirements for this award. This $1,250 award requires greater than average financial need. Additional award criteria:

  • Female Oakville resident
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Attendance at a publicly funded high school
  • Minimum average of 80% on credits earned in a publicly funded high school
  • Significant service to and leadership in school and the community beyond the 40 hours required for graduation. Additional verifiable hours must be reflected on your Credit Counselling Summary, and must be non-paid and non-credit hours.
  • Acceptance to and attendance at a Canadian University or College for 2022-2023

The Miriam White Memorial Scholarship

The Miriam White Memorial Scholarship is in honour of Miriam White, an Oakville resident who was well known for her interest in business and music. Significant school/community service and leadership are requirements for this award. The applicant must also demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in business and a demonstrated strong interest in music. This $1,000 award requires greater than average financial need. Additional award criteria:

  • Female Oakville resident
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Attendance at a publicly funded high school
  • Minimum average of 80% on credits earned in a publicly funded high school
  • Significant service to and leadership in school and the community beyond the 40 hours required for graduation. Additional verifiable hours must be reflected on your Credit Counselling Summary, and must be non-paid and non-credit hours.
  • Acceptance to and attendance at a Canadian University or College for 2022-2023

Access Scholarship

Access Scholarship is in honour of Melissa Vassallo who has overcome significant disabilities. The purpose of this award is to make post-secondary learning opportunities more accessible to a person with a disability* or a person with a strong interest in this area of study.  Financial need may be taken into consideration for this $1,000 award. Additional award criteria:

  • Female Oakville resident
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Attendance at a publicly funded high school
  • Minimum average of 80% on credits earned in a publicly funded high school
  • Significant service to and leadership in school and the community beyond the 40 hours required for graduation. Additional verifiable hours must be reflected on your Credit Counselling Summary, and must be non-paid and non-credit hours.
  • Acceptance to and attendance at a Canadian University or College for 2022-2023

*Disability is defined as:

  •   Any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement that is caused by bodily injury, both birth defect or illness and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes diabetes mellitus, epilepsy, a brain injury, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical co-ordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other service animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device
  •   A condition of mental impairment or developmental disability. A learning disability, or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language
  •   A mental disorder
  •   An injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act 1997

Alternative Education Award

Alternative Education Award is open to female Oakville residents who are currently attending Thomas Merton, E C Drury. Ross MacDonald and Gary Allan (Oakville Campus) and who are planning to attend post secondary institutions. A strong  work ethic and excellent leadership skills are included in the criteria.  This $1,000 award requires a greater than average financial need. Additional award criteria

    • Female Oakville resident
    • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
    • Attendance at a publicly funded high school
    • Minimum average of 80% on credits earned in a publicly funded high school
    • Significant service to and leadership in school and the community beyond the 40 hours required for graduation. Additional verifiable hours must be reflected on your Credit Counselling Summary, and must be non-paid and non-credit hours.
    • Acceptance to and attendance at a Canadian University or College for 2022-2023

The Ruth Schatz Memorial Scholarship

The Ruth Schatz Memorial Scholarship honours Ruth Gray Schatz, a past President of CFUW Oakville with a passion for art, literature, history and architecture. Acceptance for a Bachelor of Arts degree focusing on Literature, Art History, or History or a Bachelor of Education and school leadership and community service are also requirements. Financial need is NOT a requirement of this 1,000 award. Additional award criteria:

    • Female Oakville resident
    • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
    • Attendance at a publicly funded high school
    • Minimum average of 80% on credits earned in a publicly funded high school
    • Significant service to and leadership in school and the community beyond the 40 hours required for graduation. Additional verifiable hours must be reflected on your Credit Counselling Summary, and must be non-paid and non-credit hours.
    • Acceptance to and attendance at a Canadian University or College for 2022-2023

Richard Garnett Memorial Award

Students pursuing post-secondary studies in engineering are invited to apply for the Richard Garnett Memorial Award.  This award requires outstanding service to the community and/or school.

Two awards of $5,000 each will be granted – one award based on academic excellence and one award based on financial need. Additional award criteria

    • Female Oakville resident
    • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
    • Attendance at a publicly funded high school
    • Minimum average of 80% on credits earned in a publicly funded high school
    • Significant service to and leadership in school and the community beyond the 40 hours required for graduation. Additional verifiable hours must be reflected on your Credit Counselling Summary, and must be non-paid and non-credit hours.
    • Acceptance to and attendance at a Canadian University or College for 2022-2023

Lilian Fulford Scholarship

Lilian Fulford Scholarship is in honour of Lilian Fulford, a former President of CFUW Oakville. Significant leadership experience, either at school or in the community is required. The applicant must also demonstrate an interest in pursuing post-secondary studies in computer science and demonstrate a strong interest in music. This $1,500 award requires greater than average financial need. Additional award criteria:

    • Female Oakville resident
    • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
    • Attendance at a publicly funded high school
    • Minimum average of 80% on credits earned in a publicly funded high school
    • Significant service to and leadership in school and the community beyond the 40 hours required for graduation. Additional verifiable hours must be reflected on your Credit Counselling Summary, and must be non-paid and non-credit hours.
    • Acceptance to and attendance at a Canadian University or College for 2022-2023

Performing Arts Award

Performing Arts Award Excellence in one of the performing arts (music, drama, dance) and acceptance at a Canadian post-secondary program in the performing arts are required.  Financial need may be considered for this $1,000 award. Additional award criteria:

    • Female Oakville resident
    • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
    • Attendance at a publicly funded high school
    • Minimum average of 80% on credits earned in a publicly funded high school
    • Significant service to and leadership in school and the community beyond the 40 hours required for graduation. Additional verifiable hours must be reflected on your Credit Counselling Summary, and must be non-paid and non-credit hours.
    • Acceptance to and attendance at a Canadian University or College for 2022-2023

The Jen Brown Memorial Scholarship

The Jen Brown Memorial Scholarship is offered in memory of Jen Brown whose life was cut tragically short in 2020.  Jen leaves behind a legacy of finding a voice for the voiceless, and finding equality for individuals that have struggled throughout their life.  Jen started from humbled beginnings but never stopped dreaming of helping people. Jen advocated for others to be heard and accomplish their dreams. Jen’s talent to help others find access to resources will be memorialized through the recipient of this scholarship and her mission of helping people obtain their dreams will live on. The amount of $1,500 will be awarded to one successful candidate per year to help with the cost of post-secondary education.

This scholarship is offered exclusively for participants, current or previous, in the Woodview Mental Health and Autism Programs. 

Contact cpeardon@woodview.ca to receive the access code for this application.

To be eligible you must:

  • Demonstrate commitment to learning*
  • Be accepted to a post- secondary program
  • Have a dream they have worked to achieve through obstacles

*If you need help completing your application, please ask your Woodview worker for help!

If you have application/award specific questions, please refer to that organization’s website or email them for further information.

For organizations that would like to use The Awards Hub to collect student awards applications, please contact The Foundation at education@theocf.org for further details. The platform is free to use for qualified organizations who meet certain requirements.


Why did we create an Awards Hub?

As community builders, we’ve been working with Philanthropists in Oakville for 25 years now. Over that time we’ve helped generous residents distribute numerous grants and scholarships to make an impact on lives right here in Oakville.

With the introduction of the Alex and Bernice DeMaio Education Award at the Foundation we saw an opportunity to take community connection one step further. By creating an online Awards Hub for Oakville-area students, we’ve simplified the process for students and transitioned countless paper applications into the digital world.

More about The Foundation’s Awards

Alexander and Bernice DeMaio found fulfillment in their lives through philanthropy. Starting with a generous donation to the Oakville Community Foundation 25 years ago, their efforts to help others and make a difference continues years after their passing. To honour their legacy, the Oakville Community Foundation has created the Alexander and Bernice DeMaio Education Award.   

The Miller Family Foundation Bursary was introduced in 2021. It awards up to six bursaries annually to Indigenous students living within the Southern Ontario Region to attend full time post-secondary programs at accredited colleges or universities located in Canada. The applications are adjudicated by a Committee with a majority of Indigenous members, including the Foundation’s Elder in Residence.

Read our 2021 Award Announcement