Helping students take the next step in their educational journey.

Sometimes a financial helping hand is also a vote of confidence in a child’s potential. HLF partners with many caring organizations and individuals to offer scholarships, bursaries and other awards that recognize students of the Halton District School Board and help with the cost of their education or training beyond high school. Annually, about 90 students are honoured with over $70,000 in awards.

The following scholarships are determined by staff at the relevant high school. For HLF scholarships that require an application, please view here or apply online at awardshub.ca.

Scholarships Selected by HDSB Schools

ScholarshipBackground/SponsorEligibilityCriteria
Andy Brooks ScholarshipCreated to commemorate the life and passion of former student Andy Brooks, Class of 2009. Andy had a lifelong commitment to community service and happiness, all while battling brain cancer three times in his short life.
All students in their last year of the Special Education program at White Oaks Secondary School. Students must have a disability (as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Commission).• Demonstrated commitment to community.
• Plans to continue education or training after high school.

Aaron Haire Drumline (Music) AwardCreated to commemorate the life and passion of Aaron Haire, an MM Robinson student who loved music and represented his school at many Drumline competitions with a positive attitude and school spirit.Grade 12 MM Robinson students pursuing education or apprenticeship in music or sound engineering. • Passing grades in all studies, including music
• Involvement in extracurricular music activities
• Preference given to students who demonstrate hard work and are involved in volunteer work/the community
Alfred “Butch” Kirkham ScholarshipCreated in memory of Alfred “Butch” Kirkham, a former student of T.A. Blakelock. Butch enjoyed athletics while at Blakelock and also had a real passion for the outdoors and the opportunities it gave him to enjoy it.Graduating student of T.A. Blakelock who is entering his/her first year of university or college in September.• Student entering an undergraduate program related to Engineering or the Environment.
• Academic achievement: 75% or better average.
• Financial need is a consideration.
Angela Hsu Achievement AwardCreated to commemorate the life and passion of Angela Hsu, a White Oaks student in ESL who tragically passed away as a young wife and mother. Angela inspired teachers and classmates with her enthusiasm and commitment to achievement in education.Graduating White Oaks Secondary School ESL student pursuing post-secondary education.• Active participation in co-curricular and community activities
• Above average grades in all academic subjects
• Strong leadership skills
Canadian Federation of University Women (Burlington) Awards The Burlington Chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women is part of a national organisation of women, committed to pursuing knowledge, promoting education, improving the status of women and girls and actively participating in public concerns.
All graduating students at identified Burlington High Schools who identify as female. • Student has demonstrated the qualities of a true leader
• Student must be pursuing post-secondary education
• Student is not the recipient of other awards

Community and Entrepreneurial Spirit AwardCreated by Georgetown realtor Lisa Hartsink to recognize students who give back to the community and have a positive, generous spirit. Graduating students of Georgetown District High School. Student who volunteers in the community, is willing to help others in need, shows leadership qualities and a drive to improve themselves and the world, projects a positive spirit and attitude.
Design 4 – Burlington Central Technology AwardEstablished by Design 4 General Contracting to enhance the educational opportunities for students pursuing Technological Education.Graduating students of BCHS pursuing technical studies at university, college or through the skilled trades.• Keen desire to pursue technological studies
• Above-average overall marks
• Financial necessity
Design 4 – WOSS OYAP ScholarshipEstablished by Design 4 General Contracting to enhance the educational opportunities for students pursuing Technological Education, with a concentration in Construction Technology.Graduating White Oaks Secondary School student pursuing Technological Studies in post-secondary education, preferably Construction Technology/Carpentry.• Keen desire to pursue technological studies, particularly carpentry
• Above-average overall marks
financial necessity
Doug Foley ScholarshipA dedicated teacher and role model, Doug Foley coached football at Milton District for 39 years. The award was established by family and friends to recognize a graduating student who exemplifies the Mustang tradition of teamwork, athleticism, fair play and leadership.
Graduating Milton District High School student
pursuing post-secondary education.
• Active participation in athletics, particularly football at MDHS
• Above average grades in all academic subjects
• Strong leadership skills
Dumfries Insurance AwardsOffered by Dumfries Mutual Insurance Company to recognize deserving students. Graduating students at Burlington and Milton high schools. Ideally for a student pursuing insurance at college or university, or a deserving student who is not otherwise being recognized.
Jim Tassie Memorial AwardJim Tassie was the incoming school council president of Oakville Trafagar High School in 1985 when he was killed in a bicycle/car accident. Jim had strong school spirit, was a creative writer and a nice kid. The award is presented to a student with the best image of Jim. All Grade 12 graduating students at Oakville Trafalgar High School pursuing post-secondary education will be eligible to win the award. • Be active in student council
• Active in athletics
• Demonstrate creativity
• Be a caring responsible student who exhibits pride in Oakville Trafalgar and genuine concern for others
John Horner MDHS ScholarshipEstablished by retired teacher John Horner to encourage and assist students pursuing post-secondary education to pursue their goals, and in return to give back to their community. Graduating or recently-graduated Milton District High School students. Application required.• Reasonable level of academic achievement, but not considered ‘academic elite’
• Strength of character, honesty, commitment to studies
• Concern for general welfare of their community
• Financial necessity
Helen Zdriluk Central Company AwardCreated to honour former teacher Helen Zdriluk and to recognize students who contribute to the performing arts at BCHS.Graduating students at Burlington Central.Bursary that recognizes students who contribute to the performing arts at BCHS.
Kathy Charteris Memorial Scholarship AwardCreated to commemorate the life and passion of Kathy Charteris, a social worker at White Oaks Secondary School. The scholarship honours her lifetime of providing exemplary service to others.Graduating White Oaks Secondary School students (one male, one female).• Student has utilized or benefitted from in-school social work resources
• Student is pursuing post-secondary education
Kristine Williams Cosmetology AwardCreated to commemorate the life and passion of Kristine Williams, an MM Robinson student who loved cosmetology. She was voted “most changed” from her start in grade 9 to her graduation from grade 12. Makeup and hairstyling was her passion.
Grade 12 MM Robinson students pursuing studies in Cosmetology. • Excellence in, and passion for, cosmetology
• Passing grades in all studies, including cosmetology
• Preference given to students who demonstrate hard work and are involved in volunteer work/the community
Laura Hillier Drama AwardCreated to commemorate the life and passion of Laura Hillier, a former Nelson student who was very active in the drama program and a Student of Excellence (2015). Laura passed away in 2016 after a brave battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
Grade 12 graduating students at Nelson High School pursuing post-secondary studies in any field at college or university.• Be involved in the drama program at Nelson • Demonstrate a passion for the dramatic arts • Overall honours (80% plus) average • Exemplary leadership skills • A positive, collaborative and inclusive spirit.
Maureen Hagan Fit for Life AwardCreated by Maureen Hagan, a global ambassador on the benefits of living well, to help young people appreciate that when they strive for something, true success is found in the effort put forth rather than the goal achieved.Graduating Grade 12 students at T.A. Blakelock High School.• The student has participated in school athletics however not necessarily made a team
• The student may be involved in extra-curricular activities either in school or in the community
• The student possesses leadership qualities; enjoys cheering on their mates and raising people up.
• Most importantly, the recipient has a “never give up” attitude and a work ethic that is obvious and admirable both academically and athletically.
• The award is based more on efforts than on results.
Moffat Family ScholarshipCreated in honour of sisters and former Aldershot students Roberta Cuthbertson (nee Moffat), Nancy Moffat (deceased) and Susan Levy (nee Moffat, deceased) to recognize deserving graduating students of Aldershot High School. Graduating students of Aldershot HS who are pursuing post-secondary studies or trades.• Recipient(s) should have good academic standing
• Have done some volunteer work during the previous year
• Have a kind and decent character
• Have financial need.
Monsieur Lachance Award for French ImmersionCreated by French Immersion teacher Monsieur Lachance to recognize and promote a student who has embraced the French Immersion program at T.A. Blakelock and had a positive impact in the whole program.

Grade 12 student enrolled in the French Immersion Program at T.A. Blakelock High School.• Grade average of B or higher
• Enrolled in the French Immersion Program (French Core students are not eleigible for this Award)
• Demonstraeted love of the language, be outgoing, demonstrated ownership in their own success
Robert Bateman High School Community AwardCreated to recognize a student in the CPP (Community Pathways Program).All senior CPP students at Nelson. This award recognizes a student who has shown kindness toward others and who, in their daily actions, puts others’ needs before their own.
Tyler Cooper Athletic Achievement AwardCreated to commemorate the life and passion of Tyler Cooper (1994-2004), an accomplished student and talented athlete who attended Charles Beaudoin Public School in Burlington.
Grade 8 students at Charles Beaudoin PS (Grade 7 if no Grade 8’s present).• High level of academic achievement in all subjects
• Good sportsmanship in one or more sports or athletic activities at CBPS
Zach Plater ScholarshipCreated to commemorate the life and passion of former MDHS student Zach Plater, an exemplary team player who always had a positive attitude and worked to ensure that all players on the team were supported and included. Graduating students at Milton District who are pursuing post-secondary studies. This award recognizes a student athlete who demonstrates leadership and has strong academic abilities.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO A SCHOLARSHIP FUND

To contribute online to a specific Scholarship Fund, please choose the DONATE ONLINE NOW link below.

Once you arrive at the donation page, choose “Scholarships” and specify the name of the scholarship you wish to support in the comment box. (Please note: credit card fees of 3% apply to all online donations.)