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Scholarship Opportunities

Helping students take the next step in their educational journey.

HLF partners with companies and individuals to offer scholarships, bursaries and other awards that help students of the Halton District School Board* with the cost of their education or training beyond high school. *(Applicants for the following scholarships must be students of the Halton District School Board.)

Scholarships for HDSB Students – 2019 applications now closed

ScholarshipBackground/SponsorEligibilityCriteriaApplication
Burlington Professional Firefighters Association Community ScholarshipCreated to recognize Burlington youth exhibiting community benevolence, school or team leadership and personal excellence.Grade 12 graduating students of an HDSB high school in Burlington. • Leadership
• Academic achievement (average of 75% or better)
• Minimum of 100 community volunteer hours over your high school career.
• Financial need will also be considered.
Application
Colin M. Bain Halton Scholarship

Created to celebrate the life and passion of Colin Bain, a former HDSB teacher and coach. Graduating or recently-graduated students
pursuing post-secondary education, preferably in Social Sciences (History, Geography, Canadian Law, Sociology or Economics).
• Reasonable level of academic achievement, but not considered ‘academic elite’
• Strength of character, honesty, diligence and reliability
• History of community service and/or other • Volunteering activities
• Demonstrated leadership skills financial necessity
Application

District 15 Retired Teachers of Ontario Academic Spirit Award
Established by the RTO/ERO District 15 Halton to recognize graduating students who have overcome personal or academic obstacles.Grade 12 graduating students pursuing post-secondary studies at a recognized college, university or apprenticeship, immediately following graduation.• Good academic performance, but not necessarily be considered “academic elite”
• A strong work ethic, commitment to studies and service to others
• Has overcome obstacles to successfully graduate from secondary school
• Financial need may be considered.
Application
Fran Lloyd ‘Students Volunteering Abroad’ BursaryCreated to ensure the leadership and initiatives promoted by former MDHS teacher Fran Lloyd will continue in perpetuity.

All students participating in the “Students Volunteering Abroad” Program. • Demonstrates volunteerism and community mindedness
• Financial need that could impede participation in the program without assistance
Application
G. Robert Wheeler BursaryCreated to commemorate the life and passion of Bob Wheeler, father of HDSB Trustee Kelly Amos. The award recognizes students who have the drive to succeed in spite of challenges.Grade 12 graduating students at White Oaks Secondary School pursuing post-secondary education or apprenticeship.• Leadership skills
• Resiliency
• Community Involvement
• Financial need
Application
Hatch Engineering ScholarshipEstablished by Hatch Engineering to recognize Aboriginal students.All graduating students who meet the criteria.• Graduating Aboriginal student (status or non-status First Nations, Metis or Inuit).
• Must be pursuing engineering or a closely related science program at the postsecondary
level.
• Must demonstrate financial need, academic achievement and initiative to
succeed.
Application

Harry Tomkins ScholarshipEstablished in memory of former Oakville resident K.R. (Harry) Tomkins. He was a strong advocate of education, having never had access to formal academics during his childhood.Grade 12 students pursuing post-secondary studies immediately following graduation.
• Must demonstrate reasonable academic achievement and a strong desire to continue their education.
• Strength of character, honesty, integrity and commitment to studies
• Demonstrate financial need

Application
John Horner Halton Social Science ScholarshipEstablished by retired teacher John Horner to support strong, honest, hardworking students who might not otherwise be eligible for post-secondary undergrad scholarships. Graduating or recently-graduated students pursuing post-secondary education, preferably in Social Sciences (History, Geography, Canadian Law, Sociology or Economics).• Reasonable level of academic achievement, but not considered ‘academic elite’
• Concern for general welfare of their community
• Financial necessity
Application
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 student from Milton District HS. • 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
Application
Kevin Caughlin Technological Studies ScholarshipEstablished to commemorate the career and passion of retired HDSB educator Kevin Caughlin, who values apprenticeships and college pathways as excellent opportunities for post-secondary success.All Grade 12 graduating students who are going on to college in technological studies or an apprenticeship in the trades will be eligible.• Successful gradudation from grade 12
• Enrolment in an apprenticeship or college trades program at college
• Demonstrated desire to pursue technological education.
• Financial need may be considered.
Application
Neil J. Guiry Construction ScholarshipCreated to commemorate the life and passion of Neil Guiry. Neil was the owner of a building/construction company and husband to Pat Guiry, a social worker at HDSB. Graduating HDSB OYAP student enrolled in one of the following:
• Halton Home Builders’ Program
• Carpentry or Cabinet Maker Program
• Electrician Program
• HVAC Program
• General Machinist Program
• Tool & Die Maker Program
• Industrial Mechanic/Millwright Program
• Welder/Welder Fitter Program
• Desire to pursue Skilled Trades in post-secondary
• Financial need which may prevent the further pursuit of post-secondary education
Application
Rotary Club of Burlington-Lakeshore ScholarshipsSeveral $2,500 scholarships to recognize students pursuing post-secondary vocational studies, skilled trades, academics, athletics and more. Grade 12 graduating students; preference will be given to those who live in Burlington.• Criteria varies by award. Please see website for details.Criteria and applications
Shaarei-Beth El Synagogue Community ScholarshipCreated by the Shaarei Beth El Synagogue of Oakville to support youth pursuing a career in the helping professions who face financial barriers to meeting their goals.

Grade 12 graduating students from any HDSB high school. Open to students of all faiths.Pursuing post-secondary studies in humanities, social studies or a helping profession. • Demonstrate leadership, community engagement and interest in working with people. • Demonstrate a reasonable level of academic achievement as well as financial need. Application
STEM ScholarshipCreated to support female identifying students pursuing science, technology, engineering or math who require financial support to pursue post-secondary studies.Grade 12 graduating HDSB students pursuing STEM subjects at a recognized Canadian university.• Be in the top 50% of STEM classes with a minimum B average
• Accepted into a STEM program at university
• Demonstrated work ethic
• Financial need
Application
Sunshine Building Maintenance Environmental Stewardship ScholarshipEstablished by Sunshine Building Maintenance to recognize outstanding environmental achievements. Grade 12 graduating student pursuing post-secondary education at a Canadian college, university or apprenticeship following graduation.• The student must demonstrate a reasonable level of academic achievement
• Outstanding environmental achievements through waste reduction, energy conservation and carbon foot print reduction.
• Volunteer hours in the community, Earth Day initiatives and financial need are also considerations.
Application
The Muslim ScholarshipEstablished by the Muslim Scholarship Fund to recognize students who go above and beyond to help those who are less fortunate.Grade 12 graduating students, regardless of religion, who are pursuing full-time post-secondary studies.• This scholarship supports students who are strong, honest, hardworking, reliable, with a history of community service or other volunteering activities, and who possess strong leadership skills.

Application
The Paula Liu Family ScholarshipCreated to honour the memory of Paula Liu, who showed strength and perseverance through hardships in her life. As a widow with no family in Canada, she supported her children through post-secondary education.Grade 12 graduating students attending Halton District School Board schools pursuing post-secondary education.
Preference will be given to a student who has experienced a death of a parent.
• Pursuing post-secondary immediately after his/her grade 12 year
• Be graduating grade 12 with a minimum average of 80%
• Be involved in co-curricular activities (school and/or community
Application
Tharby Family ScholarshipCreated to commemorate the life and passion of Ronald and Teresa of Burlington. The award recognizes a student athlete who has balanced contributions in sport, community and the classroom.Grade 12 graduating students at Nelson High School pursuing post-secondary education.• Have an 80% average or higher in grade 12 college or university level chemistry, physics or biology
• An athlete at Nelson High School
• Be involved in the community; through part-time work, volunteer work or athletics
• Demonstration of time management through successful participation in above three items
Application

2019 Scholarships Selected by HDSB Schools

ScholarshipBackground/SponsorEligibilityCriteria
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. • Varies by award. Please see details.
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
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.
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
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
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.

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 online scholarship donations.)