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Helping HDSB students continue their educational journey.

Post-secondary education is expensive for everyone, and it can be a barrier to higher learning for students from low-income families. Thanks to our donors, close to 100 graduating students of the Halton District School Board are recognized annually with over $200,000 in scholarships to continue their education beyond high school. In addition to offering a financial helping hand, HLF scholarships can provide a vote of confidence in a child’s potential.  

"I'd like to thank the scholarship donors and the Halton Learning Foundation for the support provided to me over the past three years. In addition to the financial support, I was motivated to continuously challenge myself to achieve higher goals. This motivation led me to successfully graduate from a four-year program in three years with distinction."
Kelly S.
HLF scholarship recipient
ScholarshipBackground/SponsorEligibility & Criteria
Ana Cesak Scholarship for HospitalityCreated by the Cesak family in memory of Ana Cesak, who was a strong advocate for education as she had limited access to it during childhood. -Graduating HDSB student
-Pursuing hospitality or culinary arts at post-secondary or apprenticeship immediately following graduation.

Burlington Professional Firefighters Association Community ScholarshipCreated to recognize Burlington youth exhibiting community benevolence, school or team leadership and personal excellence.-Graduating student of an HDSB high school in Burlington
-Demonstrated leadership
-Academic achievement (avg.75% or better)
-Minimum 100 community volunteer hours over your high school career.
-Financial need will also be considered.
Colin M. Bain Halton ScholarshipCreated to celebrate the life and passion of Colin Bain, a former HDSB teacher and coach.-Graduating or recently-graduated HDSB students pursuing post-secondary education, preferably in Social Sciences (History, Geography, Canadian Law, Sociology or Economics).-Reasonable level of academic achievement
-Strength of character, honesty, diligence and reliability
-History of community service &/or other volunteering
-Demonstrated leadership skills
-Financial necessity
District 15 Retired Teachers of Ontario Academic Spirit AwardEstablished by the RTO/ERO District 15 Halton to recognize graduating students who have overcome personal or academic obstacles.-Graduating HDSB students pursuing post-secondary studies at a recognized Canadian college, university or apprenticeship, immediately following graduation.
-Good academic performance
-A strong work ethic, commitment to studies and service to others
-Has overcome obstacles to successfully graduate from high school
-Financial need may be considered.
Dr. Margaret Ackerman STEM ScholarshipCreated to support female identifying students pursuing core sciences — Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering/Technology or Mathematics — who require financial support to pursue post-secondary studies.-Graduating HDSB female-identifying students pursuing STEM subjects at a recognized Canadian university.
-Should have above average financial need.
-Reasonable level of academic achievement (min. B average).
-Strong work ethic, responsible and goal-oriented.
-Have held a regular, part-time job while attending high school full-time
Fran Lloyd ‘Students Volunteering Abroad’ BursaryCreated to ensure the leadership and initiatives promoted by former MDHS teacher Fran Lloyd will continue in perpetuity.-HDSB students participating in the “Students Volunteering Abroad” Program.
-Demonstrates volunteerism and community mindedness
-Financial need that could impede participation in the program without assistance
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 HDSB students pursuing post-secondary education, preferably in Social Sciences (History, Geography, Canadian Law, Sociology or Economics).
-Reasonable level of academic achievement
-Concern for general welfare of your community
-Financial necessity
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.-Successful graduation from grade 12 at any HDSB high school
-Enrolment in an apprenticeship or college trades program
-Demonstrated desire to pursue technological education.
-Financial need may be considered.
Lesley Wiens ScholarshipCreated to help new Canadians without the financial means to pursue post secondary education-Graduating HDSB student whose family has arrived as refugees within 10 yrs
-min B average
-financial need
-demonstrated commitment, work ethic, potential
Muslim ScholarshipEstablished by the Muslim Scholarship Fund to recognize students who go above and beyond to help those who are less fortunate.-Graduating HDSB students, regardless of religion, who are pursuing full-time post-secondary studies.
-Strong, honest, hardworking, reliable
-A history of community service or other volunteering
-Possess strong leadership skills.
Neil J. Guiry Trades AwardCreated to commemorate the life and passion of Neil Guiry. Neil was the owner of a building/construction company and mentor to many youth entering the trades.-Graduating HDSB OYAP student
-Be enrolled as a registered apprentice in one of the trades
-Financial need that may prevent further pursuit of post-secondary education
Lily Grace Foundation ScholarshipCreated 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.
-Pursuing post-secondary studies in humanities, social studies or a helping profession.
-Demonstrate leadership, community engagement and interest in working with people.
-Demonstrated financial need and motivation to overcome barriers.
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.-Graduating HDSB students from a single parent* led family pursuing post-secondary education.
-Demonstrated resilience
-Minimum average of 80%
-Involved in co-curriculars at school or in the community.
*(Including families where one parent is critically ill.)
Stuart Miller Bright Future AwardCreated in honour of retired HDSB Director of Education Stuart Miller to help launch a graduating student in the direction of their dreams.-Graduating HDSB student
-Does NOT have to be pursuing post-secondary education
-Demonstrated 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.
Sunshine Building Maintenance Environmental Stewardship ScholarshipEstablished by Sunshine Building Maintenance to recognize outstanding environmental achievements.-Graduating HDSB student pursuing post-secondary education at a Canadian college, university or apprenticeship following graduation.
-Reasonable level of academic achievement
-Outstanding environmental achievements
-Volunteer hours in the community, Earth Day initiatives and financial need are also considerations.
Vidur Chowdhury Memorial ScholarshipCreated in memory of HDSB student Vidur to honour a spirit of lifelong learning.-Graduating Burlington HDSB high school student with financial need who has a demonstrated commitment to succeed in learning. Min avg. of 70%.
Virox Science and Innovation AwardCreated by Virox Technologies to recognize students pursuing science at university.-Graduating HDSB students pursuing university studies in biology, chemistry, physics, other BSc..
-Minimum 80% average in sciences.
-Demonstrated work ethic, curiosity and passion for learning, science and innovation.
Wendy Ernst Journey to Success ScholarshipCreated in memory of former HDSB teacher Wendy Ernst to provide financial support for students who are willing to take on a challenge and learn from it,.-Graduating HDSB students
-Pursuing post-secondary studies or an apprenticeship.
-Has overcome significant personal challenges.
-Deeply involved in community volunteer work and/or school extra-curricular activities.
-Demonstrated motivation to do well.

William G. Davis ScholarshipCreated by FCT in honour of former Ontario premier and FCT chairman Bill Davis. -Grade 12 graduating students from any HDSB high school.
-Pursuing post-secondary studies at college or university
-Demonstrated financial need and motivation to overcome barriers.
-Demonstrated leadership and community engagement.

For information about the awards above or to set up a new scholarship, please email Sherri at

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