This scholarship is applicable to students currently in their final year of an Ontario secondary school who are pursuing post-secondary education after graduation, for example, at college, university, or a trade school. Students must currently reside in the province of Ontario and be registered with a secondary school within the province. Applicants must also be a Canadian citizen or have been given permanent resident status. Applicants applying to a post-secondary school outside of Ontario (or even Canada), are still eligible for the scholarship.
NOTE: Students must currently be enrolled and attending their final year of secondary school; individuals currently taking a gap year are not eligible to apply.
Applicants must have a record of academic achievement and possess a range of leadership qualities and community involvement experience.
Applicants must complete the Personal Information section of the application form and submit it together with the following documents:
a. A written essay (minimum of 1,500 words, typed and double-spaced) on one of the following subjects:
- i. For many young Canadians, the dream of home ownership feels like an impossible reality. After graduating and starting your desired career, do you think home ownership will be attainable for you?
- ii. The GTA's population is expected to grow to more than 10 million people by 2041. How do you think local governments should address the housing needs of a growing population?
If applicable, citations must be present; however, they are not included in the word count. The style of citation is your choice, for example, MLA or APA.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to facilitate the judging process, please do not include any personal information, for example, your name and email address, on the individual essay pages (on the optional cover page is fine).
b. A detailed resume outlining academic achievements, work experience, volunteer work, and extracurricular activities.
c. Two (2) brief letters of reference (including current contact information for each reference). The resume and letters of reference may be in paragraph, chart, bullet point, etc., format.
NOTE: The two reference letters do not have to be from a past or current secondary school teacher; you may also consider, for example, the parent(s) of children you babysit, neighbours that you help out, a leader in the sport(s) you participate in, a lifelong family friend who knows you very well, or your supervisor at a past or present after-school job.
d. Your secondary school academic transcript. (Photocopies, phone screenshots or scans of transcripts are sufficient as they will not be returned.)
NOTE: We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how you are attending secondary school and may also impact the required procurement of your academic transcript. Therefore, we will accept the academic transcript that you last received from your secondary school.
e. A photocopy, phone screenshot, or scan of offer(s) of admission to a post-secondary institution(s).
You may enter one essay for each topic; however, one person cannot be awarded more than one scholarship. Duplicate and incomplete submissions will not be considered. If you are submitting an essay for each topic, only one application is required. All application materials must be submitted in one email. (Email submissions will receive a one-time confirmation.) Submissions can be individual PDFs or Word documents, or one file, for example, a single PDF. NOTE: Please do not submit your documents as links.