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Transition to Adulthood - Scholarships

John H. McGivney Bursary

The John H. McGivney Bursary is awarded annually to two past or present clients of the John McGivney Children's Centre, aged 17-25 with a disability with up to $1,000 for their post-secondary education. 

Application forms are posted on our website in April / May each year. 

These bursaries have been made available thanks to the generosity of community donors, the Board of Trustees, the John McGivney Children’s Centre, and the John McGivney Children's Centre School Authority. 

Aird Scholarship

In honour of the Honourable John Black Aird, on his retirement as Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. This scholarship is intended to help students with physical disabilities to study full-time at a recognized Ontario post secondary institution. Two scholarships of $2,500 are awarded each year to two applicants who meet the following criteria:
  • Have a physical disability that is a major, long-term impairment that severely restricts their activities
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Ontario resident: You are considered an Ontario resident if you have lived in Ontario for at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding registration for your post secondary program in September; This period excludes times spent at educational institutions
  • Plan to register in September in the first year of either an undergraduate degree program at a recognized Ontario university or a two- or three-year certificate program at a college of applied artsand technology or private post secondary institution in Ontario
  • Have not previously received an Aird Scholarship

Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD)
  • Intended to assist students meet disability associated costs related to their participation in post-secondary education
  • Can receive up to $8,000 from the federal government and $2,000 from the provincial government
  • Students must apply to OSAP to be eligible for BSWD and amount of funding from BSWD is determined by the OSAP assessment; If nil OSAP assessment, students may still receive BSWD through a different assessment
  • Meet with Disability Advisor at your post secondary institution to determine your disability related educational costs (what funding may/may not be needed and what is/is not covered by the bursaries)
  • Who is eligible:
    • Your eligibility for funding consideration is based on your disability status. For the BSWD and/or Canadian Student Grant for Services and Equipment (CSGDSE), you must have a permanent disability or a persistent or prolonged disability, as defined below.
    • In addition, you must have applied for and be eligible for funding from one of the following sources for your 2022-23 study period:
1) Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) for Full-Time Students
2) OSAP for Part-Time Students
3) An Institution-Funded Special Bursary (students at public universities and colleges in Ontario only)

Bloorview School Authority Bursary

The Bloorview School Authority Bursary is awarded to a student with a disability who meets each of the following criteria:
  • attended Bloorview School Authority (formerly Bloorview MacMillan Centre) or was a client of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
  • is starting studies in a recognized post secondary institution (college or university).
  • has demonstrated achievement with a high academic record, participated in extra-curricular activities and made community contributions through volunteerism. 
In order to qualify for this award a student must have attended Bloorview School (formerly Bloorview Macmillan Centre), be/have been a client of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and be a candidate for admission to an OSAP eligible post-secondary Institution (College or University). 

Terry Fox Humanitarian Award

This is an annual scholarship, valued at $4,000 and renewable for up to four years. Students must be studying towards a first degree or diploma, be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and not over 25 years of age. Demonstration of the highest ideals and qualities of citizenship will be criteria for the selection of recipients. Further relevant qualities are courage in overcoming obstacles, involvement in humanitarian service and participation in sports, fitness and community service.

Terry Fox Humanitarian Awards are open to students of all abilities.

To be considered for the Award, applicants must meet:
  • In good academic standing
  • Canadian citizens or landed immigrants
  • Students graduating from secondary (high) school or students completing their first year of Collège d'enseignement general et professionnel (CÉGEP) or students who have completed secondary (high) school.
  • Involved in voluntary humanitarian activities (for which they have not been compensated).
  • Planning to or are already studying towards their first university degree or diploma at a Canadian post-secondary institution, or entering their 2nd year of CÉGEP in the upcoming academic year.
Terry Fox Award Recipients are eligible to receive the Award until they graduate with their first university degree or diploma (for a maximum of four years), provided they maintain satisfactory academic standing and a standard of humanitarian work and personal conduct which, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, justifies the award.
Keith Gilmore Foundation

In honour of the late Keith Gilmore, this scholarship was established for worthy applicants taking post secondary education in the fields of agriculture and journalism, and for those schools that offer it, agricultural journalism. The $750 scholarship is available and will be awarded in late summer to an individual enrolled in a recognized diploma program in agriculture and/or journalism or communications. The successful applicant will have already completed a minimum of one year in a diploma program. With the application, include an official transcript of grades and a resume written by the applicant outlining:
  • The field of studies they wish to pursue;
  • The general goals to which they wish to put their degree to use;
  • An outline of their involvement in community service, school affairs and other extracurricular activities.
How do I qualify?
  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen.
  • For each of the categories, the applicant must have completed a minimum of one year of college or university education and must be enrolled in the fall semester for another year of studies in a recognized college or university.
  • Students may apply more than once, however students are limited to one scholarship per category. 
  • Students may apply for a University or College outside of Canada.

Global Television Network Broadcasters of the Future Awards: Internship Award for a Canadian with a Physical Disability

This annual Scholarship-Internship Award is offered to a Canadian student with a mobility impairment and provides educational assistance as well as a challenging opportunity to work in private television in pursuit of a career in broadcasting. The Award, valued at up to $15,000, covers all tuition fees* and textbooks* for one full scholastic year of a radio and television arts program or journalism program at a recognized Canadian university or college, commencing in the Fall. The Award also includes a three- or four-month internship at the Global Television Network in Don Mills (Toronto), for the summer and moving expenses associated with the internship. In addition, the Award covers transportation, hotel and attendance expenses at the Canadian Association of Broadcasters annual convention, in November, where the award will be presented. (* As determined by the specific university or college course outline).

  • Canadian citizen with a mobility impairment
  • Secondary school graduate with a grade average suitable for admission to the college/university
  • Strong English language communication skills.
Scholarship Provided by:
  • Organizations: Global Television Network 
  • Universities: British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Scholarship Details:
  • Deadline: May 31
  • Amount: $15000
  • Number of Awards: 1
  • Eligible Provinces: British Columbia 
General Scholarship Requirements: 
  • Career Objectives: Broadcasting
  • Additional Requirements: British Columbia Institute of Technology 
University Scholarship Requirements:
  • Universities: British Columbia Institute of Technology.
  • Major/Degree: Broadcast, Media Communications.
  • Student Specific Scholarship Requirements: Disabilities/Special Needs , Mature Student, Physical disability. 
Personal Affiliation Scholarship Requirements: 
  • High Schools Attended: Canadian Secondary School Graduate.

E.C. Hutchinson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a conscientious student who shows promise of benefitting from further education. The recipient must be a resident of Windsor/Essex County, have a financial need and show charitable or voluntary community work.

Luciana Spring Mascarin Bursary Program

Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association
The Luciana Spring Mascarin Bursary Program was established:
  • To encourage and support students with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus to develop independence and responsibility for their own future educational directions
  • To assist students to pursue higher education with the ultimate goal of obtaining a degree or graduate certificate or diploma
The program offers assistance for such necessities as tuition, books, room and board, transportation and specialized equipment needs.

  • Open to Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent area residents who are Canadian citizens with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus.
One academic year.

Application Deadline:
The last business day of March yearly. Applications received after this time cannot be considered.

For more information:
Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association
Luciana Spring Mascarin Bursary Program
16 Four Seasons Place, Suite 111
Toronto, Ontario  M9B 6E5
Phone: 416-214-1056 or 800-387-1575

NEADS Student Access Awards Program

These awards, valued at $2,500 annually, are to encourage Canadian students with disabilities to pursue a university or college education in an undergraduate, graduate and diploma program in any field of study. A disability is a functional limitation resulting from a physical, sensory or mental impairment that, for an indefinite period, affects the ability of the student to perform the activities necessary to participate fully in post secondary learning.

The NEADS National Student Awards Program is offered to encourage full access to post-secondary education for persons with disabilities, who often have greater barriers to participation in higher education, as well as extra costs because of their disabilities. Students must currently be registered in and continuing at post-secondary institution and provide documented proof of registration as part of the application and on receipt of the award. The award will be offered to outstanding applicants who meet the criteria of the program. The awards are paid directly to the post-secondary institution (in the students accounts) that the recipients are attending to defray the cost of tuition fees for post-secondary study.

Candidates must meet the following definition:
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has lived in Canada for at least two years as a permanent resident
  • Be entering or enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or diploma program in a Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Applicants must have a permanent disability
Award recipients are selected based on their combined achievements in the areas of Employment, Community Involvement and Academic excellence. Candidates must include the following documents with their application:
  • Two letters of reference: If possible, one from a person wh can attest to the applicant's employment background and one from a person who can attest to the applicant's community involvement, other than a parent
  • Official academic transcripts covering the last two years of study (note: faxes or photocopies will not be acceptable as official documents)
  • Proof of admission at an educational institution
  • Note: A medical certificate or doctor's endorsement is not required
Types of awards available:
  • NEADS National Student Awards ($3,000 each).
  • NEADS Holly Bartlett Memorial Award ($1,000).
  • NEADS Christine Nieder Memorial Award ($1,000).
  • AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship (2 at a value of $5,000 each).
  • The number of awards given each year is subject to the amount of funding received.
Selection Process:
Once your application has been submitted, it will be reviewed for completeness and adherence to the above guidelines. Assuming all guidelines are met, selection committees review applications based on the selection criteria described above. Due to the volume of applications received, only those selected to receive an award will be contacted. Recipients will be contacted by December 1st.

General Bursary and Scholarship Program
Bursaries are available to full-time post secondary students who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants and have satisfactory academic standing (minimum GPA 2.0) and are in financial need. These bursaries (ranging from $100 to $1,000) are awarded to deserving students by sponsoring organizations, corporations or individual donors. Students can only apply for General Bursaries from October 1st to December 15th. Applications are available from the Financial Aid Office.

  • A bursary is a gift of money (ranging from $100 to $1,000) awarded to a deserving student by a sponsoring organization, corporation or individual donor. A T4A slip will be issued for income tax purposes.
Who May Apply:
  • Bursaries are available to full-time post secondary students who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, who have a satisfactory academic standing, (minimum GPA 2.0), and are in financial need.

Ontario Student Assistance Program

For full funding, you must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, protected person and have lived in Ontario for 12 months for Ontario portion. Must maintain full-time status - 40% - this works out to be two 1/2 credits each term or one full credit:
Maximum funding (single students) = $350/wk (Canada = $210/wk, Ontario = $140/wk).