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Transition to Adulthood - Scholarships



John H. McGivney Bursary

Any student, who has a physical disability, is a resident of Windsor/Essex County and is planning to attend a post secondary program at a community college, university, private post secondary program or government sponsored program designed to give recipients skills beyond the secondary school level can apply.

How To Apply:
  • Applicants can apply in writing to Mike Wilcox, Principal at the following address:
    John McGivney Children's Centre - School Authority
    3945 Matchet Road, Windsor, ON N9C 4C2
The contents of the letter should include:
  • The applicant's name, address and phone number
  • Career or post secondary program aspirations
  • Name of the course of study they hope to attend
  • How this bursary will assist them
  • Obligations of Recipients: Recipients must provide proof of registration before the award can be paid out and they must attend a post secondary program in the year of application

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)

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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
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

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).