Community awards hub makes over 45 scholarships, $330,000 available for Oakville students


Published February 2, 2023 at 12:08 pm

The Oakville Community Foundation’s Community Education Awards Hub has reopened for its fourth consecutive year with over 45 scholarship, bursary and educational award applications. PEXELS PHOTO

Local students are once again getting a big helping hand to pursue their post-secondary education from the Oakville Community Foundation (OCF) and several community organizations.

The OCF’s Community Education Awards Hub has reopened for its fourth consecutive year with over 45 scholarship, bursary and educational award applications.

The Awards Hub offers local students a singular online source to easily apply for multiple scholarships, bursaries and education awards to support their post-secondary education.

These awards, which total over $330,000, are offered by a number of local community organizations as well as the Foundation’s Fundholders.

“We know that educational awards make a world of difference to students planning on pursuing post-secondary education and simplifying the application process for both students and organizations makes it even easier to help,” said Frances Pace, Director of Fundholder and Community Engagement with the Oakville Community Foundation. “With so many awards available, students can easily find the right ones to apply for through The Awards Hub.”

The awards aren’t just for those students with a high academic achievement. Many of the awards handed out are focused on students with financial barriers, the pursuit of a specific area of study, students with different cultural backgrounds and extracurricular activities.

Among this year’s new partners are the Optimist Club of Oakville, and Robert and Esther Bell’s new multi-year scholarship.

Some of the awards available this year include:

  • The Robert and Esther Bell Family Foundation Scholarship is awarded to one student in annual increments of $5,000. Students must be graduating from an Oakville HDSB or HCSDB school, demonstrate academic achievement and face a financial barrier to pursuing post-secondary education.
  • The Miller Family Foundation Bursary awards up to six bursaries valued at $5,000 each to Indigenous students from anywhere in Ontario. Students must be planning to attend, or already attending, an accredited Canadian college or university. Students who previously received this bursary are encouraged to reapply.
  • The Halton Learning Foundation offers a number of scholarships, bursaries and awards with a variety of focuses. For example, the Sunshine Building Maintenance Environmental Stewardship is aimed at students with outstanding environmental achievement, the Hatch Scholarship is for Indigenous students and the Lesley Wiens Memorial Scholarship seeks to help new Canadians who arrived in Canada as refugees attend post-secondary education.

The awards are open to current high school students and mature students who are planning to go to post-secondary education.

Students can complete the applications online through The Awards Hub website. After registering, applicants complete the Eligibility Quiz to identify which awards they may qualify for.

To learn more about the scholarships, bursaries and education awards available, go to:

Community organizations and individuals interested in creating their own scholarship, bursary or educational award can contact Sarah McPherson, Vice President Philanthropy, at [email protected].

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