Oakville Community Foundation awards $30,000 in scholarships to eight students

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Published August 18, 2022 at 3:23 pm

The Oakville Community Foundation announced Thursday the award recipients for the Alexander and Bernice DeMaio Education Award and the Miller Family Foundation Bursary. Eight local students received nearly $30,000 to help them pay for their post-secondary education. PEXELS PHOTO

Eight local high school students are receiving a financial boost from the Oakville Community Foundation (OCF) to help pay for their post-secondary education.

The students are recipients of the Alexander and Bernice DeMaio Education Award and the Miller Family Foundation Bursary, all accessed through the OCF’s Community Education Hub.


More than 870 students registered with the awards hub this year, up 21 per cent from 2021. Over $300,000 was awarded by 11 different partners offering a variety of educational awards, bursaries and scholarships.

“We are thrilled by the number of students and organizations using The Awards Hub as a way to both apply for and provide scholarships, bursaries and educational awards in the Oakville and Halton area,” said Frances Pace, Director of Fundholder & Community Engagement.

“We would like to congratulate all of the students for their achievements and wish them luck as they move on to post-secondary education.”

The Alexander and Bernice DeMaio Education Award was created by Alexander and Bernice DeMaio to help make a positive impact in the community.

The award was The Foundation’s first Endowment in 1996 and through this gift their legacy continues today.

The award is open to students in Oakville who are graduating and planning to pursue post-secondary education in Canada and who have demonstrated a history of community service or other volunteering activities.

The three recipients who have each been awarded $1,500, which will be given directly to the post-secondary institution they will be attending, are:

  • Karolina Dobiszewska – Concordia University, BFA in Film Production
  • Florian Kasperbauer – Sheridan College, Honours Bachelor of Computer Science (Mobile Computing)
  • Samuel Butryn – Brock University, Concurrent Education

The Miller Family Foundation Bursary is awarded to Indigenous students in south and central Ontario, both living on and off First Nations reservations, who will be attending post-secondary school full time at an accredited college or university in Canada.

The five recipients who have each been awarded $5,000, which will be given directly to the post-secondary institution they will be attending, are:

  • Matthew Richards
  • James Fauvelle
  • Lynn Mahmood
  • Sierra Green
  • Christina Da Costa

To learn more about The Awards Hub, visit: www.theocf.org/initiative/community-education-awards-hub/

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