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

Community awards hub makes over 45 scholarships, 0,000 available for Oakville students


By Gene Pereira

Published February 2, 2023 at 12:08 p.m

The Oakville Community Foundation’s Community Education Awards Hub reopened for the fourth year in a row with over 45 applications for scholarships, fellowships and education awards. PEXELS PHOTO

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

The OCF’s Community Education Awards Hub has reopened for the fourth straight year with over 45 applications for scholarships, fellowships and education awards.

The Awards Hub provides a unique online resource for local students to easily apply for multiple scholarships, fellowships and education awards to support their post-secondary education.

These awards, which total more than $330,000, are presented by a variety of local community organizations as well as the Foundation’s fundholders.

“We know that education awards make a big difference for students pursuing post-secondary education, and simplifying the application process for students and organizations makes it even easier to help,” said Frances Pace, Director of Fundholder and Community Engagement at 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 students with high academic achievements. Many of the awards given are aimed at students with financial challenges, pursuing a specific field of study, students from diverse cultural backgrounds, and extracurricular activities.

This year’s new partners include the Optimist Club of Oakville and the new multi-year fellowship from Robert and Esther Bell.

Some of the awards available this year are:

  • The Robert and Esther Bell Family Foundation Scholarship is awarded to a student in annual increments of $5,000. Students must have a degree from an Oakville HDSB or HCSDB school, demonstrate academic merit, and face a financial hurdle to pursue post-secondary education.
  • The Miller Family Foundation Scholarship awards up to six $5,000 scholarships to Indigenous students from across Ontario. Students must plan to attend or be attending an accredited Canadian college or university. Students who have already received this scholarship are encouraged to apply again.
  • The Halton Learning Foundation offers a range of grants, fellowships and awards with different focuses. For example, the Sunshine Building Maintenance Environmental Stewardship is for students with environmental excellence, the Hatch Scholarship is for Indigenous students, and the Lesley Wiens Memorial Scholarship is designed to help new Canadians who came to Canada as refugees pursue post-secondary education.

The awards are open to current high school students and older students planning to pursue post-secondary education.

Students can complete the applications online through The Awards Hub website. After registration, applicants complete the eligibility quiz to determine which awards they may qualify for.

To learn more about the scholarships, fellowships and education awards available go to: https://www.theocf.org/initiative/community-education-awards-hub/.

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

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