There are many bursaries and scholarships available to youth in care as well as the traditional scholarships available through your high schools and post secondary educational programs. The YouthCan organization operated by the Ontario Association of children’s Aid Societies provides up to date information on the scholarships available to youth in care through the following link..
Youthconnect.ca also has information about awards, bursaries and scholarships and how to apply for them
Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training Bursary
The Aboriginal Postsecondary Education and Training Bursary provides aid to Aboriginal students with financial need who are attending publicly–assisted colleges and universities in Ontario or Aboriginal education and training institutions in Ontario. This bursary is available to students who are in postsecondary programs including academic programs (e.g. degree and diploma programs) as well as training programs (e.g. apprenticeships).
The Clark Bursary and Award
The Clark Bursary Fund was established in 1989 through a generous donation by Ron and Nancy Clark of Caledonia. It was created to assist youth in care and former wards to achieve their academic and career goals.
The Clark Bursary Award is available to youth in care and former wards pursuing post-secondary education. Students attending post-secondary education will receive $3,500 per year for up to four years. Upon completion of their studies, Clark Bursary recipients are eligible to receive the Clark Graduation award — a monetary gift of $1,000.
The Clark Grants Award is a one-time grant of $1,000 offered to young people who are pursuing educational, employment or skills development programs and require financial assistance. The grant is available for tuition, equipment, tools or other requirements. Nominations for the Clark Bursary and Grant must be submitted by a CAS. The nominees are the selected candidates from their agency and will have secured a personal reference to support their application. An agency may nominate one youth for the bursary and one youth for the grant. Apply through the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies
Ask your CAS to nominate you for this award!
The RONA Scholarship
This scholarship is to assist youth in care and former youth in care realize their post-secondary educational goals.
The RONA Scholarship was created to assist youth in care and former youth in care realize their post-secondary educational goals. In 2009, 15 one-time scholarships of $3,000 were awarded. Member agencies of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies are eligible to submit a single nomination for the RONA scholarship. To be considered, a nomination it must come from a designated staff person from a member agency of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. It also must include a reference that is not from a Children’s Aid Society and the candidate must not be for a current or former Clark Bursary recipient
The Ron and Gina Fraser Bursaries
Open to students entering Level I Nursing (BScN) or Level I Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc). Special consideration will be given to students who self-identify as a current or former Crown ward.
National Youth in Care Network – Ken Dryden Scholarships
Each year Ken Dryden Scholarships are awarded to young people, currently or formerly in the care of the Canadian child welfare system, who demonstrate great achievement and promise. Each scholarship covers up to $3,000 or 80% of the cost of tuition and fees, whichever is less, and is renewable annually, based on reasonable progress toward the completion of an undergraduate degree or diploma. As a young person, all you need do is apply. As a child welfare worker, foster parent or friend, please tell any eligible young person of these scholarship opportunities and offer your help.
The Ross Caradonna Education Fund
The education fund is designed to provide the support that youth in achieving their educational goals. Financial assistance is offered on an individual basis. Education grant applicants must be currently participating is in Pelletier Youth in Transition programs or be former youth who have participated in Pelletier Youth in Transition programs. Applicants are be eligible up to 24 yrs of age, must be enrolled in a full-time program or upgrading program.
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