Oakville

The topic for our Essay Contest this year is "When All the World's Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?" Each student who is under the age of 19 - as of October 1, 2018 - who submits a 700-800 word essay is eligible to win the Club Award, and will then be entered into the District Competition to win a $2500 scholarship.

Official rules are available at optimist.org

To submit, and for more details, contact Debbie Corcoran at ​debra.corcoran@gmail.com

Amount: $2500

Deadline: January 31, 2019

The topic for our Oratorical Contest this year is "Is there a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?" This contest is gives the students, under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2018 the opportunity to win up to $22,500 in scholarships if they advance to the World Oratorical Championship.

Official rules are available at optimist.org

To submit, and for more details, contact Cathy DiMichele at ​cdimichele@sympatico.ca

Amount: $22,500

Deadline: March 22, 2019

The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board is proud to support local-area graduating high school students with monetary gifts. Winning submissions will best answer one of six questions, which pertain to shelter-based or local community issues. Four students receive an amount of $2,500 for their submissions.

Amount: $2500 x 4

Deadline: May 7, 2019

Essay topic may vary from year to year. Topic for the 2018-19 school year is: "When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?" Applicant must be under 19 as of October 1, 2018.

Amount: A plaque and a $2000 post secondary scholarship. Award winner must be intending to pursue university, college or a trade.

Deadline: All Club-level contests are held by early February. Student submissions will not be accepted after the Club-level contests have closed. Please contact your District Chair for more information.

To be eligible for this Bursary award:

1. The student must be a resident of the Town of Oakville.

2. The student must be attending a high school in Oakville that is administered by either the Halton District School Board or the Halton District Catholic School Board, taking academic or applied level courses.

3. The student must be graduating in 2019 and going on to full-time post-secondary education in the next school year at a university, college or trade school.

4. Applicants must have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to volunteerism through participation in school activities or by involvement in community groups.

5. Applicants should have maintained a high level of achievement in their courses.

6. Applicants should also have a financial need to be considered for nomination.

7. Students may be nominated even though they have been nominated for other awards, subject to the following:

  • The decision process by the school representative(s) to determine the final nominee should take into account any other known monetary awards which have been granted to that student at the time of nominee submission.
  • Overall awards for the nominated student should not exceed $10,000.

8. Applicants are to submit along with the application: a. An essay of a maximum 500 words in which students should describe their goals and ambitions, their proposed major or area of specialty in post-secondary studies, and describe the volunteer work they have done in school and/or the community. The essay should explain how this bursary will assist in overcoming the financial challenges of attending university or college. b. A transcript of school marks.

9. Applicants are also required to bring the following items for tax purposes with them to the Bursary Award Ceremony:

  • A copy of their Birth Certificate
  • Their Social Insurance Number

Value: 10 bursaries of $2000 each.

Deadline: The following process must be completed with final nominees ready for submission by the school before the deadline of early April 18, 2019.

  • Interested students should complete the student portion of the application form and submit it along with their essay to their Guidance Counsellor or other school representative. An electronic copy of the student portion should also be submitted online to Patricia Mason, Bursary Chair of the Optimist Club of Oakville.
  • The counsellor will review all applications and nominate one candidate per school. Again this Year: However, if there are two equally qualified candidates from one school, please submit both. In the event that not all schools submit candidates, we may award more than one bursary per school.
  • Obtain the concurrence of the school principal by having him/her sign the nominee’s application form.


Available to Oakville students identified as lacking in financial resources but with dedicated commitment to community service work. Additional application section here.

Amount: Several awards of $2000

Deadline: All application material must be submitted by March 23, 2019.

Applicants must:

  • Registered with a secondary school in Ontario.
  • Canadian Citizen or given permanent resident status.
  • Record of academic achievement.
  • Possess a range of leadership qualities and community involvement.

Amount: 2 x $5,000 (first place), 2 x $2,500 (second place)

Deadline: March 23, 2019

Applicants will be Oakville residents and in full-time attendance at an Oakville public or separate secondary school.

Criteria

• have achieved outstanding academic excellence

• have made a significant contribution of voluntary service to their community

• consideration will also be given to financial need

Amount: 2 scholarships valued at $1000 each.

Deadline: Applications to be submitted to your school's Guidance Department by April 11, 2019. Complete applications including staff recommendations will be picked up by the Lions Club of Oakville on April 15, 2019.

Awarded to a graduating Oakville student who has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to volunteerism through participation in school activities or by involvement in community groups.

The nominee should exhibit a combination of scholastic achievement, community/school activity/volunteerism, as well as financial need.

Amount: $8000

Deadline: This is school nominated scholarship. Please see your school's Guidance Department for school based application deadlines and process. The school must submit their selected applications by April 18, 2019.

Awarded to a graduating Oakville student who has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to volunteerism through participation in school activities or by involvement in community groups.

The nominee should exhibit a combination of scholastic achievement, community/school activity/volunteerism, as well as financial need.

Amount: $1000

Deadline: This is school nominated scholarship. Please see your school's Guidance Department for school based application deadlines and process. All application material must be submitted to their school's Guidance department by April 18, 2019.

CFUW sponsors various scholarships. Please visit the site for additional information regarding specific scholarships.

Deadline: April 29, 2019

Oakville students identified as lacking in financial resources but with dedicated commitment to community service work.

Applicants should have demonstrated a strong commitment to his/her school and/or community at large and have a “more than average” financial need. Marks are considered to the extent that the student will get in and stay in the school of their choice. Personal statements, transcript information and an interview will be considered in their choice.

Amount: Varying

Deadline: All application material must be submitted to your school's Guidance Department by April 30, 2019.

Applicants must; have been involved and contributed to the success of OSC for a minimum of 3 years, have demonstrated community participation, have demonstrated fair play and sportsmanship, be a resident of Oakville, be planning to attend 1st year of College or University in Fall 2019, and have an average of at least 70 percent in their mid-year transcript.

Amount: $1500 x 8

Deadline: May 17, 2019

jim and dorothy singleton leadership award

This Award is open to students from Garth Webb & Iroquois Ridge High Schools, along with Robert Bateman High School in Burlington. This award is given to a graduating student who has demonstrated leadership during high school, and who has contributed to the quality of school life for his/her fellow students.

NOTE - this award is nominated by Staff at each school

Amount: 3 x $500

Deadline: May 21, 2019

Note: This is a HDSB Centrally Administered Award.