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Reach for
Success

Bursaries are provided to students who have been impacted by Children’s Aid or overcome hurdles to be in the position they are today to help pursue post-secondary education. Awards range from $2000 per year for full-time students in a college program to $2500 per year for full-time students in a university program. Bursaries are available for part-time students. Bursary applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and the final review will take place on June 30 for the upcoming school year. Awards are paid twice a year, in September and in January.

To apply for a bursary, students must submit the following documents:

  • Bursary Application

  • Proof of Enrollment

  • Reference 

*Incomplete applications will not be considered*

Bursaries are paid twice a year, in September and January.

 

Scholarships are provided to students who have been impacted by Children’s Aid to help pursue post-secondary education. Students may apply for named scholarships ranging from $2,500 - $3,000 per year for up to $12,000 over 4 years (or $7,500 over 3 years, depending on the program length). For scholarship options please see below.

To apply for a scholarship, students must submit the following documents:

  • Scholarship application

  • Reference 

  • Proof of Enrollment

  • Transcript

*Incomplete applications will not be considered*

Scholarships are awarded once a year through a competitive process and decisions are made by The Children’s Foundation. Scholarships for the 2022-23 school year range from $2,500 to $12,000.

Youth awards are provided to local children who have been impacted by Children’s Aid to acknowledge their own personal achievements in one of six categories (Arts, Sports, Volunteerism, Culture & Heritage, Academics, and Personal Best).

Our Reach for Success Youth Awards honors children and youth who have overcome many barriers to achieve their academic goals. We believe that nothing should stand in the way of the educational aspirations of any child, especially the dreams of someone who has already come so far.  Helping children stay in school will always be worth the investment. In 2020, The Children’s Foundation gave out over $40,000 in Bursaries and awards to children and youth living in Hastings, Northumberland, and Prince Edward Counties.

No donation is too small; we graciously accept all contributions to this amazing program.

Eligibility for Reach for Success Scholarships and Bursaries

Applications due by June 30th

Bursary Eligibility

  • A youth who has had past or present involvement with CAS (Temporary Care Agreement (TCA), Voluntary Youth Services Agreement (VYSA), Continued Care and Support for Youth (CCSY), Renewed Youth Supports (RYS), adoption, and Kin Care. This also includes youth who have received protective services from Children’s Aid at some point in their life, youth who have been touched in some way by Children’s Aid, or youth who have unusual family hardships, as identified by a CAS PSW or other agent, guidance counselor or teacher (through reference letter in the application process)

  • Under 26 years of age at the start of their current school program, or under 30 years of age if they have received a scholarship or bursary funding from The Children’s Foundation for the same program in previous years

  • Registered at or planning to attend school full time for a full academic year at an accredited post-secondary school

  • Resides in Hastings, Northumberland, or Prince Edward County (before attending school, and/or when not attending school)

  • Bursary applications are reviewed by The Children’s Foundation staff to ensure that applicants meet the eligibility criteria. Bursary applications are given based on financial need

  • Before receiving a bursary, proof of enrollment must be provided by September 15th and January 15th

 

Scholarship Eligibility

  • A youth who has had past or present involvement with CAS (Temporary Care Agreement (TCA), Voluntary Youth Services Agreement (VYSA), Continued Care and Support for Youth (CCSY), Renewed Youth Supports (RYS), adoption, and Kin Care. This also includes youth who have received protective services from Children’s Aid at some point in their life, youth who have been touched in some way by Children’s Aid, or youth who have unusual family hardships, as identified by a CAS PSW or other agent, guidance counselor or teacher (through reference letter in the application process)

  • Under 26 years of age at the start of their current school program, or under 30 years of age if they have received a scholarship or bursary funding from The Children’s Foundation for the same program in previous years

  • Registered at or planning to attend school either full time for a full academic year at an accredited post-secondary school

  • Resides in Hastings, Northumberland, or Prince Edward County (before attending school, and/or when not attending school)

  • Scholarship applications are reviewed by The Children’s Foundation staff to ensure that applicants meet the eligibility criteria. Bursary applications are given based on financial need

  • Before receiving a scholarship, proof of enrollment must be provided by September 15th and January 15th

 

Criteria

Scholarship applications are reviewed by The Children’s Foundation staff to ensure that applicants meet the eligibility criteria, but the applications are scored by our Awards Committee. This Awards Committee is made up of 5-10 friends of the Foundation, including Board members, a youth committee representative, a foster parent representative, and community members. Scholarship applications are scored on Individual Attributes (eg. personal and academic challenges and progress), Academic Achievement (eg. high grades and/or significant gains despite individual limitations), Personal Contribution (eg. strengths and coping skills demonstrated in personal life and commitments outside of school), Potential for Success (eg. whether goals are clear and realistic) and Financial Need.

 

How to Apply?

  • Fill out the form below and submit

  • Print a PDF form below and send a photo or scan it to tcf@highlandshorescas.com

  • Pick up a form at any of The Children’s Foundation or HSCA locations

  • Telephone– 613-962-9292

  • Email- tcf@highlandshorescas.com requesting a form