Apply for OACAS Youth Awards: Nominations 2017


OACAS manages award programs for youth in care, Crown wards or former Crown wards:

  • Clark Bursary (Multi-year up to 4 years, $3,500 per year) *subject to change accordingly to OSAP funding changes and restrictions.
  • Clark Grant (One-time $1,000)

The Clark Awards were established in 1989 through generous donations by Ron and Nancy Clark of Caledonia to assist youth in achieving their academic and career goals.   Over the years, the Clark Awards have expanded and include three options: multi-year bursaries, single-year grants, and one-time graduation awards.

Applications open starting February 14th, 2017 until April 28th, 2017!

Who can apply?

  • Awards are for youth in care, Crown Wards or Former Crown Wards of Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) in Ontario.  (Confirmed by a CAS Worker)
  • Attending full-time post-secondary studies at a OSAP verified institution.
  • Youth aged 21 years or older who are former Crown Wards may apply independently (one application per award)
  • Youth aged under 21 years old must be nominated by their worker and local Children’s Aid Society (Each Children’s Aid Society (CAS) agency can make ONLY ONE nomination per award, for a total of two different youth nominations)

You will need:

  • Confirmation of your Crown Ward status by a CAS worker.
  • One general reference letter.
  • Apply to Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) before the beginning of your semester.

How to apply:

  1. Review the Program Policiesand check eligibility to ensure you meet the criteria (former crown ward of Children’s Aid Society).
  2. Complete the online application
  • As an additional resource to help expedite the selection process, here is a WORD document version of the online survey so you can have an overview of the whole application.  PLEASE NOTE: this resource is only to support your selection process.  Nominations must still be submitted online.

Highlights of Changes for 2017:

  • Discontinued the Children’s Aid Foundation / PHD scholarship award
  • Changing the eligibility to allow youth 21 years and over to qualify
  • Allowing youth 21 years and over to apply independently of their agency (although ideally the CAS would be involved and supportive)
  • Requiring that youth apply for Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP)
  • Clark Bursary award funding is subject to change reflecting the modifications to OSAP funding and grants received by the recipient
  • Award recipients are to attend a Financial Literacy coaching webinar


Clark Awards

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 Awards are multi-year awards offered to young people who are pursuing post-secondary educational, employment or skills development programs and require financial assistance.  CASs may identify one nominee per agency for this multi-year award.  In 2017, the Clarks will support 25 youth with this generous award.  Bursary recipients will receive $3,500 annually for up to four years of post-secondary programming (one nominee per agency).

The Clark Grants are 20 one-time grants of $1,000 offered to young people who are pursuing post-secondary educational, employment or skills development programs and require financial assistance.  The grant is available for tuition, equipment, tools or other requirements to be used towards this training or professional development (one nominee per agency).

If you have any question regarding OACAS Youth Awards Scholarships, please contact