Clark Awards Program

Applications for the Clark Bursary Awards are now closed for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The program is currently being refreshed. New information will be available starting Summer 2018.

We are currently not accepting new applications.

For questions please contact: awards@oacas.org

If you are a current Clark Awards recipient please remember that Clark payments are not automatic, they are generated when we receive your proof of enrollment for the semester. Please remember that you are responsible to send an email to awards@oacas.org with your proof of enrollment each semester as soon as possible to access your award payment.

Highlights of changes that took place in 2017

  • Discontinued the Children’s Aid Foundation / PHD scholarship award
  • Changed the eligibility to allow youth 21 years and over to qualify
  • Allowed youth 21 years and over to apply independently of their agency (although ideally the CAS would be involved and supportive)
  • Required that youth apply for Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP)

Awards background

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 awards@oacas.org