OACAS Youth Scholarship Awards (2015)

OACAS manages three awards programs for youth from Children’s Aid Society care:

  • Clark Bursary ($3,500 per year for up to 4 years maximum)  *25 awards per year
  • Clark Grant ($1,000 one-time) *20 awards per year
  • RONA/PHD Scholarships ($3,000 one-time) *14 awards per year (subject to funding)

APPLICATIONS OPEN starting January 14th 2015.   DUE BY February 28th 2015.

2015 Policies and Procedures

Who can apply?

  • Youth aged 21 years or older
  • 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.

You will need:

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

How to apply:

To apply, download one of the two forms below and follow the instructions within the application.

i.  Application for Youth over 21 years of age applying independently.

ii. Application for Children’s Aid Society nominations on behalf of youth under 21 years of age.

iii. French Application

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.

  • In 1989, there were five bursaries of $250 awarded to young people in care.
  • In 1995, Ron and Nancy began contributing yearly to ensure 20 bursaries were available each year to deserving young people.
  • In 2000, they introduced the one-time Clark Grant of $1,000 to youth in care and former youth in care pursuing educational, employment or skills development programs.
  • In 2007, the Clark’s benevolence continued with the introduction of the Clark Graduation Award, a gift of $1,000 for Clark Bursary recipients completing their post-secondary studies and a generous graduation present from the Clarks.
  • In 2009, 20 new bursaries and 20 grants were awarded.
  • In 2013, 25 new bursaries will be awarded to align with the annual amount of the award with the OSAP, resulting in a maximum award of $3,500 for all students.

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 can be submitted by a Children’s Aid Society or independently by youth who are over 21 years old. 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.

Childrens Aid Foundation Scholarships

In partnership with the Children’s Aid Foundation (CAF), select RONA Home and Garden stores across Ontario collaborate each year to raise funds through the sale of JJ teddy bears. As a result of their fundraising efforts, these funds are provided to help youth in care and former youth in care pursue post-secondary education. In 2012, due to the continued generosity of RONA Home and Garden stores, OACAS is pleased to announce that one-time scholarships of $3,000 are available for youth in care and former youth in care pursuing post-secondary education.

PHD Canada Scholarship

OACAS has the privilege of honouring another one of its proud supporters with a scholarship under their name. Last year PHD Canada supported 7 students with one-time grants of $3000.

In January 2007, media buying company, PHD Canada (PHD), accepted OACAS as a pro-bono account. OACAS partnered with PHD to market the redeveloped Child Abuse Prevention Campaign in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, PHD continued their relationship with OACAS and launched the Public Engagement Campaign for Children’s Aid Societies in January 2010. In 2011, PHD raised money with their Big Hug Charity Day. In addition to providing their services pro-bono, PHD has hosted an annual golf tournament with proceeds supporting OACAS and children and youth in care.

If you have any question regarding OACAS Youth Awards Scholarships, please contact  Brian Van-Du at  awards@oacas.org or 416-987-5703.