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Awards

INTRODUCTION

If you haven't checked it out already, please also visit the DSBN Awards & Scholarships website for information on awards available to all students in the DSBN. For some of these awards and scholarships, you will find copies of the application form in the Grad file cabinet in the Guidance Office.

For more general information on awards and scholarships, please click the Presentations, Documents and Forms link to view a slideshow on financing your post-secondary education. The accompanying handout package and other materials are available in the Guidance Office.

FIND SCHOLARSHIPS ONLINE

Did you know that hundreds of scholarships can be found online? The following web resources are not affiliated with Niagara College, but do offer information regarding scholarship opportunities and additional financial aid information.


Not sure where to start?

Read this guide to learn where to start, and what you’ll need to know before you begin applying for scholarships and bursaries.

OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program)


What is it?

  • OSAP helps students from lower and middle income families meet the costs of college.
  • It provides financial assistance for educational costs and basic living expenses.
  • OSAP is a loan that you must pay back once your studies have been completed.
  • When you fill out your OSAP application you will automatically be assessed for grants. These grants do not need to be paid back.

How do I apply?
OSAP Step by Step Guide

Laura Secord Secondary School Awards

There are some awards that are unique to Laura Secord and are only available to our students. On this page, you will find information on each one of them including the dollar amount, criteria, and how to apply. If you require further information, please don't hesitate to see a Guidance Counsellor.

To apply for ANY Laura Secord Award, you must submit the following:

1.     Laura Secord Award Application Form - one form for each award you are applying for
2.     Student Profile Form - one copy must be submitted to the Guidance Office to be filed

You can find both of these forms under the Presentations, Documents and Forms page of this website or in the Grad filing cabinet in the Guidance Office.

Some awards have additional documents that must submitted along with the two forms above.  Please read the requirements carefully.

NAME OF AWARD:   Aapex Driving Academy Award

AMOUNT:   TBD Each School Year

DESCRIPTION & CRITERIA:

This award is donated by Aapex Driving Academy.  It is awarded to a graduating student to further their education at the post-secondary level.

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NAME OF AWARD:   Chartwell's School Dining Bursary

AMOUNT:   $250

DESCRIPTION & CRITERIA:

This award is donated by Chartwell's, the company who caters our cafeteria.  It is awarded to a graduating student to further their education at the post-secondary level.

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NAME OF AWARD:  James H. Smith Staff Award

AMOUNT:  $250

DESCRIPTION & CRITERIA:

This award is donated by our current staff in memory of James H. Smith, founding principal of Laura Secord Secondary School.  It is awarded in recognition of a graduating student who is proceeding to a post-secondary institution, who has achieved an academic average of at least 70%, and has proven financial need.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

In addition to the Award Application Form and your Student Profile, attach the following item(s):

  1. a neatly prepared sheet indicating:
    • the name(s) of parent(s)/guardian(s) providing support
    • the name of their employer(s), their occupation(s), and previous year’s net income for each
    • the names and ages of your siblings and others who live with you who are wholly dependent upon your parent(s)/guardian(s) for support

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NAME OF AWARD:  Laura Secord Guidance Award

AMOUNT:   $250

DESCRIPTION & CRITERIA:

This award is donated by the Guidance Department at Laura Secord Secondary School.  It is awarded in recognition of a graduating student who is proceeding to a post-secondary institution, who has achieved an academic average of at least 70%, and who has completed at least 100 hours of community service.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

In addition to the Award Application Form and your Student Profile, attach the following item(s):

    1. Hour Republic printout showing proof of the completion of at least 100 hours of community service

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NAME OF AWARD:  Laura Secord School Council Award

AMOUNT:  $250

DESCRIPTION & CRITERIA:

This award is donated by the School Council of Laura Secord Secondary School.  It is awarded in recognition of a graduating student who is proceeding to a post-secondary institution, who has achieved an academic average of at least 70%, and has made a significant contribution to the school, the school council, or the community.

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NAME OF AWARD:   Sharp Bus Lines Scholarship Program

AMOUNT:   $50.00 to $750.00 (2% of previous year’s sales booked by school)

DESCRIPTION & CRITERIA:

This award is donated by Sharp Bus Lines.  It is awarded to a graduating student to further their education and experience in the field of the skilled trades.

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DSBN AWARDS

These awards are offered by the DSBN.  Laura Secord is permitted to give one name each year.  If you would like to be considered for any of these awards, please submit the following:

1.     Laura Secord Award Application Form - one form for each award you are applying for
2.     Student Profile Form - one copy must be submitted to the Guidance Office to be filed

Dalton Clark Student Bursary
$500
- be graduating from a DSBN Secondary School
- be a resident of Niagara
- be accepted in an undergraduate program at a post-secondary institute (must show proof of acceptance)
- demonstrate financial need (must provide / self-declare low income information)

Dr. Valerie Jaeger First Generation Bursary
$1000

- graduating from a DSBN Secondary School
- be a resident of Niagara
- be a first generation post-secondary student (parents have not completed post-secondary education)
- be accepted at a post-secondary institute (must show proof of acceptance)
- demonstrate financial need ( must provide/self-declare low income information)


Edward Mirynech Student Bursary
$1000
-must be a resident of Niagara
-graduated from Connaught Public School
-graduating from a secondary school in the District School Board of Niagara
-accepted as a first year student at Niagara College or Brock University

First Generation DSBN Student Bursary
$500

- be graduating from a DSBN Secondary School
- be a resident of Niagara
- be a first generation post-secondary student (parents have not completed post-secondary education)
- be accepted in an undergraduate program at a post-secondary institute (must show proof of acceptance)
- demonstrate financial need (must provide / self-declare low income information)

George & Jackie Thomas Student Bursary
$1000

- graduating from a DSBN Secondary School
- be a resident of Niagara
- be accepted in at a post-secondary institute (must show proof of acceptance)
- demonstrate financial need ( must provide/self-declare low income information

Jack & Janet Cavers Scholarship
$4,000 over 4 years max. for university - $1,000/yr; $1500 over 3 years max. for college - $500/yr.
-must be graduating from a School in the former Lincoln County Board of Education
-resident of the former Lincoln County Board of Education boundaries
-minimum of 480 marks in best 6 University preparation courses in a maximum of 5 years for University
-minimum of 480 marks in best 6 senior division credits in a maximum of 5 years - one credit must be English - for College
-show proof of acceptance to a university or college
-show need for financial assistance

Newark Neighbours Bursary
Not less than $2000 
- successfully complete high school with the necessary compulsory credits to obtain their Ontario Secondary School Diploma
- currently reside in the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, including the villages of Virgil, Queenston, St. David's and the Niagara on the Green community. (Note: the applicants mailing address must contain one of the above villages as their residency during high school)
- be graduating from high school within Niagara-on-the-Lake, ie. A.N. Myer, Eden High School, Governor Simcoe, Laura Secord Secondary, Stamford Collegiate or St. Catharines Collegiate
- complete and submit all required documentation for the bursary application package