Apply For Scholarships
Current and former children being supported by the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto are eligible for college and university level scholarships.
All Scholarship recipients are expected to attend the Annual Scholarship Event. The only exceptions are living out of province, illness, work that cannot be rescheduled or significant family celebrations, i.e. a wedding. We reserve the right to hold your grant if you do not attend the Scholarship Event. The date of this year’s event has not yet been announced.
Our keynote speaker from the scholarship event this year, former youth in extended society care and graduation grant recipient
“Receiving the scholarship has given me a push to know that I am in school for a reason and it has pushed me in a positive way to keep going; knowing that I am going to be rewarded one day.”
– Chelsea G.Ndaké
The following are useful links to resources available to youth who want to enhance their academic standing, and who are planning to pursue post-secondary education. Other useful links are provided on employment, heath, social services proved by both non-profit groups and government agencies. Please contact us with your suggestions or comments on how we can improve this resource page to help you better.
- There are many sources of funds available for students including scholarships, grants, bursaries or loans. Search the OSCA web site www.osca.ca by clicking on “Student Resources” for financial aid information. Community programs (organized by cultural groups, religious groups, embassies, service clubs, business and banks and sport organizations) and Foundations have developed programs to support students pursuing post-secondary education.
- The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) has information regarding student grants and loans and how students can qualify. The OSAP application is used to apply for Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan funding. Completing an OSAP application allows you to be considered for a variety of grants, bursaries and scholarships.
- The Canada Access Grant for Students from Low- Income Families provides assistance for up to $375 per month of study. This grant is available for students enrolled in a full-time and undergraduate degree, diploma, or certificate program that is at least 2 years (60 weeks) in duration at a designated post-secondary institution.
- The Canada Access Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities – this grant is available for students with permanent disabilities may receive $2,000 per academic year to help cover the costs of accommodations, tuition and books.
- Canada Student Grants- provide money for college, or university that you don’t need to pay back.
- Ontario Distance Grant- For students with a home address that is 80km or more from their college or University
- Ontario Access Grants for Crown Wards– Current or former youth and children in extended society care, youth who are receiving or were eligible to receive Continued Care and Support for Youth ( previously ECM)
- Black Canadian Scholarship Fund
- Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) National Scholarship Fund
- The Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation
- RBC Royal Bank Scholarship Awards
- TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community Leadership
- YouthCAN– OACAS facilitates a multi-component program for youth in care of Ontario Children’s Aid Societies run by fromer youth in care.
- Good2Talk/Allo J’écoute is a free, confidential, and anonymous helpline offering postsecondary students in Ontario professional counselling, mental health information, and referrals to on- and off-campus resources, 24/7/365. If you need assistance with a mental health challenge, call the Good2Talk Post-Secondary Student Helpline at 1-866-925-5454, or by dialing 2-1-1 and asking to be connected to Good2Talk.
- Pape Adolescent Resource Centre (PARC)
- Telehealth Ontario: Free access to a Registered Nurse 24/7 at 1-866-797-0000
- 211toronto.ca and 211 telephone service for information and referrals for social services provided by non-profit, community-based organizations and the public sector.
- Toronto Online Employment Centre offers information, tools and resources to find employment in Toronto.
- Employment Ontario -get training, skills and experience support.
- Service Canada – Government of Canada programs and services for your SIN, EI, passport services, driver’s licence and other services.
- Summer Job Program- Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
- Yconic – Yconic is a free scholarship search service devoted to helping students find information on scholarships, bursaries, grants and other forms of financial assistance. For further information visit the Yconic website. Create your profile, become a member, and take advantage of the what they have to offer!
- Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) and Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE)
- Get Help Finding a Job: for Students/Youth
- Awards for Youth with a Disability A site dedicated to awards and scholarships for students with disabilities at Canadian colleges and universities.