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Qualifying for an OPA Foundation (OPAF) Bursary or Scholarship Award




Application Deadline: Applications must be postmarked prior to midnight on FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015

Five first year Ontario college or university students, who qualify and complete the requirements of application, are recognized each year with awards by the OPAF.

The goal of the Ontario Parks Association Foundation (OPAF) is to raise funds to assist deserving students who wish to pursue their education in any phase of public parks work, related horticulture or landscaping, conservation, or environmental resource management.

Think you qualify?

Application is open to Canadian Citizens or Landed Immigrants who wish to pursue their education in any phase of public parks work, related horticulture or landscaping, conservation, or environmental resource management.

The following rules govern consideration for applications:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a recognized Ontario educational institution in a parks, related horticulture or landscaping, conservation, or environmental resource management field. (Note the Len Stanley "King of Kew" Scholarship is open to U.S. and Canadian students.)
  • Applications are only available to students who are in the process of completing their first year of studies in a recognized University or College in Ontario.
  • Awards to successful applicants will be granted with confirmation of enrollment and continuation of study in second year.
  • Bursaries and Scholarships will be granted on merit, which will be evaluated by the Selection Committee on criteria outlined in the application form.
  • Bursaries and Scholarships are limited to one per successful applicant.

Why you should apply:

  1. The five awards are given out each year.
  2. Less stress! As a successful applicant you will be able to better focus on your studies, with extra money contributing to your educational expenses.
  3. Completing the application will give you experience in competing for funds. Have the confidence to apply – one application is all you need – the committee will determine which bursary or scholarship (bursary also requires a completed “One Year of Study Budget”) is best suited to the most qualified applicant.
  4. Applications are due on or before Friday, May 29, 2015 – so, don’t hesitate! Compile the information, secure the references and draft a cover letter!
  5. Receiving an award looks good on a resume!
  6. Successful applicants are honoured by the OPA and OPAF and in the Green Sward (the OPA newsletter) – a valuable addition to your portfolio
  7. Successful applicants receive a one year membership to the OPA, providing the student with networking, educational and career opportunities of a life time!

Click here to download a copy of the application form

Or contact opaf@ontarioparksassociation.ca

 


Ontario Parks Association

7856 5th Line South · Milton · Ontario · L9T 2X8 *

Phone: 905-864-6182 · Toll Free: 1-866-560-7783 · Fax: 905-864-6184

Email: shelley@ontarioparksassociation.ca or training@ontarioparksassociation.ca


(*Note: If you are mapping our location, enter Halton Hills, not Milton, as the city)

 

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