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OPAF Bursaries & Scholarships


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.

 

APPLICATIONS MUST BE ADDRESSED AND SENT TO:

The Ontario Parks Association Foundation

Bursary and Scholarship Committee

c/o Ontario Parks Association

7856 5th Line South, RR 4

Milton, Ontario, L9T 2X8

 

All applications must be post marked prior to midnight Friday, May 30, 2014. Please note that applications and transcripts can be submitted separately. Applications should be submitted as early as possible, with transcripts being sent as soon as they are available, but by May 30th at the latest. 

Reference Letters

We ask that applicants provide two reference letters: one from a professor or school administrator who can verify the student's academic level, leadership ability and contributions to the school program. A second letter from a non-academic reference (employer/personal reference/volunteer work) that outlines the student's abilities and personality traits.

 

Conditions Governing an Award

 

Any Bursary or Scholarship awarded by The Ontario Parks Association Foundation is to be used towards:

  • Payment of tuition fees
  • The purchase of course materials (academic books and supplies)
  •  Residency
  •  Other associated educational expenses.

Bursaries and Scholarships Available

 

"Len Stanley - King of Kew" Scholarship

Len Stanley was one of the founding members of the OPAF and had a long distinguished career in the City of Toronto park system. He became known as the "King of Kew Gardens" by his fellow colleagues after becoming the superintendent of this Toronto park, and for his ongoing leadership capacity in the OPA. Awarded to a deserving student whose home address is in one of the municipalities that make up the new amalgamated City of Toronto and meets the following criteria:

  • Will pursue a career in parks design, development, maintenance or administration
  • Exemplify the joy of life and concerns for one's fellow citizens
  • Has a positive social outlook
  • Possesses a genuine desire to preserve and protect the natural elements of their community
  •  Is a successful first year student in a college or university institution in Canada or the United States.

Joyce Anderson Bursary

This award was established through the generous donation made by Frank Anderson as a memorial to his loving wife Joyce. Frank was one of the founding members of the OPAF and served the OPA in many capacities throughout his distinguished career in municipal park services. The selection committee will award this bursary to a deserving student based on their academic performance and financial need.


The Beulah & Harry Christian, Margaret & Ernie Seager Bursary

These two couples, who were long time friends and great supporters of the OPAF, donated this award. Both Harry and Ernie are former Presidents of the OPA, and were awarded lifetime memberships for their dedication and many years of service to the advancement of municipal and regional park systems in Ontario. Awarded to a qualified individual based on marks, but most importantly, need and effort.


Dave Gower OPAF Bursary

Dave was a great supporter of the OPA throughout his career in the municipal park field. He was also a former President of the Association and a great advocate for the OPAF. This award was named in his honour and will be given to an individual who the Selection Committee feels is the most deserving of this bursary.

City of Mississauga OPAF Scholarship

The City of Mississauga made this award possible because of the outstanding fund raising efforts by their Community Services Department staff. As hosts for the annual OPAF Golf Tournament in 2003 they raised more money for OPAF than any other single event in the foundation history to date. This award will be presented to an individual that the Selection Committee feels is most deserving of this scholarship.

Little Tikes Commercial Bursary

This bursary was named for the above company after their generous donation of a play structure, which was auctioned off to Ontario Parks Departments. The winning bid provided sufficient funds to create this award. The Selection Committee will award this bursary to a deserving individual that meets the application criteria.

"Protecting Tomorrow Today" Student Award

This award of $2,500 will be presented to a student registered in the first year of their post secondary program who has demonstrated exceptional involvement and commitment towards environmental protection and conservation. Students applying for this award should provide a detailed outline of related activities they have been involved in that have benefited their community, school or some other organization. Areas of activity can be related to conservation management, public park improvement, landscape design and or construction or some other form of environmental protection. The OPAF Awards Committee reserves the right to withhold the award in any given year if applicants do not fulfill selection requirements. Scholastic standing is not a criteria for selection.


OPAF Spirit Award

How to Apply

Interested students must include a completed copy of the application form with accompanying required documents outlined in the application check list. The information package must post marked prior to midnight Friday, May 30, 2014 and be addressed and sent to:

The Ontario Parks Association Foundation

Bursary and Scholarship Committee

c/o Ontario Parks Association

7856 5th Line South, RR 4

Milton, Ontario, L9T 2X8

If you would like more information on The Ontario Parks Association Foundation Bursaries and Scholarships, please direct your inquiries to the Bursary and Scholarship Committee Chairperson: Stuart Koch by email: opaf@ontarioparksassociation.ca

 

Click here for the OPAF Bursary & Scholarship application form.

 

 
 

Ontario Parks Association

7856 5th Line South · RR4 · 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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