OPA Foundation Scholarship & Bursary Awards Program
Please note that the deadline for applications for the 2017 Scholarship and Bursary Awards Program has passed. Please check back in January 2018 for program detail updates and program application information.
(For detailed information on the available awards please visit the OPA Foundation section of our website.)
Qualified applicants must register online and then submit the required accompanying documents outlined below to complete their application package. The application documents package must be post marked or emailed prior to midnight Friday, May 26. Documents package should be sent to:
The Ontario Parks Association Foundation
Bursary and Scholarship Committee
c/o Ontario Parks Association
7856 5th Line South
Milton, Ontario, L9T 2X8
Note: Incomplete applications will result in disqualification.
All applicants will be evaluated based on the information provided in their application package by the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee is comprised of a quorum of the Ontario Parks Association Foundation Board. All decisions made by the Selection Committee are considered final.
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Scholarship / Bursary Award Application Process:
Please review the CONSENT TO RELEASE OF INFORMATION FORM.pdf.
1. REGISTER ONLINE
Register online to apply for a scholarship or bursary award.
Once the online registration is complete, please assemble and submit the following documents package via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or mail (7856 5th Line South, Milton, ON L9T 2X8):
2. PERSONAL LETTER
Please prepare a letter using the following bold, italicized statements as mandatory headings in your letter to introduce yourself to the Selection Committee. This information will form the context of your letter and will be evaluated by the Selection Committee.
Outside Interests Related to Field of Study – Provide background information about yourself that may relate to the academic program you have chosen.
Involvement / Volunteerism in Community and/or Campus Activities – Please provide information about the activities have you been involved in that have helped to improve your community or campus.
Future Involvement in Your Profession – Describe the direction you hope to pursue in your future career and any professional or academic plans you have to achieve your goals.
3. REFERENCE LETTERS
Please provide two reference letters: one from a professor or school administrator who can verify your 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 your abilities and personality traits. Please note that letters must be dated within the past two years.
4. CURRENT RESUME
Please submit a copy of your current resume.
5. ONE YEAR OF STUDY BUDGET
Please complete the section at the bottom of the registration page to complete a budget for “One year of Study”.
6. APPLICATION JUSTIFICATION
On a separate typed page entitled “Application Justification” please provide:
a) A brief description of your personal effort to earn tuition and any financial support you have received.
b) A brief description of your anticipated costs required by your program of study.
c) A closing statement as to why you are a deserving student.
7. TRANSCRIPT - If second term grades are not finalized, please submit grades from first term that are final. Final transcripts can be forwarded after the deadline date to the Selection Committee (see mail/email address above), no later than Friday, May 26.
Website transcripts are acceptable, provided that the website transcript is accompanied by letter grade or grade point average conversion to percentage grade.
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 26th at the latest.
Please read our COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION PRIVACY STATEMENT.pdf.
If you have any questions or issues regarding the application process please contact email@example.com.