How to Apply
We're looking for students
just like you.
Every year we award over 250 grade 11 and 12
students in the Greater Toronto Area with
up to $5,000 in recognition of their commitment
to both their academics and their community.
What some might call "extenuating circumstances", we call your life story. It's unique to you and that's exactly what we're looking for.
The Merit Award doesn't have grade cut-offs or firm definitions on things like "extra-curricular". We're looking to understand who you are, what you've overcome to pursue your education and how you've been a positive force for others on the way.
Receiving a Merit Award isn't just a bursary. It's a badge of recognition as well as lifelong access to our Alumni resources from mentorship programs to leadership opportunities and more.
You've already done the work, it's time to be recognized!
The Important Stuff
Attend a participating school.
Be currently enrolled in high school as a full-time student for the school year OR as a full time-student during Fall or Winter of the school year;
Intend to return to school as a full-time student, in the next school year, in Grade 12 or post-secondary education at the university or college level, including registered apprenticeship programs;
Have 16 credits.
How To Recieve Your Award
Student recipients must be enrolled as a full-time student at high school or in university or college for the following school year.
The bursary will be paid in the Fall after the student provides proof of his/her active enrollment.
How To Apply
How to apply for a Merit Award:
CREATE an account for your Merit Award Online Application here
COMPLETE the online application form
OBTAIN 2 teacher references (to be completed through the online request system)
SUBMIT your application (you must press submit button once 3 other parts are completed)
We work with 82 schools across the Toronto District School Board, Toronto District Catholic School Board and Peel District School Board.
Your vote of confidence can make
a world of difference.
Encourage your students to apply
for a Merit Award.
Students are far more likely to apply
when encouraged by a trusted adult or peer.
Our team of volunteers is also ready for school visits (COVID-19 permitting) and class talks.
We have an annual toolkit with everything you need
to spread the word about applying for the
Being selected as a recipient of the Merit award prior to my senior year really gave the confidence boost I needed to take
on the obstacles I would face.
Merit Award Recipient