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February 22, 2022

Thank you for your interest in the Clark Bursary.

Unfortunately, we have reached our bursary cap for this year and are not taking new applications at this time.

For questions, contact awards@oacas.org

About the Awards

The Clark Bursary program was established in 1989 through a generous donation by Ron and Nancy Clark of Caledonia, with the goal of assisting youth in and from care to achieve their academic and career goals.

Watch a short video explaining the program

▲ with French subtitles

How to Apply

Young people 16-30 years old, who are pursuing post-secondary education, employment, or skills development programs (College or University degree, diploma or certificates, trade and apprenticeships, or professional certifications) and require financial assistance are eligible for the Clark Bursary Program.

Clark Bursary applicants have three options available to them.

Detailed eligibility criteria are available below.

This bursary supports youth with expenses related to skills development, certification, licensing, or education-related tools and equipment.

Examples of eligible expenses: drivers test fees, professional licensing fees (nursing, cosmetology), trades-related equipment (uniforms, tools, equipment, software).

Example of ineligible expenses: rent, childcare, groceries, travel expenses, clothing.

The total award amount of $1,000 is paid in one sum to the recipient.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be 30 years of age or under at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be/have been in the care of an Ontario Children’s Aid Society or Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agency.
  • Applicants must provide proof of financial need. Proof could be a receipt, confirmation of enrollment, or confirmation of an appointment (e.g. Driver’s test booking or invoice for cosmetology licensing fee).

This bursary supports youth enrolled in a multi-semester College or University program (diploma, degree, post-graduate certificate) or trade or apprenticeship program.

The total award is $1,750 per semester of study (up to a maximum of 8 payments).

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be 30 years of age or under at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be/have been in the care of an Ontario Children’s Aid Society or Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agency.
  • Applicants must provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a program. Proof of enrollment includes the name, description, and length of program, as well as a letter of acceptance to be submitted as part of the initial bursary application. To initiate payment for each subsequent semester of enrollment, proof may include a college or university timetable with the youth’s name and the name of their school.

This bursary supports youth who have completed their course of study (College or University degree, diploma or certificates, or trade and apprenticeship program) or are nearing completion and scheduled to graduate.

Applicants to this bursary may or may not have been a multi-payment bursary recipient.

The total award amount of $1,000 is paid in one sum to the recipient.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be 30 years of age or under at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be/have been in the care of an Ontario Children’s Aid Society or Indigenous Child and Family Well-Being Agency.
  • Applicants must provide proof of course completion. Proof could be a copy of a final transcript, degree, or diploma with the youth’s name on it received within one year of applying for the bursary.

If you have any question regarding the Clark Bursary Awards program, contact awards@oacas.org.

Please know that your information is collected and used for the sole purpose of administering the Clark Bursary program. If you’d like to withdraw your consent at any time or discuss how it is being used, contact awards@oacas.org.

Please note, the application form is only available in English. However, if you require French language support to complete the form, email awards@oacas.org and indicate that in the subject line. We will respond to your request as soon as possible.

Applicants will receive a response from the Clark Bursary administration team within two weeks of submitting their application.

Need some help with your application?

Use this infographic to understand the application process for the Clark Bursary Awards.

The Clark Bursary Awards is a program of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. Visit oacas.org to learn more about our work on behalf of the Ontario child welfare sector.