The program was started in 1996 by a group of Toronto residents who felt it was important to support and encourage high school students to stay in school and continues to thrive today due in large part to its volunteers.
The Merit Award Bursary Program provides bursaries to Toronto senior high school students as an incentive to stay in school and pursue postsecondary education.
This bursary recognizes those who demonstrate a commitment to their school work, extra-curricular activities, and community involvement.
What makes The Merit Award different from other bursary programs:
- The Merit Award Bursary Program is for any full-time grade 11 or 12 student who plans to stay in high school or continue post-secondary education in an apprenticeship, college or university program.
- Bursary awards range from $500 for students returning to high school, to $750 for most of those going into post secondary, and up to $2,000 for those with the most compelling applications
- It’s not based on marks. Good effort in school and outside activities is what counts.
- Personal circumstances are also taken into account.
Profile of our award recipients:
- Come from a single parent household.
- Low family income.
- Immigrant/first generation.
- Students work part time to help contribute to household bills.
- Last year there were 48 schools in the program. This year we have added 19 alternative education schools for a total of 65
- We have awarded 2,021 bursaries since 1996
- We receive more than 450 applications a year