School Board Awards

ALL applications for the awards listed below are due Friday, March 25th, 2022. No Exceptions.

Please NAME your files with your last name and first name and what part of the application it is. I.e. Smith, John Teacher Reference #1

Incomplete applications will not be accepted

The Director of Education Award for Academic Perseverance

1. Demonstrated perseverance throughout their secondary education, in order to achieve academic success for an OSS diploma, including the community service component.

2. Have demonstrated courage and determination while facing and overcoming adversity.

Submission Requirements:

  • Application form

  • Brief (300-500 word) essay outlining how you’ve persevered through high school and demonstrated courage and determination while facing and overcoming adversity.

A bursary of $1500 and a certificate to one student from each Catholic High School.

APPLY HERE for the Director of Education Award for Academic Perseverance!

The Director of Education Graduate Student Award

1. Achieved a high academic average in their Grade 11 and 12 subjects.

2. Completed all the requirements for obtaining an OSS diploma, including the community service component.

3. Consistently demonstrated positive social attitudes throughout his/her years of high school.

4. Consistently exemplified the expectations of the Ontario Catholic School Graduate.

5. A self-directed, responsible, lifelong learner who develops and demonstrates his/her God-given potential.

6. A caring, individual who attends to family, school, parish and the wider community.

7. Accepted at a university or college.

Submission Requirements:

  • Application form

  • Brief (300-500 word) essay outlining academic achievements including being a self directed, responsible and lifelong learner. Your essay should also speak to you as an individual who attends to family, school, parish and to the wider community.

A bursary of $1500 and a certificate to one student from each Catholic High School.

APPLY HERE for the Direct of Education Graduate Student Award!

The Catholic Graduate Expectations Award

is to honour a Catholic graduate from each high school based on the following considerations:

1. Participated in school, community and parish initiatives throughout their high school career that have enhanced the character of the Catholic Graduate.

2. Attained a minimum 75% average and has completed all the requirements for obtaining an OSS diploma including the community service component.

3. Demonstrated the distinctive expectations as delineated in the Catholic Graduate Expectations document. He or she is expected to be; a discerning believer; a collaborative contributor; a caring family member; a self-directed, responsible, lifelong learner; a responsible citizen; an effective communicator; and a reflective, creative and holistic thinker.

Submission Requirements:

  • Application form

  • School-related involvement form (2a)

  • Parish and Community-related involvement form (2b)

  • 150-300 word essay

  • Maximum of 3 letters of support

A bursary of $1,000 accompanied by an individual certificate to one student from each Catholic High School.

APPLY HERE for the Catholic Graduate Expectations Award!

Ottawa Catholic Trustee Service Award

is to honour a Catholic graduate from each high school based on the following considerations:

1. Demonstrated extensive service in school activities for a minimum of three years.

2. Demonstrated service in the community and/or fundraising involvement.

3. Taken initiative and demonstrated leadership.

4. Completed all the requirements for obtaining an OSS diploma, including the community service component.

Submission Requirements:

  • Application form

  • One page resume in point form

A bursary of $1500 and a certificate to one student from each Catholic High School.

APPLY HERE for the Ottawa Catholic Trustee Service Award!


The Ashfield Community Involvement Award

Awarded to a grade 12 graduating student based on the following considerations:

1. Completed all the requirements for obtaining an OSS diploma with a minimum 70% average, including the community service component.

2. Accepted for studies at a College or University.

3. Have significant financial challenges associated with continuing their post-secondary pathway.

Submission Requirements:

  • Application form

  • Up to two pages (8.5 x 11) outlining why you are applying for the award

  • Maximum of 2 reference letters to support your nomination

A bursary of $3,200 and a certificate to nine (9) students from within all Catholic High Schools.

APPLY HERE for the Ashfield Community Involvement Award!

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Award

Awarded to a grade 12 graduating student with particular focus, but without limiting such focus will be given to students who:

1. Demonstrated a special dedication to pursuing a career in the skilled trades.

2. Attained outstanding achievement in the view of their employers and cooperative education teachers.

3. Demonstrated a well-rounded achievement in their education and community involvement.

4. Attained outstanding achievement in the context of economic, cultural or social barriers.

5. Completed all the requirements for obtaining an OSS diploma, including the community service component.

Submission Requirements:

  • Submit application form

  • A brief description outlining why you meet the selection criteria

  • One reference letter from your employer or co-op teacher and one other teacher or community leader.

A bursary of $1,000 and a certificate to one student from each Catholic High School.

APPLY HERE for the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Award!

The Pathways to Success - Destination Employability Award

Awarded to a grade 12 graduating student with particular focus, but without limiting such focus will be given to students who:

1. Demonstrated special dedication to pursuing a career directly after high school.

2. Attained outstanding achievement in view of their employers and cooperative education teachers.

3. Demonstrated a well-rounded achievement in their education and community involvement.

4. Been successful in their chosen pathway.

5. Completed all the requirements for obtaining an OSS diploma, or an OSS Certificate and demonstrated a special talent for their chosen pathway.

Submission Requirements:

  • Application form

  • Portfolio outlining why you meet the selection criteria

  • One reference letter from your employer, DEP or co-op teacher and/or one other teacher or community leader

  • Proof of success in chosen pathway

A bursary of $500 and a certificate to one student from each Catholic High School

APPLY HERE for the Pathways to Success - Destination Employability Award!

Be Community Award - “By our works we show our faith” James 2:18

The Volunteer Community Service Hours Award to be awarded to a grade 12 graduating student based on the following considerations:

1. Completed all the requirements for obtaining an OSS diploma, including the community service component.

2. Included the total number of volunteer community service hours accumulated.

3. Experienced a variety of activities in these volunteer community service hours.

Submission Requirements:

  • Application form

  • Short essay on the impact your volunteer hours have had on you

  • One reference letter from a volunteer coordinator (and may include up to one other)

  • Name the Charity you would select for the $1000 donation (if you are the overall winner) and a brief reason as to why you would choose them

A bursary of $100 and a certificate to one student from each Catholic High School

One additional bursary of $1000 + $1000 to the charity of choice to one secondary graduate student from one OCSB high school

APPLY HERE for the Be Community Award!

The Archbishop’s Award for Catholic Leadership

Awarded to a grade 12 graduating student based on the following considerations:

1. Exemplifies dedication to spiritual and social growth within his/her parish.

2. Participated in school and parish events that have enhanced the identity of the Catholic High School.

3. Completed all the requirements for obtaining an OSS diploma, including the community service component.

The candidate will submit a letter of support from his/her parish priest and his/her school chaplain to the School-Based Awards Committee.

Submission Requirements:

  • Application form

  • Letters of support from parish priest and school chaplain

A bursary of $500 and a certificate to one student from each Catholic High School.

APPLY HERE for the Archbishop's Award for Catholic Leadership!

The Edward J. Cuhaci & Associates Architects Award

Awarded to a grade 12 graduating student based on the following considerations:

1. Planning to take a post-secondary program in the design/architectural studies field, college or university.

2. Achievement in design/architectural related courses in high school.

3. A portfolio, consisting of a minimum of three (3) submissions in the design area (i.e. computer design, artistic design or other related fields).

4. Completed all the requirements for obtaining an OSS diploma, including the community service component.

Submission Requirements:

  • Submit application form

  • A portfolio consisting of a minimum of 3 submissions in the design area (i.e. computer design, artistic design or other related fields)

  • 300 word essay stating why you feel you meet the criteria for the award

An award of $1000 will be made to one secondary graduate student from one OCSB high school.

APPLY HERE for the Edward J. Cuhaci & Associates Architects Award!

The National Bank of Canada Award

Awarded to a grade 12 graduating student based on the following considerations:

1. Completed all the requirements for obtaining an OSS diploma, including the community service component.

2. Student plans to take a post-secondary program in college or university.

Submission Requirements:

  • Application form

  • 300 word essay on managing debt for their anticipated post-secondary costs (ex. credit cards and student loans)

One award of $1250 will be provided to a secondary graduate student from two OCSB high schools each.

APPLY HERE for the National Bank of Canada Award!

The Your Credit Union for Overall Achievement Award

Awarded to a grade 12 graduating student based on the following considerations:

1. Demonstrated strong work ethic, community or school involvement.

2. Have financial need for assistance to pursue his/her education goals whether at college or university level.

Submission Requirements:

  • Application form

  • Brief description of your merits on the selection criteria

  • One reference from a teacher, employer or community leader

One award of $1000 will be provided to a graduating student one secondary graduate student from one OCSB high school.

APPLY HERE for the Your Credit Union for Overall Achievement Award!

The Walking Towards Reconciliation Award

Awarded to a grade 12 graduating student based on the following considerations:

1. Demonstrated empathy and understanding of the context, culture, perspectives, or history regarding Canada’s Indigenous peoples.

2. Involved with an initiative, project or event that has tried to encourage reconciliation.

3. Demonstrated through their daily actions and behaviours an appreciation of the value of Indigenous cultures to Canadian society.

Note: Both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students are eligible for this award. It is an asset to have taken an Indigenous Studies course.

Submission Requirements:

  • Application form

  • 300 word essay outlining your activities and involvement in a reconciliation project or event.

A bursary of $1,000 and a certificate to one student from each Catholic High School.

APPLY HERE for the Walking Towards Reconciliation Award!