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The successful youth, 16-24 years of age (or as otherwise specified*), must demonstrate involvement in activities that enhance their growth and development. This scholarship/bursary is presented for furthering the candidate’s studies at a post-secondary or trade institution. (Students returning to High School are not eligible.)
We welcome individual student applications or nominations from schools and the community.
- Candidate must be of African, African-Canadian or Caribbean Heritage
- Candidate must have demonstrated a commitment to service in their school and/or community
- Candidate must be attending/returning to a post-secondary or trade institution in the 2018/2019 academic school year
- Candidate must be a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant or convention refugee, and the City of Hamilton must be their principal residence
Candidate must submit a completed application with the following supporting documents to be considered for a scholarship or bursary:
- Record of activities and achievements
- A personal statement, no more than 500 words, that articulates the candidate’s desired goals and achievements relative to the scholarship for which they are applying
- School transcript/record indicating an average of 70% or over
- A letter of recommendation from a school staff to support the candidate’s submission, and/or a letter of recommendation from a member of the community to support the candidate’s submission
Categories of Scholarships and Bursaries
Audre Lorde Scholarship – LGBTQ2S
Audre Geraldine Lorde was a black writer, feminist, womanist, lesbian, and civil rights activist, who dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia. (Died 17 November 1992, St. Croix, USVI)
This scholarship is given to an individual under the age of 29*, who has made significant contributions to the community, and who identifies as LGBTQ2S.
Scholarship Partners: Ruth Cameron and Jean Samuel
Evelyn Myrie “Political Action” Bursary
Evelyn Myrie is the Co-founder of the Rev. John C. Holland Awards. She has held leadership positions in government, business and the non-profit sector with a strong focus on helping organizations reach their goals. Myrie has served in many roles in Hamilton, including a columnist for the Hamilton Spectator, worked with the Status of Women and served as the Executive Director of the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion. Myrie has been an active political figure in the community.
This bursary is given to the individual who has shown outstanding leadership in political action within the community.
Bursary Partner: Councillor Matthew Green
“Girls Rock” Scholarship
YWCA Hamilton strengthens women’s and girls’ voices, broadens their choices, builds dynamic leadership and provides essential and meaningful services that promote safe, inclusive, and equitable communities.
This scholarship is given to a young woman who is pursuing studies in a field that closely aligns with the advancement of women’s issues.
Scholarship Partner: YWCA Hamilton
Lincoln Alexander “Breaking down Barriers” Scholarship
Lincoln MacCauley Alexander, CC, QC, OOnt, lawyer, parliamentarian, public servant, chancellor and Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. Alexander was the first Black Canadian Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister and Lieutenant-Governor (Ontario). There are schools and a parkway named in his honour. (Died 19 October 2012 in Hamilton, ON).
This scholarship is given to an individual who has demonstrated leadership on issues related to Breaking down Barriers.
Marlene Thomas – “Community Advocacy” Scholarship
Inspired by the Founder of the John C. Holland Awards, Marlene Thomas. The scholarship encourages youth and young adults to take action in their communities and choose an educational pathway that further supports their work. Thomas ran the Hamilton Cultural and Ethnic Mosaic Association, Equality For All, and co-chairperson with Mayor Robert Morrow for the Hamilton Mayor’s Committee against Racism and Discrimination.
This scholarship is given to the individual who has demonstrated impact in the areas of community advocacy as demonstrated by their commitment to activities that benefit the community.
Nelson Mandela “Social Justice” Scholarship
Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, lawyer and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black head of state and President of the African National Congress. Mandela is widely regarded as an icon of democracy and social justice. He received more than 250 honours—including the Nobel Peace Prize. (Died 5 December 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa)
This scholarship is given to an individual who has demonstrated leadership and commitment to social justice issues.
Raymond G. Lewis “Sports Leadership” Scholarship
Raymond Gray Lewis was a Canadian track and field athlete, and the first Canadian-born Black Olympic medalist. Lewis was nicknamed Rapid Ray for his speed on the track. He excelled in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 meter distances in high school and captured 17 national high school championships (including a record four in one day) while a student at Hamilton’s Central Collegiate. (Died 15 November 2003, Hamilton, ON)
This scholarship is given to the individual who has accomplished significant achievements in Sports Leadership.
Scholarship Partner: Mount Olive Lodge
Reverend George Horton – “Law Enforcement” Scholarship
Reverend George Horton was born in Zeelandia, Guyana. Horton lived an adventurous life that included serving as a police officer in Guyana, earning a Master’s degree at New York University and becoming Hamilton’s first Black police chaplain. As a pastor, Horton worked at many Hamilton churches, most recently Stewart Memorial. (Died 26 February 2017, Hamilton, ON)
This scholarship is given to an individual who is pursuing studies in law enforcement.
Nominations are invited for the following awards:
- Candidate must be of African, African Canadian or Caribbean Heritage
- Candidate must be 24 years and older
- Candidate must have demonstrated a commitment to service in their community
- Candidate must be a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant, convention refugee and, the City of Hamilton must be their principal residence
Community Service Award
The successful candidate must have a record of voluntary community involvement and service and must have contributed to the development and advancement of the Hamilton community.
Criteria to be considered will include:
- Measurable impact that enriched the community
- Demonstration of commitment and dedication
- Exceptional volunteer service through community organizations
Business & Professional Achievement Award
The Candidate(s) must currently be involved in the business sector and demonstrate excellence in a profession.
Criteria to be considered will include:
- Significant contribution to the business community through a record of outstanding achievements
- Evidence of leadership in business and or profession
- Contributed to new ideas and informed best practices that have added to the general body of knowledge in the candidate’s field
Arts, Arts Industry & Entertainment Award: (In Memory of the late Jackie Washington)
Like Jackie Washington, the candidate must demonstrate outstanding achievement in the arts.
Criteria to be considered will include:
- Outstanding practitioner in the Performing Arts (Dance, Theatre, and Multi-disciplinary groups); Visual and Media Arts; Literature and Publishing; Film; and Video and Television
- Evidence of commitment to the arts and cultural industries through arts planning and promotion
An Award of Merit may be conferred by the Hamilton Black History Committee (HBHC) in the following two categories:
Black History Committee Award
To an individual, institution or organization, within the Black Community who, in the opinion of the HBHC, has rendered meritorious and outstanding service at the local, provincial or national levels.
To an individual, institution or organization in the City of Hamilton who, in the opinion of the HBHC, has rendered meritorious and outstanding support to the Black community.