One of the most important elements of DCAF’s mission is to help youth obtain a proper education. Education is necessary to prepare them for their adult lives. Unfortunately, over 55% of our youth are dropping out of high school. Subsequently, youth in care are unfortunately at risk of poor outcomes. In addition, over 15% of Durham’s youth are living in poverty. As a result, many youth feel they can not reach their goals and dreams. The Post-Secondary Bursary Program provides hope for youth.
DCAF and partners such as the John and Myrna Daniel’s Charitable Foundation, Durham Regional Police Service and Sunspace Sunrooms are supporters of the Gift of Education. These bursaries enable over 45 youth to complete post-secondary education to reach their educational goals. It’s been proven! Recipients benefiting from the Post-Secondary Bursary Program receive an opportunity to pursue their dreams.
How A Bursary Can Help
The youth being supported have been hurt by abuse, neglect or their basic needs were not being met due to poverty. Bursaries for post-secondary education are supported 100% by donors. Supporters recognize the importance of these bursaries. The bursaries affirm a young person’s scholastic ability. In addition, bursaries also support their determination to succeed in the face of personal hardship.
Support of post-secondary education aids in preventing the cycle of abuse and neglect. Education also provides hope for a bright future. Bursary funds support housing, technology, tuition, books and other essential needs. DCAF is committed to helping youth in the care of the Durham Children’s Aid Society reach their full potential.
How to Support
If your business or organization is interested in sponsoring a bursary for a deserving youth, please contact Leslie McLean, Manager – Signature Programs and Events
How to apply for a Bursary
Story of Success
There is a certain feeling you get when someone you have no idea existed, steps up and blesses you with the opportunity to help change lives for the better. You could say I had that ten-fold when I found out I was receiving the bursary provided by DCAF. It feels as if you have believed in me my whole life, which feels amazing.
I cannot begin to express to you how grateful I am for receiving this and I cannot wait to put it into use and begin to empower kids of all ages. I would like to formally thank you for blessing me with this bursary as it not only will help fuel my college studies, but it will allow me to take some of the financial burden away and really let me focus on what I need to do to help change lives for the better. Thank you again for such a beautiful act of generosity, selflessness and love.
It is because of generous supporters of the Post-Secondary Bursary Program that No Youth Shall Be Left Behind.
The Clark Bursary Program provides financial awards to young people from the child welfare system pursuing post-secondary education, employment, or skills development.
Durham Community Foundation is introducing new scholarship opportunities for students pursuing post secondary education. For Ajax/Pickering students there are two $3000 scholarships available via the Coughlan Scholarship Fund. For self-identified BIPOC Youth, there are two $1,000 scholarships one attending a Durham District High School and one attending a Durham District Catholic High School.
Town of Ajax – Shining Star Youth Bursary Program – supports the academic futures of underrepresented youth by providing applicants with a $1000 bursary to access and achieve success within post-secondary education. Applications are open until May 6, 2022.
The Durham Black History Month 2022 is accepting applications for the annual Arts Scholarship, sponsored by Cultural Expressions, Rotary Club of Pickering and DCAF.
The Arts Scholarship supports Black students in grade 12 attending a Durham Region High School who have been accepted to an arts program at a Canadian post-secondary institution. Eligible arts programs range from the performing arts to museum studies and fashion design; literary, visual and media arts; to arts administration, curatorial practice and beyond!
Three individual awards of $1,000 each will be granted by Cultural Expressions Art Gallery Inc., Rotary Club of Pickering and Durham Children’s Aid Foundation. Deadline to apply is Monday, April 25, 2022 and candidates can apply online at https://www.durhamblackhistorymonth.com/scholarship