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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 DCAF Bursary Program provides hope for youth.

DCAF and partners such as the John and Myrna Daniel’s Charitable Foundation, Durham Regional Police Service, Campkin’s RV Centre, Ajax Mayor’s Gala and Sunspace Sunrooms are supporters of the Gift of Education. These bursaries enable over 40 youth to complete post-secondary education to reach their educational goals. It’s been proven! Recipients benefiting from the Bursary Program receive an opportunity to pursue their dreams.

How a Bursary Can Help

The program supports at risk youth and those living in vulnerable situations. 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 and supports their determination to succeed in the face of personal hardship. 

Support of post-secondary education offers vulnerable and at-risk youth equal opportunity to follow their dreams. Education also provides hope for a brighter 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 and those living in vulnerable situations in the greater Durham community, to reach their full potential.   

How to Support

Consider making a personal donation in support of the DCAF Bursary Program.

If your business or organization is interested in sponsoring a bursary for a deserving youth, please contact Leslie McLean, Manager – Signature Programs 


Dear DCAF:   

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.


DCAF Bursary Recipient

Additional Bursary and Scholarship Opportunities

Bursary opportunities are available through the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada and the Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund .

Bursary and Scholarships are available through RBC: RBC Future Launch Scholarships and RBC Future Launch Scholarships for Indigenous Youth .

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.

Bursary Program available for Foster Children.

The Durham (Ajax/Pickering) Black History Month accepts applications for their annual Arts Scholarship, sponsored by Cultural Expressions, Rotary Club of Pickering and DCAF. Candidates can apply online at

Durham Children’s Aid Foundation (DCAF) is committed to collaborating with the community to enable equal opportunities for children, youth, and families, so that they may reach their full potential.

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By supporting the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation (DCAF) you can help turn hope into reality, challenge into triumph and adversity into opportunity for over 4000 children, youth and their families.

There are many ways you can help to make a profound impact and change the life of a child. Your gift will help to ensure that No Child, Youth or Family Shall Be Left Behind.

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We Want to Thank Our Supporters

Durham Children’s Aid Foundations is pleased to acknowledge the commitment and ongoing support of our Innovators, Champions, Partners, Mentors and Donors who help to ensure that No Child, Youth or Family Shall Be Left Behind.