The Bill 7 Award is a scholarship for individuals with demonstrated financial need after accessing available public financial supports. To be eligible to receive a Bill 7 Award scholarship, individuals must also meet ALL of the following three criteria:
You are attending or accepted by a Post-Secondary Educational Institution in the Province of Ontario
You are pursuing your FIRST post-secondary program of study
You identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, two-spirited or queer (LGBTQ)
2019 - 20 Key Dates
2019-20 Application Form Available
Successful Recipients Notified
Friday, August 2, 2019
November 7, 2019
How to Apply
The 2019-20 application cycle is now closed. Successful applicants will be notified in mid-September 2019. The Award Presentation Event will be held on Thursday November 7, 2019 at the 519 Community Centre in Toronto.
Application deadline for 2019-20: Friday, August 2, 2019
The 2020-2021 Application will be available here in early April, 2020. Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram to be notified of when the application is live.
What You Need to Submit Your Application
In addition to your application form, we require the following documents. These may be attached in .pdf, .doc or .txt format.
A copy of OSAP estimate (if applicable)
Proof of registration / acceptance from the post-secondary institution. Acceptable proof could be a copy of the confirmation of your offer of acceptance; proof of registration in the program; proof of payment of tuition; a copy of your offer of admission. If you are selected as a recipient, you must provide proof of active enrolment in your program before payment is issued.
Reference letter from a teacher, guidance counsellor, coach, employer, community or social worker, doctor, religious leader or similar professional who can support your application. The reference letter should indicate how long and in what context the writer knows you and explain why you would be a good candidate for the Award.
A personal statement, 250 words or fewer, detailing why you should be selected as the recipient of the Bill 7 Award. You may wish to consider how your studies or future work will contribute to the improvement of the LGBTQ community and/or provide us with any other information you feel we should know about you that will make you a good candidate, such as children, family, relationships, disabilities, experiences of discrimination, living situation, geographic context, etc.
The Ontario Work Study Plan
Applicants may also want to investigate the Ontario Work Study Program. This program helps Ontario students find part-time employment during the school year at the school. Please contact the financial services office of your school for more information.
Hear Why You Should Apply for a Bill 7 Award Scholarship
Bill 7 Award
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