OPAF SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES
OPAF has established a fund to provide financial support to our future professionals through bursaries and scholarships for educational purposes.
Qualifying for Awards
OPAF Scholarship & Bursary Awards are open to students who are:
Please note: Awards to successful applicants will be granted after confirmation of enrollment and continuation of study in their chosen program has been provided. Students in their final year of post-secondary studies are not eligible for these awareds. Awards are limited to one per applicant and will be granted on merit, which will be evaluated by the Selection Committee on criteria submitted in the application package.
Why should you apply?
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2022 Award Recipients
Congratulations to this year's very deserving recipients!
How to apply
Qualified applicants must register online and then submit the required accompanying documents outlined on the registration page to complete their application package. The application documents package must be post marked or emailed prior to midnight the last Friday in May.
All applicants will be evaluated based on the information provided in their application package by the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee is comprised of a quorum of the Ontario Parks Association Foundation Board. All decisions made by the Selection Committee are considered final.
Please click here for the 2023 application
The OPA Foundation has made available a total of five bursaries worth $2,000 each and three scholarship awards in the amount of $1,000 each. Any bursary or scholarship awarded by The Ontario Parks Association Foundation is to be used towards:
Payment of tuition fees
The purchase of course materials (academic books and supplies)
Other associated educational expenses
City of Mississauga Scholarship
The City of Mississauga made this award possible because of the outstanding fund raising efforts by their Community Services Department staff. As hosts for the annual OPAF Golf Tournament in 2003 they raised more money for OPAF than any other single event in the foundation history to date. This award will be presented to an individual that the Selection Committee feels is most deserving of this scholarship.
Sponsorship of this award is still available
Joyce Anderson Bursary
This award was established through the generous donation made by Frank Anderson as a memorial to his loving wife Joyce. Frank was one of the founding members of the OPAF and served the OPA in many capacities throughout his distinguished career in municipal park services. The selection committee will award this bursary to a deserving student based on their academic performance and financial need.
This award has been sponsored for 2023 - 2025 by: MAGLIN SITE FURNITURE
Len Stanley - King of Kew Scholarship
Len Stanley was one of the founding members of the OPAF and had a long, distinguished career in the City of Toronto park system. He became known as the "King of Kew Gardens" by his fellow colleagues after becoming the superintendent of this Toronto park, and for his ongoing leadership capacity in the OPA. Awarded to a deserving student whose home address is in the GTA and meets the following criteria:
Sponsorship opportunity still available! Check out the details below.’
Protecting Tomorrow Today® Bursary
This award will be presented to a student registered in an eligible post-secondary program who has demonstrated exceptional involvement and commitment towards environmental protection and conservation. Students applying for this award should provide a detailed outline of related activities they have been involved in that have benefited their community, school or some other organization. Areas of activity can be related to conservation management, public park improvement, landscape design and or construction or some other form of environmental protection. The OPAF Awards Committee reserves the right to withhold the award in any given year if applicants do not fulfill selection requirements. Scholastic standing is not a criteria for selection.
This award has been sponsored for 2022 - 2024 by Mokok North America Ltd.
Dan and Margaret Costea Bursary
This award will be presented to an individual that the Selection Committee feels is most deserving.
This award has been sponsored by: DAN AND MARGARET COSTEA
Beulah & Harry Christian, Margaret & Ernie Seager Bursary
These two couples, who were longtime friends and great supporters of the OPAF, donated this award. Both Harry and Ernie are former Presidents of the OPA, and were awarded lifetime memberships for their dedication and many years of service to the advancement of municipal and regional park systems in Ontario. Awarded to a qualified individual based on marks, but most importantly, need and effort.
Sponsorship opportunity still available! Check out the details below.
Dave Gower OPAF Bursary
Dave was a great supporter of the OPA throughout his career in the municipal park field. He was also a former President of the Association and a great advocate for the OPAF. This award was named in his honour and will be given to an individual who the Selection Committee feels is the most deserving of this bursary.
This award has been sponsored for 2023 - 2025 by Plant Products
Vic Hergott Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship honours the contributions of Vic Hergott, a lifetime OPA member and former president of the OPA. He was also a chair of the OPAF. Vic organized many Dave Gower golf tournaments, which financially supports the OPAF. Vic was employed for 34 years in the areas of municipal parks and recreation. At the time of his retirement, Vic was Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Brantford, Ontario. This award will be presented to an individual that the selection committee feels is the most deserving.This award has been sponsored for 2023- 2025 by OpenSpace Solutions Inc.
Looking for a College or University with parks, horticulture, environmental or other related programs? Click here for a list of Colleges & Universities in Ontario!
Want to help OPAF support students in parks, horticulture, environmental or other related programs? Consider sponsoring an award! Fill out the Sponsorship Application to sponsor an award for 3 years.