· Eleanor Ritchie Education Scholarship is for individuals on the autism spectrum entering the first year of a post-secondary program. The Eleanor Ritchie Education Scholarship was named after Eleanor Ritchie, a longstanding member of Autism Ontario. Since 2003, 132 Eleanor Ritchie Education scholarships have been awarded to students across Ontario.
·Jeanette Holden Educational Scholarship is for siblings of a person on the autism spectrum who are entering the first year of a post-secondary program. The Jeanette Holden Educational Scholarship was named after Dr. Jeanette Holden, a sibling of an individual with ASD, in recognition of her dedication to ASD research and her contributions to unraveling the mystery of ASD. Since 2003, 87 Jeanette Holden scholarships have been awarded to students across Ontario.
·McDonald Family Educational Scholarship is for children of a parent on the autism spectrum who are entering the first year of a post-secondary program. Autism Ontario’s newest scholarship is named after Carole Ann MacDonald and her family. Ms. MacDonald is the first member of the Board of Directors of Autism Ontario who has a diagnosis of ASD.
*Students may apply as often as they wish as long as they are entering the first year of a post-secondary program and you can only be an Autism Ontario scholarship recipient once.*
To apply for these scholarships, candidates must submit applications by May 7, 2018 by mail or email.
Mail: Autism Ontario, 1179 King Street West, Suite 004, Toronto, ON M6K 3C5
Attention: Scholarship Committee
*Note: Scholarships are only available to Ontario residents
Please click here to see past recipients of Autism Ontario's education scholarships.
The David Conforti – Reach for the Stars Award
In order to recognize the importance that volunteering had on David’s life, and to further encourage and recognize volunteerism with community impact among other people with autism, his family, together with the Autism Ontario – York Region Chapter, created The David Conforti - Reach for the Stars Award, as a lasting tribute and in memory of David Conforti’s life.
To apply for this award, the candidate must submit the application package by May 15, 2018.
The following documentation must be mailed to:
C/O David Conforti – Reach for the Stars Award
1179 King Street West, Suite 004
Toronto, ON, M6K 3C5
Not eligible for awards, Autism Ontario is proud to offer the Gerry Bloomfield awards.
Gerry Bloomfield was a founding member of OSAC (Ontario Society for Autistic Children), which later became Autism Ontario. These awards are in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Autism Ontario and to the cause of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The Gerry Bloomfield Award for outstanding professional contributions to the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders or to Autism Ontario
The Gerry Bloomfield Award for outstanding contributions to Autism Ontario by a Volunteer
Click here for more information.
Post-Secondary Financial Assistance Information
For those who require financial resources, please visit the Government of Ontario website.