Jeanette Holden Post-Secondary Education Scholarship Application

The Jeanette Holden Post-Secondary Education Scholarship is for a sibling of a person on the autism spectrum who is entering their first year of a post-secondary program. The Jeanette Holden Post-Secondary Education Scholarship was named after Dr. Jeanette Holden, a sibling of an individual with ASD, in recognition of her dedication and contributions to ASD research. Since 2003, 87 Jeanette Holden scholarships have been awarded to students across Ontario.

This annual award is in recognition of the achievements of students who are siblings of a person with ASD. Each award is for a total of $500. To qualify, the candidate must currently live in Ontario and be accepted into their first year in any level of a postsecondary institution (e.g. college program including apprenticeships, university, graduate) in Canada. The successful candidate will receive their award after Autism Ontario receives proof of registration for their first year of post-secondary studies.

NOTE: Students may apply as often as they wish as long as they are entering the first year of a post-secondary program, and a person may only be an Autism Ontario scholarship recipient once.

Requested Amount
$ 500.00
Applicant Information
A cover letter that should provide: a. information about future goals, career pathways related directly or indirectly to ASD, and b. a description of the post-secondary course (any course of study will be considered, however some weight will be given to educational and career interests that relate to ASD).
An essay (500 words maximum) from the candidate which a. describes the relationship with their sibling with ASD with evidence of commitment to supporting their sibling and others in the community, and b. describes volunteer activities at school and in the community over and above the Secondary School requirement.
Academic transcripts covering the last two years of study.
A copy of the sibling’s diagnosis from a medical/psychological professional.
A copy of the letter of admission/proof of enrollment (such as an early acceptance letter) from a post-secondary institution.