Hollylynn Towie Scholarship

Hollylynn Towie


Open to Durham Residents Only

Autism Ontario Central East is pleased to offer the Hollylynn Towie Scholarship Fund to students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Hollylynn Kathleen Towie was born on January 2, 1995.  Hollylynn was diagnosed with mild autism and a developmental delay. As a child, Hollylynn struggled with peers in school and in her social life.  Hollylynn was never discouraged from going to school or trying to make friends. Holly’s dream was to attend College after she graduated from High school.  Holly’s dream would never be a reality as her life came to a tragic end during a house fire on the night of April 29, 2012. Hollylynn, always saw the potential in everyone and in dedicating the Hollylynn Towie Scholarship Fund in Hollylynn’s memory, her dreams will live on. 


This annual award is in recognition of the achievements of students with ASD who are enrolling in a postsecondary education program (e.g., college, university) in Canada. (If the program is outside of Canada, please explain your choice.) Each award consists of up to a maximum of $1000 towards the tuition fee. Autism Ontario Central East is committed to offering a minimum of one scholarship per annum. If Autism Ontario receives more applications than we have funding to support, a lottery will be conducted. This is in consideration and respect for those individuals who all rightly deserve support for future learning.


To qualify, a student with Autism must currently live within the Durham Region of Ontario. (North Durham, Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Clarington, Newcastle) and be accepted in a two-year minimum program at a post-secondary institution in Canada. The successful candidate(s) will receive their award after proof of registration at a postsecondary institution, a T 4A, and proof of tuition payment has been received by Autism Ontario. 


Applications close July 4, 2023