Hollylynn Towie Scholarship

Hollylynn Towie


Open to Durham Residents Only

Accepting Online-only applications from May 1, 2024 - June 30, 2024



Autism Ontario Central East is pleased to offer the Hollylynn Towie Scholarship Fund to autistic students in post-secondary programs.  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, 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 provide proof of  acceptance in a two-year minimum program at a post-secondary institution in Canada. 


Autism Ontario will be accepting online-only applications for this award from May 1, 2024 – June 30, 2024. Successful candidates will be chosen after that date, and all applicants will be notified of the status of their application. Applications must be received by June 30th, 2024 to qualify for consideration. Applications received later than June 30th, 2024 will not be accepted.


Please note that we welcome applications in French, however communication with you about your application will be in English. 


NOTE: Students may apply in multiple years, provided they have not previously received a Hollylynn Towie Scholarship. In order to ensure as many students as possible benefit, a student may only receive the Hollylynn Towie Scholarship once.


Successful candidates will be chosen after that date by lottery, and all applicants will be notified of the status of their application.