Education Scholarships

Each year, Autism Ontario awards scholarships to outstanding students entering their first year of post-secondary studies throughout Ontario. Historically, Autism Ontario accepted applications for scholarships during the month of April; however, due to the unprecedented issues arising from COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to wait until a time when we are better prepared to receive applications online, via mail or fax.  Applications for Autism Ontario Education Scholarships 2020 are currently closed, but we will be accepting applications for the 2020/2021 school year as soon as we are able. To be notified about when we will be accepting applications, you may wish to follow us on social media or subscribe to our adult-specific e-newsletter.

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 and contributions to ASD research. 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. 

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