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$10,000 bursary program for underrepresented youth opens

The Town of Ajax has announced the continuation of its $10,000 bursary program for underrepresented youth.

The application process opened on April 8. Interested youth are encouraged to visit for more information, including eligibility and application requirements. The deadline to apply is May 13, 2024.

This is year four of the Ajax Shining Star Bursary (ASSB) program, the purpose of which is to provide underrepresented youth with an opportunity to access post-secondary education and achieve success in higher education.

The $10,000 program will provide two students from each of the town’s five high schools with a $1,000 bursary to pursue higher education at the college or university level or an accredited trades/apprenticeship. A total of 10 bursaries will be awarded to eligible Ajax youth.

Eligible youth must be:

  • An Ajax resident between the ages of 17 and 21.
  • A full-time high school student in good standing in Grade 12 at Ajax High School, J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate, Archbishop Denis O’Connor Catholic High School, Pickering High School, or Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School.
  • Enrolled/accepted in any post-secondary education program at the college or university level or an accredited trades/apprenticeship program with a full-time course load.
  • Applied to OSAP or not, please explain within your personal letter.
  • Black, Indigenous or Person of Colour, Person who identifies with an underrepresented group, person with a self-identified disability, or part of the LGBTQ2S+ community.

“I am pleased to be a part of this program for Ajax youth for the fourth year, as we continue to support and promote the value of having a diverse population and understanding the varying socio-economic needs of our underrepresented youth. Ajax youth consistently shine in their studies, share their progressive ideas and insights and contribute to creating a positive future that is diverse and inclusive for all. I am looking forward to helping kick start the academic journeys of another ten shining stars this year,” said Mayor Shaun Collier.

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