To support the youth of the Alta Vista – Canterbury Community in the pursuit of their educational goals at college or university, and to recognize students who have contributed exceptionally to their community through volunteer work while earning high academic achievement.


  • For 2023, the Association is offering two $1000 university or college entrance scholarships. Applicants will be considered for both scholarships.
  • Only one scholarship per applicant will be awarded. The scholarships are non-renewable.


The scholarships are awarded for first year college or university studies. To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be a resident of the Alta Vista ward (boundaries are Bank Street to Riverside, Riverside to Queensway/417, 417 to Walkley Road, and Walkley to Bank), OR attend a secondary school within the ward and have performed your community volunteering within the ward.
  • Be graduating from an Ottawa area high school in the 2021-2022 school year with a minimum of six (6) grade 12 credits
  • Have applied for full-time, first year undergraduate studies at an accredited post-secondary education institution for the 2022-2023 school year


You should submit the following information:

  • A cover letter outlining why you would be a good candidate for this scholarship.
  • A completed application form.
  • Proof of completed Community Service Hours (a Signed Community Service Hours Form if available) or some indication of where and when your community service hours were completed.
  • An official transcript showing your high school academic record to date, and if necessary, a report card showing latest mid-term marks including second semester mid-term marks in semester schools.
  • Proof of your application to an accredited post-secondary educational institution.
  • An essay (500 word maximum) on the value of community involvement and leadership, and the role it has played in your life.
  • Two (2) letters of reference, collectively covering your academic/athletic achievement and community involvement.

Applications may be completed via Google Forms.  Follow this link.

References, transcripts, and other supporting documents may be emailed to  In the email, please indicate your name in the subject line so we can identify your materials and complete your application packet.

At a later date, award winners must provide proof of graduation from an Ottawa area high school; proof of acceptance and registration at an accredited educational institution, and a graduation or head/shoulder photo for publicity purposes.


Your completed application must be received by the Canterbury Community Association Scholarship Committee Friday, June 2, 2023. For further information, please call 613-738-8998 and leave a message for the scholarship committee.


The Evaluation Criteria in each category is given below:

Applications will be evaluated as follows:

  • 80% for participation in volunteer Community and School activities
  • While volunteer school and Community Service Hours are taken into account, additional volunteer community activity is given preference as well as leadership roles in the community.
  • 20% for academic performance (grades)

You must have a 70% average involving your best six (6) grade-12 credits

Academic performance (grades)

  • Your best six grade-12 marks. In semester schools, a combination of your best six grade-12 (first semester) and mid-term (second semester) marks.

Participation in volunteer Community and School Activities:

The length of time and commitment to community and school activities is taken into account.

  • Participation in volunteer school activities is accepted, but volunteer community activity is given preference.
  • A leadership role in community and school activities will be given additional consideration.

Demonstrated leadership and voluntary community involvement in the local area are deciding factors that will be used in cases where finalists are otherwise judged to be evenly matched.


Only recipients of the scholarship will be contacted by phone by Monday, June 19, 2023.

Winners will be invited to the Canterbury Community Association for the presentation of their scholarship awards.