Scholarship FAQs

Who is eligible?

Youth who are current or former Crown Wards of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. Youth under the age of 25 are given priority for funding. 

How do I submit my application?

The 2019 Application Process will begin on April 1, 2019. Email us to make sure you are on our mailing list at

What supporting documents are required for my application to be complete?

Supporting documents are due August 2, 2019.

New Applicants:

Returning Applicants:

If you are a returning youth, but have changed programs you are considered a new applicant and will need to provide proof of enrollment.

What are the deadlines?

The deadline to apply for a Hope for Children Scholarship is May 31, 2019. Applications received after May 31, will be put on a waitlist, as funding will not be guaranteed.

I am taking part-time studies, how is funding determined?

Hope for Children Fund will pro-rate funding depending on whether you are enrolled in part-time or full-time studies. For example, if you are enrolled in 50% of a full course load, you will receive 50% of the scholarship grant. The Hope for Children Fund considers 4+ courses a full course load.

How many years can I apply for support from the Hope for Children Fund?

You are able to apply for funding for a maximum of 5 years, including post-graduate. This would also allow you to consider post-graduate degrees as long as the 5 years rule is adhered to (for example, a 2 year diploma plus a 3 year post-graduate degree would be funded).

Are there any other scholarships that I could apply for?

Yes, if you are attending the University of Toronto please make sure to let us know, you could be eligible for a full scholarship. You can also visit the useful links page, to see other funding opportunities that may apply to you.

How do I receive the scholarship grant?

The Hope for Children Fund issues two installments. One installment is given out in August. The second installment will be issued upon the receipt of your interim update in late January.

Do I have to attend the Scholarship event?

Yes.  All Scholarship recipients are expected to attend the Annual Scholarship Event.  The only exceptions are living out of province, illness, work that cannot be rescheduled or significant family celebrations, i.e. a wedding.  We reserve the right to hold your grant if you do not attend the Scholarship Event.  This year's event is on August 20, 2019, from 5-8pm in Toronto.

I will be graduating this Spring, do you offer any graduation grants?

Yes, the Graduation Grant is available to all of you that have completed their post-secondary degree/diploma either in the Winter of 2018 or the Spring of 2019. This is a one-time grant of $1000, youth will need to apply online. Eligibility: Minimum of a two year diploma/degree and you must have received support from the Hope for Children Fund for all your years of schooling.

You may apply online for this Grant as of April 30, 2019 until June 28, 2019.

I am planning to attend a private college/university am I still eligible for a grant?

Yes, you are still eligible. It is advised that you research community colleges for similar programs as private colleges often have higher tuition costs and low employment opportunities.

Can I request an early release of my scholarship?


I have applied for OSAP, but I am having challenges, who can help?

Youth are encouraged to call Sherri Martin at the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities at (416) 326-9149.

I have other questions, how can I contact the Hope for Children Fund?

You can contact our offices either by email at or by telephone at 416-395-1634. The Hope for Children Fund is committed to supporting you in any way we can.