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Bursary Application Process

How does the RAYS Bursary Program work?
Bursaries of $1,500 per year (payable for up to three years years) are available to students seeking a college or technical diploma.  Students entering a Skilled Trade Apprenticeship are eligible for a one-time bursary of $1000.  Students must apply using the RAYS Bursary Application Form (available on this website). Applications are assessed by a Selection Committee and approved by the RAYS Board of Directors. Spring applications must be received by May 3, 2024 midnight in order to be awarded at spring commencement ceremonies.  Fall applications will be open until December 31, 2024. A mentor is assigned to each successful student. If you have any questions, please send an email to and we will try to respond within 48 hours.
Am I Eligible?
To qualify for a RAYS bursary, students must meet the following guidelines:
  • Reside within the RAYS Bursary Catchment Area Map as shown below.
  • Plan to attend a Canadian trade school, a community college or become registered as a skilled trade apprentice.
  • Completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or will complete it in 2024.
  • Under 25 years of age
  • Provide a ‘Letter of Recommendation’ from a teacher or community member such as an employer or coach
  • Provide an official ‘Letter of Acceptance’ from the college or provide the name and contact information of the Skilled Trade Apprenticeship employer.
  • Sign a ‘Letter of Agreement’, attend a Bursary Workshop and maintain regular contact with their assigned mentor.
Complete ALL parts of the application form.

Application Process
  1. Obtain a Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or community member such as an employer or coach.
  2. Obtain a copy of your official Letter of Acceptance from your college or provide the name and contact information of your skilled trade apprenticeship employer where indicated on the RAYS Bursary Application Form.
  3. Complete and submit the RAYS Bursary Application Form by clicking on the link below.  The RAYS Bursary Application Form must be completed in one sitting and cannot be revised after it has been submitted.  Spring applications must be submitted before May 3, 2024. ***Please note that your Letter of Recommendation and your Letter of Acceptance can be uploaded when completing the RAYS Bursary Application Form or you may bring them with you to your selection process interview.
Selection Process

Your application will be reviewed by the Bursary Committee.

Eligible applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview with two Bursary Committee members to further determine suitability for a Bursary Award.  Interviews may be conducted via Zoom or other online facilities or in person if appropriate.

If selected to receive a Bursary Award, a brief summary of the applicant is submitted to the RAYS Board of Directors for approval.

A cheque is prepared and arrangements will be made to deliver the cheque to the applicant and obtain a signature on the Letter of Agreement.  A mentor will be assigned.

Note: You will receive confirmation of receipt of your application within 48 hours of submitting. If you do not receive this, please advise