Inspiring youth to pursue higher education and contribute to the community.
students who stay in school
those who overcome challenges
contributors to the community
Bursaries Awarded Since 1996
Amount Distributed in 2017
Recipients Proceed to Next Year of School
What Students Are Saying
“Being a recipient of this award helped me with my post-secondary expenses. Not only that, it proved that anything is possible, you just gotta try. Thank you Merit Award, you have inspired me to do better in studies and be a better person. I hope you get to help and inspire more students in the future.” – Wesley Manalang
“I want to give huge thanks to the Merit Award and it’s sponsor as your bursary and recognition of my hard work has encouraged me to extend my educational pursuits to university. Thank you!” – Timothy Calupig
“Thank you! I’m very honored to receive this award and it is greatly appreciated.” – Zachary Golench
The Merit Award Bursary Program
The Merit Award Bursary Program was started in 1996 by a group of Toronto residents who felt it was important to support and encourage high school students to stay in school.
The first bursaries were awarded to 20 high school students in the fall of 1996. Since 1996, the Merit Award has provided 2,174 bursaries to high school students in Toronto.
One in three applicants is awarded a bursary. Three types of bursaries are awarded: $500 for students returning to high school, $750 for students going to post-secondary, and $2000 for select outstanding contributors. In 2017, Merit distributed $122,750 and inspired 153 students in Toronto to advance their education.
The Merit Award is a grassroots organization. 96% of students who receive a Merit Award proceed to the next year of school. Most of the students that apply for the Merit Award have endured considerable personal and financial hardships.
The volunteers and board members of the Merit Award want to make a difference in the life of local students and in doing so, the life of the community.