The Ontario Student Voice Awards (OSVA) are given annually to outstanding students across Ontario. OSVA’s are a way for the Ontario Student Trustees to give back to the most exceptional students in our province, those who dedicate their time into passionately representing their community and advocating for the issues most important to them.  They are critical in providing vital feedback that both students and educators need to further enhance Ontario’s education system, as well as rewarding students who are committed to making a difference.

The Scholarships:

Click on each award to learn more about the scholarship and how to apply!

Each award valued at $500- Deadline to apply is 11:59 pm EST, April 10th, 2017. 

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Description: The mission of the OSTA-AECO Sports Leadership Award is to honour the achievements of amateur and competitive athletes.

OSTA-AECO recognizes the excellence of leadership in sport. These annual awards are the best opportunity to pay tribute to the hard work, dedication and victories of the province’s finest athletes. In doing so, they also promote excellence in leadership through sport across Ontario. The awards remind youth how sport lifts the human spirit while acknowledging the true champions of sport. They celebrate the athletes and leaders who compete yet inspire hope.

Criteria: 

* Being a good role model to other students

* Inspires and engages others in sports

* Exemplifies qualities of fair play and good sportsmanship

* Demonstrates expertise, experience and leadership in a variety of sports

* Commitment to the overall school and/or community sport programs

* One page reference letter from a coach, teammate or mentor highlighting why you are a suitable recipient for this award

* Must be a graduating student

The reference letter should outline why the candidate is deserving of this award. The reference should explain what the student has done for the sports community and how their actions have created a difference. The person creating the reference should briefly explain their connection to the candidate.

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Sports Leadership Award Application

Send all OSVA Applications to osvaapplications@osta-aeco.org

Scroll to the bottom of the page for the full application. 

Description: The mission of the OSTA-AECO Commitment to Justice Award is to honour the achievements of students who show immense commitment and enthusiasm for justice. OSTA-AECO recognizes the courage put into creating a just environment for all.

Justice is defined as striving towards creating equity and equal opportunities, privileges, and upholding integrity for all. Possible examples of a person who is committed to justice could include, but is not limited to, someone who:

a) demonstrates a passion for respect towards our environment, defending fragile ecosystems and/or endangered species.

b) works towards social justice, advocating for solutions regarding issues seen in their local and/or global communities (i.e. poverty, oppression, inequality, double standards, etc.).

These annual awards are the best opportunity to pay tribute to the hard work, dedication, and caring nature of the province’s most exceptional students. They promote excellence in advocating for issues that students feel passionate about across Ontario. This award also allows for the recognition of students who work towards creating equity to combat injustices all around the world.

Criteria: 

* Demonstrates a devotion to justice

* Advocates for an issue they feel is particularly in need of equity

* Is committed and dedicated to creating a just society

* Shows courage in speaking up for their beliefs

* Stands up for social injustices

* Devotes their time regularly to volunteerism efforts

* One page reference letter highlighting why you are a suitable recipient for this award (Note: reference may not be from a family member)

* Must be a graduating student

Reference letter should outline why the candidate is deserving of this award. The reference should explain what the student has done to demonstrate a commitment to justice and how their actions have created a difference. The person who created the reference letter should briefly explain their connection to the candidate as well.

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Commitment To Justice Award Application 

Send all OSVA Applications to osvaapplications@osta-aeco.org

Scroll to the bottom of the page for the full application. 

Description: The mission of the OSTA-AECO Entrepreneurial Initiative Award is to honour the achievements of students who participate in innovative activities in areas including but not limited to mathematics, business, science and technology. OSTA-AECO recognizes the initiative of students who have visions to make a difference in the present and future world .

These annual awards are the best opportunity to pay tribute to the hard work, dedication, and excellence of the province’s most inventive students. Additionally, they inspire youth leadership through their efforts to start up amazing projects across Ontario. This award is given out to support those students who go above and beyond the status quo to bring new ideas to the world.

Criteria: 

* Demonstrates leadership and creative thinking

* Has established new projects, businesses, inventions, councils or challenged theory.

* Dedicates their time to serve their community

* Perseveres through obstacles and is willing to make sacrifices to achieve a goal

* One page reference letter highlighting why you are a suitable recipient for this award (Note: reference may not be from a family member)

* Must be a graduating student

Reference letter should outline why the candidate is deserving of this award. The reference should explain what the student has done in their community and how their innovations have created a difference. The person who created the reference letter should briefly explain their connection to the candidate as well.

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Entrepreneurial Initiative Award Application

Send all OSVA Applications to osvaapplications@osta-aeco.org

Scroll to the bottom of the page for the full application. 

Description: The mission of the OSTA-AECO Dedication to the Arts Award is to honour the accomplishments and achievements of secondary students who participate in tremendous ways through the arts, whether that be in their school or community.

OSTA-AECO recognizes the commitment of students to the arts across Ontario. These annual awards are an incredible opportunity to acknowledge the dedication, excellence and achievements of our secondary students in the province.

Criteria: 

* Involved in the Arts (visual arts, drama, music, photography, film, dance, etc.)

* Shows passion and dedication in their Arts area(s) of choice

* Shows a strong leadership presence within their arts community

* Has participated in a wide variety of arts related events

* One page reference letter that has overseen your commitment towards the Arts

* Submit a picture, video, or other art mediums that show us your dedication to the arts

* Must be a graduating student

Reference letter should outline why the candidate is deserving of this award. The reference should explain what the student has done involving arts at school and/or community. The person creating the reference should briefly explain their connection to the candidate.

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Dedication To The Arts Award Application

Send all OSVA Applications to osvaapplications@osta-aeco.org

Scroll to the bottom of the page for the full application. 

Description: The mission of the OSTA-AECO Student Voice Award is to honour the achievements of students who participate in diverse and outstanding ways to represent the student voice throughout their community. OSTA-AECO recognizes the passion put into ensuring student voice is heard.

These annual awards are the best opportunity to pay tribute to the hard work, dedication, and excellence of the province’s most understanding students in Ontario. In addition, the award reminds youth that being active in advocating for students can result in community growth that encourages long-lasting leadership initiatives.

Criteria: 

* Is involved within school and/or community

* Demonstrates leadership and advocates for student voice

* Actively encourages inclusivity

* Develops meaningful relationships and thrives in social interactions

* Stands up for the opinions, rights and beliefs of students

* One page reference letter highlighting why you are a suitable recipient for this award (Note: reference may not be from a family member)

* Must be a graduating student

The reference letter should outline why the candidate is deserving of this award. The reference should explain what the student has done for their school or community and how their actions have created a difference. The person who created the reference letter should briefly explain their connection to the candidate.

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Student Voice Award Application

Send all OSVA Applications to osvaapplications@osta-aeco.org

Scroll to the bottom of the page for the full application. 

Description: The mission of the OSTA-AECO Cultural Involvement Award is to recognize students who frequently participate in their cultural communities. OSTA-AECO recognizes the passion put into promoting ethnic diversity.

These annual awards are the best opportunity to pay tribute to the hard work, dedication, and excellence of the province’s most inclusive students. In doing so, they also promote excellence in leadership through their dedication towards multiculturalism across Ontario.

Criteria: 

* Is involved within a cultural group(s) in their community

* Demonstrates leadership and advocates for multiculturalism

* Actively encourages inclusivity

* Develops meaningful relationships and thrives in social interactions

* Stands up for the opinions, rights and voices of various ethnic communities

* Promotes diversity

* One page reference letter highlighting why you are a suitable recipient for this award (Note: reference may not be from a family member)

* Must be a graduating student

Reference letter should outline why the candidate is deserving of this award. The reference should explain what the student has done for their cultural community and how their actions have created a difference. The person who created the reference letter should briefly explain their connection to the candidate as well.

Preference will be given to students who are able to speak more than one language.

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Cultural Involvement Award Application

Send all OSVA Applications to osvaapplications@osta-aeco.org

 

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