The EKO Scholarship Program empowers kids with disabilities and developmental differences with awards of $2,500 to support scholars pursuing their education goals and career dreams. The program is available to youth who have benefited from services and supports offered by an EKO General Member organization.
Six awards are available this year. Canadian First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth are eligible for any of these awards, including the EKO Scholarship for Indigenous students.
Applications for the 2023 EKO Scholarship are accepted from December 1, 2023. The application deadline is Tuesday, April 30, 2024.
Do you have any questions about the scholarship or the application? Ask us.
You can apply for the Empowered Kids Ontario Scholarship if you’ve received services from one of Empowered Kids Ontario General Member organizations.
You must be nearing completion or have completed your secondary education and will enroll/continue enrollment in the next academic year in an accredited certificate or degree-granting program at the post-secondary or graduate level from a:
You must be a:
If you’ve applied before you are invited to apply again this year. Those who have already been named an EKO Scholar are no longer eligible.
You must be entering or studying an accredited post-secondary or graduate level program in a college, university, Indigenous institute, or career training/vocational institute. In-person, online, or hybrid programs are all eligible.
Your application must be completed in full to be considered, and must include all supporting documents. This includes two letters of recommendation from someone who knows you well, and a letter from the EKO General Member agency where you received services confirming that you are, or have been, a client.
All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.
The Selection Committee considers each applicant’s interest in the scholarship, and the applicant's educational and personal goals.
All applications are carefully reviewed and considered by the Selection Committee and the EKO Board of Directors. Applicants will be notified shortly after the final decision is made.
In order to apply for the EKO Scholarship, you’ll need to submit:
The essay or creative work should address one (or more) of the following topics:
1. Tell us about how you have:
2. Tell us about people or events that inspire you. You can share experiences that involve your friends, or mentors, history, current events, works of art (books, film, etc.). Tell us why these people or these events inspired you, and how you practice or apply lessons learned from these individuals or experiences.
3. Share some examples of what inspired / motivated you to enter the program of your choice and what you will do with this learning.
You’re also encouraged to provide any other information you think would be helpful for the Selection Committee to make their decision.
Not sure your application is complete? Our handy checklist has you covered!
Applications are accepted from December 1, 2023. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 30, 2024.
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We'll be in touch with all of our applicants in late June/early July.
EKO Scholars will be announced in September.
There is a total of six (6) EKO scholarship awards available, one of which is an award specifically for Canadian First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth. Five awards are open to all applicants, including those who self-identify as Canadian First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.