By Jane Hobson
The Royal Canadian Legion offers a bursary assistance program every year for students pursuing post-secondary education who are children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of veterans. The 2016-2017 bursary applications must be submitted by Friday, March 31, 2017.
These bursaries provide financial assistance for students pursuing university, college and other vocational programs after high school. The bursary can be granted at any stage of a program.
Unlike many other bursaries, this one is based on the successful acceptance to a post-secondary institution or completed years towards a degree or diploma rather than academic standing.
The amount of funding that a student could potentially receive depends on the post-secondary education they intend to pursue or are pursuing. Students who apply to the bursary program for a university course may receive $500 per school year.
Students entering a certificate or diploma course of a shorter duration with reduced tuition fees may receive financial assistance determined by the bursary chair. Apprentices may apply for financial assistance for the purchase of tools and instruments.
Eligible applicants include ex-service personnel or currently serving members of The Canadian Forces and their children and grandchildren as well as commonwealth war veterans and their children and grandchildren.
Eligible applicants also include members of The Royal Canadian Legion and their children and grandchildren along with associate members and their children. Ladies’ Auxiliary members and their children and grandchildren are also eligible to apply. Stepchildren or step-grandchildren may be considered where applicable in each of the above cases.
“The bursary helps students keep in touch with the veterans; it gives students a good memory about the Canadian military,” said Denny O’Connell, who has been a member of the Almonte legion for about 40 years.
The Almonte legion has granted many bursaries over the years and often the students who receive it come back to the legion to help with various events and fundraisers, O’Connell said.
“The more we help the kids, the more the kids help us by remembering all the Canadians that have served over the years.”
Application forms for the legion bursary program can be found in high school guidance offices, awards offices at colleges and universities, provincial service bureau offices and branches of the Royal Canadian Legion and Ladies’ Auxiliary. The application can also be printed online at www.on.legion.ca.
Applicants should know that e-mailed, scanned and faxed applications will not be accepted. Applications should be sent to: The Royal Canadian Legion, Ontario Command, 89 Industrial Parkway North, Aurora, ON, L4G 4C4.
For more information and an application checklist, visit www.on.legion.ca or contact the legion branch in your area.
Photo by Jane Hobson: The Royal Canadian Legion bursary assistance program helps fund post-secondary education for students related to veterans. The Carleton Place legion is one of many branches where the application form can be picked up.