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Meridian’s Commitment to Communities 
Sean Jackson Scholarship

Are you an Ontario high school student making a positive impact on your community through initiative or innovation?

If so, apply for the Meridian’s Commitment to Communities Sean Jackson Scholarship. You could be awarded $10,000 to help reach your educational goals!

 


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Application Tips & Considerations

Scholarship Background

The Meridian’s Commitment to Communities Sean Jackson Scholarship recognizes and rewards community initiative, innovation and impact among Ontario youth. Each year, we award one leading post-secondary scholarship to a high school graduate who has demonstrated both academic excellence and an outstanding commitment to communities of their own.

Meridian is interested in hearing from students who are using energy, creativity and entrepreneurship to solve or address a vital problem in their community. Whether they are advocating for youth literacy or creating a solution for blue box lids, our past scholarship winners have made a demonstrated community impact.

The Scholarship is open to secondary students entering any field of study who meet the following criteria:
  • The student must be an Ontario resident
  • The student must be planning to enter their first year of study in the fall academic term at a recognized, publicly funded Canadian college or university
  • The student must have achieved an academic average of 80 per cent or higher
  • The student must have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to their community. This can be achieved through volunteerism that demonstrates leadership and/or initiating innovative community projects.      
  • All applications must be received by 11:59 pm on Monday, May 15, 2017
  • Required documents:
    • Official Transcripts (most recent)
    • Letter of Recommendation from school (signed)
    • Letter of Recommendation from community group (signed)
    • Proof of post-secondary education acceptance
  • When saving your documents, please name them using the following conventions: Last Name, First Name, Document name (e.g. Smith, John, Transcript; Smith, John, Letter of Recommendation; etc.)

Have questions? Email scholarship@meridiancu.ca for clarification.

Thank you to all 2017 applicants! Meridian’s Commitment to Communities Sean Jackson Scholarship is now closed. Only those selected for second round interviews will be contacted. The winner will be announced in July 2017.


Scholarship Awards

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Kevin Han, 2016

Burlington resident Kevin Han was Meridian’s 2016 scholarship recipient. As a high school student, he initiated change in his school and neighbourhood, where he applied his skills in relationship-building, tutoring and design to make his community a better place. Kevin led a series of school bike-a-thon fundraisers for the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation which raised $50,000 to benefit pediatric cancer hospitals, and he mentored local youth through the Chill Zone after-school program. Kevin demonstrated a passion and eye for environmental innovation by designing a blue box lid solution being piloted by a Burlington city councillor. Kevin’s scholarship is supporting his studies in Engineering at the University of Toronto. He hopes to apply his skills to tackle developing world challenges through Engineers Without Borders, and domestic issues here in Canada.


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Julia Mogus, 2015

Oakville resident Julia Mogus was the inaugural recipient of Meridian’s Commitment to Communities Sean Jackson Scholarship. Since the age of ten, Julia has volunteered more than 3,000 volunteer hours advocating for youth literacy.  A self-proclaimed “bookworm aficionado,” her passion for literacy led her to co-create Books With No Bounds which provides indigenous children and teens living in remote communities throughout Canada and around the world with books donated by publishers, authors, schools, individuals and organizations.

About Sean Jackson

This scholarship is named in tribute to Meridian’s former CEO, Sean Jackson. Sean served as Meridian’s CEO from 2005-2012 and led our organization towards tremendous growth. He was equally strong in supporting his community having volunteered countless hours to a variety of causes and being influential in the creation of the Niagara Community Foundation in his role as a founding director. Meridian has created this scholarship to honour Sean’s excellence in his role as CEO and as a community leader.

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