It is because of Children’s Aid Foundation’s amazing influence in my education that I was able to complete my degree without a monetary burden.”

Vladimira – Young Person in Care

Scholarship Giving

The Post-Secondary Scholarship Program at the Children’s Aid Foundation

Post-secondary education is one of the most critical resources a young person can access on his or her path to a life of stability, opportunity, and success. But for young people who are living in or have recently left the child welfare system, the cost of attending a post-secondary institution can be an insurmountable barrier to a brighter future. They do not have the financial or emotional support of a family, and their part-time or low-paying jobs simply do not provide the means to cover the high and wide-ranging fees associated with advanced education.

The Children’s Aid Foundation aims to support as many young people as possible in their pursuit of better lives and brighter futures. With the generosity and commitment of our donors, our Post-Secondary Scholarship Program has transformed the lives of hundreds of youth raised through the child welfare system since it was established in 1995.

An annual scholarship can be established with a gift of $5,000, which will provide tuition support to one student. Your scholarship can be renewed each year to help more deserving young people achieve their educational goals.

A minimum commitment of $100,000 is invested to generate an annual disbursement of approximately $5,000, based on annual returns. This scholarship is awarded each year to a student meeting the scholarship’s criteria.

Both annual and endowed scholarships can be named in your honour or in tribute to someone special. Your gift can be made at one time or pledged over a specific period. Named scholarships will be publicly presented at our annual Recognition Night, an invitation only event where scholarships and other awards are presented to youth and donors.


In 1995, the Children’s Aid Foundation launched its Post-Secondary Scholarship Program. That year, we awarded $15,000 to nine young people in the Toronto area. In 2011-2012, more than $804,000 was awarded to 262 students across Canada.

Awarding Criteria

Recipients are selected by our Award Committee through a competitive review process that is based on a combination of criteria, including personal academic achievement, community contributions, and financial need. Scholarships are awarded annually to youth who are:

  • Current or former Crown Wards from across Canada;
  • Under the age of 26 at the time of first application;
  • Have achieved personal and academic excellence; and
  • Demonstrate the ability and determination to succeed at the post-secondary level.
    For further information about scholarship giving at the Children’s Aid Foundation, please contact Jane Durno at or 416-923-0924 x232.