“I don’t know what compels someone to be so generous. You’ve not only changed my life, but you will have changed the lives of all those I will help in the future.”

– Alexandra, post-secondary scholarship recipient

The HSBC Bank Canada National Transformation Project provides monetary HSBC Bank Canada Opportunity Awards, bursaries and additional supports to vulnerable young people in Canada in support of a range of specific education-related needs and resources.

Grant amounts are assessed on a case by case basis, with the aim of supporting as many youth as possible to pursue opportunities that will further their careers.

What is the HSBC Youth Opportunity Fund?

The HSBC Youth Opportunity Fund provides individual grants to current and former Crown Wards for activities that will assist them achieve success in their career

Who can access the HSBC Youth Opportunity Funding?

To be eligible for funding you must meet the following criteria:

  • A current or former Crown ward; applications from youth served by a child welfare agency in the Greater Toronto Area are encouraged (Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, Jewish Family and Child Service of Toronto, Peel Children’s Aid Society, Durham Children’s Aid Society, Halton Children’s Aid Society, York Region Children’s Aid Society, or Pape Adolescent Resource Centre)
  • Under 26 years of age; applications from youth under 30 will be considered on a case by case basis
  • Able to demonstrate that the course or program you are enrolled in is directly relevant to and will assist you in pursuing a realistic career goal
  • Able to demonstrate that no other funding sources are available for your program

What programs does this funding cover?

  • Tutoring for college or university.
  • Vocational assessments or career counseling. (*applicants must be referred by a child protection worker)
  • Short-term courses or apprenticeships related to your career goals.
  • Application fees or preparation courses for graduate programs (Masters, law school, medical school, etc.).
  • High school upgrading or academic bridging programs.
  • Secondary to post-secondary transitional programs.
  • Other programs that will help you achieve your career and academic goals.

Unsure if your program falls under these categories? Contact Amanda Ball for more information.

To apply, you must submit the following documents:

  1. Online application form
  2. Online child protection worker reference (only for applicants who have not previously received a scholarship or bursary from the Foundation)
  3. Up to date resume (optional)
  4. Recent transcript (optional)
  5. Supporting documentation that describes the program, course or activity for which you are requesting support, such as an information sheet or website (if applicable)
  6. For vocational assessments or tutoring only: Reference from person supplying the service, including an estimated cost

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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