High School Awards

Graduating from high school is a significant milestone that deserves to be celebrated by every student. It is a journey filled with unique challenges and successes. The Ottawa Catholic School Board understands the importance of recognizing the exceptional achievements of its students. The OCSB provides Student Awards to those who go above and beyond in their academic, charitable, and community wellness pursuits. These awards consist of bursaries and/or certificates specifically designed to support the post-graduate aspirations of select students. We encourage students of all high school grades to explore these awards, as they may be eligible for one or more!

How Can I Apply for an Award?

For complete details on these and many other external scholarships, bursaries and awards, please visit your school’s Student Services Office. Details on national, provincial and local scholarships and bursaries are available in each school’s office.

OCSB High School Awards

The Director of Education Award for Academic Perseverance

This award is a $1500 bursary presented to one OCSB graduate from each high school who has demonstrated resilience and academic success despite facing challenging circumstances. The School-based Honours and Awards Committee chooses the recipient.

The Director of Education Graduate Student Award

This award is a $1500 bursary and a certificate given to an OCSB high school graduate who has maintained a high academic average in grades 11 and 12 while embodying the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations.

The Ottawa Catholic Graduate Student Award

This award is a $1000 bursary and certificate presented to an OCSB graduate from each high school who has met the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations standards.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Award

This award is a $1000 bursary and a certificate for an OCSB graduate from each high school’s OYAP apprenticeship program who has shown exceptional achievement as recognized by employers and cooperative education teachers.

Pathways for Success Destination Employability Award

This award is a $500 bursary and certificate for an OCSB graduate of the Destination Employability program at each high school who has demonstrated academic excellence and a distinct aptitude in their chosen career path.

Walking Towards Reconciliation

This award is a $1000 bursary and certificate for an OCSB graduate from each high school who has shown empathy and understanding of Canada’s Indigenous peoples’ history, culture, and perspectives.

The Ottawa Catholic Trustee Student Service Award

This award is a $1500 bursary and a certificate for an OCSB graduate from each high school who has shown a strong commitment to school activities for at least three years, significant community involvement or fundraising efforts, and notable leadership skills.

Be Community (School and Board Level)

This award is a $100 bursary and certificate for an OCSB graduate from each high school who has significantly contributed to the community service component of their OSS diploma. Each recipient is also eligible for an additional $1,000 bursary, with an additional $1,000 donated to a charity of their choice.

Community-driven Awards

Community-driven awards are awards provided by members of the wider Ottawa community. The OCSB does not manage or support them directly; however, we promote them to our students as they are great opportunities for them to cover the cost of education at the post-secondary level.

Resolute Legal Disability Lawyers Scholarship

This award is a $2500 scholarship for high school students pursuing a post-secondary education. Students applying for this award must have at least one parent or guardian who is unable to work due to a disability and/or collecting a disability benefit.