Karen Davis Scholarship
Hamilton East Kiwanis Non-Profit Homes Inc. (Kiwanis Homes) has established the Karen Davis Scholarship to be awarded to a person or persons residing in a Kiwanis Homes housing unit, wishing to pursue post-secondary education. The scholarship is available to any qualifying student, who are or will be enrolled full-time in a degree or diploma program at a recognized publicly funded Canadian university or college during the current calendar year. The scholarship(s) will be a cash award of up to $1,000 in total and will be awarded annually.
WHO IS KAREN DAVIS
- Previous Board Member of the North Hamilton Community Health Centre
- Previous member of the resident selection committee for Hamilton Habitat for Humanity
- Previous Board members of The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton
- Previous Board Member of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) in addition to participating on a number of committees
- Previous committee member of the Community Consultation Committee on Social Housing
- Previous community member during the Joint Local Transfer Plan-downloading of social housing
- Previous Chair of the Board of the Community Housing Access Network
- Previous Chair of the Board of the Community Housing Registry
- First Female member of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton East
- Social Housing sector representative to the Hamilton Housing & Homelessness Action Planning committee
- Eligibility is limited to the tenants of a Hamilton East Kiwanis Non-Profit Homes Inc. housing unit whose name appears on the most recent lease.
- The household tenant account must be in good standing at the time of receipt of the scholarship.
- The scholarship is available to any qualifying student, who will be enrolled full-time (minimum 60% or greater course load) in a degree or diploma program at a recognized publicly funded Canadian university or college. Successful applicants prevented by disability from registering full-time must also provide a statutory declaration to that effect, and will be reimbursed for the cost of attaining the statutory declaration upon production of a receipt.
The recipient(s) of the Karen Davis Scholarship will be chosen by a selection panel comprised of two representatives of Kiwanis Homes, and up to three members at large. The panel will choose the award recipient(s) based on a personal interview with the applicant and an evaluation of the applicant’s written submissions. Points will be awarded based on the following criteria:
- Demonstrating a commitment to community service through volunteerism and/or employment. (worth 50/100 points)
- Demonstration of academic achievement in his/her most recent educational pursuits (worth 20/100)
- Demonstration of financial need (worth 30/100)
- Applicants are required to submit a completed application. Karen Davis Scholarship application forms can be obtained from the Kiwanis Homes office at 281 Queenston Rd. Hamilton ON L8K 1G9 or online by clicking here.
- A personal statement of no more than 500 words describing the following:
- Personal goals;
- Educational goals;
- Community/volunteer/work experiences; and
- How this award will assist you in achieving your goals.
- A copy of all academic transcripts;
- Two letters of reference from a friend, neighbor, employer, community leader or teacher, highlighting your achievements and explaining why you should win the award.