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Diversity Scholarship Application

Deadline: April 30, 2020

CHF Canada recognizes that the strength of its membership is in the many cultures and identities represented within co-ops. The purpose of the Diversity Scholarship is to recognize young people living in co-ops who are actively promoting diversity in their community. Our goal is to financially support the emerging leaders of the co-op housing movement in their pursuit of post-secondary education.

The Scholarship

In Manitoba and Southwestern Ontario the scholarship is $6,000 distributed over 4 years. Recipients will receive $1,500 for each year of study, up to a maximum of $6,000. In Atlantic Canada, the scholarship is $5,000 over four years with recipients receiving $2,000 the first year and $1,000 subsequent years.

Scholarships are awarded to students graduating from high school and entering college or university. We also offer scholarships for students who are currently enrolled in college or university undergraduate program or are returning to college or university after a break to complete an undergraduate or post-graduate program.


Applicants must:

  • live or maintain a primary residence in a CHF Canada member housing co-op in the region you are applying (Manitoba, South-West Ontario or Atlantic Canada.)
  • plan to attend a publicly funded Canadian community college, university or approved apprenticeship training program on a full-time basis in the 2020/2021 academic year
  • have used their knowledge and understanding of diversity to make a positive contribution to their school and/or local community
  • be under 35 years old
  • demonstrate financial need, and
  • agree to attend the CHF Canada Diversity Scholarship presentation (at a date to be confirmed).

Please contact jlapalme@chfcanada.coop if you have any questions about eligibility or any other questions.

Important information

To apply, fill out this application online. Attach your essay and all of the required documents.

Remember to gather all the required documents from your sources well ahead of the March 31, 2020 deadline.

If you are already attending college or university

The scholarship is pro-rated for your undergraduate program. For example, someone partway through a program would be funded for the remaining years of that program.

Students will have to show us:

  • proof that they are registered as a full-time student
  • a transcript showing passing marks for the program
  • proof that their accounts with the college or university are up to date

Part A - Personal Information

This scholarship is for students who meet the criteria above and who live or maintain a primary residence in a CHF Canada member housing co-op in Manitoba, South-West Ontario or Atlantic Canada. Please select the region where you live:

First Name
Last Name
Date of Birth
Phone number
Your Email
Name of the CHF Canada member co-op you live in
Home address
Postal Code


As of September 2020, I will be enrolled in for

What program are you enrolled in or plan to enroll in? (include a length of program)
Post-secondary institution you plan to attend:
What is the name of the high school you are graduating or have graduated from?
In which year will you graduate or did you graduate from high school?
If you are already in a college or university program, please provide proof of registration.

Part B - Volunteer Activities

List the three most recent volunteer activities you participated in that helped to support your community or co-op. In the space provided, describe the activity, your role and responsibilities and what you learned from each activity.

  1. Organization Name
  2. Organization Name
  3. Organization Name

Part C - Essay

Please write a short essay (500 words and typed) on the following subject: "What are two ways we can make housing co-ops more welcoming and inclusive places to live?"

Part D - References

  • If you are graduating from high school, one letter must be from a teacher, guidance counsellor or administrator from your school and on school letterhead.
  • If you are part way through your college or university program, one letter should be from an instructor or professor on letterhead.
  • If you are returning to school after an interruption, your letters could be from your co-op's manager, or an employer.
  • Please note that with schools currently being closed we are waiving the requirement for a letter from a teacher, guidance counsellor or administrator from your school. As an alternative, we will accept a letter from an employer, volunteer leader or from the manager of your housing co-op.
  • Both letters should illustrate your character, community contributions and the likelihood of your future academic success.

Reference 1:

Full name
Email address
Phone number
Please upload reference letter here:

Reference 2:

Full name
Email address
Phone number
Please upload reference letter here:


Please upload an up-to-date academic transcript.

Part E - Financial Situation

Please fill in the chart below with approximate amounts. It should reflect any expenses and income sources for the upcoming year. Remember you are calculating for the entire year and not just the school year. Misrepresentation of your financial situation will result in your application being disqualified.


Housing $
Travel (car, public transit) $
Tuition and fees $
Books and supplies $
Personal (personal care items, etc.) $
Other (please specify) $
Total Expenses $


Personal savings $
Student loans or grants $
Awards and bursaries $
Family contribution $
Other (please specify) $
Total income $

Part F - Consent and Declaration

I certify that this application has been honestly and accurately completed. I understand that any false or incomplete information may cancel my application.

I, agree that

  1. Scholarship decisions may only be made by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada and that those decisions are final.
  2. Scholarship funds will only be granted to me if I am living in a CHF Canada member housing co-op and enrolled full time in a publicly funded Canadian college or university or approved apprentice training program for the upcoming academic year.
  3. If I am successful my name and photograph will be published online and in CHF Canada’s eNews publications.
  4. I will participate in CHF Canada’s award ceremony (date to be confirmed) and other events if my attendance is requested.
Parent/guardian’s name (if under 18 years old)
Parent/guardian’s email or phone number (if under 18 years old)

Keep In Mind

Application deadline: April 30, 2020 at 5:00 P.M.(EST)

Interviews will take place either by phone, online or in person a few weeks after the application deadline.