Helping Burlington Area Students to Pursue Post-Secondary Education and Training

Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore established in 1972 and Rotary Club Burlington Lakeshore Charitable Foundation established in 1991 provide student awards in excess of $50,000 annually. 




In Memory of Ron McDermott, this award is presented to a student pursuing post-secondary vocational training through a recognized post-secondary institution or program such as a community college, private, apprenticeship, trade or university program. Value: $2,500

Vocational Studies Award Application Form 


“With the funding I received from the Rotary Club I managed to find a really good lightweight computer as well as a printer that work perfectly for school.” – 2018 student award winner



Applicants should demonstrate a history of academic success, leadership and organizational abilities in school or the community

  • The Fine Arts Award in honour of Leon and Betty Laron is presented to a student pursuing or planning to pursue either a degree or non-degree post-secondary program in Visual Arts, Performing Arts or Arts Therapy Program. Value: $2,500
  • The International studies Award in memory of Kan Nakazawa is presented to a student pursuing or planning to pursue a degree program in studies with an international focus and / or which leads to an international professional career. Value: $2,500
  • The Educational Studies Award in memory of Bev Bowra is presented to a student pursuing or planning to pursue studies leading to a career as a teacher, educational administrator or educational assistant. Value: $2,500

Specialty Studies Awards Application Form 



This Award is open to local youth to provide assistance for further training / education in a recognized occupation, vocation or skilled trade.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need and a strong desire to move forward. Value: $2,500 each for 2 awards. 

Leap Forward Awards Application Form 


“The Social Service Work Program has helped me to grow and has inspired me to strive to help

everyone… Words cannot describe the way this support feels to me and I want to thank you for this.” – 2018 student award winner 



Open to local high school student athletics to provide assistance with training costs for enrollment in sports related training programs beyond high school. Value: $2,500 each for 2 awards.

Athletic Awards Application Form 



Presented by the Rotary Club Burlington Lakeshore Charitable Foundation to students demonstrating leadership and organizational skills in school and community, a history of academic excellence and are pursuing or planning to pursue a post-secondary Degree.  Value: $2,500 each for 6 awards.

Academic Awards Application Form 


“I just want to say thank you guys for this. I am truly grateful for the help and impact that was made in my life.” – 2018 student award winner 



The Rotary Club of Burlington-Lakeshore partnered with McMaster University and the Ontario government to fund a permanent graduate scholarship at McMaster University. Preference for the scholarship is given to a Burlington student enrolled in the Faculty of Health Science. Value: $15,000


The Rotary Club Burlington Lakeshore sponsors participation in this intensive training program aimed at young adults wishing to further develop character and leadership skills while learning about Rotary.  This annual week long program takes place in late April / early May at the Ecology Retreat Centre in Orangeville, ON. 

Find out more about RYLA.



Please refer to the relevant application forms for further details and instructions.


Completed student award applications with all supporting documentation must be sent in PDF format to no later than April 26, 2019.


Particular consideration will be given to greater Burlington area students with financial need, and to mature students who have overcome personal challenges in completing high school requirements.


All Applications will be screened by the Awards Sub Committee of the Rotary Club Burlington Lakeshore.  Final selection will be made through an interview process.


Note:  Members of the Club and their immediate families are ineligible.