YMCA Bursaries & Scholarships
As part of the YMCA’s effort to help youth succeed, the YMCA of Niagara offers a number of bursaries and scholarships for graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in post secondary education.
Selections are based on financial circumstances, community service, and the individual’s personal motivation and desire for furthering his/her education. All applicants must reside in the Niagara Region. Students have an opportunity to receive scholarships up to $300 per year.
The Savoia Scholarship
The Savoia Scholarship was made possible by hundreds of donors in honour of Franco and Barbara Savoia. Franco was the CEO of the YMCA of St. Catharines from 1989 through 2000. Franco and Barbara gave of themselves openly to the YMCA, local service clubs and organizations, their church, their schools and their community. They believe that service to others is not only part of the YMCA Mission, but also part of their lives.
The Butz Family Scholarship
The Butz Family Scholarship was made possible by donors in honour of Stephen Butz, who was CEO of the YMCA of Niagara from 2000 until 2010. Steve and his family gave generously of their time and talent to the YMCA and a number of community organizations. They believe strongly in the YMCA Mission to provide leadership and opportunities for people and their communities to grow.
The Frank McNeil Bursary
The Frank McNeil Youth Bursary is in memory of a committed and dedicated YMCA volunteer. Through his volunteer work, Frank demonstrated his love of children and his commitment to help them develop skills and values. Volunteers make a significant contribution to the YMCA’s work of building strong kids, strong families and strong communities. They are leaders of tomorrow, demonstrating the capacity of the YMCA to help individuals learn and grow.
Walter Oprzedek Youth Bursary
The Walter Oprzedek Youth Bursary began in 2009 and is offered in memory of a committed and dedicated YMCA volunteer at the St. Catharines Walker Family YMCA. Through his work as a teacher, Walter demonstrated his love of children and his commitment to help them develop skills and values. As a volunteer, Walter provided leadership to an annual handball tournament that raised funds for the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign to financially assist young people who without the support of our generous donors would not be able to participate in YMCA programs.
If you are applying for multiple awards, please complete the application form for each, but only include one set of supporting documents.
YMCA Making Waves Swimming and Leadership Bursary Program
Thanks to a generous donation from the Toney and Tisha Ilenchuk family, the YMCA is pleased to offer opportunities for participation in Aquatic Certification courses through a bursary covering up to 90% of an annual YMCA membership and the cost of all certification courses required to become a qualified lifeguard and swim instructor.