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Who May Apply?

To be eligible for a Diversity Scholarship, applicants must:

  • live in a COCHF member co-op
  • plan to attend a recognized, publicly funded, Canadian, post-secondary education institution – community college, university, or approved apprenticeship-training program on a full-time basis in the 2022/2023 academic year
  • have used their knowledge and understanding of diversity to make a positive contribution to their school and/or local community
  • have demonstrated a financial need.

Students will have to show us

  • they are already registered full time
  • a transcript, showing passing marks for the program
  • accounts with the college or university are up to date.

Starting in the second year, several colleges and universities provide additional money to COCHF Diversity Scholarship winners. These scholarships average $3,000 per student. (Please note: Some conditions apply. Recipients’ average must meet standard requirements.)

We accept applications from graduate students.

Important Information

  • gather all required documents from their sources ahead of time
  • please upload the supporting documents as PDFs

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory to submit the application.

Terms & Conditions

  • We will not process any incomplete, late, or faxed applications.
  • You are not eligible to re-apply if you have already won a COCHF Diversity Scholarship.
  • There is no minimum or maximum age to apply.
  • If your co-op falls out of membership at any time, you will not be eligible for any funds.
  • We accept applications from graduate students.
  • If you are already attending college or university, the scholarship is pro-rated for your undergraduate program. For example, someone part way through a program would be funded for the remaining years of that program.
  • You may be asked to come in for an interview a few weeks after the deadline.
  • If you are invited to an interview, you will be asked to provide two reference letters.
  • Scholarship decisions may only be made by the Central Ontario Co-operative Housing Federation and that these decisions are final.
  • Scholarship funds will only be granted to me if I am enrolled full-time, in a publicly funded Canadian college or university or approved apprentice-training program for the upcoming academic year.
  • Names and photographs of the scholarship recipients will be published.
  • Scholarship recipients will participate in COCHF functions, if attendance is requested.


The application form will be closed on Saturday, April 30th, 2022.

Download an electronic copy of this application form to submit by email or hard copy.

    Part A - Personal Information

    *Required Field

    *First name

    *Last name

    *Date of birth

    *Phone number


    *Street address (include unit number if applicable)


    *Postal code

    *Co-op you live in (Must be a COCHF member co-op)

    *Are you a member of your co-op?

    *Are you a director of your co-op?

    *Secondary contact name


    *Contact Phone Number

    *How did you hear about the scholarship?

    *In September 2022 (please choose what year of university you will be in)

    Part B - Education / Work

    *Enrollment year for September 2022:

    *What program are you enrolled in or plan to enroll in?

    What high school are you graduating or have graduated from?

    *In which year will you graduate or did you graduate?

    What post-secondary institution do you plan to attend?

    If you are already in a college or university program, please provide your student number

    Part C - Volunteer Activities

    Please list the two most recent volunteer activities you have participated in that promote diversity. It is mandatory to list two activities.

    Activity 1

    *Organiztion name

    *What was your role?

    *Hours per week?

    *Start time -

    *End time -

    Please provide a detailed description of each activity, including your responsibilities

    Activity 2

    *Organiztion name

    *What was your role?

    *Hours per week?

    *Start time -

    *End time -

    *Please provide a detailed description of each activity, including your responsibilities


    *Explain how your volunteer activities promote diversity.

    Part D - Essay Question

    Please upload a short essay (500 words) on the following subject:

    The pandemic has worsened the existing gaps between low-income people and the rest of the country. People from diverse backgrounds were particularly impacted.

    What do you think we can do together to even out these gaps as we recover from the pandemic?

    Reading materials that may assist you:

    *Upload file. Must be a PDF file with a maximum size of 2 MB

    Part E - Financial Situation

    Please fill in the chart below with approximate amounts. Include all of your expenses and income sources for the upcoming academic year, not including the Diversity Scholarship. Please 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.



    Travel (car, public transit)

    Tuition and fees

    Books and supplies

    Personal expenses


    Total -


    Personal Savings

    Student loans and grants

    Awards and bursaries

    Family contribution

    Employment income


    Total -

    Part F - Transcript Upload

    Please attach your transcript as a scanned document (in PDF format - 8MB max)

    Part G - Consent & Declaration

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