Scholarships

Scholarships


Student Scholarships Enrich The Northern Experience

The Northern Secondary School Foundation is pleased to provide the following Awards and Scholarships to Northern students. The Foundation is grateful for the generosity of former staff, parents and alumni who have funded these awards.

Scholarship Award Applications will be accepted

MARCH 20 — APRIL 30, 2020

Each scholarship below has a link to an application form. Simply fill it out to apply. Applications can also be emailed to scholarship@nssf.ca or submitted in hard copy to the NSSF mailbox in the staff mailroom directly in front of the Principal’s office.



Scholarships Selected By NSS Foundation

The NSS Award of Recognition is given to one student in each grade who, through his/her goodwill, self-direction, creativity or initiative, reflects positively on the reputation of Northern Secondary School in the community. The recipients of the Northern Awards of Recognition are selected by The Board of Directors of the Northern Secondary School Foundation.

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  1. NSSF Award of Recognition Grade 12 ($500.00) Given to one student in grade 12.
  2. NSSF Award of Recognition Grade 11 ($150.00) Given to one student in grade 11.
  3. NSSF Award of Recognition Grade 10 ($150.00) Given to one student in grade 10.
  4. NSSF Award of Recognition Grade 9 ($150.00) Given to one student in grade 9.


Scholarships and Awards Selected by the Scholarship Committee of Northern Secondary School in collaboration with staff advisors

Recipients of these awards will be selected by the Scholarship Committee of Northern Secondary School in conjunction with Staff advisors and/or Curriculum Leaders.

To submit an application, complete the Application Form (link at the end of each scholarship description). In the form’s Award drop down menu, select the name of the scholarship for which you are applying. And remember to refer to the specific criteria of the award in your application.

Students may only submit applications for 3 Scholarships or Awards.


  1. NEWJames M. McCarronChangemaker Award Jim McCarron was a highly respected Principal of Northern from 1991-96. Funded by his family and former colleagues to recognize a student who has made a difference in the lives of others in the school or community, this award will be presented annually at Commencement. The recipient is a person who:
    • has taken courageous action in the school or community to challenge the status quo and provide a better solution to a school, humanitarian or environmental challenge.
    • Has started a club or initiated a project to make the school or community a more welcoming place for specific individuals.
    • Has volunteered time in the school or community to improve the lives of others and has changed hearts and minds.

    Please attach a letter of reference addressing the criteria from staff or a community representative to the application. Click here for the consideration form

  2. Jim W. Davidson Scholarship for Students in Need ($2,000) Created by Jim W. Davidson, an alumnus, this scholarship is awarded to one graduating student with financial need to pursue post secondary studies at a university or community college. The student must have achieved an average of 75% in their graduating year. Preference will be given to a student who was involved in extra-curricular activities. The applicant must show integrity of character, interest in and respect for others, and have demonstrated leadership. Click here for the consideration form
  3. Selena Taylor Award ($5,000 maximum)This scholarship was created in memory of Selena Taylor, a Northern student who died tragically in an automobile accident in the summer of 1997. The scholarship is awarded annually to one or two graduating students who have made an outstanding contribution to either the Music or Art program at Northern (or both). The student(s) must show financial need and be pursuing post-secondary students in the Arts. If one student is chosen, the award is $5,000. If two students are chosen, the award is $2,500 for each student. A small plaque is also presented.  Click here for the consideration form
  4. Triumph Award ($500 each to one or two students) This award celebrates the outstanding spirit and determination of a graduating student who has overcome great personal challenges in order to achieve academic success. The award was created by Emily Mills, a former Northern student, and is funded by Gladys De Schepper, a former Northern teacher and head of Co-operative Education. The award recipient(s) will be selected by the Guidance Department in consultation with Gladys De Schepper. Click here for the consideration form
  5. Glenn Way Memorial Scholarship in Environmental/Humanitarian Studies ($600) This award is to be given out annually at Commencement to one graduating student who has raised the awareness of the importance of becoming actively involved in environmental or humanitarian issues at Northern. The student should have initiated a school related project and demonstrated commitment and perseverance to see their project to completion, and made an impact on the wider community. Click here for the consideration form
  6. Future Teachers Award ($500) Generously fiunded by the retired teachers of NSS, this award is presented to a graduating student in good academic standing who is planning to enroll in a concurrent program of education at a university. Consideration may be given to a student who plans to pursue a post graduate degree in education. Applicants will have to demonstrate an interest in tutoring or mentoring other students in school or the community while at Northern. Click here for the consideration form
  7. Alfred Buckley Memorial Award ($1,000) This award honours Alfred Buckley, a former Northern student and father of former Northern Principal, Varla Abrams. Mr. Buckley passed away in 2008. This award is presented to a Northern graduate or to a student finishing his or her final year of high school, who is pursuing a career in business, design or architecture and who has demonstrated initiative, energy and perseverance in the achievement of his/her goals. Click here for the consideration form
  8. Clarke Pulford Scholarship ($500) Established by Clarke Pulford, former head of Physical Education at Northern, this award is given to an outstanding graduating student who is going on to university studying Physical Education or a related area. Click here for the consideration form
  9. Kris Risk Sportsperson Award of Excellence ($250) 1 male ($250.00) 1 female ($250.00) This award was established by the family of Kris Risk, a former Northern student who won awards for both athletics and school participation during her years at the school. Kris passed away in 2008. The award is presented to two graduating students, one male and one female, who are pursuing their education at the post-secondary level and who have participated in school activities, athletics and community life during their time at Northern. Click here for the consideration form
  10. Dale R. Callender President’s Award of Merit ($200) In recognition of Dale R. Callender’s longstanding participation as a NSS Foundation Board member, alumni member and its President from 2006 – 2010, this award is to be presented to a graduating student who has made a significant contribution to the NSS Foundation or to Student Council activities (including but not limited to senators, class representatives, club executive members, and volunteers for NSSF events). The student must have maintained high standards of organization, commitment and energy and completed a minimum of 24 volunteer hours for the benefit of the NSS Foundation or Student Council. Click here for the consideration form
  11. Jeff Mitz Interdisciplinary Studies Scholarship ($100) This award was established to recognize Jeff Mitz’ tremendous commitment to Northern and the Gifted Studies program. It is awarded annually to a graduating student who has distinguished himself/herself in the Interdisciplinary Studies program through excellence in academic achievement that has gained recognition beyond the classroom. Click here for the consideration form
  12. Stacey Levitt Memorial Scholarship ($500 to one female graduating student) This scholarship is in memory of Stacey Levitt for her dedication to excellence in both athletic and academic pursuits. Stacey set high personal goals and worked hard to achieve them. Awarded to a graduate whose commitment, team spirit, and hard work have made her a valuable varsity athlete at Northern while maintaining excellence in all academic pursuits. Click here for the consideration form
  13. Kathryn Taylor Scholarship in Business Studies ($200) Established to honour the long standing commitment of Kathryn Taylor, office administrator at Northern, on the occasion of her retirement, it is awarded annually to a graduating student who exhibits enthusiasm, motivation and academic strength in Organization Studies in the Department of Business Studies and who has maintained consistent academic performance and contribution to the school and/or community. Click here for the consideration form
  14. Excellence in Science Award ($200) This award is presented annually to one or two graduating students who have demonstrated the greatest talent and ability in the scientific fields of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and have attained high academic standards. Click here for the consideration form
  15. Norman Hayman Mathematics Scholarship ($1,000) Established by Norman Hayman, a 1945 graduate of Northern, in recognition of the assistance and encouragement he received from his mathematics and metal shop teachers. Their direction provided the impetus for him to move from a technical program to an academic program, enabling him to pursue engineering at university. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating student who has completed a minimum of two (2) courses in Grade 12 mathematics and has attained outstanding grades in both courses. The student must have participated and excelled in an extra-curricular mathematics contest and be attending university immediately after graduation. Click here for the consideration form
  16. Bulder Carlsen Memorial Scholarship ($200 to one student in Year 4) Established in honour of Bulder Carlsen, former School Treasurer, this scholarship is awarded to four students: the student in Year 1 with the third highest average, the student in Year 2 with the third highest average, the student in Year 3 with the second highest average, and the student in Year 4 with the second highest average. No application is necessary.
  17. Milli Richmond Family Studies Award ($200) Milli Richmond was a teacher in the Family Studies Dept for 30 years at Northern and feels strongly about this area of study. This award is to be given out annually at Commencement to one graduating student who has successfully completed at least two Family Studies courses (student could be in the process of completing the second course at the time of graduation) The student will have contributed to the class atmosphere with respect to participation, attitude and a desire to learn. The student also will have expressed his/her intention to pursue post-secondary education in the field of Humanities. Click here for the consideration form
  18. Mary Fletcher Bonnycastle Poetry Award ($75 Chapters/Indigo gift card to one student each in Grades 9-11) This award is to be given out annually at the Awards Assembly to three deserving students. These students have grown within a group learning experience, developed their values and talents within the matrix of the course, and created a portfolio, an anthology or a performance that touches our hearts. Click here for the consideration form
  19. The Caelan Nanek Co-op Award ($500 to one graduating student) Caelan Nanek graduated from Northern in 2015. The award was established by his parents to honour Northern staff for the support and assistance provided to Caelan. The award of $500 is given to a graduating student who demonstrates commitment and achievement in the Co-op Program. No application required. Staff will select.
  20. Audrey Yvonne Smith Scholarship ($900 to one graduating student or $450 to each of two graduating students from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program) Funded by a legacy from Audrey Yvonne Smith, this scholarship honors a graduating student who is pursuing further education or training, who has demonstrated leadership and commitment to Northern and to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program (through sports and/or other departmental activities), and who has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the deaf and hard of hearing community beyond Northern. Click here for the consideration form
  21. The Megan Isabel Loges Social Justice Scholarship ($500 to one graduating student Megan graduated from NSS in 2015.  This scholarship was established by her mother to honor the learning environment, teachers and staff that ignited, fostered and encouraged Megan’s passion for learning, volunteerism and social advocacy. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating student who is pursuing post-secondary education and lives his/her daily life true to his/her convictions, values and passions, and who truly wants to make the world a better place. Click here for the consideration form
  22. The Belyk Award for Design Excellence ($300 to one winner or $200 each to two winners Nine members of the Belyk family have attended Northern, with the first commencing Grade 9 in September 1966 and the final one graduating in June 2017. The Belyk family established this award as a way of honouring and continuing its 50 year association with Northern. The award will be granted to a graduating student who has both a passion for design and superior ability in the subject. The student readily takes initiative, is highly self-motivated, strives for excellence above and beyond the course expectations, sets an exceptionally high personal standard, and contributes to the image of Northern through graphic design. Click here for the consideration form
  23. The Northern Secondary School Foundation Drawing Award ($100) This award is given to the graduating student who has developed a superior understanding and ability in drawing and is the top Life Drawing student and/or the top Drawing & Painting student. The award is funded by the Foundation in honour of the original benefactors for the award, artists John Roberts (a Northern graduate) and Robert Magee. No application is necessary
  24. The Northern Secondary School Foundation White Ribbon Award ($500) This award was established to honour the efforts of Northern students over the years to end violence against women and girls. The award will be given annually at Commencement or the Awards’ Assembly. The recipient will be selected by the Scholarship Committee of Northern Secondary School based on the following criteria: the recipient has raised awareness among the student body of gender-based violence and engaged the school community in events and activities that has increased their peers’ knowledge of gender-based violence and harassment. Students may self-nominate. Click here for the consideration form
  25. The Ene Lomp Scholarship ($500 to one graduating student) This award was created to honour the contribution  of Ene Lomp to music at Northern on the occasion of her retirement in 2018 after 40 years of inspiring generations of students at Northern. The award is given to one graduating student who has made an outstanding contribution to the music program at Northern through participation in several ensembles. Preference will be given to a student who is pursuing music at the post-secondary level. Students may apply directly for consideration Staff may nominate a student. Click here for the consideration form
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