Snow Goose & Field Of Dreams - Scholarships

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Scholarship Programs

Wayne and Dorene Martin Scholarship
Geoffrey & Eleanor Downie Scholarship

Renison University College

The Menich Family Scholarship
Faculty of Social Work

Wilfrid Laurier University

Wayne and Dorene Martin Scholarship

Geoffrey & Eleanor Downie Scholarship

Renison University College

Wayne and Dorene Martin Scholarship / Geoffrey & Eleanor Downie Scholarship

Renison is accepting applications for the scholarships.

This is an incredible scholarship that includes full tuition and housing expenses and gives students an opportunity to live and be a part of a unique supportive housing community in Elmira, Ontario.

This is scholarship is a partnership between Elmira Developmental Support Corporation and Renison University College.

Scholarship award includes:

  • Tuition and rent-free accommodation
  • Fully furnished 2 bedroom apartment, shared with one other scholarship recipient
  • Utilities/internet and laundry
  • Part-time employment available
  • Great references for future opportunities & the experience of a lifetime

Recipients responsibilities:

  • Be a good friend and neighbour to the other tenants living in the building (who have an intellectual disability)
  • Organize 10 to 15 hours per month of community building activities within the apartment complex
  • Provide a social safety net to others in the apartment building
  • Commitment: May 2020 to April? (12 month minimum, opportunity available for up to 3 years. 2 year commitment preferred.)
  • Must provide/arrange own transportation to campus
  • No pets
  • No smoking

Think you are a great fit for this opportunity?

Learn more and apply online:

Application deadline:  TBA – Questions: Contact Lisa Reitzel at lreitzel@elmirasupportivehousing.com

Application requires a resume and two references and a one-page letter of intent outlining why you are interested in this opportunity.

Applications will be reviewed by Renison’s Scholarship and Awards Committee, and suitable candidates will be interviewed as part of the selection process.

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The Menich Family Scholarship

Faculty of Social Work

Wilfrid Laurier University

The Menich Family Scholarship
Faculty of Social Work
Wilfrid Laurier University

This two (2) year scholarship provides an opportunity for an incoming MSW student at WLU to pursue their studies while being a “Good Friend and Neighbour” in an intentional community commonly known as the “Field of Dreams”. WLU is pleased to partner in this scholarship with Elmira Developmental Support Corporation whose objects include creating community through the development of relationships and provision of companionship to people with intellectual disabilities. As part of the scholarship, the successful candidate will live rent free at the “Field of Dreams” in Elmira. The successful candidate will also receive a tuition award of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) each academic year.

The Field of Dreams is an intentional community of four, seven-unit apartment buildings. Five of the apartments in each building provide independent residences for adults with intellectual disabilities. Good neighbours live in the other two apartment units. While all apartments come fully equipped, there are common indoor and outdoor spaces where all tenants gather to share social time with one another.

The role of the Good Neighbour is to provide companionship for the other persons in the building with the intent that these relationships will help to reduce social isolation and at the same time provide a social safety net. All tenants go about their normal daily activities, but also know that they have neighbours with whom they will socialize or check in on when people are at home.

The successful candidate must live in the apartment for the entirety of the scholarship, understanding that there will be allowances for vacation and other time away from the building. Occupancy would commence in August 2022. Consistent public transportation is not available between Elmira and Kitchener-Waterloo.

Questions: Contact Lisa Reitzel at lreitzel@elmirasupportivehousing.com

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