Scholarships and Awards

Each year, we offer a number of scholarships and awards to honour outstanding educators and to help youth find, and pursue, their passion in the skilled trades and technologies. We offer individual grants for tools and post-secondary education, as well as institutional grants for large-scale school projects.

Awards and Scholarships for Students

Awards for Educators, Mentors and Volunteers

Awards and Grants for Schools


For Students:

Skills Ontario Scholarship

Tell your students about this exciting opportunity to receive a $1000 scholarship from the Skills Ontario Staff and Board of Directors! Each year, this scholarship is awarded to students on their way to post-secondary education to pursue a career in the skilled trades and technologies.


1. You possess a Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status and you are an Ontario resident.
2. You must have earned high school credits any time during the current school year (September 2017 to June 2018) and will graduate in the spring, summer, or fall of 2018.
3. You received a bronze, silver or gold medal at the 2018 Skills Ontario Competition at the Toronto Congress Centre.
You are pursuing a post-secondary education as an apprentice or through a post-secondary institution within the Province of Ontario.

Submission Process
• Include two letters of reference from teachers at the high school you attended along with proof of volunteer work/community services.
• Return completed application and letters of reference postmarked no later than August 13, 2018, to:

The Skills Ontario Scholarship
Skills Ontario
7A-60 Northland Rd.
Waterloo, ON N2V 2B8

Or by fax to 519-749-6322

Nomination Form


Monetary Awards

Thanks to our generous donors and community members, many competitors who excel at the Skills Ontario Competition are awarded not only with a medal, but with a monetary award, too. It's the perfect boost for a young person to start their career, and it just may help them purchase the tools they need to do so.

If you have received a letter regarding a Monetary Award, please contact to claim your award. Congratulations on your success!



Screenshot of St. Clair College's websiteSt. Clair College Scholarship

In 2015, competitors received a financial boost from St. Clair College in Windsor: the college offered a $1,000 scholarships to each grade 11 and 12 competitor, regardless of where they placed at the Skills Ontario Competition. The $1,000 is to be put toward tuition at any of St. Clair's programs.

The offer was so successful that the college will offer it again in 2016!

For more information, click here.



For Educators, Volunteers and Mentors: 

Glenn Beatty Award

Glenn Beatty was a participant in the CAD, CAM, CNC contests and a Gold medal winner in the 1997 Skills Ontario Ontario Competition. After that, he moved on to the National Competition in Alberta, where he won yet another Gold medal. His consecutive wins made him the perfect candidate for a job in his field and he was quickly snatched up by ATS Automation Tooling Systems in Cambridge, Ontario.

Always grateful for the kickstart to his career, Glenn returned to Skills Ontario in 1998, only this time, he did so as a volunteer. Tragically, in early 1999, Glenn lost his life in motor vehicle accident. Those who knew him mourned the loss of a kind young man with limitless potential.

As a tribute, each year, Skills Ontario presents the Glenn Beatty Award to a volunteer - or volunteers - who embody the same dedication and passion for Skills Ontario as Glenn did.


Dick Hopkins Award

teacher helping a studentThere's nothing quite like a teacher to inspire a young person to tap into their potential. With energy and enthusiasm, they'll nudge and guide their students to achieve great things.

Dick Hopkins was such a teacher. A technology educator at Napanee and Sydenham high schools, as well as Queen’s University Faculty of Education, Dick was a man who believed in his students and encouraged the skilled trades as a first-choice career option. And to start their careers off on the right foot, he encouraged them to enter into the Skills Ontario Competition. 

Dick passed away suddenly in October 2002. In his honour, the Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE) and Skills Ontario initiated an annual Award of Excellence for an outstanding technological educator.

There's no better way to honour a teacher who has made a significant impact in your career than to nominate them today!

Deadline: March 30, 2018


 Nomination Form


Skills Ontario Alumni Award

The Skills Ontario Alumni Award is being launched in 2017 with the new home of the Skills Ontario Competition in the GTA at the Toronto Congress Centre, and the newly formed Alumni Association.

The Skills Ontario Alumni Award honours and recognizes an individual who is dedicated to upholding their knowledge and experience with the Skills Ontario Competition as a past competitor who placed in a National or WorldSkills Competition; someone who passes this to others to grow, learn and evolve; who believes in and supports Skills Ontario’s mission for development; and who has grown and excelled in their chosen trade, and is a role model in their field.

If you or someone you know would like to nominate a Skills Ontario Alumni for the Alumni Award, please fill out the nomination package below and submit to Deadline of March 23, 2018. This award will be presented at the 2018 Skills Ontario Competition Breakfast.

 Nomination Form

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For Schools:


The School Board Award of Distinction

School board receiving the awardThe School Board Award of Distinction is presented to the School Board that shows dedication to the promotion of skilled trades and technology careers.

To determine which school board receives this award, we look to their students who compete at the Skills Ontario Competition. Each secondary-school competitor in the top ten ranking, who scores over 60 per cent, earns points for their school board. The award is presented annually to the school board with the highest score.

Receiving this award is a sign of a school board’s continued commitment to supporting students interested in pursuing a wide range of careers in the skilled trades and technologies. Hands-on learning is necessary within Ontario to ensure we have a healthy and stable workforce for the future, and school boards receiving this award are leading the way to ensure this will happen.


The College Award of Distinction

St. Clair College receives the 2014 awardColleges across Ontario play a fundamental role in preparing tomorrow’s workforce with the hands-on education required to pursue careers in the skilled trades and technologies. With the College Award of Distinction, Skills Ontario acknowledges a college that has demonstrated commitment to this initiative, made significant investments to the skilled trades and technologies and strived for excellence in the classroom, shop and competition site.

To determine which college will receive the yearly award, we take the results from student performances at the Skills Ontario Competition and look to the college’s volunteerism and involvement in Skills Ontario events such as the Career Exploration Showcase, Young Women’s Initiatives, and Skills Ontario Summer Camps. The award is presented at the Closing Cermonies of the Skills Ontario Competition.

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