The current job market is full of exciting opportunities for qualified graduates from skilled trades programs. The right combination of skills and knowledge will help you land a rewarding career in construction, transportation, renewable energy and manufacturing sectors. If you are interested in attending college but have financial obstacles in your path, Durham College (DC) and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation (The Foundation) want to help.
These awards were established to prepare students through experiential and applied learning, and offer the opportunity to access career-focused programs in the booming skilled trades industries including:
- Automotive Technician – Service and Management (Motive Power Technician)
- Building Construction Technician
- Carpentry and Renovation Technician
- Crane Operation, Rigging and Construction Techniques
- Electrical Techniques
- Electrical Engineering Technician
- Gas Technician 2
- Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Techniques (HVAC)
- Mechanical Technician – Elevating Devices
- Mechanical Technician – Millwright
- Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing
- Power Engineering Techniques – Fourth Class
- Trades Fundamentals
- Welding Engineering Technician
With an overall commitment of $837,200 from The Foundation and an additional $252,000 from DC, recipients of the Weston Family Scholarship in the Skilled Trades will receive up to $5,000 per year, for up to two years. The award includes $1,500 for tuition and $3,500 for other expenses such as travel, food, books, tools and supplies.
Application Process for the Weston Family Scholarship
Step 1 - download the application that applies to you
Durham College is happy to help as you navigate the application process. Should you have questions or need help with any part of the application process, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE AWARD YOU MUST
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
- Be applying for admission to the first year of one of the eligible full-time skilled trades programs of study.
- Meet the admissions requirements of your selected program.
- Applicants must show financial need and cannot be receiving any other bursary or scholarship of equal or greater value for the same academic year (excluding OSAP funding).
- Demonstrate the desire and motivation to build a successful career related to your program of study.
- Commit to providing mentorships to others considering entry into a skilled trades program.
- Commit to attending promotional opportunities, special events, open houses, and local high school recruitment events.
- Commit to attending team meetings and information sessions as required.
- Commit to meeting your program’s academic requirements and maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.
- Remain in good standing as a Weston Scholar.