Honour Marion Dewar’s Legacy: Invest in Our Future Leaders
OCISO is accepting Marion Dewar Scholarship applications from immigrant youth who will be pursuing a first degree or certificate program for the first time in an accredited post-secondary institution in the National Capital Region. The deadline to receive completed applications is September 14, 2012.Click below to download the:
2012 Scholarship Application Form
Overview of the Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund
The Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund was established by OCISO in 2009, in honour of the late Marion Dewar, former Mayor of Ottawa. The goal of the Scholarship Fund is to provide financial support to foster academic and leadership excellence in immigrant and refugee youth. The fund supplements the tuition and supplies required for their post-secondary education in the National Capital Region. Each year, a scholarship of $1000 each is awarded to two immigrant and refugee youth.
The Community Context
Over the next 10 years, Ottawa can anticipate receiving between 6,000 and 8,000 immigrants per year. Approximately 18 % of Ottawa’s youth aged 18-24 are immigrants. Many of these youth will have serious challenges in reaching their academic and leadership potential because of their parents’ inability to support their children’s dreams.
Research indicates that immigrants are disproportionately affected by poverty - 49 percent live with low income. Immigrant children and youth are more likely to live in lower-income household than Canadians (CCSD, 2000). These economic challenges related to immigrant parental unemployment and underemployment constitutes serious financial obstacles for immigrant and refugee youth's ability to have full and equitable access to higher education.
Ensuring that these youth receive an opportunity to reach their full potential and helping to build a strong, caring, and inclusive community is our collective responsibility.
Ms. Dewar was closely tied to the beginnings of OCISO. Among her many achievements, she was instrumental in shaping the immigrant and refugee community in Ottawa. In 1979, Ms. Dewar led the city in a bold test of collective action with Project 4000. Residents of Ottawa joined together to sponsor 4,000 Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian refugees , offering them the opportunity of a new life in Ottawa. Project 4000 earned Canada international recognition from the United Nations. These Southeast Asian refugees were among OCISO’s first clients.
Marion championed the cause of refugees, immigrants and all those who struggle for better lives. Now it's our turn to make a difference. Make a lasting positive change in the life of immigrant and efugee youth through education. Every dollar counts!
To Donate online, click on the CanadaHelps button at the right side of this page. Select Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund in the list of Featured Funds/Designation and complete the donation process.
Complete and mail in the pledge card below to:
Attention: Joycelyn Glover
OCISO, 959 Wellington St. West,
Ottawa, On. K1Y 2X5.