Launch of 2021 Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund

Launch of 2021 Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund

We are pleased to announce the launch of this year’s Marion Dewar Scholarship Fund (MDSF).

UPDATE: The deadline to apply has been extended. The final deadline is now May 28th 2021.


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 fund is to provide financial support for three immigrant and refugee students going on to post-secondary education in the National Capital Region. Three MDSF awards of $1,500 will be provided in 2021.

More details on the MDSF can be found here, along with profiles of past scholarship recipients and alumni updates.


All MDSF candidates must:

  • Be a resident of the National Capital Region.
  • Be an immigrant or refugee.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a graduating senior from a high school or from another accredited secondary institution in the National Capital Region.
  • Be pursuing a degree/diploma/certificate from an accredited post-secondary institution in the National Capital Region.
  • Have a good academic standing: A minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale or 80%.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and community involvement.

How to Apply for the MDSF

All candidates must complete the application form found here.

The deadline for applications to the MDSF is May 28, 2021. We encourage all candidates to submit their applications as soon as possible.

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Our Mission!

OCISO supports immigrants through the journey of making Canada their home by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, by building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing.

What we do 🙂

We are community based non-profit organization that has been providing services in Ottawa since 1978. We are motivated by the stories of new immigrants, and we are there every stage of the journey. OCISO directly serves over 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year. Our work is augmented by the generous efforts of our enthusiastic, caring and talented staff, volunteers, both established and new Canadians.