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Where are the Kathleen Blinkhorn Scholarship winners today?

For the fifth year ONPHA is accepting applications for the Kathleen Blinkhorn Aboriginal Student Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship awards five Aboriginal students in Ontario with $1,000 to assist them with post-secondary education costs.

Applicants are eligible for the scholarship if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are an Aboriginal student (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) currently living in non-profit housing in Ontario
  • Are enrolled in a college, university or private trade school recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for the 2015-2016 year
  • Have a full-time or part-time (minimum 60 per cent) course load

The deadline for all applications is June 30, 2015. See www.onpha.on.ca/kblinkhorn for more information, or contact Wyndham.Bettencourt-McCarthy@onpha.org.

We caught up with our 2014 Kathleen Blinkhorn Scholarship Award winners:

woman with grad capAshley Kagige is completing her third semester in the practical nursing program at George Brown College, while gaining experience through her work at the Toronto Birth Centre. Ashley hopes to work in obstetrics and will be applying for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in 2016.

Casandra Puckett will be completing her Masters of Social Work this June. Casandra’s goal is to work with youth to find emotional, mental, physical, and s piritual balance by applying an indigenous holistic framework.

Jeremy Proulx will be entering into his second year of the Masters of Education in Aboriginal and World Indigenous Education Studies at Queen’s University. Jeremy hopes to continue developing and promoting arts education in First Nation communities through uniquely indigenous perspective, ideology, and pedagogy.

Sharon Solomon completed the police foundation program at Sault College in December. She is currently gaining work experience and completing her first semester in the generalist program towards her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at the Lake Superior State University. Sharon expects to graduate in December 2015.

young woman posing with older woman in wheelchairWendy Simon will be completing her Masters of Science in social work this month. She will be returning to the Native Education College in Vancouver where she will be applying what she’s learned as a human services program manager. Wendy hopes to eventually return to southern Ontario to practice social work.

We wish our past Kathleen Blinkhorn Scholarship winners the best in achieving their goals!


Deeply affordable housing is needed to support the education, health, and well-being of Ontario’s young and growing Aboriginal population. The median age of Aboriginal people in Ontario is 30 years, nine years younger than the general population. Aboriginal youth, under the age 30, make up 48.4 per cent of the total Aboriginal population in Ontario. In between 2001 and 2011, Aboriginal population in Ontario increased by 60 per cent.

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