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The Braiding Diversity Founders Scholarship

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The Waterloo Committee established the Braiding Diversity Founders Scholarship to support the success of Braiding Diversity into Justice program participants.

The scholarship is available to any grade 12 or post-secondary student in Ontario, pursuing post-secondary studies related to the many careers in the justice system at an Ontario university or college. The applicant must be a young person belonging to a group that has traditionally been marginalized (ie. experienced discrimination and social, economic, or political exclusion due to race, ethnicity, migration, socio-economic status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability or religion). The applicant must have attended a Braiding Diversity into Justice event in Kitchener, Ontario (online or in person), and must be a current or past resident of the Waterloo Region. This scholarship has been created to assist a student who demonstrates academic excellence, a commitment to their studies, and who is in financial need.

Members of the Braiding Diversity into Justice Planning Committee will review all applications in the spring of each year and select the scholarship recipient by the summer. One scholarship will be offered per year.

Details of the Program:

  • Application process opens: March 31, 2022
  • Student applications due: May 24, 2022 at 5pm
  • References due: May 30, 2022 at 5pm
  • Recipient will be notified by: June 30, 2022
  • Type of Award: Scholarship
  • Amount: $7,000
  • Renewable: No
  • Number Available: 1
  • Only complete applications will be considered.

Application Steps:

  1. Find someone to be your academic reference. This person can be your teacher, principal, guidance counsellor, supervisor, or mentor who can confirm that you are eligible for this scholarship. They should be aware of your grades, whether you are active in the school community, and whether you are interested in law and justice.
  2. Write a short essay (250 words max) on why you should be considered for this scholarship. In this essay, you could also include the justice sector career you are interested in pursuing and demonstrate how your post-secondary program will help you achieve this goal.
  3. Confirm which year(s) you attended the Braiding Diversity into Justice event held in Kitchener, Ontario (online or in person) and describe how you are a current or past resident of the Waterloo Region.
  4. Download and complete the application. Submit it by email to

How to support the scholarship:

Individuals who make donations towards the scholarship are eligible to receive a charitable tax receipt. Organizations or businesses who make a donation will receive a business receipt. The Waterloo Committee has a goal to raise $7,000 in donations by April 30, 2022. Please help us reach our goal! 

You can write a cheque to “Ontario Justice Education Network” and mail it to OJEN at 180 Dundas St W, Suite 505, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z8; or donate online. If donating online, please choose the “Scholarship Fund (Waterloo)” option from the drop down menu for “Fund”. 

Whether donating by cheque or online, please be sure to indicate that the donation is earmarked for the Braiding scholarship fund.

Please help us support these amazing young people in our community!

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