CHFT Diversity Scholarship Application

2020 CHFT Diversity Scholarship Application

Deadline: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.


CHFT recognizes that the strength of our membership is reflected in the many cultures and identities represented within our co-ops. CHFT encourages applications from these diverse communities.

Our Goal

The purpose of the CHFT Diversity Scholarship is to recognize people living in co-ops who are actively promoting diversity through work within their community. We want to help them with their post-secondary education by providing them with award money, credit counselling and employment services.

The Scholarships

You could be eligible for a scholarship if you are going to attend a publicly funded Canadian college, university or approved apprenticeship-training program. We offer scholarships for students who are just graduating from high school, or are currently enrolled in a post-secondary program or are returning to school after a break to complete an undergraduate program.

We have special scholarships that are awarded to people who have shown exceptional leadership in their school and community, or who have taken an active role in mentoring young people, or have demonstrated a commitment to social justice.

We also have the Success Becomes You scholarship. This scholarship recognizes people who are determined to succeed at the post-secondary level or in a skilled trade and who did not have the opportunity to finish their schooling due to family, financial or other circumstances.

Scholarships are $5000 distributed over 4 years.

If you are already attending college or university:

The scholarship is pro-rated for your undergraduate program. For example, someone part way through a program would be funded for the remaining years of that program.

Students will have to show us

  • they are already registered full time
  • a transcript, showing passing marks for the program
  • accounts with the college or university are up to date.

Starting in second year, several colleges and universities provide additional money to CHFT Diversity Scholarship winners. These scholarships average $3,000 per student. (Please note: Some conditions apply. Recipients’ average must meet standard requirements.)

We accept applications from graduate students.

Eligibility – Applicants Must

  • live in a CHFT member co-op
  • plan to attend a recognized, publicly funded, Canadian, post-secondary education institution – community college, university or approved apprenticeship-training program on a full-time basis in the 2020/2021 academic year
  • have used their knowledge and understanding of diversity to make a positive contribution to their school and/or local community
  • have demonstrated a financial need.

Important Information

  • fill out the application clearly.
  • gather all required documents from their sources ahead of time
  • please attach supporting documents as PDFs.

If you prefer to print off a copy of this application, Click here.

Part A - Personal Information

*Required Field


*Please Note: The co-op must be a member of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto


Part A - Education / Work
In September of 2020 (please select which year you will be in):

Which year will you graduate or did you graduate?
Part B: Please list the 3 most recent volunteer activities you have participated in that promote diversity. It is mandatory to list 3 activities. Please attach a separate page and type your response.


Organization 1
Volunteer Hours
Start Date
End Date
Organization 2
Volunteer Hours
Start Date
End Date
Organization 3
Volunteer Hours
Start Date
End Date
Please submit a short essay (500 words) on the following subject: Tell us how you would work to ensure that young people are more involved in the diverse leadership in the co-op movement? (Please upload your essay as a PDF document)
Part C: Financial Information
Please fill in the fields below with approximate amounts. Include all of your expenses and income sources for the upcoming academic year, not including the diversity scholarship. Please remember, you are calculating for the entire year and not just the school year. Misrepresentation of your financial situation will result in your application being disqualified.


Part D - Transcript
Please upload your transcript as a scanned PDF document.
Part E - Consent & Declaration


1. Scholarship decisions may only be made by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto and that these decisions are final.

2. Scholarship funds will only be granted to me if I am enrolled full-time, in a publicly funded Canadian college or university or approved apprentice-training program for the upcoming academic year.

3. If I am successful, my name and photograph will be published.

4. I will participate in CHFT functions, if attendance is requested.

I certify that the above information is accurate and complete. I understand that any false or incomplete information may cancel my application.


A Last Minute Checklist
• I have filled out the application form completely
• I have signed and dated the application
• I have also attached an up-to-date academic transcript
• I have attached supporting documents as PDFs
• The application needs to be
1) completed on-line
2) e-mailed to
3) mailed in to 658 Danforth Ave, Unit 306, Toronto, ON, M4J 5B9
4) delivered in person


Keep in Mind...
Application Deadline is Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
1. You may be asked to come in for an interview a few weeks after the deadline.
2. If you are invited to an interview, you will be asked to provide two reference letters.


Please, remember that we will not process any incomplete, late or faxed applications. You are not eligible to reapply if you have already won a CHFT Diversity Scholarship. There is no minimum or maximum age to apply. If your co-op falls out of membership at any time, you will not be eligible for any funds.