Diversity Scholarships

Diversity Scholarship Event 2018

History of the Scholarship

How It All Started

In 2004, the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto (CHFT) launched the CHFT Diversity Scholarship Program.

The program is for people living in CHFT member housing co-ops. An important element of the scholarship is the strong commitment to diversity shown by the applicants in their communities. Students are awarded their scholarships largely based on their community involvement in their schools, co-op communities and in a variety of community based organizations. To date people from over 104 co-ops have won scholarships.

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 2019 (please select which year you will be in):

Which year will you graduate or did you graduate?
Part B: Volunteer Activities: Please list below three most recent volunteer activities you have participated in that promote diversity.


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 info@coophousing.com
3) mailed in to 658 Danforth Ave, Unit 306, Toronto, ON, M4J 5B9
4) I will come in person to deliver it.


Keep in Mind...
Application Deadline is Wednesday, February 6, 2019 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.


Randy Padmore

Dexter Johnston

The Atkinson Revolution

In partnership with CHF Canada, scholarships are awarded in the Co-operative Housing Federation of British Columbia, Golden Horseshoe Co-operative Housing Federation, Central Ontario Co-operative Housing Federation, Peel-Halton Co-operative Housing Federation, Co-operative Housing Association of Eastern Ontario and in Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Southwestern Ontario.

The following colleges and universities provide additional funding of up to $3,000.

  • Centennial College
  • George Brown College
  • Humber College
  • OCAD University
  • Ryerson University
  • Seneca College
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Toronto
  • Western University
  • York University

To date, more than $1.7 million has been awarded to over 330 CHFT Diversity Scholarship recipients who have attended 22 colleges and universities.  Our federation partners have awarded an additional 50 scholarships across Canada. The CHFT Charitable Fund enables us to fund raise through our annual scholarship event which attracts over 500 people.

The scholarship is made possible by donations from over 60 companies, organizations and individuals.

2019 CHFT Diversity Scholarship

The 2019 Diversity Scholarship Application is now available to download or fill out online.

Our Sponsors

  • Centennial College
  • George Brown College
  • Humber College
  • Ontario College of Art and Design
  • Ryerson University
  • Seneca College
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Toronto
  • Western University
  • York University
  • 2 Mascot Place Co-operative Homes
  • Alexandra Park Housing Co-operative
  • Atkinson Housing Co-operative
  • Bamburgh Circle Housing Co-operative
  • Campden Green Co-operative Homes
  • Charles Darrow Housing Co-operative
  • Diane Frankling Co-operative Homes
  • Grace MacInnis Housing Co-operative
  • Harbour Channel Housing Co-operative
  • Hazelburn Co-operative Homes
  • Hugh Garner Housing Co-operative
  • Lakeshore Village Artists’ Co-operative
  • Larry Sefton Housing Co-operative
  • Local 75 Hospitality Workers’ Housing Co-operative
  • La Paz Co-operative Homes
  • Main-Gerrard Community Development Co-operative
  • Metta Housing Co-operative
  • Oak Street Housing Co-operative
  • Ramer’s Wood Co-operative
  • Secord Avenue Co-operative Homes
  • Stanley Knowles Housing Co-operative
  • St. Nicholas Housing Co-operative
  • Tamil Co-operative Homes
  • Willow Park Co-operative Homes
  • Windmill Line Co-operative Homes