Diversity Scholarships

Diversity Scholarship Event 2017

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 95 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 2018 (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.


Keep in Mind...

Application Deadline is Wednesday, February 7, 2018 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.

3. Please double check the tuition payment deadline dates for the school you plan to attend. Please, remember that we will not process any incomplete, late or faxed applications.

4. Please attach supporting documents as PDFs.

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 $1.6 million has been awarded to over 300 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. The 2017 CHFT Diversity Scholarship Event was held on Thursday, June 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. The 2018 scholarship application will be available in the Fall of 2017.

Now Available!

2018 Diversity Scholarship

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Our Sponsors

  • Alterna Savings
  • B.O.L.T.
  • CHF Canada
  • Homestarts
  • Ontario Property Management Group
  • Rogers Communications
  • The Co-operators
  • Alterna Savings
  • B.O.L.T.
  • CHF Canada
  • CMS Building ConsultantsCoinamatic
  • Community First Developments Inc.
  • David Miller
  • Dulux Paints
  • EnerStream Agency Services
  • Homestarts
  • Iler Campbell
  • Ontario Property Management Group
  • Precision Property Management
  • Prentice Yates & Clark
  • Rogers Communications
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Daniels Corporation
  • Intelligarde
  • Toronto Atmospheric Fund
  • George Brown College
  • Humber College
  • Ontario College of Art and Design
  • Ryerson University
  • Seneca College
  • University of Toronto
  • Western University
  • York University
  • Appliance Canada
  • Allan Spence Inc.
  • Argyle Security
  • Bestokill
  • Can. Safety Anchor Inspections
  • Century Flooring X-press
  • Dome Services
  • Durham Garage Door
  • H & S Building Supplies
  • In memory of Jean
  • JDM Plumbing Services
  • Karimjee Greene LLP
  • Lewis & Collyer
  • Mainline Plumbing
  • Metro Jetwash Corporation
  • MSB HVAC Services
  • O.B.N. Consultants
  • Ricoh
  • S&F Renovations
  • Sam Prestige Construction
  • TAVA GC Inc.
  • VH Specialized Woodworking
  • Alexandra Park Co-op
  • Arcadia Co-op
  • Atkinson Co-op
  • Bridletown Co-op
  • Brimell Co-op
  • Diane Frankling Co-op
  • Don Area Co-op
  • Forward 9 Co-op
  • Frazer Heights Co-op
  • Hickory Tree Road Co-op
  • Hugh Garner Co-op
  • John Fitzpatrick Co-op
  • Larry Sefton Co-op
  • Longview Housing Co-op
  • Marine Heights Co-op
  • Norris Crescent Co-op
  • Oak Street Housing Co-op
  • Pioneer Co-op
  • Ramer’s Wood Co-op
  • Rougemount Co-op
  • Scarborough Heights Co-op
  • Summerlea Park Co-op
  • Windward Co-op