The Promise of a Brighter Future

The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton (CCASH) Bursary and Scholarship Program aims to alleviate financial barriers, providing service recipients opportunities for higher education and skill development. Together, with the support of our community and generous donors, we aspire to open doors, create possibilities, and pave the way for a brighter future.

The application process for the CCASH 2024 Bursary & Scholarship Program is now closed.

Please check back in March 2025 to apply for next year!

OACAS is now accepting applications for the Clark Bursary Award Program from July 17 – August 31. Applicants may be eligible to receive a $2,000 Clark Bursary Award, paid in one lump sum. Please click the link to review eligibility criteria and to apply.

The Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund is another great opportunity to apply for funding for your post-secondary education or training.  The application process is now closed for the 2024/25 academic year but be sure to check back again next year!


2024 Bursary & Scholarship Program

Funding Available

There are two funding streams available through CCASH in 2024. Please review Guidelines below for details:

What/Who is Funded

Funding is available to support and enhance the life outcomes of individuals served by CCASH.

Individuals served includes:

  • Current and former wards
  • Kin families
  • Parents and children currently receiving service
  • Children of families that provide foster homes (up to 1 bursary per year).

Activities for which funding can be requested include:

  • Ongoing education and skills training
  • Employment outcomes and possibilities (specialized equipment purchase, computer and electronic purchase, ongoing training)

Please note: Disbursement of funds will be directed toward tuition at your selected post-secondary institution or distributed as a reimbursement for supplies (ie: books, laptop, etc.) with proof of purchase. You can discuss the disbursement of funds further with your worker.

Bursary & Scholarships

These are the various bursary and scholarships that are available to CCASH service recipients, and their families:

  • Youth & Family Opportunity Bursaries (annual): Supports youth and families, who are receiving services from the agency, to help them achieve their life’s goals. Made possible through our dedicated donors and friends.
  • The Sazio Family Scholarship (annual): Supports current or former CCASH service recipients who are pursuing post-secondary education and/or training. This is a renewable scholarship for up to 4 years, made possible through the generosity of the Sazio family.
  • The DiNardo Family Scholarship (bi-annual): Supports current or former CCASH service recipients who are pursuing post-secondary education and/or training, made possible through the generosity of the DiNardo Family.
  • The 2024 Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund (annual): Supports Canadian youth with government care experience and who demonstrate community leadership, who are starting their first post-secondary program. Click here for application details.

If you are interested in sponsoring a bursary or creating a scholarship, please contact: 905-525-2012 x 3150


For any questions or assistance with your application, contact Jennie Dragos at



Hear from our 2023 Bursary & Scholarship recipients on how they benefitted from this financial support.