June Callwood Harmony Scholarships

Young people deserve all the support they can get as they grow into leaders for social change. Harmony Movement awards scholarships to exceptional young people who are being the change in their schools and communities.

Ten scholarships in memory of June Callwood are awarded each year to graduating high school students from across Canada who will be attending university or college. These students are highly active in combating racism and discrimination in their schools and communities by building on the values of harmony and equity. Scholarships are awarded annually at our Harmony Award Gala.

June Callwood Harmony Scholarships recognize the outstanding achievements of youth in promoting harmony and diversity across Canada. Our scholarships aim to recognize young leaders who have taken action to challenge discrimination and inequity in their communities.

Apply for a scholarship if you are a graduating high school student who will be attending a postsecondary institution in the fall and have done work on diversity issues such as the following:

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Class
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Ability
  • Regionalism
  • Sexual Orientation

We particularly encourage applications from youth who identify as:

  • racialized/a person of colour
  • First Nations, Métis, or Inuit
  • a person with a disability
  • a person from a low-income household
  • a newcomer
  • someone who has experienced systemic barriers based on a part of their identity not listed above

Recipients will be each awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the annual Harmony Awards. 


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Scholarship F.A.Q.

Frequently asked questions about the Harmony Scholarship

The following are typical questions and answers relating to the Scholarship. We suggest that you read the questions and answers carefully.

Q. What activities would qualify an applicant for a Harmony Scholarship?
A. A qualified applicant demonstrates leadership in organizing activities to promote social cohesion and diversity in Canada. For more examples refer to the profiles of previous scholarship recipients.

Q. What does the term nominee mean?
A. A nominee is a person who is nominated to receive the scholarship.

Q. What does the term referee mean?
A. A referee is the person who provides a reference on behalf of the applicant. The reference is a written testimonial that provides relevant details of the applicant’s involvement in promoting harmony and diversity.

Q. How many references do I need to submit? Who may provide a reference?
A. You are required to submit two references. One reference must be from a teacher and a second reference may be submitted by another teacher, a friend, a representative from a community organization or an employer. Nominators may not provide references.

Q. Are recipients able to defer or postpone the disbursement of the Harmony Scholarship?
A. No.

Q. What does the term post-secondary institution mean?
A. A post-secondary institution is a recognized college, university or training institution.

Q. What do I provide as proof of admission/acceptance to a post-secondary institution?
A. You may provide a photocopy of the Response to Offer of Admission document. The Response to Offer of Admission is the confirmation document that you return to the post-secondary institution you will be attending in the fall in the same year of your graduation. Otherwise, you may submit proof such as a letter confirming your enrollment or a photocopy of your student identification card for the postsecondary school or a photocopy of your timetable etc.

Q. Am I eligible to receive the Harmony Scholarship if I plan to attend a post-secondary institution outside of Canada?
A. Yes. Any students graduating from a Canadian high school and who will be attending a post-secondary institution in the fall will be eligible for the scholarship

Q. If I will be enrolling in a post-secondary institution as a part-time student will I be eligible to receive the Harmony Scholarship?
A. No. A scholarship applicant must be enrolling in their school of interest as a full-time student.

Q. What are the criteria on which scholarship applications are evaluated?
A. The scholarship committee bases its decisions on applicants’ length of service; the scope of their activities in promoting diversity and combatting discrimination; their leadership qualities; and their advocacy role within schools and communities. Throughout the process, the committee also looks for the 5 C’s: Commitment, Courage, Consistency, Community, and Creativity.

Previous Scholarship Winners