The Trotter Montgomery Picard Scholarship

Value $500 (for each of 3 students)

Joanne was known for her capacity to coach and mentor employees and leaders throughout her successful career in a variety of human resources senior management positions. Joanne always saw the best in everyone and her genuine interest in others and passion for giving back to those less fortunate led to her wide network of friends, family and community followers. 

Chris touched the lives of hundreds of students and teachers as a high school teacher, head of the English department and as President of the OECTA teachers union. Developing strong relationships with his colleagues, students, children and grandchildren contributed to his positive influence on others.  

Rene impacted everyone he connected with, especially his children, grandchildren, friends and colleagues. Rene believed that all goals were achievable despite an individual’s age, ability or environmental factors. He demonstrated this by generously sharing his knowledge and experience with anyone who expressed the desire to learn from him.  

In honor of these three admirable individuals, this scholarship is intended to support three high school students who have faced and overcome an academic, learning or personal challenge. Challenges and failures are inevitable but success depends on how these obstacles are encountered, what is learned from them and how they impact the lives of others. Basketball player Michael Jordan said that, “I failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed”. He also said, “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying”.

Educational support is sometimes difficult to obtain without a medical diagnosis or educational assessment. Therefore, each recipient of this award will receive a screening test and/or a diagnostic educational assessment to help them identify their academic and learning strengths and needs, interests, learning preferences and motivational tendencies. A learning plan will then be generated based on the results of the assessments with suggested resources that may support the student’s needs. Resources could include tutoring, academic coaching, educational software, or accommodation supplies. The student may use their $500 scholarship to obtain one of these resources or another educational resource of their choice.

  • Entering Grade 11 or 12
  • Informal or formal learning challenge
  • Financial need
  • Canadian citizen

There are three requirements for applicants of this scholarship:

  1. Each applicant will use a creative medium to describe an academic or personal challenge they faced and how they were able to use their strengths to overcome this challenge. Examples of creative mediums could include video, podcast, image, drawing, song, poem or other creative formats.
  2. Each applicant will also share the type of educational resources they would like to obtain with the scholarship and describe how these resources will help them continue to succeed.
  3. A referral from a teacher, school or community representative who is familiar with the applicant’s learning challenge will be requested during the final selection period.