Tamara Gordon Foundation Scholarship

The Tamara Gordon Foundation Scholarship is available to students with physical disabilities studying at an Ontario university or college. 

Amount: Varies

Number Available: Varies

Deadline: 2021/2022 academic year

The Tamara Gordon Foundation was established in 2013, to assist students with permanent physical disabilities who wish to pursue the completion of an educational field of study. The award of a TGF Scholarship is competitive, therefore academic standing and volunteering will be a significant decision factor for the Selection Committee.

Awards are granted on an annual basis. A recipient in good standing may have their award renewed at the discretion of the Selection Committee through re-application.


Applicants must:

  1. Be a Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant with a physical disability.
  2. Be a Grade 12 student in the province of Ontario, or a student already enrolled in a post-secondary program and looking to advance to either year 2, 3, 4 or onwards.
  3. Be enrolled in a program at an Ontario University that is a member of Universities Canada or one of Ontario’s 24 Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology for the 2021/2022 academic year.
  4. Demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
  5. Demonstrate a strong academic record.

How to Apply

An application form can be found here (or go through their website).

Applicants must submit:

  1. Confirmation/documentation of enrollment in one of the foregoing academic institutions for the 2021/2022 academic year. This is is only for first-time applicants only.
  2. A copy of the letter of acceptance from the College/University that the applicant will be attending for the 2021/2022 academic year (1st year students only).
  3. An official (original) transcript from the applicant’s most recently completed post-secondary academic year or a copy of the applicant’s final grade 12 report card (for applicant’s entering their first year of post-secondary education).
  4. Past recipients are strongly encouraged to be volunteers and ambassadors for the foundation, if they are physically or verbally able to do so.
  5. Two strong letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one character reference).This is is only for first-time applicants only.
  6. An original one-page, single-spaced essay describing the permanent physical disability, the applicant’s academic and career goals, the applicant’s future career aspirations, and the reasons why the applicant feels he or she should be selected. This is is only for first-time applicants only.
  7. A physician’s letter setting out details of the applicant’s disability (not required for applicants seeking to renew a TGF Scholarship Award).
  8. A brief biographical paragraph about the applicant and his/her disability (not more than 100 words) to be used in the reception program if they are selected for a Scholarship award. Submit this by e-mail to: tamaragfoundation@gmail.com.
  9. Summary of costs for transportation, tuition, textbooks and other materials for the academic year.
  10. A list of extracurricular activities, specifying start and end dates for each activity (e.g. school involvement, community volunteer work, arts, sports and TGF activities).
  11. A passport size photograph (to be used for TGF publications if applicant is selected for a Scholarship award). Please submit this by e-mail also to: tamaragfoundation@gmail.com.
  12. Proof of status in Canada (Citizen or Landed Immigrant). This is is only for first-time applicants only.
  13. How did you hear about the scholarship? If you heard about the TGF from a past recipient, please provide that person’s name.
Things To Note:

Scholarships will be provided directly to recipients’ College/University. Award recipients are expected to avail themselves to attend and volunteer at the Tamara Gordon Foundation’s public relations and Fundraising events.

Due to the uncertainty of the current restrictions imposed by all levels of government, regarding the COVID-19 virus, an Awards Ceremony date will not be named at this time. The board will reconvene later and review the situation, then all applicants will be updated of any change.

When completing your application, please type or print clearly. Illegible or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The Tamara Gordon Foundation wishes all applicants the best with regards to their current and future pursuits. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Please submit completed applications to:

Tamara Gordon Foundation Selection Committee

PO Box 3020 Markham & 14th Ave

Markham, Ontario

L3S 4T1

Contact Information

If you are interested in connecting with Tamara and the foundation, find us on Facebook,  Instagram and Twitter

Write to us at: PO Box 3020 Markham & 14th Ave, Markham, ON, L3S 4T1, Canada

Or give us a call at: (905) 209-0606

Or send us a message directly using this form.


See Also:

See other Ontario Scholarships // See other chronic medical / health problem scholarships // See other mobility impairment scholarships