Wade Hampton Employment Training Bursary

The Wade Hampton Employment Training Bursary is awarded to an individual with a physical disability who is pursuing a professional development program. 

Amount: $1500

Number Available: 1

Deadline: N/A

No one embodied the spirit and vision of Ontario March of Dimes more than WWII flying veteran, Wade Hampton. At age 31, on the same day the polio vaccine was announced, Hampton was diagnosed with the disease and taken to hospital. A born fighter, Hampton refused to be held back by the effects of polio and recovered to create an extraordinary career and a rich personal life.

Hampton would eventually become Chief Executive Officer of Operation Reliance Inc., a trail-blazing program that helped people with disabilities secure regular employment. Additionally, Hampton served on the March of Dimes Board of Directors from 1983 to 1985, guiding the organization as a volunteer and as president. In later years, he was made a Lifetime Member of the Board and the Executive Committee.

In the spirit of Hampton’s commitment and in cooperation with the Hampton family, March of Dimes established the Wade Hampton Memorial Fund. The income earned is used to provide bursaries to people with a disability.

The purpose of the bursary is to:

  • encourage employment advancement
  • promote employment opportunities
  • foster employment excellence


The Bursary is available to any Canadian with a physical disability requiring financial assistance in order to pursue a professional or career goal. The candidate must have a plan of professional development for which a course of training will help him / her to achieve his / her goal.

How to Apply

Application forms available here. Send to the address listed below.

Contact Information

Awards Selection Committee

c/o Executive Assistant

March of Dimes Canada

10 Overlea Blvd.

Toronto, ON  M4H 1A4

Tel: 416-425-3463

Toll-free: 1-800-263-3463

Fax: 416-425-1802

E-mail: awardscommittee@marchofdimes.ca


See Also:

See other national scholarships // See other scholarships for chronic medical/health problem // See other scholarships for mobility impairments