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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Joyce Foundation Success Award


The Joyce Foundation Success Award will be disbursed annually to students from a high school in Durham Region or Northumberland County who are entering full-time undergraduate studies in any faculty. Eligible students must have a minimum of 75 per cent in their final year of high school, have demonstrated financial need, and received a recommendation letter from a teacher or guidance counsellor. Students must also have an official application to the university and Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) on file to be considered.

Award recipients will be invited to participate as mentees in Student Life's Peer Mentorship program during their first year of studies and will be encouraged to act as mentors in subsequent years.


Two awards of $4,000 each are available. Each award is renewable if you maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (good standing), retain financial need status, and participate as mentees and/or mentors in the Student Life Peer Mentorship program. Awards or renewals may be deferred for one academic year if you are participating in a co-op or internship program.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online application. Printed application forms will be discarded.
  2. Submit a recommendation letter by either mail or email. Printed application forms will be discarded.

Letter of recommendation

A recommendation letter must be written by a teacher or guidance counsellor who has observed you in your public life and is aware of your various involvements.

The letter must include the following from the recommender:

  • The period of time you have known the applicant and in what capacity.
  • Why you feel the applicant should receive the Joyce Foundation Success Award.

Please give concrete examples of how the applicant embodies qualities such as originality, initiative, diligence and overall good judgment. The letter of recommendation will be used for determining the quality of the application.

Reference letters can be submitted by either mail or email.

  • If submitting by mail, send complete recommendation letter to:

    Office of the Registrar - Student Awards and Financial Aid
    Ontario Tech University
    2000 Simcoe Street North
    Oshawa, Ontario  L1G 0C5
  • If submitting by email, the person providing the recommendation letter must send it directly to


The online application form and letter of recommendation are due Thursday, April 1, 2021.

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