Exceptional Student Bursary

HISTORY
This bursary recognizes former senior staff members of the TCDSB who have made a financial contribution to The Angel Foundation for Learning’s Bursary program.

Norman Forma, a former Director of Education with the TCDSB, is respected as an outstanding educator. Norm retired from the TCDSB after 33 years of exemplary service. Widely respected for his collaborative, compassionate and student‐centered leadership, Norm Forma is remembered for his interest in promoting increased opportunities for students who are deaf and/or hard of hearing.

Frank Meagher is a former Superintendent of Education with the TCDSB. Frank retired from the TCDSB after 32 years of exemplary service. Frank’s career in educational administration is impressive – principal at St. Elizabeth, St. Teresa, St. Gregory and St. Cecilia, the latter after a 2‐year secondment to York University. In the role of superintendent, he experienced two portfolios – Superintendent of Schools (Toronto) and Superintendent of Special Programs. It was in this latter role that he was able to provide provincial leadership on behalf of exceptional children.

Sandra Montgomery retired following an exemplary career of 35 years of service with the TCDSB. Sandra’s last assignment was Superintendent of Special Services, a position for which she was destined. Her unwavering commitment and compassion for students with special needs was the cornerstone of her career. A fitting legacy, this bursary benefits students with special needs.

A.S. Meneguzzi is a former Associate Director of Finance with the TCDSB. Following his retirement, a fund was established to support students with special needs. This fund was recently transferred to The Angel Foundation for Learning and will be used to support this bursary for students with exceptionalities.

BURSARY AMOUNT
$1,000

BURSARY DESCRIPTION
This bursary will be presented annually to a graduating student who is identified as exceptional. This bursary, in recognition of academic achievement and contribution to the school community, provides financial support in the amount of $1,000 towards post‐secondary education at the university or college level. It can also be applied to a community‐based program to support an exceptional student following graduation from a TCDSB secondary school.

CRITERIA 
The successful applicant is a graduating student that is identified as exceptional. The student has been accepted into a college, university or community‐based program. There is evidence of financial need and/or personal challenges.

APPLICATION PROCESS 
Interested students must submit the following:

  • Letter of application outlining their post-secondary plans including their plans for coping with their exceptionality in the post-secondary setting;
  • A letter of support from the student’s resource teacher detailing the student’s academic achievement in light of their exceptionality and a description of how this individual contributed to the school and community; and
  • Evidence of acceptance into a post-secondary program.

SELECTION PROCESS 
The review committee will consist of an interdisciplinary support team from the Special Services department. Consideration will be given to:

  • Significance of exceptionality
  • Student’s overall achievement
  • Student’s post-secondary plans
  • Student’s overall contribution to the school and community
  • Notification of the bursary will be given in early June.

CONTACT
Enquiries regarding the bursary may be made to Marisa Celenza at 416.222.8282 ext. 2195 or marisa.celenza@tcdsb.org

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