Scholarship Program

GOING BEYOND RUGBY

TIRF believes in eliminating barriers that prevent young people from reaching their full potential both on-and-off the pitch. Thanks to the generosity of the Doncaster Foundation, the Webb Family, Eventi Capital Partners and the Myers Family, TIRF is able to offer post-secondary scholarships and bursaries to eligible players. The aim of the TIRF Scholarship Program is to produce outstanding leaders and citizens willing to give back to their local communities through the development of rugby and other social initiatives.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS

THE DONCASTER SCHOLARSHIP
The Doncaster Scholarship Award is a four-year award that recognizes meaningful connections and contributions to the community. Applicants must be involved in rugby and show a strong academic performance. This award is designed to support students who may face significant financial challenges in achieving their post-secondary aspirations. The Doncaster Multi-Year Scholarship Award is generously funded by the Doncaster Foundation.

THE EVENTI-WEBB SCHOLARSHIP
The Eventi-Webb Scholarship Award is a one-time award that recognizes the commitment of a student in their future endeavours. Students at any point in their post-secondary journey can apply for the award.

THE PAUL MYERS MEMORIAL ADVANCEMENT SCHOLARSHIP
The Paul Myers Memorial Advancement Scholarship is a one-time award that recognizes student athletes who strive to make a positive and long-lasting impact. The scholarship was established in memory of Coach Paul Myers who played an integral role in the creation and cultivation of TIRF. Coach Myers was an advocate for the sport of rugby and education as they provided the opportunity for young athletes to be capable leaders.

 

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE?

If you have any questions, please register to attend one of our four(4) information sessions:

  • April 19: How To Get The Best Out Of Your References
  • May 3: How To Write A Winning Essay
  • May 17: Making A Budget
  • May 31: What’s A Personal Statement

READY TO APPLY?

Before you get started we recommend that you view the FAQs to help you put your best-foot-forward. The TIRF Scholarship Application is an online form. Unfortunately, our system won’t allow you to edit your answers after submitting your application. Consider typing your answers in a word document first to make sure that you don’t loose any of your answers if there is a problem.

Don’t forget to download and save the BUDGET TEMPLATE and review the 2022 Application Guide before starting.

DEADLINE : JUNE 12, 2022.


FAQ

About the application process

Review these frequently asked questions before you begin your application.

Deadline to submit applications will be announced soon.

Can I apply for a TIRF Scholarship if I am already a TIRF Scholar?

TIRF Scholars, and previous TIRF scholarship applicants, are able to apply for awards. Eventi-Webb Award recipients, that still meet eligibility requirements, are welcome to apply again. Doncaster Award recipients are able to apply for a scholarship renewal, but must meet on-going requirements.

What are the eligibility requirements?

We carefully review all applications and take into consideration each applicants personal story. Selected applicants will share a common commitment to rugby, their schools and larger communities, by demonstrating strong character and leadership qualities through their extracurricular involvement and work experience. All TIRF programs and services are guided and measured by the five world rugby values of: DISCIPLINE, RESPECT, INTEGRITY, PASSION and SOLIDARITY. These values are at the core of our scholarship program and can be seen in our current scholars.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Involved in rugby either as a player, volunteer, coach, TIRF staff and/or in any other capacity.
  2. Demonstrated financial need. This could be that you live in a priority neighborhood, attend a high-school that is associated with TIRF or are eligible for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
  3. Display strong academic performance and/or athletic achievement.
  4. Demonstrated involvement in your community and/or school.
  5. Current post-secondary students or high-school students that have applied to an accredited post-secondary institution such as University, College, or a trades program.

Does this award cover community colleges, trade schools and certificate or non-degree programs?

Yes, TIRF scholarship awards can be applied to any accredited post-secondary institution.

Can I apply if I have not been accepted to College/University?

Scholarship awards will be granted on condition of acceptance to a post-secondary institution. Please let us know once you have been accepted into college/university or if your situation changes and you will not be attending college/university in the coming year.

What are my chances of being awarded a TIRF scholarship?

Your chances of success are determined by the quality of your application and your eligibility. To improve your chances of receiving an award, make sure that you keep to the deadline, submit all documents, and dedicate plenty of time to preparing your application. In the short essay portions make sure you communicate your story, goals, ambitions, and why you are interested in becoming a TIRF Scholar.

What should I include in my scholarship essay?

Please tell us all about your accomplishments, your ability to overcome barriers, your involvement in extra-curricular activities and anything else that demonstrates your character. Be sure to read the essay questions thoroughly and adhere to the word count.

Do I need to provide a reference letter?

Two reference letters are required as part of the application process. Think of people that know you and can speak of your personal, academic or extra-curricular abilities such as teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, employers, or supervisors.

How can I ensure that I complete my scholarship application and submit it on time?

It’s important to begin working on your scholarship application as early as possible. Please review the timelines on our website and keep note of important deadlines. Be sure to find and request your references early to provide them with enough time to write your letters.

How can I ensure that I complete my scholarship application and submit it on time?

It’s important to begin working on your scholarship application as early as possible. Please review the timelines on our website and keep note of important deadlines. Be sure to find and request your references early to provide them with enough time to write your letters.

Accepting your scholarship award

TIRF Scholars must maintain their full-time student status, a strong academic performance and their continued commitment to community and leadership. Scholars must continue their involvement with TIRF through coaching, mentoring, and attending TIRF Scholar events.

I have been selected for a scholarship award, what’s next?

As a TIRF Scholar, we require you to keep in touch and continue your participation in TIRF initiatives. We ask that you to keep in touch with us by attending our events, signing up for our newsletter, follow our social media and join our TIRF Scholars group online.

Where can my scholarship award be applied?

Scholarship awards can be applied towards tuition, student fees, and/or on-campus accommodations.

I would like to thank the selection committee for the opportunity to apply. What's the best way to do this?

Please email a soft copy to Amanda@tirfrugby.ca or mail your card to TIRF Rugby, 77 Bloor Street West – Suite 1600, Toronto, ON, M5S 1M2 and we will forward your thanks to the selection committee on your behalf.