Scholarships and Bursaries

HCF Bursaries Advisory Committee – Call for Nominations

Hamilton Community Foundation is located in Hamilton, Ontario, which is situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

Today, the City of Hamilton is home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island (North America) and we recognize that we must do more to learn about the rich history of this land so that we can better understand our role as a foundation that serves the needs of our community.

Hamilton Community Foundation is a charity that has been proudly serving the Hamilton community for 70 years.

The Foundation’s vision is a vibrant, diverse and inclusive Hamilton. We aim to drive positive change by connecting a diversity of people, ideas and resources.  Our values are: equity, reconciliation, courage, relevance, accountability and collaboration.

We drive positive change by:

What we are looking for

Hamilton Community Foundation is seeking three nominees to join the HCF Bursaries Advisory Committee beginning in August 2024.

Committee member responsibilities

As a member of this committee, you play a crucial role in shaping the future of deserving students by helping to allocate financial support that can make a significant difference in their lives. Your expertise, insights, and dedication will contribute to ensuring that HCF’s bursary program remains fair, transparent, and impactful.

Advisory committee members serve terms of three years. When circumstances warrant, a committee member may be asked to serve an additional term.

Key responsibilities include:

Nominee perspective, skills, and experience


The following are amongst the experience factors that are sought:

We are also looking for:


We are seeking people who are deeply committed to the community and to the advisory committee role. Key expectations are:


  1. All committee members will be compensated at an hourly rate of $100 for application reviews and committee meetings, except in cases where committee members are not permitted by their roles to accept compensation (e.g. some government employees). If committee members wish to donate their compensation back to HCF, they are free to do so, but this is not expected or required.

  2. HCF aims to remove barriers to participation. As such, committee members will also be eligible to receive compensation for travel and childcare expenses that facilitate their participation in the committee.

Application submission

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. June 28, 2024. You can apply by completing this survey, which asks for the following:

Because Hamilton Community Foundation strives for equity, diversity, and inclusion, we invite applicants to fill out a voluntary demographic survey. Information shared through this survey will remain confidential and will be used to:

This survey is not mandatory, and applicants can choose to answer any or all of the questions.

If you would prefer to submit a video bio, please email to make arrangements for the transfer of the video file.

Only complete applications from nominees 18 years or older will be considered; please see the CRA guidelines for eligibility.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important to ensure a fair process for individuals with varying abilities. Please contact Tami Henderson at to request any accommodations or accessibility requirements through the nomination process.

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