Scholarships

General Information

  • Scholarships will be for non-federally funded applicants only who are pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees.
  • The COTF Scholarship Review Guidelines, Scholarship Criteria and Application Forms can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate links below.
  • Answers to questions to help applicants understand to which scholarships they can apply:
  1. Who can apply to the COTF Master’s Scholarship, the COTF / Invacare Master’s Scholarship, the Thelma Cardwell Scholarship and the Golden Howland Scholarship?

– Qualified OT’s who are enrolled in a research Masters that requires completion of a full thesis.

  1. Who can apply to the Barb Worth Emergent Leader Award?

– Students who are working towards an OT degree who are in their second year and have leadership qualities. For students at universities in Québec, it would be the last year of the combined Bachelors/Master’s program.

Scholarships Offered

COTF Graduate Scholarships ($3,000 doctoral and $1,500 master’s) 

These scholarships are awarded annually to a student enrolled full-time or part-time in a master’s or doctoral program in a discipline related to occupational therapy research.  

Doctoral: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/51988-Canadian-Occupational-Therapy-Foundation

Master’s: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/47054-Canadian-Occupational-Therapy-Foundation

check Deadline: October 1 annually

COTF/Invacare Master’s Scholarship ($2,000) 

Established in 2006 in recognition of Invacare Canada’s great contribution to COTF over many years. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled full-time or part-time in a master’s program in a discipline related to occupational therapy research.

 https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/47054-Canadian-Occupational-Therapy-Foundation

check Deadline: October 1 annually

Thelma Cardwell Scholarship ($2,000) 

Established in 1985 in honour of Dr. Thelma Cardwell on the occasion of her retirement from the Occupational Therapy Division of the University of Toronto. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled in part-time or full-time studies in a master’s or doctoral level program, related to occupational therapy, which has broad implications for the scope of the profession. The applicant must have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to occupational therapy.

https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/51992-Canadian-Occupational-Therapy-Foundation

check Deadline: October 1 annually

Goldwin Howland Scholarship ($2,000)

Established in 1945 in appreciation of the tireless work of Dr. Goldwin W. Howland, first President of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). This scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled in part-time or full-time studies in a master’s or doctoral level program, related to occupational therapy, which has broad implications for the scope of the profession. The applicant must have demonstrated leadership and vision within the profession.

https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/51992-Canadian-Occupational-Therapy-Foundation

check Deadline: October 1 annually

NEW AWARD LAUNCHED IN 2019 – Lorna Reimer Legacy Award for Leadership ($500)

The Lorna Reimer Legacy Award for Leadership is being launched in 2019 to honour Lorna Reimer (1954-2008) who was an exemplary leader in the profession of occupational therapy.

She believed that being a professional was more than daily provision of service, but also ensuring the growth of the profession through engagement at every level of leadership. Lorna served at the local, provincial, national and international levels in occupational therapy, while also actively raising a family and supporting growth in other occupational therapists as Manager of Occupational Therapy at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton. 

She believed words had little meaning unless supported by action. Therefore, she sought additional leadership opportunities to participate in political policy setting both in health and community development throughout her career.  Within the profession, she served on Alberta Association of Registered Occupational Therapists, Alberta College of Occupational Therapists and Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists as a board member then later as President of these organizations.

Lorna also sat on policy boards for other organizations, such as provincial and national committees related to health policy. She was an active community advocate. One of her career goals was to ensure that every client and community received the much-needed services of occupational therapists – the expansion of occupational therapy in rehabilitation across Alberta is one example. Her belief in this profession never stopped – her goal was to create and recognize leaders in the profession to ensure that occupational therapy would be recognized as a “core profession” in both health and community development on local, national and international levels.

This award will be given annually to an occupational therapist who has demonstrated leadership in the profession beyond daily practice through involvement at provincial, national or international levels, representing the profession and evoking change.

 

check Deadline: October 1 annually

 

Barb Worth Emergent Leader Award ($5,000)

The Barb Worth Emergent Leader Award was introduced in 2014. Barbara Worth had a very distinguished career and contributed significantly to the regulation of OT in Ontario. 

She graduated from the first BScOT class at the University of Toronto (1975) and received a Leadership Award from her peers. Following graduation, Barbara joined McMaster University Medical Centre. During her 20 plus years of clinical care, Barbara took on many academic and managerial roles. 

She was the Director of Complex Continuing Care in her last role within the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation. Barbara was also active within the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), including contributing to the design and testing of the CAOT Certification Exam. At COTO (College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario), Barbara held many positions, including serving as the President from 1999-2000, and COTO Registrar from 2002 to 2013. 

Most recently, Barbara had an influential role of spearheading initiatives that addressed the issues of cross province transportability of OT skills and internationally educated OT’s through the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (ACOTRO) of which she served in past as Chair. 

She also contributed to the regulatory community through committee work for the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) and the Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario (FHRCO). In 2014, she received the CAOT Leadership Award posthumously at the CAOT Annual General Conference in Fredericton, NB.  

This modest award is to remind a leader of tomorrow to balance emotional investment in the challenges at hand with personal wellbeing. Relaxing and re-energizing with small self-indulgences are also part of leadership, for often the effort that makes leadership appear effortless goes unrecognized by anyone but the leader. 

https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/51987-Canadian-Occupational-Therapy-Foundation

 

check Deadline: October 1 annually

 

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