How To Apply

The 2018 Resiliency Scholarship is an education award of $2000 for post-secondary education pursued at the university, college or apprenticeship level.  It is open to youth who have demonstrated resiliency despite facing adversity in their lives. We believe that young people who have found and cultivated their own resilience are ideally positioned to light the way for others by sharing their story.  (Applicants are welcome to apply in subsequent years if they did not receive an award previously.)

The incredible support and love for Kaya and Zach from their family, friends and the broader community, who have supported their legacy, has allowed us to increase the number of resiliency scholarships to three for 2018.  Each scholarship will be for $2000.

One of this year’s scholarships will be awarded to a youth who has chosen to be resilient despite a serious physical or mental health challenge.  This scholarship will be in honour of Eion Campbell who sadly passed from cancer on January 23, 2018 at only 21 years of age. Eion always represented the essence of resiliency and lived a meaningful and full life, albeit too brief.  Eion had an abundance of close family, including his mom Andrea, his brother, Richard and his dad, Kevin’s spirit.  Eion also had a posse of lifelong friends who never waivered.   Eion’s legacy will continue to live on.


Applications are being accepted from February 21, 2018 to June 15, 2018.

To apply, please share your story of resiliency with us and include your name, contact information (email address, mailing address and phone contact) as well as your plans for post-secondary education.

You can send your resiliency story and your contact information to us at the email address below:

Please know that your submission will be treated with strict confidence and will be only read by the Selection Committee.

Important Dates

February 21, 2018 –  Scholarship open for submissions for 2018 awards

June 15, 2018 –  Last day for submissions for 2018 Resiliency Scholarship

July 21, 2018 –  Golfing for Resilience  – Zach Sutherland and Kaya Firth Charity Golf Day, Dinner and Silent Auction, and Scholarship Presentation –  Eagle Ridge Golf Club, Georgetown, ON

How the Recipients are chosen

Recipients are chosen based on their ability to integrate their loss or adversity into their lives and choose to be resilient.  We believe that from even the worst, most unacceptable circumstances, those who are able to eventually find and grow the seed of resilience within themselves have much to share from which many can benefit.  We hope to provide a platform for these young people and intend to start by recognizing and rewarding their resilience.

Because this scholarship is currently funded by the generosity of our local community some priority will be given to youth who reside in the Halton Hills and geographically adjacent areas.

As our donor base expands so too will the geographical area and number of recipients each year.

Attention to the Inception of the Scholarship and Previous Recipients sections may help applicants prepare their submissions.

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