Turnaround Teen Scholarship Information


The “It Takes Courage to Change” scholarships are in memory of Drew who died on April 8, 2008 at the age of 16. Drew’s family was so proud that Drew himself took such strong turnaround initiative and received that recognition from his high school, Thomas A Blakelock. Unfortunately tragedy struck before he could realize his full potential. Now, in his memory, Drew’s scholarships will encourage and reward turnaround teens so they can pursue a better life.

The Drew Hildebrand “It Takes Courage to Change” scholarships encourage, recognize and reward positive change through individual scholarships of up to $5,000 for post secondary education and/or training programs.

It can be an extraordinary challenge for at-risk teens to take the courageous and consistent actions to turn their backs on risky behaviours. The goal of “It takes Courage to Change” scholarships is to encourage at-risk teens to take the initiative to find the path to a better life, and then recognize and reward graduating teens in Peel, Halton, Greater Toronto and surrounding area high schools who have demonstrated positive change and turnaround initiative.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for consideration for Drew’s scholarship, an applicant must be a graduating high school student within the Peel, Halton, Greater Toronto and surrounding regions who is planning to enroll in a qualifying program for the fall or spring term of the coming academic year. Previous recipients of this scholarship are not eligible to re-apply.

What are eligible Programs?

What is the criteria?

The applicantions will be judged by the following criteria.

1. Completion of the application form and all application requirements. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

2. An “Expressive Submission” that has 2 components:

3. Recommendation forms from 2 references; one must be completed by a teacher, guidance councillor or by a member of the DHTBF volunteer committee.

4. An official transcript of the applicant’s grades, certified by the high school.

How are applications judged?

Completed applications will be judged by the DHTBF board of directors, whose decision will be final in all aspects. Where appropriate, family needs and income will also be taken into consideration.

Additional criteria:

Scholarship Applications:


Scholarship Application Package
Scholarship Brochure (2.7 MB)
Scholarship Poster

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