George J. Cooper Scholarship Application

*** APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 12, 2019 ***
 
The G.J. Cooper Scholarship Award, valued at approximately $15,000, is granted each year to support a member of the Ottawa Jewish Community who is between the ages of 18 and 30, who has displayed leadership qualities, academic excellence and has an interest in the Jewish Community.  The award must be used for formal education or apprenticeship in the artistic, literary or social sciences. 
 
George Cooper passed away on October 1, 2004 at the age of 83.  He was born and raised in Ottawa, never married and was a long standing member of Beth Shalom. George had a great passion for painting and movies and devoted a lifetime of service to Canada’s Public Service Sector.  He was, by all accounts, a generous man.   
 
A testament to his generosity is that George had set up a personal insurance policy in which the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation was named the beneficiary agency.  George also left a bequest in his Will liquidating approximately three hundred thousand ($300K) dollars from his estate to the OJCF. With these funds, the OJCF established the “George Joseph Cooper Memorial Fund”.  From this memorial fund it was George’s wish to have the OJCF create the “George Joseph Cooper Scholarship Award” program so he may further education in the artistic, literary and social sciences - interests which were dear to George.  
 
Individuals who meet the criteria for the scholarship are encouraged to apply and re-apply for the award.  
 
The Scholarship Committee meets annually in the month of April to review applications and nominations for the G.J. Cooper Award. A single candidate is chosen by the committee and the award is presented to the winning candidate at the Annual General Meeting in June.  
 
You can review the scholarship guidelines here:  Cooper scholarship guidelines

Application Criteria

The George J. Cooper Scholarship Award is granted each year to support a member of the Ottawa Jewish Community or Ottawa student who is between the ages of 18 and 30, and has displayed leadership qualities, academic excellence and an interest in the Jewish Community. The award must be used for formal education or apprenticeship in the artistic, literary or social sciences.
 
Eligible programs include:
- Arts (Fine Arts, Music, Performing Arts)
- Languages
- Law
- Linguistics
- Literature
- Philosophy
- Psychology
- Religious Studies (Rabbinic studies, Cantorial studies)
- Social Sciences (Economics, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, History)
 
Ineligible programs include:
- Commerce/Business/MBA programs
- Medical and Science programs
- Trade schools

Required information for your application

Applications must include the following:
 
   - A curriculum vitae (including a resume of the applicant’s contributions to community life)
 
   - Proof of academic excellence (please use the equivalency chart referenced on the application form in the case that your academic institution grades by letters or percentage)
 
   - Proof of enrolment by the applicant in an academic or apprenticeship program for the following school year (or a written acknowledgement by the Applicant that proof of enrollment will be forwarded upon receipt.  Please include details on the academic or apprenticeship program).
 
   - An essay that describes how the applicant’s experiences demonstrate leadership and community involvement
 
   - Two letters of reference that focus on the elements required to qualify for the scholarship

Evaluation criteria

Applicants are judged on the following criteria:
     - Academic Excellence 
     - Leadership and Community Involvement (emphasis on Jewish leadership and involvement)
     - Letter(s) of Reference
     - Essay / Supplemental Materials

Am I eligible for this scholarship?

Your answers to these two questions will determine your eligibility for this scholarship.