2019 MEA Bursary Program & Application Process **APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN**
The Municipal Engineers Association (MEA) is pleased to advise that it will be offering its 2019 Bursary Program to assist students enrolling in an Engineering Program (1st year) at the University level for the upcoming 2019/2020 academic year. This is 12th consecutive year the MEA has offered bursaries to engineering students. The value of each bursary is $1,500 and up to ten (10) bursaries will be awarded to children/dependents of municipal employees and currently elected municipal councillors.
The MEA is a non-profit association representing the interests of municipal engineers in Ontario who are employed as professional engineers of Ontario Municipalities and other provincial agencies serving in the Engineering/Public Works field. The MEA values the contribution of all municipal employees, is committed to the continued technical excellence of our future municipal engineers, is sensitive to serving the community and the need for effective communication skills. This is reflected in the following selection criteria for prospective bursary applicants:
- Candidates must be the children/dependents of current, full-time, municipal employees or elected Municipal Councillors in Ontario. Full time “part time” employees, who work at least 24 hours per week, are also eligible if they qualify for OMERS pension and benefits;
- Candidates must be in their final year of a secondary school program;
- Candidates must have been granted conditional acceptance and make a commitment to enter an engineering program at an Ontario or Canadian university;
- Candidates must have demonstrated an interest in, and contribution to, their community through active participation in extracurricular activities at their high school and/or in civic organizations; and
- Candidates will be required to demonstrate their communication skills by submitting a brief explanation (300 words) on why they want to be an engineer and an essay (500 words) on a topic of public interest related to municipal engineering or public works.
The application process is as follows:
- Candidates must complete an application to the MEA which includes the following:
- Name(s) and signature(s) of parent/guardian and the name of the municipality where they are employed;
- Student's secondary school transcript;
- Student's resume that includes details of extracurricular activities and contributions to the community (volunteer hours);
- Demonstration of financial need;
- 300-word explanation of why the applicant aspires to be an engineer;
- 500-word essay on a topic of the applicant's choice relating to municipal engineering or public works
- Each application must include a copy of the University Admission Offer Letters and/or any other supporting documents confirming enrolment/acceptance at an Ontario University (or equivalent) and their response to enter into an undergraduate engineering program as a full-time student (if this is not available at the time of submission, the application can proceed, but it must be provided prior to actual award of the MEA bursary cheque).
- Applicants are encouraged to submit their application online as detailed below. Alternatively, applications may be submitted in PDF format and emailed to email@example.com.
- Submission deadlines for all applications will be April 30, 2019.
- All bursary applications will be reviewed/judged by the Municipal Engineers Association through its Bursary Committee and will be assessed/scored/ranked as follows:
- Complete Application: 15 Points
- Demonstrated Financial Need: 10 Points
- Extra-curricular activities (sports/volunteer hours, helping others): 15 Points
- Why Applicant Aspires to be an Engineer: 25 Points
- Essay Component (creativity, logical, grammar/spelling): 20 Points
- Overall Quality of Application: 15 Points
- The highest overall ranked application will be designated as the John Hammer Memorial Bursary
- All decisions of the Bursary Committee are final - only those receiving a bursary award will be notified
- The monetary award in the form of a $1,500 cheque will be forwarded to successful applicants upon the completion of the judging and only after the receipt of university confirmation of acceptance and evidence of student commitment to enter a university engineering program.
We appreciate the opportunity to work with the children/dependents of municipal employees to contribute to their academic studies to become engineers. If you require any additional information or have any questions, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application can be made online below. For more details on the application process or for emailing the application, please click here.
MEA Online Bursary Application
Past Bursary Award Recipients