​​​Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship Program​

​​​Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship Program​

​​​​​​​​​​​​Need money for school? Apply today for the IIOD Scholarship  ​

The Toronto Community Housing and the Scadding Court Community Centre logos are laid over a collage of pictures of students.

​Are you a student or recent grad? Need money for postsecondary school?

Between the cost of tuition, books, food, and transportation, it can be tough for many students to find the money to cover the cost of postsecondary school. We can help!

Apply today for the Investing in Our Diversity Scholarship (IIOD) and you could win up to $4,000 to cover tuition fees and school related expenses for full-time postsecondary education or training.

How do I apply? 
  • The application for the 2020 IIOD scholarship is now closed.
What does this ​scholarship offer?

  • You could receive up to $4,000 to cover tuition fees for the first year of your postsecondary education or training (college, university, trade school, apprenticeship)

Who is eligible?

  • Youth who are attending postsecondary school in 2020/2021
  • 29 years old or younger (as of May 31, 2020)
  • Not previous recipient of the IIOD Scholarship
  • Toronto Community Housing tenants or a person living in the Scadding Court Community Centre (SCCC) catchment area (Lake Ontario to the south, Bloor Street to the north, Yonge St. to the east, and Lansdowne Ave. to the west) 
  • Entering first year of postsecondary school
  • Returning postsecondary student
  • Able to demonstrate a need for financial assistance
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents

A group of students sitting at a table working. ​

Everyone who applies for a scholarship will receive:

  • One-on-one counselling to assist with resume writing, job searching​
  • Employment services offered through St. Stephen’s Community House Employment and Training Centre and Toronto Youth Employment Services
  • Assistance with looking for and getting a job
  • Job matching assistance​

How are recipients selected?

Successful scholarship recipients are selected from among Toronto's up-and-coming diverse young leaders. Each recipient must have made a strong contribution to their communities in promoting diversity, equity and anti-racism dialogue.

The scholarship funds can be used by students to pay for tuition fees, books and residence fees at publicly-funded, Canadian post-secondary institutions or related expenses. The funds may also be applied towards the costs of a recognized trade apprenticeship program or to support a transitional year for mature students returning to school.

Attend one info-session

Prospective applicants can attend one info session to learn more about the benefits of the IIOD scholarships and how to make their applications stand out.

Toronto East

Monday, February 24, 2020

5 to 8:30 p.m.

1420 Victoria Park Ave., recreation room (Eglinton Ave. E. and Victoria Park)

Monday, March 16, 2020

5 to 8:30 p.m.

20 Gordonridge Pl., Gordonridge Community Centre (Midland Ave. and Danforth Rd.)

Note: This information session has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Toronto West

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

2063 Islington Ave., recreation room

(Islington Ave. and Dixon Rd.)

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

6 to 8:30 p.m.

270 Firgrove Crescent, gymnasium 

(Jane St. and Finch Ave. W.)

Toronto Central

Thursday, February 27, 2020

6 to 7:30 p.m.

105 Grange St., Alexandra Park Community Centre (Dundas St. W. and Spadina Ave.)

Wednesday, March 11, 2 020

5 to 7:30 p.m.

341 Bloor St. W., 2nd floor recreation room

(Bloor St. W. and Huron St.)

Concord Adex Diversity Scholarship recipients in 2018 talk about their experience. 2018 Toronto Community Housing Scholarship Award Ceremony from inkblot media on Vimeo.

Meet some past winners


Picture of Kadre smiling.
​Kadre is a star athlete from Don Mills and Sheppard who dreams of becoming a doctor.

"If I could save lives, that's the number one thing I would do. I want to go to medical school and become a surgeon," he says.  Kadre also spends his time mentoring young kids in his neighbourhood, a passion that he says has helped him become closer to his community. "I like to be around the people, especially the young kids in my community. Mentoring them is so rewarding, watching them learn and grow is the best part," he says. 


Picture of Rayan smiling. 

Rayan is a student from Regent Park who organizes local workshops in her community to discuss issues relating to racism, Islamaphobia, anti-oppression and mental health challenges facing minorities.

"My ultimate dream is to be a therapist or a psychiatrist and open up my own practice," she says. "There aren't many mental health supports for people living in low-income communities. I want to open up a facility where people of colour and people from low-income households can access resources and counselling." ​


Picture of Kadiatu smiling. 

Kadiatu is a student from Jane and Finch who hopes to become a journalist. 

"What I like about journalism is that you're not just sitting at a desk for eight hours, you're getting out, exploring the world, meeting people and sharing stories," she says.

As a youth mentor at Success Beyond Limits, Kadiatu is also passionate about empowering young people in her community. "I want to make sure youth voices are heard and taken seriously. I want to bridge that gap between youth and adults, because I feel that there's a real divide between those two worlds."

Read about the 2016 IIOD awards gala.  

Watch Hafeezat's story

Picture of Hafeezat smiling,

Jamestown student gets scholarship, says she hopes to inspire others​.

IIOD in the news

Help spread the word!​

Print a few application forms and keep them handy for students.

Post the IIOD poster (PDF) in a common area for students to see.

Send out the IIOD postcard (PDF) to your contacts.

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