Scholarship Programs

The McClelland Financial Group understands the impact that well-educated youth will have on the quality of our communities and the long-term sustainability and global competitiveness of the Canadian economy. We also believe that education and higher learning should be a right for all Canadians, not a privilege that is granted to the select few that can continue to afford the rising costs of post-secondary education.

As a reflection of our commitment to education, and as part of our advocacy in the arena of equal access to higher learning, we are proud to introduce The McClelland Financial Group Scholarship, valued at $1,500 annually. This will be offered to students entering their first, second, third and fourth year of post-secondary education.

The McClelland Scholarship recipient will have demonstrated a dedication to academic excellence, self-improvement, and community involvement with a passion to lead and inspire positive change.

This scholarship will be offered to our clients’ children, grandchildren or family member. Non-client students living in the Thornhill and Richmond Hill area may also apply.

The recipient will be formally notified by email with final details.

Congratulations to Emily Hughes 2016 – Click here to open

emily-hughesWe are pleased to announce Emily Hughes as the winner of the 2016 McClelland Scholarship in the amount of $1,500.

Deadline: August 22, 2016 CLOSED

Winner of The 2016 McClelland Scholarship!

Emily has volunteered for over 250 hours, maintained jobs throughout high school and graduated with a 96% average. A sports enthusiast in soccer, hockey and volleyball and now a freshman working towards her Hons.B.Sc., she has started her journey to pursue her goal of a medical degree and to eventually work in pediatric psychiatry or neurology.

Her mission statement discusses “Moving forward into my adult life I will maintain my strong work ethic and conduct myself with compassion and empathy. While staying true to my realism, I will set goals that will challenge myself and I will stop at nothing to work towards them.”

Her recommendations from various institutions repeated over and over again how wonderful a person Emily is becoming inside and out. An example of this is “Emily demonstrates a strong work ethic with an attention to detail that so few others her age do. She is a genuine leader and has the ability to command the respect of her peers while also being gifted at bringing out the best in others. She has an astonishing ability to illuminate the most complex of concepts to her classmates. She’s also the kind of person who can play three sets of volleyball and not break a sweat, and yet underneath her elegant surface lies a fierce competitor with an adventurous spirit. But perhaps what is more impressive, is her ability to balance her life as a student, an athlete, and an honorable citizen.”

Emily believes planning, research and budgeting are essential tools that contribute to financial responsibility and should be taught and practiced young. Many youths are being thrown into an adult world with the expectation of being financially independent with little or no experience managing money. Being able to plan and budget based can start as early as the use of an allowance in children.

Her current financial goal is to graduate university debt-free…Great Goal Emily!!!

Emily with all your motivation, spirit and drive we know you will do something great. So.. Get going. Move forward. Aim High.

Here at The McClelland Financial Group, we are proud to award Emily with a $1,500 scholarship. Emily, we are confident that you will succeed in whatever endeavour to which you set your mind. The world is yours to discover, and we are excited to hear updates on your journey in learning and knowledge.

Warm regards, The McClelland Financial Group

THANK YOU LETTER FROM EMILY
“Financial responsibility is a multifaceted skill that spans over generations and various scenarios in everyone’s lives. From learning to ration an allowance, to navigating post secondary expenses or opening an RESP, financial responsibility is the ability to plan based on financial knowledge, and more importantly execute that plan to the best of your abilities.

To me, this responsibility means creating budgets both long term and short term that allow me to pursue a post-secondary education in science and hopefully enter medical school debt free. By reducing expenses wherever possible, staying aware and knowledgeable about my financial position and continually working hard, my goal is to enter the work force in medicine either debt free or close to it.

This scholarship money has not only been a wonderful reinforcer of good time management habits and hard work, but will also be directly deposited into my savings for post-secondary tuition in order to help me achieve my goals of financial stability as a young adult. This has encouraged me to continue working hard and will be a great supplement for my educational savings.

I am extremely honoured to be a recipient of the award.  I am extremely grateful for the recognition and support of my efforts in academics and the community.  In my first few months in Life Science at McMaster University I have gained an even greater respect for the value of education and the financial investment it requires, and would just like to sincerely thank The McClelland Financial Group for all of their support in my educational endeavours.”

Engineering Scholarships 2016


THANK YOU LETTER FROM PEO Willowdale-Thornhill Chapter “Willowdale-Thornhill chapter of Professional Engineers of Ontario would like to acknowledge and thank the generous donation of The McClelland Financial Group for their financial support of “PEO 2016 Engineering Scholarship for High School Students” in the amount of $1,500.

The McClelland Financial Group is advocating for equal access to higher learning. The donation from the McClelland Financial Group helped Willowdale-Thonrhill chapter to award this scholarship to two passionate and motivated high school students who got admitted to two prestigious universities in September of 2016″

THANK YOU LETTER FROM PEO York Chapter “On behalf of PEO York Chapter, I would like to thank your team at the McClelland Financial Group for your support and contribution to the PEO York Chapter Scholarship Program. This year, we received 48 applications from our bright and young mind students at York Region. We awarded 3 scholarships in the amount of $1500 each to the top 3 rank students, one of which was funded by your The McClelland Financial Group. All three recipients attended the Certificate Presentation Ceremony and thanked our sponsors in person.

We thank you for your continued support for this great cause. ”

Congratulations to Liam Donaghy 2015


Graduation Liam

Deadline: August 17, 2015 CLOSED

Winner of The 2015 McClelland Scholarship!

We are pleased to announce Liam Donaghy as the winner of the 2015 McClelland Scholarship in the amount of $1,500.

Liam is a recent graduate of Cardinal Carter Academy where he achieved honour roll status 4 times, and was accepted into university with a 92% average. But academics don’t tell the whole story. Liam was a member of the senior wind ensemble, played tennis and badminton and was an active tutor for his peers in math and science. He also participated in the Western University Science Olympics and received the top score for his school this year in the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest.

Liam’s extra curricular hobbies include playing piano, guitar and trumpet. He was the captain of his hockey team last year and the assistant coach for a younger team in the same league where he has played for the past 10 years. A true athlete, he also loves playing soccer and baseball, and even serves as an umpire for the North York Baseball Association…WOW Impressive!!!

Liam also believes in helping out his community and has been honoured to receive a bronze level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in community service, skill development, physical recreation and outdoor adventure. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program is available to everyone. It allows individuals to challenge themselves and grow and mature in a supportive environment with their peers. Liam is also an active volunteer within his neighbourhood community centre. In the winter months he is part of a team which established a natural outdoor ice rink when a city counsellor sent out a call for help.

Liam says “My mission is to live a full and rewarding life surrounded by a supportive community of family, friends and colleagues. My goal is to live this life with financial stability, a social conscience and a passion for what brings me to work every day. Professionally, my ambition is to establish a career in the field of applied science, and continue to be a strong collaborator and lifelong learner.”

His current financial goal is to graduate university debt-free…Great Goal Liam!!!

Liam will start University in September 2015 in the Chemical Engineering Program. He has also qualified for the $2000 assurance scholarship program.

Liam you are definitely on your way to having a fantastic journey secured by your maturity and your motivation to succeed.

Here at The McClelland Financial Group, we are proud to award Liam with a $1,500 scholarship. Liam, we are confident that you will succeed in whatever endeavour to which you set your mind. The world is yours to discover, and we are excited to hear updates on your journey in learning and knowledge. Once again congratulations Liam; we hope this helps put a dent in your tuition.

Warm regards, The McClelland Financial Group

THANK YOU LETTER FROM LIAM
“Responsibility in any area of life starts with knowledge and includes a plan to apply that knowledge with commitment and accountability. For me, financial responsibility started with learning the value of money from a young age, as I was given the opportunity to practice earning, spending and saving money.

Making responsible financial decisions as a young adult requires some knowledge of money management principles along with conscious decision making. I make an effort to continuously consider needs versus wants, and look beyond immediate gain by setting my mind to long term goals. This has allowed me to effectively balance my income with wise spending, saving and investment choices. Thinking about potential purchases before swiping my debit card, as well as reviewing monthly bank statements, has helped me to avoid any accumulation of debt. This way I am able to keep my daily financial choices on track and aligned with my overall financial plan.

Setting saving goals for larger purchases, travel, education and potential emergencies are important to consider in advance. Something as simple as directly investing monetary gifts received on special occasions, has helped me to prepare for many of these longer term financial goals such as saving for post-secondary education.

I am honoured to receive this generous scholarship and am grateful to The McClelland Financial Group for the recognition and financial support this award offers me. I am looking forward to starting my undergraduate studies in chemical engineering at the University of Toronto this September. This scholarship will supplement my education savings fund and be applied directly to my university tuition.”

Engineering Scholarships 2015

Deadline: SEE YOUR PEO CHAPTERS WEBSITE CLOSED

The McClelland Financial Group and the PEO York and Thornhill Willowdale Chapter understands the impact that well-educated youth will have on the quality of our communities and the long-term sustainability and global competitiveness of the Canadian economy. We also believe that education and higher learning should be a right for all Canadians, not a privilege that is granted to the select few that can continue to afford the rising costs of post secondary education. As a reflection of our commitment to education, and as part of our advocacy in the arena of equal access to higher learning, we are proud to offer The McClelland Financial Group, Professional Engineers of Ontario – York Chapter Scholarship and Professional Engineers of Ontario – Thornhill-Willowdale Chapter Scholarship, valued at $1,500 ea. annually. This will be offered to students entering their first year of post-secondary education.

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the student’s community contributions, intra and extracurricular activities and their intention to make a career in the profession of engineering. To qualify for this award, the student must be an honour graduate from a secondary school and be accepted into an accredited engineering program at a Canadian University.

SEE PEO – York SCHOLARSHIP POSTER HERE

SEE PEO – Thornhill/Willowdale SCHOLARSHIP POSTER HERE

PEO YORK Scholarship Application Form

PEO Thornhill/Willowdale Scholarship Application Form

THANK YOU LETTER FROM PEO Willowdale-Thornhill Chapter “Willowdale-Thornhill chapter of Professional Engineers of Ontario would like to acknowledge and thank the generous donation of The McClelland Financial Group for their financial support of “PEO 2015 engineering scholarship for high school students” in the amount of $1,500. The McClelland Financial Group is advocating for equal access to higher learning. This prestigious award is split equally between three passionate and motivated high school students who have got accepted to an engineering school.”

THANK YOU LETTER FROM PEO York Chapter “This year, PEO York Chapter presented 3 scholarships in the amount of $1500 each to students attending to a first year engineering discipline in an accredited Canadian Engineering school. The recipients were selected among 40 applicants who were attending to their Secondary School studies at York Region. As the chair of PEO York Chapter, I would like to thank The McClelland Financial Group for their continued support with this great cause in our community.”

Congratulations to Jayme Stokes 2014

Selfie by Jayme Stokes

Deadline: August 11, 2014 CLOSED

Winner of The 2014 McClelland Scholarship!

We are pleased to announce Jayme Stokes as the winner of the 2014 McClelland Scholarship in the amount of $1,500. As the 18-year-old granddaughter of one of our clients, Jayme has demonstrated academic excellence that she has balanced in tandem with her community service and extra-curricular activities. With a grade point average of 4.25 Jayme did not go unnoticed to her teachers and family. Her grandparents are particularly proud of her, raving to their financial advisor on what a spectacular young lady she has become. Jayme’s path has taken her into law enforcement, a career she has not chosen lightly. In order to focus more on her career path she has joined Centennial College to participate in a joint program with the Police Foundation. From there she would apply for criminology at the University of Toronto. Jayme has an application in to volunteer at OPP as part of their auxiliary team (volunteer citizen officers) which would allow her to broaden her knowledge in relation to criminology.

Jayme is not only an outstanding and focused student she was also engaged in high school clubs including the swim team, the choir club and the rowing crew. Her references note her as intelligent, confident, helpful, respectful and a born leader. Jayme’s mission in life is to be happy in what she does and participate in activities that will push her to be at her best. She wants to find a place in her life where she will be happy with her career and not let others dictate her emotions nor to settle for anything less then than that she is capable. Here at The McClelland Financial Group, we are proud to award Jayme with a $1,500 scholarship. Jayme, we are confident that you will succeed in whatever endeavour to which you set your mind. The world is yours to discover, and we are excited to hear updates on your journey in learning and knowledge. Once again congratulations Jayme; we hope this puts a dent in your tuition.

Warm regards, The McClelland Financial Group

THANK YOU LETTER FROM JAYME 
“I would like to formally thank you for providing this opportunity for youth, and for me. I plan on putting all the money towards my next semester in school, and I cannot put forth enough thanks. Throughout everyone’s lives, at some point or another, working hard is inevitable. I have worked hard in school, managing to graduate a year early and maintain a 92 average throughout my first year of College. I haven’t achieved what I have for anyone but myself, to help myself move forward. However, being recognized for my hard work, and receiving help in continuing to achieve is beyond amazing. For this I thank you all.

So in case I haven’t said it enough,
Thank you”

Engineering Scholarship 2014

Deadline: June 20, 2014 CLOSED The McClelland Financial Group and the PEO York Chapter understands the impact that well-educated youth will have on the quality of our communities and the long-term sustainability and global competitiveness of the Canadian economy. We also believe that education and higher learning should be a right for all Canadians, not a privilege that is granted to the select few that can continue to afford the rising costs of post secondary education. As a reflection of our commitment to education, and as part of our advocacy in the arena of equal access to higher learning, we are proud to offer The McClelland Financial Group and Professional Engineers of Ontario – York Chapter Scholarship,  3 scholarships valued at $500 each. This will be offered to students entering their first year of post-secondary education. The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the student’s community contributions, intra and extracurricular activities and their intention to make a career in the profession of engineering. To qualify for this award, the student must be an honour graduate from a secondary school in York Region and be accepted into an accredited engineering program at a Canadian University. Preference will be given to those applicants who also demonstrate financial need. We have removed this condition from the scholarship program.

Name of student along with a picture and an essay on “Why do you want to become a Professional Engineer.” (minimum 250 words).  will be posted on our tmfg.ca website.

Deadline – Submissions must be received by regular mail and emailed to PEO Scholarship These scholarships will be awarded in September – don’t miss out on the opportunity to receive one – applications will be accepted up to the entry deadline of 11:59 PM on Friday June 20, 2014. The Recipient will be formally notified by email with final details. Scholarship Application Form

THANK YOU LETTER FROM The PEO – York Chapter “On behalf of York Chapter Board of Executives, we sincerely thank Rob McClelland and The McClelland Financial Group team for their continued support in our PEO York Chapter activities. “

Congratulations to Jake Ranot 2013

Jake Ranot participating in the Spartan Race

Deadline: August 23, 2016 CLOSED

Winner of The 2013 McClelland Scholarship!

We are pleased to announce Jake Ranot as the 2013 winner of the 2013 McClelland Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. As the 18-year-old son of one of our clients, Jake has demonstrated academic excellence that he has balanced in tandem with his community service and extra-curricular activities. Jake’s academic standing of a 94% average was far from average. His efforts have paid off and earned him admission to study in London at Western University’s Biochemistry program. Jake is not only an outstanding student, he also engaged in various sports including serving as captain of his high school’s all-boys swim team in his final year, a football coach for the Toronto Flag Football League and has entered many races, including the Sporting Life 10k Run for Kids with Cancer. But it doesn’t stop there. Jake has co-founded a multicultural committee dedicated to engaging all Canadians in a celebration of diversity, was on his high school debate team, and served as a lifeguard and canoe specialist at a camp in Ottawa. Despite his youth, Jake has lofty goals and aspires to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. Following his undergraduate studies, Jake hopes to gain admission to medical school, where he would like to work towards curing the world of one less disease in his lifetime. As Jake puts it, “My mission is to shape myself into a human scientist. The scientist will strive to make the world a better place by helping people live healthier lives. The human being will make the world a better place by touching people’s souls. My joy will come from these achievements.” Ah, to be young again! Here at The McClelland Financial Group, we are proud to award Jake with a $2,500 scholarship. Jake, we are confident that you will succeed in whatever endeavour you set your mind to. The world is yours to discover, and we are excited to hear updates on your journey in learning and knowledge. Once again congratulations Jake; we hope this puts a dent in your tuition.

Warm regards, The McClelland Financial Group

THANK YOU LETTER FROM JAKE
“I would like to thank Assante and everyone at The McClelland Financial Group for this scholarship. More important than the scholarship prize money itself was the recognition I felt. I work hard for my school marks and other accomplishments but one does not always see immediate results because they may actually be years away. That might discourage some and lead to reduced work efforts. Recognition like this helps remind me that working hard can be more than just its own reward. Thanks, Mr. McClelland I cannot think of anything smarter to do with my prize money than ask you to invest it for me in my TFSA.”