Hugh P O'Neil Bursary : Criteria


Deadline May 6, 2022

The Hugh P. O’Neil Bursary fund was established in 1995 by the Quinte Provincial Liberal Association to recognize the contributions of the late Hugh O’Neil, former MPP, during more than 20 years of political life, and in particular to honour his significant support of the arts both provincially and locally.

Eligibility: Students continuing post-secondary school education in the arts in Canada, with the aim of pursuing a career in the arts. One bursary will be given to students graduating from one of the following Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board schools (Nicholson Catholic College, St. Theresa’s or St. Paul’s) and one bursary will be given to students graduating from one of the following Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board schools (Centennial, Eastside, Bayside or Trenton).

Criteria: Priority will be given to students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, and an active involvement in the arts both within their secondary school and the wider community. Additional consideration will be given to artistic achievement and innovativeness, extracurricular activities (both volunteer and in the workplace), level of commitment, determination or focus on the chosen field of interest, and teacher support letters. Recipients will be notified before the end of June, and the presentation will be made at the school graduation ceremonies by a representative of Mr. O’Neil’s family.

In order to be considered, the following materials MUST accompany each application:

  • Transcript of marks throughout secondary school
  • TWO one-page letters of recommendation (one by an academic counselor or teacher and one by the teacher or instructor of the arts discipline that the student is planning to pursue)
  • A one-page letter that provides other information that will give the committee a better picture of the student and why he/she loves the arts and wants to proceed towards the particular career that has been chosen in the arts

Recipients will be notified before the end of June, and the presentation will be made at the school graduation ceremonies by a representative of the QAC.

It is a condition of acceptance of this bursary, that the recipient will furnish a brief article on their first year of post-secondary school studies for the QAC’s Umbrella arts magazine. This article is to be submitted no later than June 15th of the year after receiving this bursary.


To apply