Jim Mitchinson Scholarship

Presented by the Niagara Falls Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee

Deadline for application April 30th of each year

The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee of Niagara Falls (MYAC) invites applications to the Jim Mitchinson Scholarship presented by the Niagara Falls Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee. This scholarship recognizes Niagara Falls students who have demonstrated leadership and involvement in their community and/or school throughout their secondary career.

MYAC is extremely proud to honour the memory of Jim Mitchinson through the Scholarship. Jim was dedicated to giving back to the City of Niagara Falls throughout his life and embodied the values of leadership and involvement in the community.

Jim Mitchinson’s son, Tom, has generously funded the scholarship in his honour.

The 2020 Jim Mitchinson Scholarship recipient was Pranav Parakh from AN Myer. You could be the next recipient!

Who was Jim W. Mitchinson?

James (Jim) W. Mitchinson was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada in 1925. After graduating from high school he joined the Canadian Air Force where he trained as a Navigator and served in World War II. After the war, thanks to the GI Bill, he enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at the University of Toronto and graduated in 1948. While in Toronto he met his wife Georgina and they married and moved back to Niagara Falls in 1949. Back in Niagara Falls Jim worked for the Ohio Brass Company for 35 years and he and his wife raised three children. Jim passed away in 2013 with his wife following two years later.

Jim was extremely involved in the community throughout his life. Over the years he received several honours for his exemplary volunteer contributions. Among those awards were two City of Niagara Falls Volunteer Recognition Awards and the very prestigious Ontario Heritage Community Recognition Award.

Jim dedicated countless volunteer hours to the preservation of heritage in Niagara Falls. He was involved in the 1970 restoration of St. John’s Anglican Church and continued to volunteer and serve on church committees for his lifetime. He was instrumental in the creation of the heritage organization the Friends of Stamford Village and in the creation of the Niagara Falls Heritage Week and was a highly involved and dedicated member of both. Over the years he also served on the Niagara Falls Board of Museums, Lundy’s Lane Historical Society, Centennial Book Committee “Images of a Century”, and the Ontario Hydro Memorial Committee which is located on the Haulage Road Recreational Trail.

Jim volunteered in areas other than heritage including a time on the executive of the YMCA, acting as a volunteer driver for the Canadian Cancer Society driving patients for treatments in Hamilton and Toronto at least once a week for many years, and more.

Singing was a big part of Jim’s life; he was a member of the Gentlemen Songsters and then the Niagara Men’s Chorus (when they amalgamated in 1999) participating until he was 87 years old.

Jim Mitchinson was truly a part of the fabric that makes up Niagara Falls and exemplified volunteerism and giving back to the community.


Members and relatives of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee are NOT eligible to apply.

The recipient(s) of the scholarship will be selected at MYAC’s Regular Meeting in May. Personal information including the applicant name and school will be removed from all applications prior to review by the Committee.

To be eligible for the scholarship students must be Niagara Falls residents, in their graduating year, attending a school in Niagara Falls, have a minimum average of 75% and demonstrate leadership and involvement in their community and/or school.

A maximum of $1000.00 will be awarded per year to one or two students; one award of $1000.00 or two awards of $500.00 each.

Only online applications will be accepted.


The deadline for application is April 30th of each year.


The online application will be available soon. Before you begin, please ensure that you have all of the pertinent information in front of you. Once started the application cannot be saved and will time out. Only complete applications will be considered.

Documents Required

  1. Proof of average of 75% or greater from guidance counsellor (or transcript).
  2. A minimum of one letter of reference supporting your community and/or school involvement. The referee must be personally aware of the extent of your involvement.

 You will also be required to answer the following questions and may want to prepare your answers in advance.

  1. Describe one personal quality that makes you a leader in your community and/or school. (250 word max.)
  2. Outline how you plan to continue your community involvement in the future. (250 word max.)
  3. Summarize your community and/or school involvement and expand on one specific contribution that you feel was the most impactful. (500 word max.)

 For further information contact Beth at 905-356-7521 extension 3336 or [email protected] .

Ralph Bradley Memorial Bursary

Presented by the Drainage Superintendents Association of Ontario (DSAO), Chapter 5 Niagara Region

Deadline for application is June 7, 2019


For the post secondary scholastic year 2019 - 2020, Chapter 5, Niagara Region, of the Drainage Superintendents Association of Ontario (DSAO) awards the Ralph Bradley Memorial Bursary, with a value of six hundred dollars ($600.00), for post secondary education to a successful candidate within the district of Chapter 5 of the DSAO which consists of the area within the Regional Municipality of Niagara, Haldimand County, Norfolk County, Brant County, Halton Region and the City of Hamilton.


Applicants must be intending to further their education in an agricultural or water management related field and must graduate in 2019 with a minimum B average (70% or greater) from an accredited secondary school within the DSAO Chapter 5 district. The bursary will be payable to the recipient upon filing proof of enrollment in the second (2nd) semester of post secondary studies. The bursary may only be used at post secondary institutions (colleges and universities) within the Province of Ontario. There is no restriction on the program of studies; however, the studies must be in a field which is, in some manner, related to agriculture and/or water management.

How to Apply

Complete the application form, in full and legibly. In addition, the applicant must submit with the application form a brief summary describing their educational background as it may relate to agriculture and/or water management, educational goals and the reasons for same, as well as any other information which might be relevant to a decision to further their education in the particular field.

Applications may be requested from, and are to be made in writing and submitted by June 7, 2019, to:

Mr. René Landry
Bursary Coordinator
Drainage Superintendents Association Chapter 5 Niagara Region
7672 Rysdale Street
Niagara Falls, ON L2H 1G1
Email: [email protected]