Jim Mitchinson Scholarship

Presented by the Niagara Falls Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee

The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee of Niagara Falls (MYAC) is excited to re-launch their scholarship as the Jim Mitchinson Scholarship presented by the Niagara Falls Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee. This scholarship will continue to recognize 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, will be generously funding the scholarship in his honour.


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.


 Before you begin the online application 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.
  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 bangle@niagarafalls.ca .

Start the application. Good Luck!