Bill Hill Scholarship Program

Dufferin County is pleased to administer the Bill Hill Scholarship Program consisting of seven one-time $2,500 scholarships. The program introduced by former Warden Bill Hill in 2015 is intended to recognize outstanding students from the County who will be pursuing post-secondary education and/or training.

The 2023 application is now CLOSED. We will be reviewing the Bill Hill Scholarship program and releasing a revamped program in 2024.

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NEW FOR 2023: Eligibility criteria for the scholarship has changed! You must be graduating or have graduated the previous year to applying. This will help students who have taken a year off between their studies.

Application Process

All applicants will be required to submit the following information:

  • Completed application form
  • 300-word essay as outlined on the application form
  • Transcripts from Grade 11 and semester one of Grade 12
  • Letter of Reference from a staff member of your current school
  • Proof of admission to post-secondary institution or training program

Application packages can be emailed to

Scholarship Streams

Seven scholarship awards will be considered for students entering a university, college, or trade/apprentice program.

Program Streams

Scholarships will be awarded in the following five program areas:

  • Science and Technology (includes Health Sciences, Engineering, and General science programs)
  • Business and Social Sciences
  • Agriculture and Environmental Studies
  • Arts (Fine arts and Liberal arts)
  • Skilled trades and applied training programs

Race & Ethnicity Streams

Two scholarships will be awarded to students who identify as:

  • Black or a Person of Colour
  • Indigenous/First Nations (Status, Non-Status), Métis or Inuit

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a resident of Dufferin County
  • Be graduating high school the year of applying or have graduated the year prior to applying for the Dufferin Scholarship Program (not a requirement for the Agriculture stream - can be currently enrolled in post-secondary education)
  • Been accepted to a post-secondary institution or training program

Selection Process

Completed applications must be received by May 15th. Applications will be reviewed by the selection committee. The selection committee will consist of two members from Dufferin County (Warden and Chair of the General Government Services Committee), a school board representative (rotating between boards/schools), a member from the Dufferin Arts Council (for the Arts stream), and a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community Advisory Committee.

Successful applicants will be notified in May and invited to attend the County Council meeting in June to be presented with their award.