585 Squadron cadets have the opportunity to be considered for two types of scholarships:
Air Cadet League of Canada National Educational Scholarships
The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) offers post-secondary education scholarship awards to Royal Canadian Air Cadets:
- The Young Citizen Foundation Scholarship
- Birchall Scholarship
- Dale Scholarship
- Alex Venables Scholarship in Engineering
- Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism
- Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism and Diversity
See the ACL’s National Eductional Scholarships page for application details. Pay special attendtion to application timings.
O’Blenis Trophy and Cadet Scholarship
Major-General (Retired) J. D. O’Blenis, CMM, CD, has been a longtime supporter of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet movement across Canada. He has very generously agreed to continue sponsoring an annual cadet trophy award and scholarship. The O’Blenis Trophy and Cadet Scholarship is presented annually to the graduating cadet who has displayed the highest level of enthusiasm and dedication to the Air Cadet motto “To Learn – To Serve – To Advance.”
The $1,000 scholarship is to be used to further his or her learning at the institution of their choice.
The aim of this scholarship is to
- Encourage cadets to attend full-time post-secondary studies through the provision of financial assistance
- Acknowledge a graduating cadet’s overall performance at 585 Squadron in the current and previous years
- Demonstrate to parents and the community that such awards are available to deserving cadets
In order to be considered eligible for consideration for this Cadet Scholarship the applicant must
- Have been a cadet in good standing during the current training year
- Be a graduate of the secondary school (or equivalent) system of any province or territory in the year of application and be entering directly into a full program of studies at a fully-accredited post-secondary education facility (university, college, or technical institute) where the program to undertaken leads to a degree, diploma, or professional or technical qualification
The recipient of the scholarship is selected from eligible applicants based on the cadet’s
- Overall performance based on the cadet’s records and the Commanding Officer’s (CO’s) endorsement
- Display of the highest level of enthusiasm and dedication to the Air Cadet motto “To Learn, To Serve and To Advance” as a member of the Squadron
- Interview by a selection board
The selection board comprising three members—the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC) Chairperson, a 443 Wing Representative, and the Ontario Provincial Committee (OPC) Assigned Squadron Director—develops a merit list of applicants and submits it to the CO. The selection board members place their names and signatures on the submission. A copy of the merit list and the applicant files are retained at the unit for a period of 1 year.
Nomination by the selection board does not mean an automatic award of the Cadet Scholarship.
The O’Blenis Trophy is awarded at the Squadron Annual Cadet Review (ACR). The cadet also receives an envelope with notification of the scholarship award. No funds are disbursed until confirmation of the cadet’s acceptance and attendance at the cadet’s chosen post-secondary institution.