1. What is the George Hitchcock Endowment Fund?
The George Hitchcock Memorial Endowment Fund was set up by Brampton Fire and Emergency Services to assist local students pursuing a career in the fire service. This initiative is in honour of the late George Hitchcock who served Brampton Fire Services for 33 years and was a driving force behind the Fire and Emergency Services’ high-school co-op program.
2. What does the fund offer?
The fund will offer an annual bursary to one eligible student and will be paid directly toward course enrolment. The bursary amount for 2016 will be $1,000 but the amount will vary for future years.
3. Who can apply for the bursary?
The applicant must be a Canadian citizen living in Brampton who is pursuing an Ontario post-secondary diploma in a fire-related program. Application forms are available here and must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Current and past City of Brampton Employees and their family members are not able to apply. As per the City of Brampton corporate policy, family is defined as the following: Spouse, Parents/Step Parent, Son- in-law, Children/Step Children, Sisters/Step Sisters/Half Sisters, Daughter-in-law, Mother- in-Law, Brothers/Step Brothers/Half Brothers, Brother- in-law, Father- in-Law, Same-Sex Spouse, Common Law Spouse, Sister- in-law, Grandparent, Grandchildren/Aunt/Uncle Step-Grandparent/Step-Grandchildren, Cousin and Guardian
4. Is there a fee to apply for the fund?
No, there is no application fee. To be considered for the bursary, eligible students should complete and submit the form before the due date of March 31, 2016.
5. Are the funds provided by the City?
No, the fund was set up with seed money of more than $31,000 collected from public donations. The bursary is paid out from the interest earned on the fund.
6. Who manages the fund?
The fund is managed by an external agency. Reviewing applications, shortlisting and selecting the candidate is managed by a committee comprising staff from Brampton Fire Services and as well as from Human Resources.