George Hitchcock Memorial Endowment Fund

The George Hitchcock Memorial Endowment Fund was created by Brampton Fire and Emergency Services to assist Brampton residents who are pursuing a career in the fire service. It also honours the late George Hitchcock who guided and encouraged many people in their pursuit of a career in the fire service.

During his 33-year tenure with Brampton and Fire Services, George Hitchcock played a significant role in developing and nurturing many innovative programs. George’s direction and leadership was pivotal to the development and success of the Fire/Life Safety Education Centre. The Centre has grown to be an award-winning and internationally recognized facility for safety awareness and education. The endowment fund is a tribute to the valuable contribution made by George to our community.


Endowment Fund Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the fund, applicants must fulfil all of these criteria:
 
  • Individual is a Brampton resident and a Canadian citizen or is able to work in Canada
  • Applicant is pursuing an Ontario Post-Secondary School diploma in a fire-related program
  • All applicants must fully complete the requirements listed in the application form
  • The applications must be submitted by the submission deadline
  • After the interview process, the successful applicant must provide proof of acceptance to an Ontario Post-Secondary School program
  • 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 

Funding Guidelines and Process

  • The George Hitchcock Memorial Endowment Fund Committee will only accept the first 30 applications 
  • The selection committee will select a specific number of applicants for an interview based on their application form
  • Submission period is January 1 – March 31, 2017
  • The submission period will close either March 31, 2017 or when 30 applications are submitted whichever comes first
  • Submissions must be emailed to The George Hitchcock Memorial Endowment Fund Committee: firelife@brampton.ca
  • Applications that are incomplete, illegible or not received during the submission period will not be considered
  • Interviews will take place in May and June 2017
  • The successful applicant will be notified by June 20, 2017
  • Application Form
 

FAQs

​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 firelife@brampton.ca. 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.