Scholarships & Awards

Approximately $140,000 awarded to date

Upcoming: Applications for 2016/2017  Scholarships – 3 in total  ($750 each)

Dr. Hany Rafla Humanitarian Award, Winston Walcott Award and Dr. Robynne Neugebauer Social Justice Award

Contact: 416-396-2410 for more information 


Overlea-Marc Garneau Alumni Scholarship

The Scholarship was the first award for graduates established by the Overlea Marc Garneau Alumni Association. It is presented annually to two students (one male and one female) who have decided to pursue studies at the university or community college level. To be eligible the recipients must have achieved high academic standing; demonstrated superior communications and interpersonal skills; possess strong leadership qualities and good judgement; and demonstrated these attributes while making positive contributions to the school community during their years as a student at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute.

Dr. Hany Rafla Humanitarian Award

This Award was established following the untimely passing in 2000 of Hany Rafla, a graduate of the Overlea Secondary School Class of 1980. The Award is presented to a graduating student of Marc Garneau Collegiate who is continuing their education at the post-secondary level in the area of life sciences. To be a recipient the graduate must have high academic standing, demonstrated the qualities of altruism, charity, and compassion towards others during their high school career, participated in activities that have helped other people, and contributed in ways that have improved the community. These were qualities and characteristics that were synonymous with Hany Rafla.

Dr. Robynne Neugebauer Social Justice Award

Robynne Neugebauer, PhD., was the wife of Overlea Secondary School alumnus and Alumni Association President Fareed Khan (Class of 1980). While she never attended the school she took a strong academic interest in its teaching culture, the successes of the school’s graduates, and the socio-economic challenges which they overcame to achieve them. She developed an affinity for the school because of the way social justice was practiced at the school – an area of study which was the focus of her career. Consequently, this award was established to honour her when she passed away suddenly in September 2007. The Award is presented to a single graduating student who, during their high school career, has demonstrated: a commitment to eliminating social injustices (e.g. racism, sexism, ableism, elitism) through involvement in school activities and/or the community; and shown leadership in efforts to raise awareness about these issues in the school and/or the community. The graduate must be registered to pursue a course of study that focuses on issues of social justice in one of the following disciplines: sociology, social science, social work, international development, human rights, education, or criminology.

Winston Walcott Award

The “Winston Walcott Athletic Scholarship Award” was established in 2003 following the sudden passing of Winston Walcott. He was a graduate of Overlea Secondary School Class of 1975. During his time at Overlea Winston participated in various team sports as well as track and field. Winston exemplified true sportsmanship by being relentless in achieving his academic and athletic goals; he was supportive of teammates, and demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities.

In his adult years, Winston continued his involvement in athletics: he played soccer, he managed his son’s football team, and at the time of his passing he was coaching a minor basketball team in his community. Winston was a committed husband and father who cared deeply for his community and was always willing to be of service.

This award was established as a tribute to honour Winston’s life achievements; the Award is presented to a graduating student pursuing post-secondary education. The recipient of this award must meet the following criteria: demonstrate community engagement; dedicated to academic growth; exemplify leadership qualities; and superior sportsmanship.

Excellence in Visual Arts Scholarship - MGCI Alumni Association
(Introduced in 2014. Funding ends in 2024)

This $250 scholarship winner will be selected by the Visual Arts Department and awarded to a student based on the following criteria:

  • - Excellence in over-all visual arts production

  • - Preferred that the student be enrolled in senior Visual Arts classes

  • - Preferred that the student demonstrate financial need

  • - Valuable artistic contributions to MGCI

  • - Will attend post-secondary school but it is preferred that the student be enrolled in a Visual Arts-related field

For the Love of Art Scholarship – MGCI Art Council with the MGCI Alumni Association
(Introduced in 2014. Funding ends in 2024)

This $250 scholarship, fundraised and chosen by the MGCI Art Council, is to be given to a student based on the following criteria:

  • - Demonstrated a passion and commitment to visual art throughout their time at MGCI and have encouraged others in this pursuit

  • - Demonstrated leadership and a willingness to organize, help and run visual art projects and event

  • - The student must attend post-secondary school