COPA Scholarship Fund

Are You Eligible For Our Scholarship?

Available to Students Entering First or Second Year Post-Secondary Studies

The COPA Scholarship is available to students entering first or second year post-secondary studies who work for or have worked for, or whose parent/guardian/grandparent works for a COPA member company. The complete qualification criteria can be found in the Criteria and Guidelines.

Funds for this scholarship are provided through donations from generous COPA members throughout the year.
The funds raised each year determine both the number of scholarships that will be awarded in the following academic year and the value of each scholarship.

The COPA Board of Directors and staff thank all those who have contributed to the Fund either through direct cash donations or by participating in fundraising initiatives at the COPA events.

2023 Scholarship Fund

The 2023 Program will begin accepting applications in February 2023 with a submission deadline of July 31, 2023. The 2022 Scholarship Fund awarded two students $1,000. 

Make a Donation

There are several ways to contribute to the COPA Scholarship Fund:

  • Corporate or personal cash donations (tax receipts provided)—make cheques payable to “COPA Scholarship Fund”
  • Donate items to our Silent Auction table, which will be announced prior to each event
  • Register for the COPA Golf Tournament where we run fundraising events each year

To find out more about how you can contribute to the Fund and support our industry students, email

Donate to the Scholarship Fund


Please ensure you read the full Criteria and Guidelines before applying to the the COPA Scholarship Fund.

If you have any questions regarding the COPA Scholarship Fund, you can reach us at or 905-624-9462 ext. 223.

Application Criteria and Guidelines

Critère et Directives de Demande de Bourse D’études

Application Forms and Posters

Our 2022 Winners

Ashley Chan | York University, Specialized Honours Kinesiology & Health Science

My name is Ashley Chan, and I am incredibly grateful to be one of the recipients of the COPA scholarship. I am currently studying in the Specialized Honours Kinesiology & Health Science program at York University.

Throughout high school I was on the athletic council where I planned and executed many school-run events, and also promoted physical activity and wellness on the school’s social media. In my second last year of high school, I was given the opportunity to participate in a co-operative placement at a sports medicine and rehabilitation health centre. This was where I gained my interest in rehabilitation and it was an important learning experience for me.

Outside of school, I am involved in swimming and I also tutor others in elementary school and high school. While tutoring, I find it fulfilling to walk through the process of learning and finally understanding a concept with a student. I am looking forward to applying this towards my future aspirations to become a physiotherapist, where I can be involved with individuals’ rehabilitation processes and restore physical function and mobility.

In addition, I have been a swimmer for the majority of my life, so understanding the process behind the movement of certain parts of your body has always been an interest for me. I would like to thank COPA again for helping me further my post-secondary education and achieve my future ambitions.

Ashley is connected to the industry through Maggie Hui at Fellowes Canada

Konstadinos “Dino” Ekonomakos | York University, Bachelor of Commerce program, specializing in Accounting

My name is Konstadinos Ekonomakos and I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce program, specializing in accounting at York University. I am incredibly grateful and honoured to be the recipient of the COPA scholarship award.

Throughout high school, I maintained a 96% average and was deemed valedictorian in my final year. During my high school years, I focused on uplifting my peers academically and I was often known as the “math tutor” by my fellow classmates. Building on this I was involved in many clubs and teams where I orchestrated many social events during the post-pandemic and brought glory to my school in sports.

I often utilize my time mentoring children through my local church, teaching them the skills that I have acquired along my journey. My current goal is to become a Chartered Professional Accountant and I am very excited about the upcoming university year and all that it entails. I am deeply appreciative of being the recipient of this year’s COPA scholarships and thank all of those who aided me along the way!

Konstadinos is connected to the industry through Jane Ekonomakos at Global Upholstery


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