The Carol Hill Bursary for Science and Mathematics

Carol Hill*Application and donation links are found below*

Carol Hill has been a dedicated Elementary Educator and Principal at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for 28 years. She began her teaching career as an Intermediate Science teacher with the Carleton Board of Education in 1987. She held a variety of teaching positions before her promotion to Vice-Principal in the new Ottawa-Carleton District School Board in 1998 and then to Principal where she has been an exemplary leader of elementary schools.

Carol’s commitment to her staff, students, communities and colleagues is evident in the high regard in which she is held. Her integrity, care, compassion, and ability to empower others to grow and develop confidence are the hallmarks of her leadership. Her brilliant analytical skills have been called upon in a variety of ways for district projects. Carol has always been generous with sharing her gifts in the service of others and is a highly respected and admired administrator in the district.

Carol is a champion of Science and Mathematics education and believes passionately that active engagement with the concepts in these areas is the key to sparking the imagination and curiosity of students. It has always been Carol’s wish to support experiential learning opportunities in order to develop a strong foundation in Science and Mathematics and to encourage students to discover, investigate, experiment and explore. Her passion for kinesthetic learning and belief that all students benefit from cultivating their natural curiosity has been steadfast throughout her career in education.

Purpose of the Bursary

The Carol Hill Bursary for Science and Mathematics award is presented to students specifically in elementary schools that are designated as a R.A.I.S.E (Resource Allocated Index Based on Socio-Economics) schools in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board with limited capability. The award is meant to provide opportunities for hands-on experiential learning in Math and Science. The award is meant to foster sustainability within the school and enhance learning experiences for hands-on programming. As schools begin to develop experiential learning activities, the goal will be to rely on the school’s internal capacity and resources to continue the work without having to hire outside services.

The Carol Hill Bursary for Science and Mathematics Award is meant to support one or more of the following purposes:

  • Support for students specifically in elementary schools that are designated as a R.A.I.S.E (Resource Allocated Index Based on Socio-Economics) schools in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board with limited capability;
  • To provide and/or enhance hands-on experiential learning for students. This may include a limited amount of planning time for a school to develop these activities with school staff.
  • Development of active learning opportunities that are sustainable and do not require the hiring of out-of-school resources


RAISE school or equivalent willing to submit a proposal outlining their plans to enhance active learning in Science and/or Mathematics. Connections to other curriculum areas are encouraged, particularly those that improve engagement and understanding by students, as well as how these activities connect to the curriculum. Please also include how the learning will be sustained in the school.

Note that funds are not intended to be used to support presentations without an active student participation component, nor to prepare units of study that omit rich opportunities for discovery, investigation, experimentation or experiential learning.

Criteria for Selection of Winner

Complete the application (link below) and include a budget, sustainable plan, the release teacher plan, including a list of supplies planned to purchase.


A Selection Committee for the Carol Hill Bursary for Science and Mathematics consists of a Superintendent of Instruction, Principal, Education Foundation of Ottawa staff member, teacher, and family member. The bursary will be awarded to those schools whose proposals best meet the criteria as outlined in this application and determined by the selection committee.  


The Bursary(s) will be granted to one or more R.A.I.S.E. schools each year. The amount of each award will vary depending on the number of schools selected to receive an award each year.

Application period: Monday, May 15th, 2023 – Friday, May 26th, 2023.

OCDSB staff – Apply here on behalf of your school.

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