The Datt Award for Math and Science

*Application and donation links found below*

This award was created to encourage students to pursue studies in mathematics, science and/ or engineering. Attending University is a commitment. Canada is an amazing country where a University education is accessible by almost everyone. However, there are some who are left behind or need a little extra support to enjoy the University experience.

Purpose of the Award

The purpose of this award is meant to support one or more of the following purposes:

  • to make University more accessible by removing financial barriers for those that might not be able to experience it otherwise;
  • to encourage diversity in the student profile interested in the study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).


  • All Grade 12 students at identified R.A.I.S.E (Resource Allocated Index Based on Socio-Economics) schools in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board pursuing post-secondary education;
  • Note: Preference will be given to a student interested in studying at the University of Waterloo and who is in financial need of the support of the award.

Criteria for Selection of Winner

The award will be based on academic performance and an essay. The essay content should include the background of the student, why they feel deserving and that they demonstrate accountability (ie. hard work, respect and commitment).


Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of Mr. Datt, a professional of Mr. Datt’s choice (preferably in the Math, Science, Engineering field), and a teaching representative from the OCDSB in the Math and/ or Science Department.


Two awards of $1500 to be applied towards first-year academic fees (tuition, books, lodging, etc). The award will be presented at the recipient’s commencement ceremony by Mr. Datt or a designate of his choosing. Should they not be able to attend, the Principal of the recipient’s school will present the award. Mr. Datt will be informed as soon as possible of the commencement date.

Application period: Monday, April 24th, 2023 to Friday, May 26th, 2023.

OCDSB Staff – Apply here on behalf of a student from your school.

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