Tuition Awards

Equine Guelph has changed the lives of thousands of horse owners and horses, providing evidence-based, online educational pathways to learning.

Equine Guelph thanks the organizations and families providing support to educate future industry professionals to be champions for the health and welfare of horses.

Roger L’Heureux Memorial Equine Award

The Roger L’Heureux Memorial Equine Award has been established in loving memory of Roger L’Heureux by David L’Heureux and Crystal Fountains Inc.

Roger was a Standardbred driver, trainer and groom, racing primarily at Flamboro Downs. Roger was the son of Ephraim L’Heureux, a Standardbred driver, who won the first Maple Leaf Trot at Woodbine in 1950.

The successful recipient of the Roger L’Heureux Memorial Equine Award will receive two online courses through Equine Guelph valued at $549 each (Certificates are available in Equine Science, Equine Welfare and Equine Business – six courses complete the certificate).

Applicants for this award can be individuals employed in the Standardbred sector as either a Groom or Trainer in Ontario or Canada or University of Guelph student. Preference will be given to industry professionals.

Selection will be based on a demonstrated love of horses, commitment to horse welfare and the Standardbred racing sector, and a desire to learn more about horses and shows.

Apply by email to [email protected] in the form of a 250-word letter explaining why you are deserving of the award. A letter of reference from the Standardbred racing sector may enhance your chances at this award.

Deadline for entries is November 30th.

Virginia L. Gray Memorial Bursary

Virginia L. Gray dedicated 38 years of her life to the University community until her retirement in 2007 as Director, Office of Open Learning. Virginia’s innovative approach to education positioned the University of Guelph to become an international leader in continuing and distance education. Virginia was committed to eliminating barriers to education and to supporting students who had a desire to advance their academic and career goals through education. Family, friends and colleagues of Virginia Gray have established and contributed to the Virginia L. Gray Memorial Bursary as a tribute to her exemplary work.

Established by faculty, staff and friends of Open Learning. These funds are intended to provide support for non-degree students that are enrolled in an Open Learning Program (courses, certificates, and diplomas) in need of financial assistance.

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Students interested in enrolling in an Open Learning and Educational Support continuing education or Open Learning program course are eligible to apply. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or Permanent residents. Applications will be reviewed on January 30th and July 30th for upcoming course offerings. Applications must include a letter outlining financial need and academic goals, and must include supporting documentation. Students may receive the bursary only once.

More information can be found at:

  • Qualification(s): Canadian citizens or permanent residents with the greatest financial need.

Submission Address Please send bursary applications to:

Bursary Award Committee Open Learning and Educational Support

University of Guelph Johnston Hall, Room 160 Guelph, ON N1G 2W1