The TRREB Past President’s Scholarship application process for 2020 is now CLOSED. Winners will be notified via telephone before June 1, 2020. All other applicants will be notified via email after June 1.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: With Ontario public schools ordered to remain closed from March 14 through April 5, 2020, if applicants are unable to obtain transcripts, letters of reference, or offers of admission in time to meet the Friday, March 27, 2020, deadline for submission, please note that we will request this required documentation from the four potential winners.

Please note that your two reference letters do not have to be from a past or current high school teacher, you may also consider, for example, the parent(s) of children you babysit, a neighbour that you regularly help out, a leader or coach in the sport or activity you participate in, a family friend who knows you very well, or a supervisor at your after school job.

(When you are able to obtain the missing required documentation, please forward it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and it will be added to your original submission. Thank you.)

PAST PRESIDENT’S SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Now Open: TREB $5,000 & $2,500 Scholarship Application – 2020

Are you, or do you know, a high school senior who is en route to pursuing post-secondary education?

Now in its fourteenth year, TREB’s Past President’s Scholarship program annually awards scholarships on behalf of TREB Member REALTORS® to graduating high school seniors pursuing post-secondary education, for example, university, college, or trade school. Two $5,000 first place scholarships and two $2,500 second place scholarships are available.

 

2020 ESSAY TOPICS & APPLICATION DEADLINE

This year’s essay topic choices are:

  1. Housing is changing. From a greater market share for condos, to laneway homes and tiny houses, today's homeowners and renters have different needs and different realities. What do you think the future of housing looks like and why?

  2. The housing market in core areas have left home buyers feeling priced out. What factors do you think could address housing affordability across the GTA? Choose one or two issues to focus on. Examples include:
    • improved transit and transportation networks
    • improved first-time buyer incentives and tax breaks
    • speculation or vacancy tax levies. 

 

The deadline for application is Friday, March 27, 2020.

 

INTERESTED IN APPLYING? HERE’S THE EVALUATION CRITERIA

Applicants must be a graduating high school senior pursuing post-secondary education, for example, university, college, or trade school.

A record of academic achievement and a range of leadership qualities and community involvement are required for application; however, judging is based on a 1500-word (minimum) essay.

Click here to view the 2020 scholarship application and essay criteria.  

The scholarship awards will be presented to the four winners in the spring.

 

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please contact Christine Shallhorn in the Communications and Government Affairs Department at 416-443-8146 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

2019 Winners

Topic #1

Do you think home ownership will be attainable for you in the future? Why or why not?  

 

FIRST PLACE

Elisa Verrilli.

Elisa Verrilli

SECOND PLACE

Chloe Drury.

Chloe Drury


Topic #2

What is the “missing middle” in housing, and do you think it will impact the issues facing the GTA real estate marketplace? 

 

FIRST PLACE

Sukhamrit Singh.

Sukhamrit Singh

SECOND PLACE

Brett Gugel.

Brett Gugel

Past Winners

2018

  • 1 - In April 2017, the Ontario government released its Fair Housing Plan, which included the imposition of a 15 per cent Non-Resident Speculation Tax in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area. In your opinion, was it wise to implement this tax on foreign buyers of homes? Why or why not? by Kristina Miller
  • 1 - Governments at all levels have announced changes or proposals to address affordability issues when it comes to both ownership and rental housing across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Do you think recent measures such as a possible Toronto vacancy tax, the new OSFI mortgage stress test for uninsured mortgages, the Ontario Fair Housing Plan, and short-term rental (home sharing economy) regulations in Toronto are adequate to address affordability concerns? by Tega Aror
  • 2 - In April 2017, the Ontario government released its Fair Housing Plan, which included the imposition of a 15 per cent Non-Resident Speculation Tax in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area. In your opinion, was it wise to implement this tax on foreign buyers of homes? Why or why not? by Milen Negash
  • 2 - Governments at all levels have announced changes or proposals to address affordability issues when it comes to both ownership and rental housing across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Do you think recent measures such as a possible Toronto vacancy tax, the new OSFI mortgage stress test for uninsured mortgages, the Ontario Fair Housing Plan, and short-term rental (home sharing economy) regulations in Toronto are adequate to address affordability concerns? by Alex Hu

2017

  • 1 - Do you think better transportation infrastructure would improve housing affordability in the GTA? Why or why not? by Janae Knott
  • 1 - Do you believe home ownership will be attainable for you in the future? Why or why not? by Xia (Sophia) Ge
  • 2 - Do you think better transportation infrastructure would improve housing affordability in the GTA? Why or why not? by Brittany Chang-Kit
  • 2 - Do you believe home ownership will be attainable for you in the future? Why or why not? by Mica Ong

2016

  • 1 - Home ownership is widely accepted as a cornerstone of good financial planning and wealth management for individuals and families. In contrast, the benefits of home ownership on other aspects of the lives of individuals and families gets much less attention. How and why can owning a home impact non-financial aspects of individuals' and families' lives, such as social and community interaction, health and well-being, and educational achievement? by Jingyuan Helen Feng
  • 1 - Although "affordable housing" is a priority public policy issue, there is often differing and competing understandings of what this term includes. In some instances, "affordable housing" refers only to government subsidized social housing units, and in other instances it is more broadly defined to refer to the affordability of the broader, non-government subsidized, rental and ownership real estate markets. Provide an analysis of government definitions of "affordable housing", and articulate how public policies regarding "affordable housing" may or may not affect the affordability of housing in general. by Mansi Sheth
  • 2 - Home ownership is widely accepted as a cornerstone of good financial planning and wealth management for individuals and families. In contrast, the benefits of home ownership on other aspects of the lives of individuals and families gets much less attention. How and why can owning a home impact non-financial aspects of individuals' and families' lives, such as social and community interaction, health and well-being, and educational achievement? by Janet Wang
  • 2 - Although "affordable housing" is a priority public policy issue, there is often differing and competing understandings of what this term includes. In some instances, "affordable housing" refers only to government subsidized social housing units, and in other instances it is more broadly defined to refer to the affordability of the broader, non-government subsidized, rental and ownership real estate markets. Provide an analysis of government definitions of "affordable housing", and articulate how public policies regarding "affordable housing" may or may not affect the affordability of housing in general. by Tiffany Bouchard

2015

  • 1 - As our changing population produces new communities, there are many considerations to be addressed in making these communities successful. Identify a key consideration that you feel needs to be addressed to ensure success. by Jacob Broz
  • 1 - How may the Pan Am Games impact the surrounding communities prior to, during, and once the games have concluded? by Andrew Kwong
  • 2 - As our changing population produces new communities, there are many considerations to be addressed in making these communities successful. Identify a key consideration that you feel needs to be addressed to ensure success. by Amy Qiu
  • 2 - How may the Pan Am Games impact the surrounding communities prior to, during, and once the games have concluded? by Fairoza Manjra

2014

  • 1 - What programs or policies would you advocate to make home ownership more attainable? by Martin Lai
  • 1 - Share your vision for the optimization of the GTA’s infrastructure, and include observations from other major international cities by Aravind Rajendran
  • 2 - What programs or policies would you advocate to make home ownership more attainable? by Eva Xu
  • 2 - Share your vision for the optimization of the GTA’s infrastructure, and include observations from other major international cities by Natalia Szatoba

2013

  • 1 - What municipal revenue sources do you think the City of Toronto might utilize for future infrastructure funding? by Michelle Kwong
  • 1 - Which is a more viable financial decision today, homeownership or renting? What do you think is the impact of this decision on society? by Maxwell Tran
  • 2 - What municipal revenue sources do you think the City of Toronto might utilize for future infrastructure funding? by Rebecca Steele
  • 2 - Which is a more viable financial decision today, homeownership or renting? What do you think is the impact of this decision on society? by Natalie Wainwright

2012

  • 1 - What initiatives could be implemented in the GTA to solve our gridlock crisis? (You may include, but are not limited to, worldwide initiatives and examples). by Kelsey Chisamore-Johnston
  • 1 - Do you think home ownership in the GTA remains attainable and/or desirable? by Amanda Cannon
  • 2 - What initiatives could be implemented in the GTA to solve our gridlock crisis? (You may include, but are not limited to, worldwide initiatives and examples.) by Tucker McLachlan
  • 2 - Do you think home ownership in the GTA remains attainable and/or desirable? by Yusuf Sharif Yusuf

2011

  • 1 - How do you envision the ideal GTA community? (residentially and/or commercially) by Christina Chong
  • 2 - Like the “Doctors Without Borders” concept, what initiatives could be undertaken by real estate professionals? by Claire Guimond

2010

  • 1 - What impact do you think taxes, such as the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), will have on affordability for the residential or commercial real estate consumer? by Ashley Sewrattan
  • 2 - Quality of Life is an approach that local real estate boards, associations & individual REALTORS® have adopted to demonstrate the commitment of the real estate profession to improve Quality of Life throughout the province of Ontario. What initiatives would advance the Quality of Life principles by the year 2020? by Brianna Smrke

2009

  • 1 - What initiatives would you like to see embraced by government & real estate developers to help create environmentally conscious communities in the GTA? by Konrad Teichman
  • 2 - How will GTA real estate be impacted by rising energy costs & uncertain international economies? by Cristiana Mergianian

2008

  • 1 - How does a Grow Op/Chem Lab, operating either residentially or commercially, impact the broader community? by Cathleen Brennan
  • 2 - What specific modifications would you make to Ontario building practices (residentially and/or commercially) to compensate for the effects of global warming & extreme weather conditions? by Monika Mahindra

2007

  • 1 - Should property rights be enshrined in the Canadian Constitution? by Adam Kahn
  • 2 - Describe the environmentally friendly home of the future by Rachel Johnston