May Court Helps Dreams Become A Reality

February 19th, 2014 by Comment button 7 Comments »

The May Court Club of Oakville will help students achieve their dreams of a post secondary education with the money raised from the Annual Cap and Gown Fundraiser Dinner held at the Oakville Conference Centre. The May Court Club of Oakville has awarded in excess of half a million dollars in scholarships to over 360 deserving post secondary students from nine Oakville high schools since the scholarship program began in 1959. As a result of the 2013 fundraising efforts, $57,000 was awarded to 54 Oakville students in aid of their post secondary education .

Not only do these students require financial aid, they are also community volunteers who all have a very strong commitment to his or her community and are dedicated to “giving back”. This is the strength of May Court Club of Oakville and every dollar raised at the Annual Cap and Gown Fundraiser Dinner went directly to the scholarship fund. The May Court Club of Oakville is a completely volunteer run organization with no administrative costs. A 2013 recipient, Ember says,” Your kindness inspires me to continue my volunteer work with my community and to pursue other volunteer opportunities in the future. I hope one day I can help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.”

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The first scholarship awarded in 1962 was for $375.00 and paid the annual tuition for an Oakville student to attend the National Ballet School in Toronto.
Since that time the commitment to the post secondary scholarship program has certainly grown. The students chosen do not necessarily have the highest marks. They must have the marks necessary to get into the program of choice and the determination to stay in. Some go to university while others choose community colleges or apprenticeship programs. They all have a strong commitment to volunteering – “They are truly our volunteers of tomorrow.” according to speaker Charlotte Riddell.

The May Court Club of Oakville scholarship fund is also unique in that it may continue to support its students throughout their post secondary education, providing that the student continues to meet the criteria and reapplies each year. A very generous donation was recently received from a past recipient who said, “I am so grateful for the support I received from the May Court Club Oakville. It helped me to realize my dreams. I am now a physician….” a moment that reinforces why The May Court Club of Oakville is so committed to this program of helping post-secondary students who have great potential, but limited resources… to develop that potential.

The evening was a festive one. A Past Recipient from Abbey Park High School, Veronica Gorrell spoke of her successes. Veronica is now in her third year at Wilfrid Laurier University and wants to go to law school. “Without the help of the May Court of Oakville Scholarship Program, I would not be where I am today.” The Abbey Park High School Jazz Band was chosen to perform musical numbers at the fundraiser dinner in support of this practical and very worthy cause.

May Court of Oakville scholarships have been supporting the development of great minds, our community and our national competitiveness since 1959. Should you choose to consider donating to this very worthwhile cause, 100% of all funds raised for the scholarships are allocated directly to the program and you will receive a tax receipt for your donation. This also applies to all other May Court Oakville fundraising programs. For more information contact Rosa Capparelli at 647-220-8257 or by e-mail at


About the author: Janet Bedford

A Real Estate Broker with Royal LePage Real Estate Services on Lakeshore Road in Oakville, I have 25 years of helping clients realize their dreams, specializing in helping my clients buy and sell homes in the Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Ancaster, Dundas and the Grimsby areas. I love Oakville, its people and the exciting events I cover! My hobby, a passion, is taking pictures, writing articles and telling the world about the people, the businesses, the events, the places to visit and about this amazing Town - Oakville!

7 Responses to “May Court Helps Dreams Become A Reality”

  1. Dear Janet,
    Thank you so much for your wonderfully written article. It truly captures all of The May Court Club’s raison d’être when raising funds to award scholarships to help well deserving students realize their potential for themselves, our community and our country, writ large! When we are able to help high potential students bring his/her dream closer to reality, we are thrilled Bravo!

  2. Julie Forte says:

    I was very honoured to be a part of the Cap and Gown committee. It was a wonderful evening for a wonderful cause. This is my first year with May Court and I look forward to many more worthwhile causes in our Oakville community.

  3. Suzanne Allen says:

    Dear Janet:

    What a great article about the May Court Scholarship Program! The May Court Scholarship Progam makes a difference in the lives of so many students in our community who would never have had the opportunity to continue their education and reach their dreams!


  4. Jan Carruthers says:

    Thank you Janet for your continued support of Maycourt!

  5. Anne mieke Kaars Sijpesteijn says:

    Dear Janet

    Thank you so much for your wonderful article in about our Cap and Gown fundraising event.
    You have supported the May Court Club of Oakville on many occasions and we truly appreciate that.

    Thank you ,
    Anne mieke

  6. Hello Janet:

    Thank you for a very well written article on the purpose of the Scholarship program and the fundraising event Cap and Gown Dinner Feb 12,2014 which raises funds to help students of Oakville with further education dreams. I loved the photos taken at the event. You have a talent with your camera and also with writing, keep up the good work.

    Much appreciated,
    Freda Braniff

  7. Dear Janet:

    My thanks to you for a terrrific article on the scholarship dinner and photo’s of the evening. Keep up the good work.

    Much appreciated,
    Freda Braniff

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