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Oliver Martin Memorial Trust Fund Assessment Scholarships

ONBIDA is thrilled to announce that we will be offering scholarships for psycho-educational assessments for students who struggle learning to read and write as their primary area of difficulty. Funds for this program were donated by the Oliver Martin Memorial Trust Fund and scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,500. Scholarships will be awarded following the completion of a psycho-educational assessment by a college certified psychologist.

About Oliver Martin

Oliver MartinOliver was identified as having dyslexia at a young age but with support and determination he had a very successful academic career. Oliver completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree at Concordia University and was working towards a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation, one of the most difficult professional programs in the financial sector. Oliver completed the second of three segments of his CFA just weeks before he was killed

Oliver cared for others, maintained life-long friendships and family connections, and had enthusiastic energy for his developing career. He was determined to make the most of what life could offer with effort, whether at work, socially, or on the sports field. Oliver faced the challenges of dyslexia straight on, developing keen discipline and the determination required to overcome and succeed.

Oliver Martin and his close friend, Dylan Ellis, were shot and killed while innocently waiting in a car in downtown Toronto just after midnight on Friday, June 13, 2008. This horrific crime devastated friends and family, shocked the country, and remains unsolved. The two vibrant, successful and giving 25 year old young men shall be forever missed and remembered.

In Oliver’s honour, and to provide inspiration and support to others, Oliver Martin’s family established the Oliver Martin Memorial Trust Fund. In recognition of Oliver’s lifelong challenge with dyslexia, the Trust Fund has linked with the Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (ONBIDA) to fund specific programs to:

  • promote awareness of dyslexia;
  • improve identification and assessment of children with dyslexia and;
  • train teachers to effectively work with students with dyslexia.


Who can apply?

  • Applicants must live in Ontario and present with difficulties in learning to read and write as their PRIMARY area of need
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 5 and 21 years of age and attend a publicly funded school
  • Applicants must provide a statement of need (i.e. explanation of why they need the assessment) along with a completed application
  • Applicants must provide the most recent Notice of Assessment (NOA) from Revenue Canada as proof of financial need
  • Financial need has been set as a combined income of less than $75,000 per family
  • Applicants must provide a report (e.g., report cards, Individual Education Plan, assessment reports) stating that the applicant needs a psycho-educational assessment from one of the following professionals in good standing:
  1. Teacher/Principal
  2. Doctor
  3. Speech-Language Pathologist

Signed consent, permitting the scholarship adjudication committee to view the NOA and to contact the professional that provided the letter of need

CLICK HERE to download the Application and Questionnaire

CLICK HERE to download the Consent for Release

CLICK HERE to download an Application Checklist

Please submit applications to: or ONBIDA, 1785 Foleyet Crescent, Pickering, ON, L1V 2X8

NOTE: Students with global and/or profound learning difficulties and/or recent psycho-educational assessments do not qualify.


Application Process:

Applications must be complete to be considered (They must include: ONBIDA’s Application Form, Consent to
Release Information, Tax Forms and Proof of Need such as report cards, IEPs, past assessments.)

  • All applications will have the identifying information removed by a person not on the application committee
  • All applications will be viewed by the application committee without identifying information
  • Scholarships will be awarded based on need determined by the application committee
  • The decisions of the application committee are final
  • All successful applicants will be required to fill out a follow-up questionnaire
  • All successful applicants will be required to submit a proof of assessment/bill before the funds will be paid out
  • All successful applicants will be notified as applications are processed

Best of luck with your applications!

Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Sherry Raffalovitch: