The Andy Van Dolder Scholarship was created in honour of our late founder, father and friend, Andy Van Dolder. Andy possessed an unrivalled passion for home improvement and was known around the region for his gregarious spirit.

Each year, the scholarship is awarded to a student in Georgian College’s Carpentry and Renovation Techniques Program who demonstrates academic merit (+75% average) as well as a commitment to the program and profession— something Andy did for over 56 years.

The inaugural scholarship was awarded in January 2020 and has since been awarded to a deserving student every semester. Take a look at the list of past winners below and see what they had to say about receiving the Andy Van Dolder scholarship.

Winter 2019

Recipient: Leah Simon

“I can now focus solely on studying and my school work instead of having to find a second job to help pay for all my bills with school and at home. This is a major help to me and my family.”

Fall 2020

Recipient: Maygan Sensenberger

“Receiving this financial assistance has helped me in many ways, including allowing me to focus more on my studies by improving my study/work-life balance. I am independent and do not receive OSAP and have worked hard to save money to pay for school myself.”

Winter 2021

Recipient: Chris Ewald

“By awarding me with the Andy VanDolder Scholarship, I was able to focus all my energy into the course, which allowed me to make my future aspirations come true.”

Winter 2022

Recipient: Joshua Blackburn

“Thanks to this program, I will be starting a new career building custom homes in the Muskoka region. This scholarship will certainly ease the stress
of my financial situation, especially in the few weeks before I receive any income.”

The entire Home Team family would like to congratulate all of the Andy Van Dolder Scholarship recipients. We wish you all the best in your future careers, and we know that Andy would be proud of the passion you display for your chosen field.