Memorial Scholarship (2018)

In 2003 COLS set up a Memorial Scholarship. Each year two deserving COLS graduating students who are going on to post-secondary education are awarded a $1000 scholarship each. The Board of Directors reviews each application and decides on the recipients to be announced at closing ceremonies at the end of every annual three-day seminar. The Board would like to be able to give more scholarships than we currently do.

From 2003 to 2015 the scholarship was named after Eileen Krieger who was an ambassador in 1997 and tragically killed in a car accident. In recent years we have been saddened to lose other members of our COLS family who have dedicated so much time to COLS and their community. We have decided we need to recognize all those who have left us and you will see their pictures and brief history below.

In Memoriam

Eileen Krieger
Eileen Krieger

Eileen was an ambassador from Ridgeway-Crystal Beach High School in 1997. She was very active in her community and was involved in the Student Leadership Conference at Queen’s University. She was on her way to a job interview when she was killed in a car accident.

Nelson Latimer
Nelson Latimer

Nelson was a member of the Stoney Creek Optimist Club and a volunteer with COLS since it began in Ontario in 1982. He always had a smile on his face and could be found directing traffic as the ambassadors arrived, talked to parents and made sure everyone had a parking spot and were directed to the parent seminar on Sunday.

Keith Bone
Keith Bone

Keith was a member of the Burlington Optimist Club and a volunteer with COLS since it began in Ontario in 1982. He was a quiet leader who was full of wisdom and touched the hearts of everyone he met. He always left a lasting impression with everyone he talked to.

Amber Fox
Amber Fox

Amber was an ambassador in 2002. She was active with the SOKA and HHAA Chapters of COLS. She attended McMaster University where she wrote for the university newspaper. She loved to travel and lived in Britain after graduating university. In 2016, Amber lost her battle with leukemia.

Bryan Ruston
Bryan Ruston

Bryan was an Optimist member lived in London who started his volunteer work with COLS in 1982 and continued until he became more active in his community. His volunteer work included being a senior leader as well as seminar chair. He had a smile and a hug for everyone.

Tyler Grummett
Tyler Grummett

Tyler was a budding basketball star and an ambassador in 2014. His infectious smile made everyone want to smile right along with him.

Sherri Fraser
Sherri Fraser

Sherri was an ambassador in 1995. She was a very active member of the Brampton alumni club and COLS as a junior leader and alumni representative. She was tragically killed in a car accident while on her way to take Christmas goodies to her husband’s office, but was able to swerve her car to keep her son safe. She always had a smile on her face and when she met her friends it was like they had never been apart.

Raphael Loh
Raphael Justin Loh

Raphael was an ambassador in 2001 and came back to COLS as a senior leader in 2012 and 2013. He was a very active long-term supply teacher with the Toronto and District Catholic School Board. He coached several sports teams and was loved by all his students.

Past Recipients

Year Name Institution Attended
2017 Shaun Bredl Northern College (Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training)
2017 Amy Fisher University of Ottawa
2016 Allie Moore Brock University
2016 Vadar Hassan University of Toronto
2015 Sapphira Thompson-Bled
2015 Brittany MacKinnon Queen's University
2014 Tushita Patel University of Saskatchewan
2014 Scott Robinson McMaster University
2013 Rachael Rishworth University of Toronto (Political Science)
2013 Michael LaCute University of Waterloo
2012 Ann Marie Corrado Western University
2012 Joelle Schonberg Queen's University
2011 Nicole Robertson Sir Wilfrid Laurier University
2011 Rob Thomson Queen's University
2010 Samantha Cicciarella University of Guelph
2010 Stephen Galbraith Lakehead University / Brock University (Political Science)
2009 Mishka Nizar York University
2009 Mauricio Curbelo University of Toronto (Engineering)
2008 Janalee Ferreira Sir Wilfrid Laurier University (Languages and Literature)
2008 Claire Buxton Sault Ste. Marie College (Aviation)
2007 Kaitlyn Tezseri Lakehead University
2007 Natalie Maxwell University of Toronto
2006 Shamin Mohammed University of Ottawa (Health Sciences), Founder of LetsStopAIDS
2006 Kevin Wang McMaster University
2005 Matt Fowler Sir Wilfrid Laurier University
2005 Peter Newhook McGill University
2004 Preston MacNeil
2003 John Centofanti
2003 Brent Fraser Ryerson University


The COLS Memorial Scholarship is open to any graduating secondary school student who is going on to post-secondary education. The application must be submitted no later than May 10, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. No applications will be accepted/reviewed after that date and time.

The application must be completed as directed. Any application that fails to follow the directions may be given a lower rating.

Two versions of the application are available. We recommend using the Microsoft Word version as it is provided in a fillable form layout. A PDF is also available, but essay answers must be typed and attached to the application. If there are any questions, please forward them to to be directed accordingly.

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