Lynch-Getty Award

Lynch-Getty Global Student Award

Alex Getty and Ron Lynch, both former Ottawa-Carleton Education Network (OCENET) board members and active supporters of international education, believed that learning to communicate and act globally was important to creating a world where people strive to understand and help those near and far. To recognize Ron and Alex’s contribution to the Ottawa-Carleton Education Network and commitment to international learning and cooperation, OCENET established the Lynch-Getty Global Student Award in 2010.

The Lynch-Getty award will be presented to four students each year attending school in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board – this award is intended for both Canadian residents as well as international fee-paying students within the OCDSB. The students will have demonstrated leadership in their community and involvement in groups, events and activities that foster cross cultural learning and understanding in school and in the community. Participation in international exchange programs, intercultural clubs, international volunteer programs, peer tutoring, student organizations, charity groups, and community associations are some activities that would help to support an application for the award.

Each recipient will receive an award valued at $1,000 CAD that is to be used upon graduation towards post-secondary education or a volunteer experience outside Canada.

Who is Eligible?

The awards will be presented to four students who:

  • Are in Grade 12
  • Have demonstrated leadership in local projects that involved cross-cultural initiatives and which encouraged a better understanding of other cultures
  • Have received a minimum 75% average in their most recently completed school year

Application Process

To be eligible for consideration, every application must be submitted online and will include:

  • A fully completed and signed application from (online form)
  • An essay of approximately 400 words describing their leadership in cross-cultural contexts
  • A letter of support or confirmation from the group, groups, or individuals who are informed, or well aware, of the student's involvement
  • A letter of recommendation from a school staff member

Application Form

If you have problems accessing the application form, please email Constantine Ioannou at [email protected] for a document version to be sent to you.

Selection Process

Each application is reviewed by a selection panel and four recipients are chosen by mid-May, 2024.


Completed applications and supporting materials must be received no later than Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (12:00 p.m.) to the address below.
All applicants will be notified in writing by the end of May as to their status.

The awards will be presented at school graduation ceremonies.


Completed applications and supporting materials must be sent electronically only no later than Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (12:00 pm).  

Email any questions to:
Attn: Constantine Ioannou, Program Director, OCENET
Email: [email protected]

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