THE BURSARY PROGRAM
Established in 2000 by York Regional Police Association, the Frank Laskoski Bursary honours the contributions and legacy of Sergeant Frank Edwin Laskoski. Frank Laskoski served as an officer with York Regional Police for 24 years. During his time as an officer, he was also an active member with York Regional Police Association serving in the positions of President, First Vice-President, and Second Vice-President.
During the last six years of Frank’s life, he served as the President of York Regional Police Association, a position that was only part-time, not full-time as it is today. It was a difficult task fulfilling his full-time job as a Sergeant and following the mandate of the police force, while also acting as an Association President to settle issues and conflicts for his members. During his time at the association, Frank served as Chief Negotiator for York Regional Police contracts and Executive Member of the Police Association of Ontario. Frank devoted a great deal of his personal time to protecting and representing the interests of uniformed and civilian police personnel both in York Region and beyond.
On June 5, 1988, Frank’s life was tragically taken when he was killed in a head-on collision on Highway 9. Frank was survived by his wife Marilyn, and two children Drew and Donna.
In honour of Frank, York Regional Police Association established Frank Laskoski Bursary. The bursary program is designed to assist the daughters and sons of York Region Police Association’s members that are pursuing post-secondary education, and are involved in their community, either through volunteer work, participation in sports activities or extracurricular activities.
The Frank Laskoski Bursary is available to any student who 26 years of age or under by December 31, 2019 and meets the following criteria:
- The daughter or son (includes natural, adopted or step children) of any Active or Retired York Regional Police Association (YRPA) member, or a YRPA member who is on a disability pension.
- Applicant must be a full-time student who are either enrolled in the second, third or fourth year of a program or have completed a one-year program of study at an accredited educational institution.
- No individual may be approved more than three times for a bursary award. The maximum lifetime bursary award per applicant is $1,500.
- Applicants enrolled in programs completed prior to September 2018 will not be considered.
- Application deadline for the 2019 bursaries have now closed.
BURSARY AWARD PROCESS
- All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their bursary applications.
- Applicants of a one year only program/course will be advised of their application and awarded the bursary after their program/course concludes.
- Successful candidates will be awarded a bursary as follows:
- All applicants who meet the guidelines will receive up to a maximum bursary of $500 each.
- All candidates will be issued their bursary by the end of August. A T4A tax receipt in compliance with Canada Revenue Agency regulations will be issued to each bursary recipient.