Lincoln M. Alexander Student Award

Government of Ontario
May 31, 2024

The Lincoln M. Alexander Award commemorates the legacy of Ontario’s 24th Lieutenant Governor by recognizing two young students who have shown strong leadership in eliminating racial discrimination. Two recipients in the Student category and one recipient in the Community category will each receive a $5,000 cash award.

How to Apply

Student Award

Only accredited provincial secondary schools can nominate a student for this award.

Nominees must be:

  • A grade 12 student at an Ontario high school.
  • Planning to attend a post-secondary institution as a full-time student.
  • A resident of Ontario.The person you nominate (the nominee) must be:

You cannot nominate:

  • Yourself.
  • Someone who has passed away.

Community Award

Only a community organization or agency that works extensively in the area of race relations can nominate someone for this award.

The person you nominate (nominee) must be:

  • between the ages of 16 and 25
  • a resident of Ontario

You cannot nominate:

  • yourself
  • someone who has passed away
  • an elected federal, provincial or municipal politician currently in office
  • a public appointee currently in office

How to Nominate Someone

  1. Gather the required information.
  2. Create an account (or sign in for returning users) on the Ontario Honours and Awards Portal.
  3. Submit your nomination on the portal.

Required Information

To submit a nomination, you will need to provide:

  • The school or community organization’s name, phone number and address.
  • The nominee’s first name, last name, phone number and email address.
  • The nominator’s first name, last name, phone number and email address.
  • A detailed description of your nominee’s achievements.
  • A minimum of two signed testimonial letters on letterhead. The letters must be from two different individuals who are not the nominator. An electronic signature or scanned copy of the signed letters are acceptable. The testimonial writers should:
    • know the nominee
    • be able to explain the value and impact of the nominee’s achievements
    • support the nomination
  • The testimonial writers’ first name, last name, phone number and email address.

Additional Information

You may include additional materials if they give more insight into your nominee’s accomplishments, such as:

  • supplementary testimonials
  • publications
  • media stories and news articles

Volunteer activities in other areas and academic performance are not taken into consideration.

  • An independent selection committee appointed by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration reviews each nomination and recommends the candidates that should receive the award.
  • The awards will be presented at a ceremony in the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite at Queen’s Park on or around January 21 (Lincoln M. Alexander Day). Each recipient receives a $5,000 cash award and a certificate.