The Allan Simpson Educational Fund was established in
May 2002 to assist with the costs of post secondary education for young
people who are full orphans (both parents deceased).
Mr. Allan Simpson was born in Ontario and was orphaned
as a child. He was raised in an orphanage that was maintained and
managed by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Ontario. He emigrated
to the United States after World War II and had been employed as a
merchant seaman. He died after a lengthy illness on August 27, 1995. His
bequest of funds to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows upon his death
was made to express his considerable gratitude and loyalty towards the
The annual awards are available to qualified applicants
in their quest for a post secondary education and will be renewable if
the applicant maintains a passing average as a full time student at the
University or College.
In the initial year there were two awards of $2500.00
each and three awards of $1600.00 each presented to selected applicants. The number and
amount of the Awards each year is subject to the interest earned by the
Fund. The awards will be disbursed in two instalments payable to the
University/College to be credited to the students account. The first
half will be mailed to the University/College after the student provides
confirmation of registration as a full time student for the fall
semester and the remainder will be mailed when the student provides
proof of registration for the winter semester and a transcript showing a
passing average from the fall semester. The Awards will be renewable in
subsequent years at the discretion of the Selection Committee.
Application Forms must be submitted no later than March
1st. Any questions can be addressed to the
Grand Secretary of
the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows of the Grand Lodge of Ontario.