Dr. Bruce McCreary Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Bruce McCreary, 1938 – 2017, consulting psychiatrist at Ongwanada and Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Queen’s University, was a gifted psychiatrist, mentor, scholar and compassionate crusader for people with a developmental disability, their families and caregivers. The link between service, teaching and research was a focus of Dr. McCreary’s and led to the development of the Division of Developmental Disabilities at Queen’s in 1977. The program grew to include clinicians and educators from psychology, rehabilitation, law, genetics, social work, nursing and family medicine.

The intent of this scholarship is to honour Dr. McCreary’s legacy through the support of people in clinical disciplines and academic studies to further their studies in the field of developmental disabilities.


The scholarship is $5,000 provided through a collaboration of Ongwanada, the Great Lakes Society and the OADD in tribute to Dr. McCreary.
The scholarship will be awarded annually to an individual furthering his/her education in a clinical program of study with a focus on developmental disabilities. The funds can be used for tuition, research or general support to the nominee (practicum, living expenses etc.)


Applicants must be enrolled in (or enrolling in) a recognized program of clinical studies in an accredited educational institution with a focus on, or intent to work with, people with developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers.

Examples of acceptable clinical programs are:

  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Genetics
  • Occupational Therapy/Physio Therapy
  • Speech/Language Therapy
  • Nursing (BScN, PHCNP)
  • Social work

Submission Process

Self-nominations are to be sent via email to the OADD at oadd@oadd.org.  Submissions should include:

  1. a completed copy of the scholarship submission form (click here to download)
  2. a recent copy of your CV
  3. a letter of reference from the nominees’ professor, academic advisor or direct clinical supervisor


February 1st, annually