The award is granted by the Ontario Ministry of Education, and consists of a certificate from the Minister of Education that is usually presented to students at their graduation ceremony. The award and its certificate are standardized by the Ministry of Education, however some schools choose internally to have special recognition of Ontario Scholars above and beyond this. The award is distinct from other academic acknowledgements such as an Honour Roll.
Prior to the elimination of Grade 13 in 1984, qualification was based on Grade 13 courses. From 1984 to 2003, the qualification process used Ontario Academic Credit (OAC) courses. During the 1970s and 1980s, a $100 monetary award from the Province of Ontario was presented to Ontario Scholars along with their certificate. The student receives a certificate.
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- "Policy/Program Memorandum No. 53". Queen's Printer for Ontario (Ministry of Education). Retrieved 2009-02-14.