This scholarship is given annually to a Personal Support Worker nominated for excellence in hospice palliative care.

The scholarship celebrates Frances Montgomery and her commitment to caring for the dying within her family and extended community. This award acknowledges the invaluable contribution of Personal Support Workers in providing excellent care for the dying, support for families and loved ones, and helping to move quality hospice palliative care forward in Ontario.


The scholarship is valued at $1,500 includes a full registration to the annual Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Conference, a stipend for travel and accommodation, and a one year membership in HPCO. The scholarship is awarded as a package and may not be broken into its components parts or cashed out. The scholarship is non-transferrable.

This scholarship is sponsored by Life and Death Matters

Nomination Deadline

Nominations must be received by HPCO by March 1, 2021.


To be considered for this scholarship, the nominee must: Be a Personal Support Worker (PSW) registered with the PSW registry in Ontario.

Have a minimum of two years’ experience in caring for people who are dying and supporting their families/loved ones in the work setting. (This can include those dying over a longer period in Long Term Care, and those dying over a shorter period in a Palliative Care unit).

Be currently working in any of the following settings: private residence, long-term care, acute care hospital, residential hospice, palliative care unit).

Integrate principles, practices and philosophy of Hospice Palliative Care in caring for residents/clients and families.

Show respect dignity and compassion for residents/clients, to family and to co-workers.

Demonstrate a commitment and passion for Hospice Palliative Care and to ongoing education.

If a graduate of more than a few years, contributes to leadership and education through mentoring and preceptoring.

Develop, promote, and maintain Palliative Care initiatives in their work environment.

Actively advocate, educate, and support residents, families and staff members on quality palliative care.

Selection Process

HPCO will appoint an adjudication committee to review candidates and recommend the recipient. The recipient will be notified of the scholarship in early April. The scholarship will be presented at the Annual Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Conference.