Ethan Maxwell

Recipient of the 2021 Georgia McLellan Visual Arts Scholarship

Illustration by Sarah Whaley

Recipient of the 2021 Georgia McLellan Visual Arts Scholarship


It is an honour for OMAH to support our community’s students in their academic pursuits.

We are pleased to offer the following scholarships:


The Georgia McLellan Scholarship

Georgia McLellan was a teacher, librarian and lifelong artist who retired to Orillia in 1984. The scholarship in her honour is given to Orillia high school graduates, or graduating senior students intending to study visual arts as their primary subject of post-secondary education.

Congratulations to Orillia Secondary School students Ethan Maxwell and Grace Whaley, the recipients of the 2021 Georgia McLellan Visual Arts Scholarship.  

Applications for the 2022 scholarship must be received by June 3, 2022. Click on the link below for information on how to apply. 

The Allan Ironside Scholarship

Each year, OMAH awards the Allan Ironside Scholarship to a senior student who has achieved the highest marks in history or world studies at each of Orillia’s three high schools. The Allan Ironside Scholarship was created by Allan’s family as a tribute to his memory. A self-professed adventurer, Allan lived in Montreal, Toronto, Iran, Venezuela and the United States.  Settling in Orillia, upon an early retirement in 1962, Allan was very involved with the Orillia Historical Society as well as the Simcoe County Historical Association and the Ontario Historical Society. Some of his writings have been compiled into a book, Anecdotes of Olde Orillia, available at the OMAH Shop and online at

In 2021,  Evan Savoie (Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School), Paige Hannan (Orillia Secondary School) and Jay Snake (Twin Lakes Secondary School) were the recipients of the Allan Ironside Scholarship. Evan has begun attending the University of Toronto in the Arts and Science faculty. She plans to work towards a Bachelors of Arts and Science degree with a major in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies. Paige has begun her studies at McMaster University in Humanities and Justice, Political Philosophy and Law with a minor in French. Jay is attending University of Ottawa as a major in Political Science. We wish them well in their academic pursuits and on their journey toward their future careers. Good luck Evan, Paige, and Jay!

The Orillia Museum of Art & History congratulates this last year’s scholarship recipients!