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Scholarship Program

Reliance Foundry is proud to support future leaders in architectural design, site planning, and other related fields.

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Reliance Foundry is proud to sponsor a scholarship program for students currently enrolled in accredited, post-secondary institutions, or those who plan to attend one in the upcoming semester. Since its inception, the management of Reliance Foundry has been committed to developing the talents of the workers it employs and it now seeks to provide the same opportunity to those who seek to make a positive, future impact in the world of design, architecture, civil engineering and site planning. Reliance Foundry’s scholarships will lighten a student’s financial burden and help empower them to one day improve safety, security and the aesthetics of contemporary streetscapes. View the list of current opportunities below to see if Reliance Foundry can help you advance your education.

Reliance Foundry is an industry-leading supplier of bollards and bike racks. First incorporated in 1925, it is one of North America’s oldest cast metal suppliers. Reliance Foundry’s commitment to innovation has seen it grow from a regional manufacturer to an industry-leading supplier of site furnishing and architectural products. It staffs experts in the design of cast metal products and strives to provide its customers with solutions that bring value to their sites. Recently, Reliance Foundry was awarded the Surrey Board of Trade’s Business Excellence Award for demonstrating renewed growth after employing new web-based sales and marketing initiatives.

Current Opportunities

“The Bollards in My Community” Scholarship

  • Deadline: June 2, 2014
  • 1st Prize - $3,000.00
  • 2st Prize - $500.00
  • 3st Prize - $500.00

Do you know what a bollard is? Often overlooked, they play a key role in the design of many streetscapes. Bollards are short posts, usually 36 to 52 inches tall, that are used to create architectural or anti-ram perimeters. They are most commonly recognized as the concrete-filled steel posts that protect storefronts, but bollards perform a wide variety of additional functions. Aside from preventing vehicle encroachment, they can also be used to highlight architecture, communicate traffic routes and to add definition or decorative value to streetscapes. Have you noticed any in your community? We’d love to hear about them.....

A row of Reliance Foundry’s model  R-7589 bollards is shown in front of a college auditorium that features an historic design.
A row of bollards is shown on a sidewalk, alongside a sign that reads “Eastern Michigan University”.
A bollard is shown on the courtyard outside the student union building at Robert Morris University.

Reliance Foundry is currently awarding a total of $4,000.00 in scholarship prizes for presentations describing the functions bollards play in contemporary communities. Submit a presentation that describes the functions bollards play at a site in your community. Do bollards contribute to the safety of the residents of your neighborhood, or do you know of a site where they just look really cool? Reliance Foundry will accept submissions in the form of essays, infographics, videos, or any other form of multimedia that effectively conveys how bollards have improved a site in your community. Use whatever media works best for demonstrating the value that bollards bring to your community.

Reliance Foundry’s marketing department will select one first prize winner and two runners up for presentations that most clearly demonstrate the positive effect bollards have on a streetscape in their community. Winners will be selected based on their depth of research, the creativity shown and the overall usability/readability of their presentation. The deadline for submissions is June 2, 2014.

All submissions will be reviewed and the winners will be announced on June 16, 2014. Winning entries may be used partially or in full in one of Reliance Foundry’s future bollard blog posts. Submit completed essay entries to scholarships@reliance-foundry.com.


Students enrolled in an accredited, post-secondary technical school, university, college OR high school (seniors only) may apply for this scholarship. Only students who will attend classes in the fall of 2014 semester are eligible to apply. This contest is only open to legal residents of the United States and Canada. A letter of enrollment at a post-secondary institution will be required.

Only one presentation per student is permitted.


Have any questions on bollards or their use? Feel free to contact Reliance Foundry’s marketing department.

Terms and Conditions

  • By submitting an essay to the Reliance Foundry Scholarship program, you transfer all rights and ownership of submitted content to Reliance Foundry, regardless of whether or not your entry is chosen as a winner.
  • Reliance Foundry reserves the right to publish submitted work in any manner that it sees fit at the conclusion of the contest.
  • Reliance Foundry will select the winning essays at its own discretion and the names of winning participants will be displayed publically on Reliance Foundry’s website at the conclusion of the contest.
  • After being selected, the winners will be contacted by email and may be asked to provide proof of enrollment at a post-secondary institution. Proof of enrollment may consist of a tuition bill or letter of proof from the accredited institution.
  • Reliance Foundry scholarship awards will be administered in the form of a cheque, made payable in the currency (U.S. or Canadian) of your residence.
  • Reliance Foundry assumes no tax liability for the provision of scholarship winnings; it is the responsibility of the winner to determine any tax consequences for such a scholarship.

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