Scholarships and Bursaries

University Scholarships and Awards  (Under Construction)

Are you thinking of pursuing post-secondary studies but there are financial barriers standing in your way?

Consider the many scholarships and bursaries available for future post-secondary students to help fund their education.

Scholarships are typically awarded based on academic merit. Bursaries and grants are usually given based on financial need but can also require extracurricular and community involvement for eligibility.

Below you will find a list of organizations that offer scholarships and bursaries with their links attached to help you get started.

General Scholarships and Awards Open to a Range of Individuals

Value: $2,500
Diversity and Identity

Description: The Bill 7 Award is a registered charitable trust that awards scholarships to gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, two-spirited and queer students who are in financial need and studying at any post-secondary institution in Ontario to attain their first degree or diploma.

Application:
To be eligible to receive a Bill 7 Award scholarship, individuals must meet ALL the following four criteria:

  • You are attending or accepted by a Post-Secondary Educational Institution in the Province of Ontario.
  • You are pursuing your FIRST post-secondary program of study
  • You identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, two-spirited or queer (LGBTQ) You have demonstrated financial need
    For more details on how to apply, visit: https://bill7award.ca/apply/

Value: $20,000
Diversity and Identity

Application: You must be woman of color or a person who identifies as a woman, entering her senior year of design school.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, January 29, 2021For more information, visit: https://cfda.com/programs/students/gucci-changemakers-x-cfda-scholars-by-design-award.


Value: $2,500
Diversity and Identity

Description: The Horatio Alger Indigenous Achievement Scholarship is for Indigenous students starting a four-year post-secondary program in the fall. This is a renewable award of $2500. While enrolled in post-secondary students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and a full-time course load to receive the award.

Application: Start date: December 15. Deadline date: August 1

  • First Nation (status and non-status), Inuit and Métis high school students from an Indigenous community in the territories as well as attending school in the Northwest Territories, Yukon Territories, or Nunavut.
  • Enrolled full-time in a high school within Canada at time of application.
  • Starting in a four-year post-secondary program within Canada full-time in September.
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number.

For more information, visit: https://indspire.microsoftcrmportals.com/en-US/


Value: $1,000-$1,500
Merit-based

Description: The mission of the Jerome Henry Foundation is to provide educational grants to children, youth and/or schools in need, thereby, contributing to ongoing enrichment in the lives of children and youth and their achievement of excellence in education.

Application: Applications will be considered once the following eligibility requirements are met:

  • The applicant demonstrates a financial need for the scholarship.
  • The minimum academic requirements are met (75% for high school students applying to university, 70% for students already enrolled in a post-secondary institution, 65% for high school students applying to college).
  • The applicant resides in the GTA.
  • The applicant is a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant and permanent resident of Canada.
  • The applicant submits a resume, transcripts including grade 11-12 grades, personal statement (750 words). To view this application, visit: http://www.thejeromehenryfoundation.com/scholarships/

Value: $100,000
Merit-Based

Description: In partnership with universities, donors and volunteers across the country, we are investing in the future of Canada. We offer the country’s largest and most comprehensive four-year undergraduate award (valued at $100,000) to young Canadians based on character, service and the promise of leadership.

Application:

  • Be in your final year of uninterrupted full-time studies in high school
  • Present a minimum cumulative average of 85%
  • Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Be at least 16 years of age by September 1st of the following year.

For more information, visit: http://loranscholar.ca/loran-award/

Deadline for all sponsored applications is October 15, 2020.
Deadline for all direct pool applications is October 22, 2020.


Value: Unspecified
Community Involvement

Description: The Nahom Berhane Scholarship for Leadership and Inclusion aids youth with a proven track record of volunteerism, community service and leadership in the community. In addition, the youth need financial support to attend post-secondary institution including universities, colleges and professional trades training.

Application: Application form should be completed and sent by mail. For more information visit: http://www.nahom.org/about-the-scholarship/scholarship-application/2021 application information is yet to be determined.


Value: $1,500
Merit-Based

Description: The One City Scholarship Fund is a project that was begun by Toronto teachers on behalf of students from challenging backgrounds who have excelled academically despite many obstacles. We are raising funds for substantial multi-year scholarships for post-secondary education at college and university.

Application: You are a candidate for the One City Scholarship if:

  • You are currently a full-time student at a high school in the Toronto District School Board
  • You will attend college or university in September 2021
  • You have demonstrated academic strength and shown potential for future success
  • You will apply for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and you can demonstrate financial need
  • You have been involved in your school and community and/or there are significant challenges in your life that pull on your time, preventing extracurricular commitments. Application dates will be posted in February 2021. For more information, visit: http://www.onecityfund.com/scholarship.

Value: $750
Diversity and Identity

Description: The Petro-Canada Award for Indigenous Students is for Canadian Indigenous students enrolled a Canadian high school program.

Application: Start date: January 1. Deadline date: June 1

  • First Nation (status and non-status) high school students who live in communities listed within the application.
  • Enrolled full-time in a high school within Canada.
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number.
  • Students must be under the age of 19 and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

For more information, visit: https://indspire.microsoftcrmportals.com/en-US/


Value: Up to $70,000
Community Involvement

Description: The TD Scholarship for Community Leadership awards students up to $70,000 for college or university (up to $10,000 for tuition per year, $7,500 a year for living expenses) for 4 years.

Application:

  • TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are open to students across Canada who:
  • Have demonstrated community leadership
  • Are in the final year of high school (outside Quebec) or CEGEP (in Quebec)
  • Have a minimum overall grade average of 75% in their most recently completed school year.

Write a 600-word essay describing your community leadership experience.
Tell us about the other great things you are doing. Include a brief description of the range of your other community activities with: A letter of recommendation from your school, two letters of support from community groups, your academic transcript.

If you’re really trying to impress, you also have the option of including: 250-word essay describing your family and personal life and a 250-word essay about your life experiences if you have taken a year or more away from high school or CEGEP.

For more information, visit: https://www.td.com/ca/en/personal-banking/solutions/student-advice/how-to-apply-for-td-scholarships/


Value: $2,500 – $5,000

Diversity and Identity

Description: The Ted Rogers Scholarship through Indspire is for Canadian Indigenous students starting a post-secondary program in the fall.  It is a renewable award of $2500 per year for students enrolled in a minimum two-year post-secondary program to a maximum of four years.  While enrolled in post-secondary students must maintain a full-time course load to receive the renewed support each year.

Application: Start date: December 15. Deadline date: February 1

  • Students must be entering into full time studies in a first bachelor’s degree or first diploma program at a Canadian accredited university or college.
  • Program must be a minimum of 2 years in duration.
    University preparatory programs in any jurisdiction are not eligible (e.g. (CEGEPs – pre-university diploma).
  • Students must be under the age of 25 and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have a valid social insurance number.

For more information, visit: https://indspire.microsoftcrmportals.com/en-US/


Value: $1,000
Merit-Based/Community Involvement

Description: This program provides merit-based scholarships to secondary students across Canada who exhibit exemplary citizenship qualities in their communities through extensive community service, volunteerism and humanitarian causes. The National Citizenship Award and Scholarship Program is open to every graduating high school or CEGEP student from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Application: Applications are currently closed. For more information, visit: http://futureaces.org/initiatives/scholarship-program/


Value: Up to $4,000

Description: Eligible applicants can receive up to $4,000 to cover tuition fees and school related expenses for postsecondary education or training.

Application: Eligible candidates:
Attending postsecondary school in 2020/21

  • 29 years of age or younger (as of May 31, 2020)
  • Not previous recipients of IIOD Scholarship
  • Toronto Community Housing tenants or live in the Scadding Court Community Centre catchment (see application for details)
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents

Application for 2020 is now closed. Visit www.torontohousing.ca/iiods for more information. If you have any questions, email youth@torontohousing.ca or call 416-981-6300.


Value: $1,500
Diversity and Identity

Description: The RBC Future Launch Scholarship could help you take your next step towards a better job. Provide a written statement explaining how $1,500 could help you take your next best step forward. This scholarship could be used for things such as: short-term courses, workshops, certificates, etc.

Application:

  • For Canadian youth between 15-29 years old
  • Enrolled part time in school or not in school at all
  • A Canadian Citizen or Permanent resident
  • Grades and transcripts are not required
  • 450 scholarships available throughout 2020
  • Not working at RBC or a dependent of someone working at RBC.

Value: Up to $2,500

Community Involvement

Description: The Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund awards students for their community involvement, which is critical during times like this. Basically, since its launch in 2017, the fund has awarded 150 students with $2,500 dollars each academic year to encourage acts of kindness and community building.

Application: Students entering a full-time bachelors, diploma, or trades program at a Canadian university, college or trades school, that are also active with any of Rogers’ community programs. More information is to come regarding 2020 application. For more information, visit https://studentawards.com/ted-rogers-scholarship-fund-community-support/


Value:$2,500 – $5,000
Community Involvement

Description: TRREB’s Past President’s Scholarship program annually awards scholarships on behalf of REALTORS® to graduating high school seniors pursuing post-secondary education. A record of academic achievement and a range of leadership qualities and community involvement are required for application.

Application: A minimum of 1,500-word essay is required. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please contact Christine Sha llhorn, Manager, Copy Editing & Corporate Giving, in the Communications and Government Affairs Department at 416-443-8146 or cshallhorn@trebnet.netFor more information visit: http://trreb.ca/index.php/about-treb/scholarships.


University Scholarships

 

Caribbean Alumni Entrance Scholarship

Value: $1,800
Community Involvement

Description: Awarded to a visa student from a Caribbean nation belonging to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), entering Level I of any program with the highest admission average.

Application: For more information, visit http://www.electronicinfo.ca/scholarships/3466.


Marjorie Anderson Entrance Academic Grant for Indigenous Students

Value: $80,000 ($20,000 per year)
Community Involvement

Description: Self-identify as Inuit, or as Status/Non-status First Nations from the Six Nations of the Grand River or the Mississaugas of the New Credit. For students entering a Level I degree program at McMaster.

Application: Application includes: Essay describing the influence that your Indigenous heritage has on your volunteer activities, leadership opportunities, university program choice, career path, or other community involvement that is important to you (1 – 2 pages). Reference letter from a non-family member.


OCAD U Bursary

Value: $500-$5,000
Merit-Based

Description: All students who are registered in a degree program at the University for the 20-21 sessions are eligible to apply for a bursary through this program. Priority will be given to eligible OSAP students as per OCAD University’s commitment to the Ontario government’s Student Access Guarantee. International students may also apply.

Application: Students can access AwardSpring through the myocadu.ca portal on the top menu. Check out our video on how to apply: https://www.facebook.com/finaidocad/posts/399270954319526

Deadline: November 11, 2020.


Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

Value: $500-$5,000
Merit-Based

Description: All new, full-time, first-entry undergraduate students enrolling in first year for the 2019/20 academic year will be automatically considered for entrance scholarships and awards ranging from $500 – $5000 each. Entrance scholarships are given based on academic merit as demonstrated by high school average as well as admission portfolio/assignment submissions. Scholarship and award winners will be notified by the Admissions office, following their offer of admission.

Application: No Application is required.


President’s Entrance Scholarships

Value: $10,000 per year, and guaranteed space in first-year residence for your first year of study
Merit-Based

Description: A minimum final academic average of 90% in your top six 4U/M courses or equivalent is required. You must be a current, full-time high school student within Canada, and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. You must also demonstrate leadership qualities and creative ability.

Application: Review the Scholarship Terms and Conditions for policies. Disclaimer: Ryerson University is in the process of reviewing its scholarship program for the 2017-2018 academic year. This scholarship is subject to change. Please refer to the website https://www.ryerson.ca/admissions/scholarships-awards/ for updates.


Prestigious Scholarship

Value: $5,000

Description: Any Canadian student entering their first year at Trent with a final admission average of 80% or higher may apply for a Trent University Prestigious scholarship. To qualify for a scholarship, students must be enrolled in a full-time, degree seeking program. The prestigious scholarships are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study provided the student maintains a minimum 80% average in 5.0 Trent University credits during the previous academic year.

Application: Students can access pre-scholarship here https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/studentfinance/apps/awards?app=awards&page=index&id=e0238.

Deadline: April 1, 2021.


Prestigious Scholarship

Value: $42,000

Description: Students entering a degree program with a minimum 90% admission average who have made significant leadership and innovative contributions to their schools and/or communities and demonstrate the potential to become a leader in society.

Application: students can access President’s scholarship here https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/studentfinance/apps/awards?app=awards&page=index&id=e0238
Deadline: January 25, 2021.


Faculty of Arts Entrance Scholarships (various)

Value: $1,000 and $3,000
Merit-Based

Description: The Faculty of Arts offers several entrance scholarships funded by the Senate Scholarship Fund. These scholarships, valued at $1,000, are awarded based on secondary school performance.

Application: No application is necessary.


Merit Scholarship

Value: $1,000

Description: To recognize your outstanding academic achievement, you will be awarded one of the following scholarships if:

  • You are admitted to a full-time, first-year degree program
  • You are beginning university or college for the first time in September, and
  • Your early May admission average is 85% or more

 Application: No application is required. You must accept your Offer of Admission by the date specified on the offer to remain eligible for these scholarships.


President’s Scholarship of Distinction

Value: $2,000
Merit-Based

Description: Open to students admitted to full-time first-year degree studies at Waterloo and who are beginning post-secondary studies for the first time in September. Early May admission average of 95%+

 Application: No application is required. You must accept your Offer of Admission by the date specified on the offer to remain eligible for these scholarships.


Arthur Stephen Memorial Scholarship

Value: $1,000
Community Involvement
Merit-based

Description: Eligible applicants are full-time undergraduate students entering year 1 of any program at the university, directly from secondary school, who have a minimum final admission average of 85% (or equivalent). Eligible candidates must demonstrate a high commitment to athletic activities during secondary school (in school or in the wider community).

 Application: Laurier uses student profiles to help you apply for competitive scholarships, awards and bursaries. There are up to 3 profiles to complete once you are an incoming student. Awards are granted based on interests, involvement, financial need, academic achievement and more.


Chancellor’s Scholarship Fund

Value: Up to $3,000

Description: Available to full-time undergraduate students entering year 1 studies directly from a Canadian high school; must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement (minimum A or 85 percent average required in your best 6 Grade 12 U and/or Grade 12 M courses (or Ontario Academic Credits (OACs) or equivalent). Significant involvement in extracurricular activities or volunteer work outside of the classroom.

 Application: This is an endowed scholarship; granted to 2 students annually. Laurier uses student profiles to help you apply for competitive scholarships, awards and bursaries. There are up to 3 profiles to complete once you are an incoming student. Awards are granted based on interests, involvement, financial need, academic achievement and more.


Chantel Dunn Memorial Award

Value: $1,000
Community Involvement

Description: This award will be given to an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies who demonstrates leadership in making a difference in African-Canadian communities. The recipient of this award must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and must demonstrate financial need. This award is in memory of Chantel Dunn, a second-year student who was a driven individual, striving for excellence in her studies with dreams to pursue a career in law. Chantel was fatally wounded on February 7, 2006, a victim of gun violence.

Application: Applicants must submit a student financial profile available at www.yorku.ca/osfs/bursaries.shtml. Students with disabilities have the option of submitting a paper application. Paper copies of the application are available at any of the disabilities service providers on campus. Interested applicants must submit a written statement outlining their involvement as a leader in the African Canadian community and a letter of reference to the Office of the Associate Dean, N926 Ross.


Diana Massiah Caribbean Canadian Scholarship

Value: Unspecified
Merit-Based/Community Involvement

Description: The Diana Massiah Caribbean Canadian Scholarship was created to support full time undergraduate and graduate students at York University. To be eligible students must demonstrate academic excellence and have financial need. Recipients must have a clear and compelling passion for and a history with the Caribbean community or the Caribbean-Canadian community. The scholarship is renewable so that a recipient may continue to receive the award annually for their studies as long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

Application: Applications are to be submitted to the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC). Please contact CERLAC for more information.

Contact:
Centre or Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC)
8th Floor Kaneff Tower
Phone: 416-736-5237
Email: cerlac@yorku.ca


Dr. Ferdinand and Mrs. Emelda Thomas Entrance Award

Value: $1,125
Community Involvement

Description: This award will be granted to a student who is a graduate of a school that has participated in the York University Westview Partnership (Westview Centennial Secondary School, C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute, Emery Collegiate Institute, James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School and North Albion Collegiate Institute).

To be considered, applicants must fulfill the following criteria: i) be first generation Canadian (i.e., parents born in a country other than Canada); ii) be entering a direct-entry undergraduate program with a minimum admission average of 75% (or equivalent); and iii) have made contributions to student life by volunteering in their high school or community. The recipient must also be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, as well as a resident of Ontario, and demonstrate financial need.

Application: Applicants must also include a personal statement on the application confirming that they are a first generation Canadian and outlining their volunteer contribution(s) to student and/or community life. Access the application at: http://www.electronicinfo.ca/scholarships/3575.


Malcolm Streete Bursary

Value: $1,300
Community Involvement

Description: An award will be given to a student entering the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies from Oakwood Collegiate high school or a high school in the Jane-Finch or Regent Park communities. To be eligible, a student must enroll in at least 24 credits, demonstrate financial need, have been involved in their community and declare an interest in studying in the social sciences (including anthropology, economics, human geography, political science or sociology). Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students of African or Caribbean Heritage.

Application: To apply, submit the Student Financial Profile available at http://sfs.yorku.ca/aid/sfp/. For additional information go to http://www.yorku.ca/laps/students/awards.html


Randal Dooley Memorial Entrance Bursary

Value: $2,475
Community Involvement

Description: The Randal Dooley Memorial Entrance Bursary will be offered to a secondary school student entering the first year of a Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies program from a high school in the Jane and Finch Corridor. The successful applicant must meet the minimum admission requirements and demonstrate community involvement in the Jane-Finch community. The recipient must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person and a resident of Ontario who demonstrates financial need.

Application: To apply, submit the Student Financial Profile available at http://sfs.yorku.ca/aid/sfp/. For additional information go to http://www.yorku.ca/laps/students/awards.html


The Chancellor Bennett Entrance Award for the Westview Partnership

Value: $20,000 ($5,000 x 4)
Community Involvement

Description: This award is available to high-school students attending one of the following schools: Westview Centennial Secondary School; C.W. Jeffrey’s Collegiate Institute; Emery Collegiate Institute; James Cardinal McGuigan; North Albion Collegiate.

You must be entering a first-year program at York University with an admission average of 75% and have contributed to student life in your high school or community. You must also be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, and resident of Ontario who demonstrates financial need.

This award is renewed on the basis of continued high academic standing (minimum grade point average of 6.0) and participation in mentoring programs offered in local community schools that support and encourage younger students to persist in their current studies and pursue postsecondary education.

Application: Select this award from the list and complete the following sections:

  • Extracurricular activities
  • Community services
  • Personal statement

To access the application, please visit: http://www.electronicinfo.ca/scholarships/3267


The Palladini Family Award

Value: $1,250
Community Involvement

Description: You must be a student entering York University from C.W. Jeffery’s Collegiate Institute, Westview Centennial Secondary School or James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School, who has achieved a minimum 70% admission average and has demonstrated leadership within the Jane-Finch community or a student association at your high school. You must also be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person and a resident of Ontario who demonstrates financial need. The award is offered every 4 years.

Application: To apply, submit the scholarships and bursaries application available through http://www.yorku.ca/myfile. Application can also be accessed at: http://www.electronicinfo.ca/scholarships/3011


Ubale Bursary Fund

Value: Unspecified
Community Involvement

Description: The Ubale Bursary Fund will be awarded to students who are affiliated with the Poverty Eradication Club which was founded by Dr. Ubale and/or McLaughlin College, who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, and residents of Ontario, who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to social justice through their volunteer work. This fund is named after Dr. Bhausaheb Ubale, a well-loved Fellow of McLaughlin College (1985 – 2012) who died on March 14, 2012 from complications related to pneumonia. Dr. Ubale was a former Human Rights Commissioner of both the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Canadian Human Rights Commission. He was also the first Race Relations Commissioner for the Province of Ontario.

Application: To be considered for this bursary, submit the Student Financial Profile available at http://sfs.yorku.ca/services/sfp. Applicants must complete the Extracurricular Activities and Community Service sections of the SFP and/or include a personal statement on the SFP detailing their volunteer work connected with social justice.


Westview Scholarship for Education

Value: $5,000
Merit-based

Description: Three scholarships are to be awarded annually to students who are graduates of schools participating in the York University Westview Partnership which currently includes Westview Centennial Secondary School, Emery Collegiate Institute and C.W. Jeffrey’s Collegiate Institute. Recipients will be pursuing their Bachelor of Education degree at York University’s Faculty of Education. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, be Ontario residents and demonstrate financial need. Scholarships will be decided based on academic merit. Recipients can qualify for this scholarship in more than one year.

Application: To apply for this award, please fill out the current Student Financial Profile at http://sfs.yorku.ca/services/sfp/ and review Fall/Winter Undergraduate Bursaries and Awards Program information available at http://sfs.yorku.ca/scholarships/


 York University Faculty Association ACE Bursary

Value: $1,000-$5,000
Merit-based

Description: These awards will be offered to secondary school students entering the first year of a direct-entry program at York University from a high school in the Jane and Finch community. Preference will be given to students who have completed the York/Westview Partnership Advance Credit Experience. Applicants will be selected based on their performance in the ACE course, demonstrated leadership in the ACE program and their COOP placement evaluation. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. Recipients are limited to a maximum of $10,000 in entrance scholarships, awards and bursaries (including the value of this award).

Application: Applicants will be required to complete the scholarships and bursaries application available through http://www.yorku.ca/web/futurestudents/scholarships/SFP.html