Looking for Scholarships, Grants, Bursaries, Contests etc.?
Scholarships applications and academic contests pop up throughout the year. It is your job to ensure that you are actively looking for them and are mindful of their deadlines. This page will be updated as information is sent to us.
Click here for a great Canadian website which describes a number of different scholarship opportunities.
Click here for a list we compiled for you with timelines/deadlines.
How to apply for Scholarships and Bursaries
Step 1: Determine what your financial need is and how many bursaries and scholarships you will be applying for.
Step 2: Develop a template to track all the scholarships and bursaries, particularly if you are applying to more than 5.
Create your own using excel OR Use our template
Step 3: Create useful fields on your spreadsheets for tracking
URL for additional information or online application
Criteria (age, grade, GPA, etc.)
Documentation required (transcript, financial records, letters of recommendation, essays, etc.)
Here are some tips to consider:
Start researching scholarship options during grade 11 as the scholarship process begins early in your grade 12 year
Begin volunteering on a regular basis as many scholarships require a strong/consistent history of involvement as part of the eligibility
Each award has unique criteria. You may have to complete an essay and/or provide school transcripts and references
Consider a variety of smaller scholarships/awards as they may attract fewer applicants
Have an updated resume and cover letter, that you can change for a specific scholarship
Dedicate a specific time each week for your scholarship research
Pay close attention to application deadline date/time, particularly if sending hardcopy documents
Types of Scholarships/Bursaries/Awards
I) Post-Secondary Scholarship Options
These scholarships are contingent on accepting the offer of admission for that specific institution. The applications for these scholarships may be:
Automatic (you are not required to submit a separate scholarship application) such as an Entrance Award
General scholarship application may be required
Faculty specific (e.g. only for Engineering students)
Nominated (each school may nominate a limited number of students)
Based on financial need (bursary)
II) Association and Community Scholarship Options
Many groups offer scholarship/bursary opportunities to high school students such as unions, clubs, businesses, associations, organizations and so on. Students should consider their individual situation to see if any opportunities are available through their skills, involvement or family. Criteria for each of these opportunities varies including artistic ability, academic performance, community service, leadership, athletics, financial need, etc.
There are many other awards available to grade 12's that do not come through the school. We always recommend that students check scholarship websites, parents' workplaces, post-secondary institutions they are applying to and associations and organizations with which parents or grandparents are affiliated.
III) Find a Match
Some websites will match a student with a variety of awards in their database. Register online for this option at
http://www.scholarshipscanada.com/ -- register information then it links you to applicable awards
www.macleans.ca/oncampus --under “Scholarships” tab
You received a bursary/scholarship, now what?
1. Make sure to THANK you donors. At the bottom of your scholarship letter, you will see an address. Take the time to write and thank them once you have received your scholarship.
Thank you for the scholarship. I am planning to pursue a career in teaching and will be attending UNBC in the fall. The funds will go towards paying tuition and books...etc.
2. Award Deferral: If you are not planning to attend a post-secondary institution in the year immediately following graduation, please indicate that you would like a one year deferral in your thank you letter. Most scholarships, bursaries and awards only allow a one year deferral