POST SECONDARY FINANCIAL SUPPORT

There are different ways to fund your post secondary education.  You need to learn about how student loans, grants, bursaries, and scholarships can help you pay your way through college or university.  Whatever your needs, finding out your options could make a significant difference to your bank balance at the end of your studies. 


SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships provide money that does not need to be paid back and are usually awarded based on merit.

Which scholarships are appropriate for me?

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How do I apply for scholarships successfully?

Where can I find help to plan my finances for my post-secondary studies?

COMPILED LIST OF SCHOLARSHIPS

Follow the links to go directly to the websites to find out the actual due dates for each of the scholarships listed.  Scholarship listed with an asterisk (*), indicates that the application must be submitted to the Guidance Office at least two weeks prior to the official deadline due to the fact that the school can only nominate a limited number of candidates.  If you have any questions, please see Ms. Du in guidance.

Scholarship criteria and deadlines are always changing Students and parents are advised to go directly to the individual website for updates.

Deadline Scholarship Description
Mid-June.Bethune Awards and Scholarships for Graduating Students Information and Application Form.
N.A.Certified Management Accountants - Eight monthly $50 draws plus $5000 school prizes available (click on 'Students and Candidates', then 'High School Students and Educators' then 'Register')
September
due in guidance by Oct. 5
*Loran Award (Formerly known as the Can. Merit Schol. Foundation National Award)* - May apply to the 'sponsored pool' (Due in Guidance by Oct. 7) OR the 'direct pool'
OctoberHoratio Alger Student Scholarships
October*TD Canada Trust Schol. For Community Leadership -(due in Guidance by Nov. 9)
OctoberTop 20 Under Twenty
OctoberBurger King Scholars Program
October;
Book Award Application due in guidance Oct. 19
*U. of T. National Book Award and Scholarship Prog.* (Click on 'Awards' then 'National Scholarship Program') READ INFO. CAREFULLY ON WEBSITE! ONE nomination per school allowed for the Book Award - students may also apply directly for the National Scholarship
OctoberVimy Pilgrimage Award
NovemberStudent Life Network Scholarship
NovemberChartered Professional Accountants of Ontario Contests
NovemberYWCA Women of Distinction Awards
NovemberToromont CAT scholarship @ Sir Sanford Felming College
November
Due in Guidance
Nov 16th
Queen’s University Chancellor's Scholarship
Two nominations for Bethune (Min. average – 90%)
NovemberRBC Royal Bank Scholarships
NovemberThe Harry Jerome Awards (See Ms. Du in Guidance asap)
DecemberVietnamese Association Toronto Schol. Prog.
DecemberCommunity Volunteer Awards for Students (See Ms. Du in Guidance asap).
DecemberFuture Aces (Herbert H. Carnegie)
JanuaryOntario Medal for Young Volunteers
JanuaryCHFT Diversity Scholarships
JanuaryProspective Educator Scholarship
JanuarySchulich Leader Scholarships (See Ms. Du in Guidance before Jan. 1st if you are interested )
JanuaryToyota Earth Day Scholarship Program
JanuaryLouise Russo Youth Awards
January*Rotary Club of Scarborough (Paul Harris Scholarship)*
(One nomination per school. See Ms. Du in January)
JanuaryTerry Fox Humanitarian Award Program
February 14;
Due to Guidance
February 1
Western National Scholarship Program
Four nominations allowed per school
min. average on all Grade 12 U/M courses: 90%
February J.V. Findlay Scholarship (Health & Safety)
FebruaryAlan Simpson Educational Fund Awards (Click here to download the application.)
FebruaryTeachers Life Scholarships: Children/grandchildren of active Teachers Life Members can apply if attending university or Teachers College in the fall.
FebruaryToronto Real Estate Board -- Past President's Scholarship
FebruaryScadding Court Community Centre -- Diversity Scholarships (click on 'Special Projects')
MarchToronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation (TIRF)
March
*Association of Black Law Enforcers Scholarship Award*
(Click on 'Community')
MarchCIBC Youthvision Scholarship Program - For Grade 10 students (60% avg. min) who have a Big Sister / Big Brother of Canada or a mentor from YMCA Canada. Up to $4,000 per year for 4 years of post-secondary education plus up to $2000 per summer while in high school. Talk to your Big Brother / Sister or mentor if you're interested in applying.
MarchMaytree Scholarship (click on 'Grants')
MarchThe Rotary Club of Toronto (Application)
MarchW. Garfield Weston Awards (click on 'Education')
MarchThe Wiesenthal Scholarship (Click on 'Education & Diversity Programmes')
AprilAde Adegbite Memorial Scholarhip
April42 Division CCLC Student Award (Click on 'Events')
AprilRetail as a Career Scholarship
Canadian Retail Inst./Retail Council of Canada
AprilIdentify ‘N’ Impact Awards (Toronto Youth Cabinet)
AprilMinds in Motion Award
AprilOntario Hockey Federation Bursary Program (Click on 'Programs')
AprilCanadian Hospitality Foundation
April2012 Karthiha Guruparan and Bill Winsor Scholarships
AprilUniversity of Toronto Portuguese Association (UTPA) Outreach Scholarship (email: utpa_club@yahoo.ca)
April 25Dr. Norman Bethune Community Association Scholarship Award Nomination Form
April 25Dr. Norman Bethune Parent Council Award Nomination Form
MayArya Samaj Markham Scholarship Program (Click on 'ASM Youth Scholarship')
MayCFIG Scholarships
MayJames Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award
MayKiwanis Club of Toronto
MaySt. John’s United Church
One $2,000 scholarship available to one student from any of 10 high schools in the area. Must be graduating high school and be accepted into college or university in Canada. Applicant must show significant contribution to the life of the shcool and active commitment to community service. Special consideration given to financial need. Applications are available in Guidance. (go to Outreach)
JuneCanadian Sanitation Supply Assoc. Schol. Found.
JuneJean Lumb Award
JuneNational Union Of Public And General Employees Scholarships
JuneAlliance of Jamaican Alumni Associations (AJAA of Toronto) - Bursary and Essay Competition for graduating students of Jamaican decent
JuneOTIP Bursary
JuneToromont CAT scholarship @Centennial College
June 25th due in guidance June 4th*Mon Sheong Foundation The Silver Jubilee Awards* - Two nominations allowed per school - See Ms. Du by April
JulyProfessional Engineers Ontario
AugustJohnson Inc.
AugustJeremy Dias Scholarship (click on 'Get Involved')

Assume that the due date means that the application must arrive by that date, unless otherwise specifically stated on the website or application.

So, be sure to start early on your applications - deadlines are ABSOLUTE!


GRANTS AND BURSARIES

These are awarded based on financial need, academic achievement, athletic skill, and special abilities.  Typically, you do not have to pay these back.

Where can I search for grants and bursaries?


STUDENT LOANS

The federal and/or provincial government provides the money, which needs to be paid back six months after the completion of the post secondary program.  The interest is usually at the lower rate for this type of student loans. 

How much aid can I get from the Canada Student Loans Program?

How much aid can I get from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)?


OTHER USEFUL WEBSITES

If you are planning to attend a college or university outside of Canada, you can use this to calculate your costs in Canadian dollars using today's exchange rate for most of the world's currencies.