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 provide money that does not need to be paid back and are usually awarded based on merit.
Which scholarships are appropriate for me?
- Join studentawards.com and they will do the work to match you with the right scholarships.
Where else can I search for scholarships?
- www.dsbn.edu.on.ca (Provides a list of scholarships) Click on Students.
- www.osca.ca (Under "Students" look at "Success At School")
- www.disabilityawards.ca (Scholarships for students with disabilities)
- www.petersons.com (For scholarships in the United States)
- www.fastweb.com (For scholarships in the United States)
- Check the individual university websites
- Check out your parents’ workplace
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 your counsellor in guidance.
Scholarship criteria and deadlines are always changing Students and parents are advised to go directly to the individual website for updates.
|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')|
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'|
|October||Horatio Alger Student Scholarships|
|October||*TD Canada Trust Schol. For Community Leadership -(due in Guidance by Nov. 9)|
|October||Top 20 Under Twenty|
|October||Burger King Scholars Program|
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|
|October||Vimy Pilgrimage Award|
|November||Student Life Network Scholarship|
|November||Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario Contests|
|November||YWCA Women of Distinction Awards|
|November||Toromont CAT scholarship @ Sir Sanford Felming College|
Due in Guidance
|Queen’s University Chancellor's Scholarship|
Two nominations for Bethune (Min. average – 90%)
|November||RBC Royal Bank Scholarships|
|November||The Harry Jerome Awards (See your counsellor in Guidance asap)|
|December||Vietnamese Association Toronto Schol. Prog.|
|December||Community Volunteer Awards for Students (See your counsellor in Guidance asap).|
|December||Future Aces (Herbert H. Carnegie)|
|January||Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers|
|January||CHFT Diversity Scholarships|
|January||Prospective Educator Scholarship|
|January||Schulich Leader Scholarships (See your counsellor in Guidance before Jan. 1st if you are interested )|
|January||Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program|
|January||Louise Russo Youth Awards|
|January||*Rotary Club of Scarborough (Paul Harris Scholarship)*|
(One nomination per school. See your counsellor in Guidance in January)
|January||Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program|
Due to Guidance
|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)|
|February||Teachers Life Scholarships: Children/grandchildren of active Teachers Life Members can apply if attending university or Teachers College in the fall.|
|February||Toronto Real Estate Board -- Past President's Scholarship|
|February||Scadding Court Community Centre -- Diversity Scholarships (click on 'Special Projects')|
|March||Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation (TIRF)|
|March||*Association of Black Law Enforcers Scholarship Award*|
(Click on 'Community')
|March||CIBC 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.|
|March||Maytree Scholarship (click on 'Grants')|
|March||The Rotary Club of Toronto (Application)|
|March||W. Garfield Weston Awards (click on 'Education')|
|March||The Wiesenthal Scholarship (Click on 'Education & Diversity Programmes')|
|April||Ade Adegbite Memorial Scholarhip|
|April||42 Division CCLC Student Award (Click on 'Events')|
|April||Retail as a Career Scholarship|
Canadian Retail Inst./Retail Council of Canada
|April||Identify ‘N’ Impact Awards (Toronto Youth Cabinet)|
|April||Minds in Motion Award|
|April||Ontario Hockey Federation Bursary Program (Click on 'Programs')|
|April||Canadian Hospitality Foundation|
|April||2012 Karthiha Guruparan and Bill Winsor Scholarships|
|April||University of Toronto Portuguese Association (UTPA) Outreach Scholarship (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|April 25||Dr. Norman Bethune Community Association Scholarship Award Nomination Form|
|April 25||Dr. Norman Bethune Parent Council Award Nomination Form|
|May||Arya Samaj Markham Scholarship Program (Click on 'ASM Youth Scholarship')|
|May||James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award|
|May||Kiwanis Club of Toronto|
|May||St. 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)
|June||Canadian Sanitation Supply Assoc. Schol. Found.|
|June||Jean Lumb Award|
|June||National Union Of Public And General Employees Scholarships|
|June||Alliance of Jamaican Alumni Associations (AJAA of Toronto) - Bursary and Essay Competition for graduating students of Jamaican decent|
|June||Toromont CAT scholarship @Centennial College|
|June 25th due in guidance June 4th||*Mon Sheong Foundation The Silver Jubilee Awards* - Two nominations allowed per school - See your counsellor in Guidance by April|
|July||Professional Engineers Ontario|
|August||Jeremy 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?
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)?
- www.osap.gov.on.ca (Click on 'Aid Estimator')
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.