Awards, Scholarships and Financial Assistance



Obtaining scholarships, bursaries and/or grants can be a good way to help pay for the cost of a post-secondary education. Unlike student loans, money from scholarships, bursaries and grants does not need to be re-paid after graduation.

Links for some websites that might be helpful in your search for scholarships, bursaries and grants appear below. As you look at these you’ll see that most applications require some prep work, such as drafting descriptions of your goals, your community involvement, extra-curricular activities and/or volunteer activities, your academic and career plans and requesting letters of reference.

Please note that while many scholarships emphasize academic achievements, others also look at things such as financial need, volunteer activities, extra-curricular activities and community involvement

Scholarship and Bursary Opportunities Posted on University/ College Student Portals

When colleges and universities send you a written acknowledgment that they have received your application, it often contains information that allows you to access their student portal. Through this portal some colleges and universities give you access to information about scholarships and bursaries that they administer. These are usually different from those that can identified using search engines (see 2 above).

Scholarships and Bursaries for Groups You or your Parents May Belong to

Take some time to find out if there are any scholarships or bursaries that are available specifically for groups that you or your parents belong to, for example:

·         through your employer, if you’ve had any part-time or summer jobs

·         through other groups to which you or your family belong, for example, community associations, youth clubs, sports teams.

·         your parents’ employer or workplace union

Preparing Scholarship/Bursary Applications

Please see below for a link to a student handbook that contains information on a wide range of topics you may have questions about as you prepare your applications. This handbook was prepared by Education Matters to assist students living in Calgary to complete applications for Education Matters awards/scholarships. We suggest you take a look at Sections 1 through 4, then Section 14. These sections contain information on how to prepare an Essay as well as on how to request Letters of Recommendation.

Education Matters: Award Applicant’s Handbook

Below, you will find a chart of some awards and scholarships for which students can apply.  For a more complete list, please go to one or more of the following websites:

For financial assistance (loans and grants):

Monthly Contest         Tell Us Why Unions Matter Anyone                     $1,000
Deadline not SpecifiedOttawa Jewish  Community FoundationStudent wishing to attend a Canadian or Israeli post secondary institution $1,800
October 25 @ 8 pm unsponsored
October 10 @ 4 pm for sponsored applicant
 Loran Scholarship

For students who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, integrity and courage.

Anyone planning to attend one of the Loran-affiliated universities.  See website for details. $100,000
October 25, 2017 Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship Program  Anyone$5,000
November 2, 2017 @ 3 pm Scotiabank National Scholarship  Anyone$5,000

November 10, 2017        OSSTF What is YOUR Superpower          Open to Students Gr. 9 - 12  
Please see Mrs. Wickett for details
 November 17, 2017   TD  Scholarship  See Application for Details    Up to $70,000
 November 24, 2017    OCDSB/OCENET International Study Abroad Bursary      See Application for Details  Up to $5,000
 December 1, 2017         RBC Black History Student Essay Competition   Gr. 12  Up to $5,000
 December 4, 2017 @ 11:59 pm  House of Commons Page Program Undergraduate students who are registered as full-time students at one of the four universities in the National Capital Region in September 2018 Part-time Employment
 December 15, 2017                         Burger King McLamore Scholarship See Application for DetailsUp to $50,000
 January 15, 2018Carleton University Bachelor or Humanities High School Essay Contest   See Application for Details1st prize $500
2nd prize $250
 January 16, 2018    STEAM Horizon Award (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada)See Application for Details $25,000
 January 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm        Schulich Leader Scholarship                                            Please complete the following google form Schulich Leader 201825 @ $100,000 Engineering
25 @ $80,000 for Science, Technology or Mathematics
 February 1, 2018                           Terry Fox Award See Application for DetailsUp to $28,000
 February 14, 2018     Zonta Club of Ottawa Youth Awards  Young Women in Public Affairs Award Women Only See Application for Details $800
 February 14, 2018 Zonta Club of Ottawa Youth Awards  Jean M. Coon Award Applications Women Only See Application for Details $$ Undisclosed
 February 28, 2018         RBC 2018 Aboriginal Student Awards Program  See Application for Details Up to $4,000/year for up to 4 years
 February 28, 2018   uOttawa the Maker AwardStudents who have a passion for design & technology starting their University studies in Engineering in September 2018 $10,000
 March 15, 2018         The Stairwell Carollers Scholarship             See Application for details         $1,000
March 22, 2018 Make Your Pitch Open to Gr. 9 - 17 Awards, coaching, tools to bring your idea to life and a trip to the Discovery Conference in Toronto
 March 30, 2018         CONTEST:  uEducate and the University of Ottawa would like to invite students at Ay Jackson that are currently in grade 9-12 to write the 2018 General Science Competition. This year we are proud to announce that the competition is free. The competition will take place April 24th at noon and will allow students a chance to win the top prize of $2000 towards their education at the University of Ottawa.

This competition is composed of 3 sections (physics, chemistry, and biology) of which students can choose 2. It is a great way for students to test their knowledge and challenge themselves and we hope that the scholarship will help them to pursue future post-secondary education in Science.

Please visit our website for registration and more details.
 April 15, 2018 KMHA Scholarship                                                             See Application for Details      5 awards worth $500
 April 25, 2018 Applications are due by April 25, 2018 @3:00pm, addressed to the attention of Reg Lavergne, SSL.
 See PDF in next column for details         $1,000
 April 30, 2018 The Lynch-Getty Global Student Award See Application for Details      $1,000
 May 31, 2018Ontario Road Builders’ (ORBA) is now accepting applications for its Civil Engineering and Civil Technology Scholarships See Application for Details  $2,000
 June 1, 2018Royal Canadian Legion Bursaries                                    See Application for Details         Based on documented need
 July 6, 2018                Brian Fudge Memorial Scholarship, National Union of Public Employees See Application for Details  $1,500
  July 6, 2018 Scholarship for Indigenous StudentsNational Union of Public Employees  See Application for Details  $1,500
 July 6, 2018 Scholarship for Students of Colour, National Union of Public Employees  See Application for Details $1,500
 July 6, 2018                                    Terry Fox Memorial Scholarship, National Union of Public Employees                        See Application for Details $1,500
 July 6, 2018   Tommy Douglas Scholarship, National Union of Public Employees  See Application for Details $1,500
August 31, 2018SOS Kids Scholarship Open to students Gr. 8 - 12 $5,000

More Scholarships available sorted by months:  

PLEASE NOTE:   The deadline dates for the scholarships below have already passed or will be reactivated closer to application date.


Deadline 1 February 2017 Soles 4 Souls value $2,000.  Here is an excerpt from and e-mail Guidance received "We have recently launched a scholarship program as a way to highlight students with a heart of service.  I have attached the details of our scholarship program to this email.  Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit dedicated to eradicating poverty through the collection/distribution of new and used shoes.  Here is a video that talks a bit more about what we do and why it’s important to donate and recycle your old shoes!   Also, here is our landing page for the scholarship: 

Deadline 12 February 2017  The Royal Mental Illness Make a Video - End Stigma.  Become part of a movement that will inspire the world through acceptance, support and inclusion of those affected by mental illness. Share your voice by creating a 30 second video that creatively expresses your connection to mental health.  Make a video and send us the link. If your video is chosen by the judges you could win prizes of $1000 or $500. Enter as a group or an individual.  You must be between 12 and 21 to enter. If under 18 you must get parental or guardian consent to enter the contest.  Here is the link:

Deadline 14 February 2017   This invitation is for women.  The Young Women in Public Affairs Award is to encourage pre-university and pre-college students who have demonstrated leadership skills and interest in civic causes to continue pursuing their dreams.  Applications must indicate their commitment to voluntary service and leadership at the school and community level as well as their understanding of the status of women issues.  Value $800. See link

Deadline 14 February 2017    This invitation is for women.  The Jean M. Coon Humanitarian Award recognizes voluntary service at both school and community level.  Academic achievement is not a factor.  Value $500.  The winner will then be automatically considered for a Zonta District2 award.  See link

Deadline 15 February 2017   Apply for a $2,200 bursary.  Must be over the age of 16.  Explore Canada is offering  a five-week intensive language-immersion program. Discover another region of Canada while learning French.  Enjoy five weeks of learning and adventure, friendship and discovery.  Most expenses are covered.  For the latest information and to apply on-line please visit

Deadline 28 February 2017  Aboriginal Student Awards Program.  This scholarship is intended to support those Aboriginal students who have a least 2 years remaining in their post-secondary studies.  Recipients are selected on the basis of personal and academic achievements and individual financial need.  Status Indians, Non-status Indians, Inuit and Métis are welcome to apply.  Value up to $4,000.  See link

EXTENDED TO MARCH 3rd Deadline 22 February 2017  
I am glad to inform you that Juniper Networks is again offering two US$5,000 scholarships for two selected students at a few High Schools in Ottawa West.

The program’s guidelines and application process are similar to last year’s.  Here is a link to the Juniper Networks Engineering Scholarship program’s profile and application instructions for students. Students have to apply using online form through Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). Note that SVCF moved to a new online application management system this year.


The deadline for students to apply is February 22, 2017. I appreciate if you can pass this information to other teachers at your high school and students that qualify to apply for the scholarship.


Eligibility Requirements

∙          Demonstrated success in STEM education courses (science, technology, engineering and math)

∙          Planning to major in engineering. Preference will be given to students pursuing majors in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering and computer networking.

∙          Current graduating high school senior residing in Ottawa West (Kanata, Nepean, Bell’s Corners, Stittsville, Dunrobin, Richmond, Fitzroy) in Ontario, Canada

∙          Minimum cumulative high school grading average ≥ 70% on Ontario, Canada

∙          Intention to enroll full-time in a four-year university

∙          Demonstrated community involvement over a period of several years

∙          United States or Canadian citizen or legal resident


If students have questions about the application process, they can contact SVCF directly at 1-650-450-5487 or

Deadline 3 March 2017  Lieutenant Governor's Climate Change Essay Challenge.  In collaboration with the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) proudly presents the Lieutenant Governor’s Climate Change Essay Challenge. This competition is an opportunity for Grade 12 students in Ontario to articulate their vision for how Canada helped end climate change by 2067.  First Place $3,000; Second Place $2,000; Third Place $1,500.  Climate Change Essay Challenge

Winners will receive a cash scholarship and will be recognized during an award ceremony hosted by the Lieutenant Governor. Winning essays will be featured on

Deadline 15 March 2017   The Stairwell Carollers Annual Scholarship is awarded to a National Capital area Home button 
high school graduate who will be pursuing a bachelor of music at a Canadian University.
Potential candidates can apply for the scholarship through their school Student Services Department,
or click here to access our application forms online.
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Deadline 10 April 2017    The Ontario Student Voice Awards (OSVA) are given annually to outstanding students across Ontario. OSVA’s are a way for the Ontario Student Trustees to give back to the most exceptional students in our province, those who dedicate their time into passionately representing their community and advocating for the issues most important to them.  They are critical in providing vital feedback that both students and educators need to further enhance Ontario’s education system, as well as rewarding students who are committed to making a difference.    Each award valued at $500- Deadline to apply is 11:59 pm EST, April 10th, 2017.   Here is the link

Deadline 28 April 2017  The Lynch Getty Global Student Award.  Value $1,000.  
  • Are in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board in grade 12
  • Have demonstrated leadership in local projects that involved cross-cultural initiatives and which helped to effect a better understanding of other cultures
  • Have received a minimum 75% average in their most recently completed school year
See the link:  Lynch Getty Award

Deadline 28 April 2017  2017 Nimbus Mix Contest.  $50,000 in Scholarships to be Awarded!  Do you dream of a career in the music or media industry?  If you are in high school the Nimbus Mix Contest is for you! Create your mix, show us your skills, and get heard by industry leaders for your chance to win!  The Nimbus Mix Contest is a competition for high school students with up to $50,000 in scholarship prizes to be awarded!   Link to website:

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Deadline 1 May 2017  The Sebastien Scholarship.  Fully paid tuition for the Boyd Archaeological Field School for two eligible First Nations, Metis and Inuit students.  Valued at $2,295.  See link Sebastian Scholarship.  For more information contact Aldo Missio,

Deadline 4 May 2017  Please be advised that the deadline for the three (3) available scholarships has been extended to Thursday, 4 May 2017 (12:00 p.m.). Please forward the applications directly to me. SENS Foundation Scholarship Click here to retrieve the Ottawa Senators Foundation Bursary application for students who have applied to Algonquin College.  Three (3) scholarships will be awarded to OCDSB graduates.  Application package, as outlined on the application form, must be received in Curriculum Services (att:  Renald Cousineau), by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, 28 April 2017.

Deadline 6 May 2017  Eleanor Ritchie Education Scholarship is for individuals on the autism spectrum entering the first year of a post-secondary program. The Eleanor Ritchie Education Scholarship was named after Eleanor Ritchie, a longstanding member of Autism Ontario. Since 2003, 132 Eleanor Ritchie Education scholarships have been awarded to students across Ontario.

Deadline 6 May 2017  Jeanette Holden Educational Scholarship is for siblings of a person on the autism spectrum who are entering the first year of a post-secondary program. The Jeanette Holden Educational Scholarship was named after Dr. Jeanette Holden, a sibling of an individual with ASD, in recognition of her dedication to ASD research and her contributions to unraveling the mystery of ASD. Since 2003, 87 Jeanette Holden scholarships have been awarded to students across Ontario.

Deadline 6 May 2017 McDonald Family Educational Scholarship is for children of a parent on the autism spectrum who are entering the first year of a post-secondary program. Autism Ontario’s newest scholarship is named after Carole Ann MacDonald and her family. Ms. MacDonald is the first member of the Board of Directors of Autism Ontario who has a diagnosis of ASD.

Deadline 15 May 2017  The Meridian’s Commitment to Communities Sean Jackson Scholarship recognizes and rewards community initiative, innovation and impact among Ontario youth. Each year, we award one leading post-secondary scholarship to a high school graduate who has demonstrated both academic excellence and an outstanding commitment to communities of their own.

Meridian is interested in hearing from students who are using energy, creativity and entrepreneurship to solve or address a vital problem in their community. Whether they are advocating for youth literacy or creating a solution for blue box lids, our past scholarship winners have made a demonstrated community impact.  Here is the link:  Meridian

Deadline 17 May 2017  The family of Alice Husband is pleased to announce a student bursary to be awarded annually to an A.Y. Jackson S.S. graduating student who will attend University.  Alice Husband Bursary

Deadline 17 May 2017  The A.Y. Jackson S.S. Alumni Association - MUSIC has kindly offered to donate $500.00 to a student who has over 40 community service hours, has post secondary education intentions to study music and is worthy of this award.  AYJ Alumni - Music

Deadline 17 May 2017  This year, the membership of Canadian Federation University Women (CFUW), Kanata has decided to give two $2,000 bursaries to two young women graduating from local high schools intending to go to university and one $1,000 bursary to be awarded to a young woman graduating from a local high school intending to go to a provincially accredited college. CFUW Application CFUW Consent

Deadline 17 May 2017 Julia Hill Memorial Bursary Julia Hill was a respected and proud TD employee, member of Rotary and citizen of Ottawa.  Julia believed in family, friendship, and that each one of us has a responsibility to give back to our community.  She was an inspiring leader, a tireless volunteer and was an invaluable mentor to many.  Most of all Julia was dedicated to helping youth in our community to achieve their best.  In Julia’s memory, TD Bank Group and the West Ottawa Rotary Club are honoured to present a $1,000 annual bursary in her name.  See link for application Julia Hill Memorial Bursary

Deadline 17 May 2017  Palladium Orthodontics Bursary.  Please complete form on-line.  See link:  Palladium Orthodontics Bursary

Deadline 17 May 2017  R.H. Abra Award Ms.  Abra a former dedicated English teacher, A.Y. Jackson Secondary School is graciously offering an award to a student who has accepted an offer into a Journalism/Communications program at a College or University.  R.H. Abra Award

Deadline 17 May 2017  The Sweetnam Family General Award Bursary.  Please complete form on-line.  See link:  Sweetnam Family General Award

Deadline 17 May 2017  The Sweetnam Family Engineering Award Bursary.  Please complete form on-line.  See link: Sweetnam Family Engineering Award

Deadline 17 May 2017  The Sweetnam Family Trades Award Bursary.  Please complete form on-line.  See link:  Sweetnam Family Trades Award

Deadline 30 May 2016  You are invited to apply for one of two $6,000 scholarships – C.S.T. Consultants Inc.

Guruparan and Winsor Scholarships. These awards are granted, through competition,to Canadian students who are academically gifted, well-rounded, and pursuing their first undergraduate commerce/finance/business degree/diploma at a recognized post-secondary institution in or outside of Canada.

This program is aimed at those students whose parents/guardians do not have a post-secondary education or received their post-secondary education outside of Canada. 

The Awards Selection Committee will award $6,000 to one successful female applicant for the Guruparan Scholarship and $6,000 to one successful male applicant for the Winsor Scholarship, through competition. These awards were established by Sherry MacDonald, President and CEO of C.S.T. Consultants Inc. and are in the honour of Karthiha Guruparan and Bill Winsor.  See link Guruparan & Winsor Scholarships

Deadline 31 May 2016  Black Canadian Scholarship Fund.  Value $6,000.  See link  Black Canadian Scholarship Fund 

Deadline 31 May 2017  The Community Foundation of Ottawa is pleased to be administering the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund awards and we would very much appreciate your assistance by communicating this information to your students.  We would also ask that the Parent Council Groups be made aware of these awards. There is no limit on the number of applications a school or school board can submit and all applications meeting the criteria will be considered. 


Please have the students submit their applications directly to the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund in time to meet the deadline of May 31st, 2017, as per the instructions on the application form. A yet-to-be-determined number of awards valued at $6,000 each will be offered and the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund Committee will select the recipients.

Deadline:  31 May 2017  James Bartleman Indigenous Youth Creative Award valued at $2,500.  For submission forms and more information, please visit

Deadline 7 June 2017  The A.Y. Jackson S.S. Alumni Association - LAW has kindly offered to donate $500.00 to a student who has over 40 community service hours, has post secondary education intentions to study law and is worthy of this award.  AYJ Alumni - Law

Deadline 10 June 2016    Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) scholarship.  See link:  PEO

Deadline 15 June 2016    The Embassy of Japan would like to make you aware of an International Essay Contest run by the Goi Peace Foundation and encourages your students to participate.  OPEN TO CHILDREN UP TO THE AGE OF 15 AND YOUTH AGED 15-25

This year's essay contest theme is "Education to Build a Better Future for All"
There are two categories a) Children aged up to 14 and b) Youth aged 15 - 25
The word limit is 700 words in English, French, Spanish, or German or 1600 characters in Japanese.
The deadline for entry is June 15, 2016.

Please click on  flyer with more information, rules, prizes, and how to enter.
More information can be found on the Goi Peace foundation website:

Deadline:  16 June 2017 One of the most lucrative scholarships available to student athletes through OFSAA is the Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship.  It is presented annually by the Brian Maxwell Foundation to three deserving cross country and/or track & field athletes ( 800m, 1500m, 3000m )

The financial awards are:
$ 8,000. 00 ( one male and one female)
$ 4,000. 00 ( one male and one female )
$ 2,000. 00 ( one male and one female )

Candidates must have competed in cross country and/or distance events in track as listed above. Secondly, they must plan on attending a Canadian Post Secondary Institution.

To access information about the scholarship and the application form , please follow the next steps
1) Go to the OFSAA Web Site -
2) Click on “Recognition”
3) Click on “Scholarships”
4) Click on Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship
5) Download the Application Form
6) Applications are due June 16, 2017
7) Applications may be sent

By email -
By fax - 416.426.7317

Deadline:  7 July 2017  The National Union of Public and General Employees is offering four scholarships of $1,500 each to students who plan to enter the 1st year of a public, post-secondary educational institution full-time in 2017-2018 and who are children/grandchildren, or foster children/grandchildren or a National Union member.  Further information may be obtained from their website:  National Union

Deadline 5 August 2016  Bill 7 Award open to those students studying in Ontario who identify as LGBTQ, award is worth $2000 please see link Bill 7 Award

Deadline:  31 August 2017  BURSARY - Royal Canadian Legion, Kanata Branch 638.  The Bursary Program is designed to assist students entering or continuing their post-secondary education, including courses and programs of a technical and vocational nature , outside of and beyond secondary school.  Approved bursary assistance is not based upon scholastic standing, but rather on a the successful admission status to post secondary institution or successful completion of one or more years leading to a recognized degree, diploma or certificate.

Students applying for assistance may be granted a bursary based on documental need at a rate determined by the Branch Bursary committee.  Indentured apprentices may apply for assistance for the purchase of tools and instruments. 

Bursaries may be granted to children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of any of the listed:  

  1. Any person who is serving or who has honorably served the Canadian Forces
  2. Merchant Navy personnel who are eligible for and who have been awarded campaign stars or decorations and their dependents are in need of assistance
  3. Ex-service personnel or commonwealth countries, other than Canada and of allied countries, resident in Canadian school, but do not reside in the Kanata area
  4. Applicants must also commit to participating in our Poppy Campaign and volunteer for a two hour shift.  If you are unable to participate then you can have someone substitute on your behalf.  The Campaign runs from the last Friday of October to November 10th of each year.
Applications are available from Guidance or Kanata Branch 638, Royal Canadian Legion, 70 Hines Road, Kanata, ON, K2K 2M5, Tel:  613-591-5570
Fax:  613-591-1527