TWO WEEKS NOTICE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS SPONSORED BY THE SCHOOL IS REQUIRED BEFORE THE DEADLINE DATE.  This allows time for proofreading, editing, signatures and the gathering of official transcripts and other documents required.  PLEASE NOTE, DEADLINE DATES ARE WHEN THE SCHOLARSHIP IS DUE ON THE AGENCIES' DESK.  ALLOW TIME FOR MAILING! 

Please find below just a few of the scholarships Guidance has received.  There are many more opportunities available on-line.  For example: Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), Scholarships Canada, Yconic, Student Life Network, Canadian Scholarships and CanLearn

HigherEdPoints and Scholarships Canada with the help of SmartSAVER have come together to create a resource "Guide to Funding Higher Education"

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) regularly posts scholarships.  Please click on their link:  OCDSB Scholarships/Contests

MONTHLY CONTEST   Why Unions Matter Open to the public, students and faculty.  Valued at $1,000.   Here is the link:  Tell Us Why Unions Matter

Deadline Not Specified  The Ilana and Steven Rubin Scholarship is valued at $1,800,and is aimed to help students who wish to attend a Canadian or Israeli post-secondary institution.

Students applying for the scholarship must have graduated from high school with at least a B average. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need through qualification for the Ontario Student Assistance Program or equivalent.

For more information, visit our website or contact Arieh Rosenblum at the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation at or 613-798-4696, ext. 270.

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 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 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 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 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:  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


Contest:  Deadline 31 August 2017 The SOS $5,000 Joshua Hunt SAFETY AWARD OPEN TO STUDENTS GRADE 8 TO GRADE 12.  See the link SOS Kids Scholarship  Value $5,000

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

DEADLINE 30 April 2016 Sen’s 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, 30 April 2016.

Deadline 1 May 2016 2016 Nimbus Mix Contest.  An opportunity to win a grand prize of $25,000 to pursue your passion for creating music from "behind the glass" as an engineer or producer at the Nimbus School of Recording & Media in Vancouver, BC.  See link Nimbus Mix Contest.

Deadline 6 May 2016  The Sweetnam Family General Award Bursary. Value $500 Please complete form on-line.  See link:  Sweetnam Family General Award

Deadline 6 May 2016  The Sweetnam Family Engineering Award Bursary.  Value $500Please complete form on-line.  See link: Sweetnam Family Engineering Award

Deadline 6 May 2016  The Sweetnam Family Trades Award Bursary.  Value $500 Please complete form on-line.  See link:  Sweetnam Family Trades Award

Deadline 13 May 2016  Brian Smith Memorial Scholarship.  Value 2 students to receive $5,000.  See the link:  Brian Smith Memorial Scholarship

Deadline 20 May 2016 OCENET.  Value $1,000 

What kind of exchange qualifies for this bursary? A number of experiences can qualify for these bursaries including:

Cultural Exchanges (including remote communities in northern Canada)

NOTE: Family and personal travel are NOT eligible.

How it works

When a student has committed to extending their learning through an international experience but their family can’t afford to unlock the opportunity, they can reach out to the Education Foundation of Ottawa for support. We grant bursaries of $1,000 to assist you with your International Study Abroad opportunity.

Application form

Please download and complete the application form by clicking here.  Once completed please submit application with all relevant documentation to:

Education Foundation of Ottawa (EFO)
Attn: Chris McGarvey, Executive Director
133 Greenbank Rd., Room B230
Ottawa, ON K2H 6L3

Please note: All information must be attached as outlined or the application will be sent back to the applicant to complete in full

Deadline 27 May 2016   Alice Husband Bursary.  Please complete form on-line.  See link:  Alice Husband Bursary

Deadline 27 May 2016  The A.Y. Jackson S.S. Alumni Association has kindly offered to donate $500.00 to a student who has over 40 community service hours, has post secondary education intentions and is worthy of this award.  See link for AYJ Alumni Application

Deadline 27 May 2016  Canadian Federation of University Women/Kanata Scholarship.  Please print and hand the application into the Guidance Department.  CFUW Application

Deadline 27 May 2016 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 27 May 2016  Palladium Orthodontics Bursary.  Please complete form on-line.  See link:  Palladium Orthodontics Bursary

Deadline 27 May 2016  R.H. Abra Award Ms.  Abra a 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 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 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 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

Thursday 29 September 2016  Study and Go Abroad 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.  For more details please see link

Deadline 19 October 2016  Loran Scholarship valued up to $100,000.  See link  Please download  practice application and submit to Guidance by Monday, October 3rd.  Unsponsored students may apply by 26 October 2016
Deadline 25 October 2016  Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship Program.  Receive up to $10,000 for post secondary studies.  To learn more and apply visit Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship Program

Deadline 31 October 2016   ORBA Civil Engineering and Technology Scholarships.  The ORBA Civil Technology Scholarship worth $2,000 to a student graduating from an Ontario High School and entering the first year of a program in Civil Technology at Ontario College or Equivalent,  The ORBA Civil Engineering Scholarship worth $2,000. to a student graduating from an Ontario High School and entering the first year of a program in Civil Engineering at an Ontario University see link at ORBA Civil Engineering and Technology Scholarships Click here for 2016 Application

Deadline 10 November 2016 #MIRROR MIRROR.  Value $1,000.  OSSTF/FEESO invites secondary student writers and artists to submit creative work exploring 2017’s Student Achievement Awards theme: #MirrorMirror Mirror Mirror on the wall…reflecting the world back to us, inviting us to peer into it, giving us perspective on ourselves and feeding our imaginations. Use your mirror as the beginning point of your piece of writing, visual art or video production. Share your reflection with the world! A student with the support of an OSSTF/FEESO member who has worked directly with the student, will submit an original piece of writing, visual art or video based on this year’s theme, “#MirrorMirror.” The eight provincial winners will receive a cash award of $1,000 and will be invited to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Annual General Meeting in Toronto to receive their award. The Student Achievement Awards celebrate the work between OSSTF/FEESO members (teachers and education workers) and their students. Find out which of the eight categories you will enter at  IMPORTANT.  Please submit your entry to Mrs. Wickett in the Library.

Deadline 18 November, 2016  TD Scholarships for Community Leadership.  Value up to $70,000.  See link

Deadline December 5, 2016, by 11:59 pm est   House of Commons Page Program   

Each year, 40 students are selected from high schools and CEGEPs across Canada to come to Ottawa to work as Pages in the House of Commons. Pages have the opportunity to learn about the House of Commons while witnessing the legislative process first hand.

Those hired as Pages work on a part-time basis during their first year of study at one of the universities in the National Capital Region.  Please see:

Deadline December 5, 2016  An opportunity for students who travel abroad.   Would a $500 or $1,000 travel bursary help with the costs? We can help!  Information can also be found on our website at

Deadline December 9, 2016  As part of the celebrations for the upcoming Black History Month, RBC has officially launched the 8th running of the annual RBC Black History Month Student Essay Competition.  The contest will be judged by a jury from across Canada and is open to ALL grade 12 students. The winners will be announced on February 3, 2017.   Valued up to $5,000.  Essays should be 750 or less and must be submitted by December 9, 2016. Full details can be found online at

Deadline 15 December, 2016   Burger King McLamore Foundation valued from $1,000 - $50,000.  See link

Deadline 18 December 2016  OCENET Study Abroad Scholarships for OCDSB Students.  Scholarship value is up to $2,000.  See link study-abroad-scholarships

Deadline 23 December 2016  The Young Scholar Award was established to recognize students who demonstrate exemplary leadership qualities and made a significant contribution to their school and community.  The scholarship is valued at $500.  More information about the 2016 Young Scholar Award can be found here

Deadline 19 January, 2017 to hand in to Guidance for Review! Schulich Leader Scholarship.  STEM.  Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics.  Value up to $100,000.  See link  Please click here to complete a google form

Deadline 16 January 2017 Carleton University Bachelor of Humanities High School Essay Contest.  Value: $500 runner up $250  Essays must be no more than 1000 words in length and must be uploaded to the following  website:

Deadline 1 February, 2017 Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program. Recognizes humanitarian volunteer work. there is no set discipline students must study in order to receive the award, but they must continuously demonstrate a strong performance in academics, athletics and volunteerism.  Valued at $28,000.  See link

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 
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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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