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Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards 408
Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

General Information

Scholarships are based on merit, using academic and / or non-academic criteria.
Bursaries are based on financial need. Both scholarships and bursaries are free money and do not need to be repaid. 
  • claims to be Canada's most comprehensive scholarship portal, search through their extensive database to find scholarships, student awards, bursaries and grants. You'll also find information about student loans, applications and budget planning.
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid at Ontario Colleges - Most college websites have a section on scholarships and financial aid that is available at their college. The link to scholarships and financial aid is usually visible on the homepage or is listed in the prospective students section.
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid at Ontario Universities - The Ontario Universities' Application Centre eINFO website has a scholarship search tool to help you find the internal scholarships, unique to a specific university and available to first-year students. Once you have located a scholarship of interest, visit the Financial Aid section of the university's website for additional information.
  • Canadian and International Scholarship Programs - The Government of Canada maintains a database for Canadian students wishing to study abroad and Foreign students wishing to study in Canada.
  • Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) has links to a number of other non-OSAP scholarships and bursaries.
  • Athletic Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries - All athletic financial awards offered by Canadian universities must follow the criteria established by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), the national governing body of university sport in Canada. The Ontario University Athletics (OUA) website has additional information on criteria for athletic financial awards in Ontario. For additional information on the awards that are available at a specific Ontario university, use the OUA Directory to contact the for your sport.
  • BFCN scholarship information - Please find at the link below scholarship information from the Black Foundation of Community Networks - BFCN Scholarship Directory 2017.pdfBFCN Scholarship Directory 2017.pdf​​


  • Prestigious Awards at Specific Ontario Universities - For a complete list of Prestigious Awards at Specific Ontario Universities, use the eINFO Scholarship Search Tool and as one of the Search Criteria, choose By Application: Required.
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award - designed to help young people develop a sense of responsibility in themselves and their community by expanding their horizons, the Award has evolved into one of the most comprehensive individual development, self-training and personal achievement programs in the world. 
    This is a non-monetary award.
  • Governor General’s Awards (bronze) – This is awarded to the student who achieves the highest average upon graduation from a secondary school. The Governor General's website lists the criteria for eligibility. 
    There is no monetary award associated with the Medal.
  • National Book Award Program – The University of Toronto recognizes and rewards the very best Canadian secondary school students, regardless of which university those students choose to attend. These are students who demonstrate superior academic performance, original and creative thought, and exceptional achievement in a broad context. Each secondary school in Canada is invited to nominate one student (who is entering their final year of secondary school) on the basis of their criteria. Deadline for nominations is in early October. The Book Award is sent to the school for presentation to the student.
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