Scholarship Applications

Scholarships

There are many scholarships, bursaries and awards available in Ontario.  Below are some helpful websites that may help you find a scholarship.  Some scholarships are automatically given by a particular university based on academic standing while others require an application.

The following scholarships are primarily available to high school students from Ontario, Canada, applying to first-year university.  By clicking on the link you will see them arranged by application deadline…

Scholarships by application deadline

or by monetary value…

Scholarship by monetary value

Some other helpful websites are…

  1. You can create an account and use the following website to find awards, scholarships and bursaries directly applicable to you.
    https://studentawards.com/
  2. You can input your profile and be matched to scholarships in this database.
    http://ScholarshipsCanada.com
  3. Estimate how much money you will be eligible for through OSAP.
    https://www.ontario.ca/page/osap-ontario-student-assistance-program :
  4. Use Aeroplan, CIBC or TD Points from the Travel Rewards Program to help pay for your education.
    http://www.higheredpoints.com/
  5. Various listings of College, University and Institutional Scholarships sorted by various headings.
    http://scholarship-grants.org/
  6. Created by students for students.  Their goal is to help all Canadian students find external scholarships in Canada.
    http://www.findmyscholarships.com/
  7. The “do something” website has a particular emphasis on social justice and related causes, as opposed to academics.
    https://www.dosomething.org/us/about/easy-scholarships
  8. Government of Canada Student Financial Assistance homepage. https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/student-financial-aid.html
  9. Bursary for students with disabilities.
    https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal/en/A-ZListofAid/PRDR019233.html
  10. https://scholartree.ca/

Read through the list of scholarships documented below. Please be aware that some have specific deadlines that must be adhered to.

More Information for Post Secondary from ScholarTree

At the bottom of https://scholartree.ca/educators, there is a downloadable budget planner that students can use to prepare for next year

Here is a blog outlining the most common mistakes we see on scholarship applications – https://scholartree.ca/blog/the-6-most-common-mistakes-when-applying-to-scholarships

Our Lady of Good Council Award

Philosophy of Award

Our Lady of Good Council is the patron saint of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada (CWL). It is the intention of the CWL to award two young women of St. Paul the Apostle Parish a bursary of four hundred dollars, ($400.00) towards her postsecondary education.

Criteria

  1. The award is given to two students graduating from high school in the current school year.
  2. The candidates must be continuing with a post-secondary education.
  3. The candidates must be female.
  4. The candidates must complete a one-page essay double spaced, outlining her contributions to the Church and community since grade 9.
  5. The essay should contain her plans for her future and how she plans to incorporate her faith in her adult life. 
  6. This award is available to all Catholic female students attending Catholic or Public schools and St. Paul the Apostle Parish church.

Essays must be emailed to mifill@cogeco.ca or dropped off at the church office addressed to Marian Ifill CWL Education Chair, no later than Monday June 6th, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

The CWL Executive team will review all applications and the recipient will be informed by their school guidance counselor by the end of June 2022.

Any questions can be sent to Marian Ifill, mifill@cogeco.ca

Workplace Health and Safety Centre Scholarships

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Workers Health and Safety Centre (WHSC) is once again offering cash scholarships to graduating high school students heading for post-secondary education this fall.  
 
After a two-year hiatus forced by the pandemic, these scholarships and the fundraiser* that supports them are back. As in past years, students entering the 20th edition of the WHSC Student Scholarship Contest are asked to write an essay exploring a current occupational health and safety issue.

COVID-19 theme for this year’s essay contest.
This year’s topic is particularly relevant asking them to consider: “A crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted workers, their families, and communities. Explain how it has affected you and yours, the lessons you learned and how you will draw on these lessons to contribute to safer, healthier work and communities in future.”
 
The scholarship contest is open to Ontario high school students entering full-time or part-time studies at a publicly funded Ontario post-secondary institution.
 
“The ongoing COVID crisis has exposed what many workers have long experienced,” explains Andrew Mudge, WHSC executive director. “Workplace hazards left unaddressed, including the virus and its variants, cost them dearly in terms of their health and livelihood.”
 
While the suffering has been far-reaching, it is impacting certain occupations and communities far more than others. Research evidence continues to document the excessive burden on frontline, racialized and low-income workers in terms of higher rates of COVID-19 infection.
 
Research evidence and the experiences of many also suggest workplaces were ill-prepared and vulnerable workers were poorly protected, particularly during the first wave of the pandemic. Many would argue the same can be said of the wider public health response. And with a new wave upon us, we are not out of the woods yet. In fact, with the recent lifting of mandatory public health measures including mask and vaccine mandates in many workplaces and community settings, the Ontario Science Table and Public Health Ontario tell us we are now seeing escalating case counts and hospitalizations directly related to this decision.
 
Beyond the actual COVID virus and its variants, many other hazards and issues have been intensified by the ongoing pandemic including violence, harassment, long hours, and inadequate personal protective equipment including masks and respirators. These and other stressors are taking a toll on the mental health of many workers and others in our communities. Training key to workplace prevention  Many are calling on employers and public health to better protect vulnerable workers and communities now and in a post-pandemic world.
 
A critical step, says Mudge, is for “Employers to act upon their significant obligations to protect workers, including the provision of effective training so workers, their representatives and other workplace parties are better prepared to participate in workplace prevention efforts in a meaningful way. As we have seen throughout the pandemic and even prior without access to quality training and information, many fall victim to information passing as training and often misinformation at that.”Scholarships in memory of WHSC leadersIn addition to the requirement to submit an essay, those participating in the 2022 WHSC Student Scholarship Contest must share something of their contributions to the quality of life in their school and community, both in their own words and in a letter of recommendation from a teacher, other educator or representative of a community organization.
 
Top submissions will be awarded scholarships to support their post-secondary education. Among these awards are two scholarships of $2,000 each. WHSC has created them to honour the memory of WHSC founder, Clifford Pilkey and long-serving WHSC board member, Fred Upshaw.
 
Clifford Pilkey was elected president of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) in 1976 serving until his retirement in 1986. As OFL president, he used his considerable talents, influence and credibility to convince the government to fund a central worker health and safety training project that would eventually become the WHSC. He served as president of the WHSC Board from 1985 to 2000 and president emeritus from 2000 to 2009.

Fred Upshaw was elected president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) in 1990, becoming the first African-Canadian to lead a major labour union in Canada. Under his watch as president, OPSEU implemented a significant social justice agenda. In 1992, Fred joined the WHSC Board of Directors, eventually participating on the finance and executive committees.
 
In addition to the two memorial scholarships, up to three additional scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to students whose submissions merit recognition.
 
Submissions are due no later than Thursday, July 14, 2022, 4:00 pm. Those responding should read the scholarship rules and application forms very carefully.
 
Winners will be announced in fall 2022 through various WHSC media platforms and e-news publication. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe today.
 
*Please note: No portion of WHSC revenues or government grants support this scholarship contest. WHSC contributions to this important occupational health and safety awareness and post-secondary education initiative is financed solely through funds raised at the Clifford Pilkey Memorial Golf Fundraiser.
 
For more than 35 years, WHSC training has delivered hazard-based, prevention-focused training to workplaces in all sectors of the economy. Further, WHSC offers an extensive collection of information resources including a number aimed at students and other new and young workers.
 
To learn more about WHSC:
Call:   WHSC training services representative in your area
Visit:   www.whsc.on.ca
Email: contactus@whsc.on.ca

Grade 11 Students – Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship

160 $5,000 Scholarships Awarded
Funded through the generosity of the Members of the Canadian Association

The Canadian Scholarships are awarded to eligible students across all provinces and territories in Canada.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full-time as a high school grade 11or first-year CEGEP student in Canada
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited university
  • Prove critical financial need ($65,000 or less annual net income per family is required)
  • Demonstrate desire and ability to be entrepreneurial in a chosen field
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade percentage of 70
  • Be Canadian citizens

Apply here

Grade 11 Students – Horatio Alger National Entrepreneurial Scholarships

10 $10,000 Scholarships Awarded
Funded through the generosity of the Members of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada

The National Entrepreneurial Scholarships are awarded to eligible students across all provinces and territories in Canada. Entrepreneurial Scholars also receive an all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. during the spring of their terminal year of high school to participate in a conference with their American counterparts.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Entrepreneurial Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full-time as a high school grade 11or first-year CEGEP student in Canada
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited university
  • Prove critical financial need ($65,000 or less annual net income per family is required)
  • Demonstrate desire and ability to be entrepreneurial in a chosen field
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade percentage of 70
  • Be Canadian citizens

Applicants for both the Entrepreneurial and Canadian Scholarships are required to fill out only ONE application.  The Association will use the one application to consider you for all programs for which you are eligible.

Apply here

Ryerson Prestigious Awards

As a Ryerson applicant, AwardSpring, external link, opens in new window enables you to view and apply for all awards available at the university in one convenient spot. Once you have received your Ryerson Student Number, activate your online identity, if you have not done so already, to access AwardSpring, external link, opens in new window.

Applicants are eligible to apply before receiving an offer of admission from Ryerson University.

Thank you for your interest in Ryerson’s Prestigious Entrance Scholarships.

You can apply to the following awards as of November 5, 2021.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

President’s Entrance Scholarships

The President’s Entrance Scholarship is awarded to secondary school graduates who demonstrate academic accomplishment, leadership qualities, original thought and creative ability. 

Twelve (12) recipients | $40,000 (total value) | $10,000 (annual amount) (renewable)

A minimum 90% final admission average is required for consideration. An applicant’s average is calculated with their best six Grade 12 U/M courses, or their home country’s equivalent. 

This application will ask that you include the following: 

  1. An essay or project summary: this may be a piece of creative writing, or a summary of any creative project which you may have undertaken. It must reflect your capacity for original thought and creative ability (max 500 words).
  2. Two (2) letters of reference:
    1. academic reference letter that confirms your scholastic abilities. This reference may also speak to your leadership/creative endeavours.
    2. reference letter should address your leadership/creative endeavours. It should not verify academic achievement.
  3. Your leadership activities: you will indicate the leadership activities/positions that you have been involved in during your final two years in secondary school.

Note: Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents of Canada, Protected Persons in Canada and International Students are eligible to apply for this award.

Terence Grier Entrance Scholarship

The Terence Grier Entrance Scholarship honours the achievements of Ryerson’s President, from 1988-1995, in particular his leadership through a period of profound change at Ryerson, culminating in the acquisition of university status at the institution. 

One (1) recipient | Full tuition for first-year only (not renewable)

A minimum 85% final admission average is required for consideration. An applicant’s average is calculated with their best six Grade 12 U/M courses.

This application will ask that you to include the following: 

  1. A Personal Statement
  2. Two (2) Letters of Reference
    1. academic reference that confirms your scholastic abilities and success 
    2. a reference letter that supports your exceptional aptitude in your chosen field of study.

Note: Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents of Canada, and Protected Persons in Canada are eligible to apply for this award.

International Secondary School Merit Scholarship

The International Secondary School Merit Scholarship is awarded to international students who are entering their first year of full-time, four-year undergraduate degree program at Ryerson University and demonstrate academic excellence, commitment to volunteer work and extracurricular activities, and leadership skills. 

Seven (7) recipients | $5,000 (entrance only, non-renewable)

A minimum 85%/A or equivalent final admission average is required for consideration. 

This section will ask that you to include the following: 

  • A Personal Statement

Note: International Students are eligible to apply for this award. Applicants with a gap between their secondary school and post secondary studies are eligible to apply if their gap is no longer than one academic year.

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