An award is a loosely defined term referring to awards that are neither scholarships nor bursaries. In certain cases awards may be plaques or recognition certificates, while in other cases awards may be professional memberships coupled with cash prizes.
Scholarships usually recognize academic excellence, but not always. Some are for community involvement, a specific field of study, for specific talents or hobbies, certain ethnic backgrounds or for groups that your relatives may be part of. In certain cases financial need may be taken into account as a secondary criterion to decide between candidates of approximately equal achievement.
A bursary is an award that is distributed based on financial need. Bursaries may request that applicants meet certain geographical or demographic requirements.
Follow these steps in order to research awards, scholarships and bursaries:
- Create an account at studentawards.com and use the website to find awards, scholarships and bursaries directly applicable to you.
- Search for scholarships, bursaries and awards on the website of the post-secondary institution that you are applying to. NOTE: If you are planning to apply to University, you can use eINFO to search for scholarships.
- Read through the list of awards documented below. These are awards specific to Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School. You can also refer to the awards, scholarships and bursaries binder located in Student Services.
- http://ScholarshipsCanada.com : Fill in your profile and be matched to scholarships in their database.
- http://OSAP : https://www.ontario.ca/page/osap-ontario-student-assistance-program : Estimate how much money you will be eligible for through OSAP.
- Use Aeroplan or TD Points from the Travel Rewards Program to help pay for your education through http://www.higheredpoints.com/
- http://scholarships-grants.org/ : various listings of College, University and Institutional Scholarships sorted into various groupings such as: top ranking universities (categories include high school seniors, women, etc.). Deadline by province.
- http://www.findmyscholarships.com/ : Created by students for students. Their goal is to help all Canadian students find external scholarships in Canada.
- https://www.dosomething.org/us ; The “dosomething” website has a particular emphasis on social justice and related causes, as opposed to academics.
- https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/student-financial-aid.html : Government of Canada Student Financial Assistance homepage.
- http://www.fundyourfuture.ca/ : Various contests give students the opportunity to win money.
- https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal/en/A-ZListofAid/PRDR015050.html ; Bursary for students with disabilities.
How to Apply for Canada Scholarships
Local Awards, Scholarships & Bursaries
The Halton Quilter’s Guild
This scholarship in the amount of $500 to provide funds to students who wish to pursue a career in textile, fibre arts or textile design related programs.
Rotary Club of Milton
The purpose of this award is to acknowledge youth volunteers attending Milton schools in the Halton Region. You must exceed the required 40 hours of community service, academic achievement will be considered, a resume, references, and a 750 word essay are all required for application.
Professional Engineers Ontario Oakville Chapter Scholarships
The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of community contributions, extracurricular activities, academics, and the student’s intention to pursue a career in engineering profession. To qualify for this award, the student must be graduating from a secondary school in Oakville or Milton in 2018, and enroll in a Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) accredited Ontario university engineering program for 2017-2018 school year.
Ontario Command of the Royal Canadian Legion
This bursary program is available through the Ontario Command of the Royal Canadian Legion which provides financial assistance of up to $500, for eligible students. This program is based on need not results, for those students meeting the eligible criteria.
The Canadian Federation of University Women Milton & District
The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) – Milton and District presents annual awards of merit to exceptional female high school graduates proceeding to post- secondary education at the university and college (including trade/ apprenticeship) levels. Applicants must demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, and outstanding leadership and citizenship qualities both in school and the community. Candidates must live in Milton or attend a school in Milton.
The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board
The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board is pleased to open the 2018 Scholarship Awards for submissions. The scholarship awards are open to graduating high school students residing locally and registered with a secondary school within the Board’s (OMDREB) jurisdiction, or whose parent is an active member of OMDREB. Click HERE!
Golden Jubilee Awards of Excellence
The scholarships will be awarded to any student who 1) is currently in their graduating year of a Canadian High School or CEGEP, 2) has an average of at least 80% in their top six Grade 12 courses and 3) will be enrolled in a full-time health or social services degree or diploma program at a recognized publicly funded Canadian university or college beginning Fall 2018. Eligible health or social services degree and diploma programs include but are not limited to nursing, nutrition, health sciences and social work.
Halton Region Federation of Agriculture
Scholarships are awarded to students entering their first degree or diploma in an agriculture program in a Canadian university or college or to an individual that has immediate family that belongs to the Halton Region Federation of Agriculture (program of study does not have to include those described above). Students are to request an application form from Halton Region Federation of Agriculture C/O Nancy Comber 650 Joyce Blvd. Milton, ON L9T 3C6.
Dr. Ethel Chapman Scholarship
This Scholarship is available to a 2017-2018 graduating student who resides in the Region of Halton. Candidates must be prepared to write a 350-500 word essay on “How should schools address bullying (including cyber bullying)? Due January 01, 2020. For more information please refer to the address below for further information.
Milton Chamber of Commerce
Since 1990, the Milton Chamber of Commerce has offered $1,000 scholarships to students attending their first year of post-secondary education; one for a student from each Milton high school including E.C. Drury for the Deaf, one for a high school student registered in an Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and one for a child of a Chamber member. To better accommodate student’s schedules, we’ve moved the application timeline up for 2018. Application deadline is April, 2020.
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Main Office: 905-636-8799