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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Financial aid and scholarshipa are the grant of money awarded to students to help cover the costs of a post secondary education (tuition, accommodation, course materials).



Check out this page frequently, and early in your secondary school education, to learn about the variety of scholarships that exist, as well as the requirements needed to apply for different scholarships.



There are many scholarships available to you to help cover the financial costs of your post secondary education. Scholarships are awarded to students for a variety of reasons: academic achievement, community involvement, program area, and athletics.  It is up to you to research the many available scholarships and to ensure that you will meet all of the scholarships requirements before applying.  Read 'Six Important Steps to Help You Apply for Scholarships' and 'Finding Scholarships'




To assist eligible students who do not have the resources to meet the costs of postsecondary education. To provide financial assistance for educational costs and basic living expenses where students (and their families) do not have the resources to meet these costs. The intent is to supplement, not to replace, the financial resources that you (and your family, if applicable) are expected to contribute. Assistance is based on financial need as established by the federal and/or provincial governments and as determined by the ministry through an assessment of your Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) application. Educational costs (such as tuition fees, books and supplies, basic living expenses) and the resources that you (and your family, if applicable) are expected to contribute are taken into consideration. It is not the purpose of student financial assistance.

Please view this presentation to learn more about the OSAP process 




If your child is currently in Grade 12, you should know that applications are now open for college and university programs. The last date for university applications is January 11th, 2017. College applications for the fall term should be submitted before February 1st, 2017.


Your child may benefit from financial assistance for postsecondary education from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). As part of the most significant reform of student assistance in North America, the government of Ontario is removing the financial barriers to attending college or university.


If your family income is under $50,000, your child's tuition is covered. Even if you earn more, the new OSAP is still there to help with generous grants that will make sending your child to college or university more affordable.


The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has launched a new online calculator to help students and their families find out quickly and easily whether they qualify for free tuition or other grants and supports from the province. We encourage you to find out more at ontario.ca/osap.



Free Tuition for Eligible Students

Next year, OSAP will give you enough grants to cover the average cost of tuition if:

  • your parents earn $50,000 or less per year
  • you’re going to study full-time
  • you’re attending a publicly assisted college or university, and
  • you meet the eligibility requirements for OSAP

Many students from middle-income families will receive grants that exceed the value of their tuition.

Some students who meet these requirements may not get free tuition, including students who:

  • have enough money to cover their tuition (e.g. savings, RESPs or scholarships)
  • have already received their lifetime limit for the Ontario Tuition Grant



Scholarships Canada

A database of post-secondary scholarships, bursaries and grants. Also includes information about student loans, applications and budget planning.



A free post secondary scholarship and matching service for Canadian students. Includes a variety of scholarships as well as opportunities to win cash rewards.


Student Scholarships

A comprehensive website where you can find information about post secondary scholarships, post-secondary educational and trades programs, and university profiles.



A Canadian government website that provides information on loans, grants, scholarships and more.


Service Canada

A Canadian government website that provides information on subjects such as awards and loans.


Peel Regional Diversity Scholarships

A listing of several regional scholarships available to Peel District School Board Students.


For students applying to college or university.  Tell RBC your story of how one or more black Canadians have helped define Canada's diverse heritage and identity through their specific achievements and contributions by December 9th, 2016.

Young Scholar Seminar

An annual seminar that helps students prepare their applications for scholarships and admissions to post-secondary institutions. Through Young Scholar, students will find useful information on application essay writing techniques, interviewing skills, study tips, as well as valuable advices and insight from past scholarship recipients, professional schools students, and scholarship committee members.


Young Scholar Award

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.

The Vari Scholarship/Bursary is awarded annually to students who embody both academic excellence and a proven desire to pursue a future career in teaching. The competition is open to all qualified students who have a serious interest in pursuing a career in teaching at the primary/junior or secondary level. The successful candidate(s) must register at Victoria College in the University of Toronto to receive the award.
The RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for New Canadians is designed to encourage young people who have immigrated to Canada to share their experience of adjusting to life in a new country. 12 scholarships valued at $3,500 each are available.
TD Scholarship for Community Leadership
Twenty TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are awarded to students in their last year of high school or CEGEP (in Quebec) who have demonstrated leadership in improving their community. Each scholarship has a value of up to $70,000.
The Healthy Lifestyles Scholarship was established July 2008 in memory of Joan Whitworthe. Joan was involved in working with individuals as an occupational therapist. She is recognized for her devotion in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Thanks to family and friends, in her memory, a scholarship of $5,000 has been created. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student (male or female).
The Jean Lumb Foundation is a Canadian, not-for-profit organization that was established as a charitable foundation in 2008. Its purpose is to advance education by providing scholarships to high school students of Chinese heritage. Awards will be given to four outstanding students who have achieved excellence in academics, athletics, the arts and community services.
BBG Communications Scholarship
The BBG Communications Scholarship is designed for students between the ages of 16 and 21 who are currently or will be attending an institution of higher education in the fall of 2017. To be considered eligible for the BBG Communications Scholarship you must: A) Be between the ages of 16 and 21 on June 30, 2017. B) Submit answers to the two essay questions, which can be found on the application page, prior to the June 30, 2017 deadline. C) Be a Resident of the United States or Canada. D) Have at least one full year of post secondary studies remaining at the time of the award. E) Have at least one year of post secondary studies remaining at the time of the award.  Only one scholarship is available, valued at $500.
The HAVE IT YOUR WAY® Foundation is excited to announce the 2016 BURGER KING® Scholars Program. Click on the link for more details.
Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program
The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award recognizes humanitarian volunteer work. There is no set discipline students must study in order to receive the award, but they must maintain their academic, voluntary and career performance to a satisfactory level. Application deadline is February 1st of each year.
The Horatio Alger Association of Canada seeks to assit students who have demonstrated integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a post-secondary education, and a desire to contribute to society.
Applications must be completed by October 25, 2016.

The Ontario Road Builders' ORBA is now accepting applications through May 31, 2016 for its Civil Engineering and Civil Engineering Technology Scholarships, each valued at $2,000.00.  The Civil Engineering Scholarship is awarded to a student graduating from an Ontario high school and entering the first year of a Civil Engineering program at an Ontario University.  The Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship is awarded to a student graduating from an Ontario high school and entering the first year of a Civil Engineering Technology or Technician program at an Ontario college or equivalent.

Additional details and applications are available at ORBA.


Meridian's Commitment to Communities Sean Jackson Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded to one Ontario-based student who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to their community while achieving academic excellence. The Scholarship is open to secondary students entering any field of study who: is an Ontario resident entering their first year of study at a Canadian college or university; has achieved an academic average of 80 per cent or higher; has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to their community through volunteerism that demonstrates leadership and/or initiating innovative community projects.
One $700 and one $300 scholarship is offered byThe MDA Scholarship is offeredby Musicians' Dream Aid (MDA). All young musicians who have Canadian citizenship or are living in Canada and are under the age of 20 on June 11th, 2016 are eligible. Applicants will be judged based on their technical and musical proficiency, musical background, and how they intend to use the scholarship should they receive it. Candidates must submit the required application by June 11th, 2017.
The Canada-wide Hidden Figures Heroes contest will awared a math scholarship of $2,000 to a winning student who tweets us tell us who her favourite female hero is and why using #HiddenFiguresHeroes.

Sportletics Canada, an organization focused on providing physical fitness, mindfulness & life skills development programs to students has established a scholarship to recognize the achievements of graduating students in the secondary school system within Peel Region.

The Sportletics Leadership Award of $1,000 is presented annually to one student in the Peel District School Board and one student in the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board.

Deadline: June 15, 2017


Three scholarships to be awarded: 1st place - $3,000; 2nd place - $2,000; 3rd place - $1,500

To apply to the scholarship, you must write an essay to the following question: 'Imagine....it is 2067 and Canada is celebrating 200 years of confederation. Looking back over the last 50 years, tell us your story of how Canada helped stop climate change.'

Deadline for submission is March 3, 2017.

Mississauga Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario-Engineering Scholarship

The Mississauga Chapter of Profressional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) is porud to offer several scholarship opportunities of up to $1,000 to secondary school students applying to Univeristy Engineering programs for the fall 2016 term. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

·  must be in Grade 12 and attending a high school in the City of Mississauga;
·  must be accepted into an Engineering faculty at an Ontario university that is
   accredited with the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board; and
·  must have an interest in pursuing a career as a Professional Engineer.
Applications must be submitted by June 30, 2016.
A scholarship directory for students who are pursuing post secondary education in Canada.

Scholarships and bursaries are awards of financial aid intended to help students further their education. Scholarships and bursaries are awarded based on various criteria, which usually reflect the values of the donor or founder of the award.

Several opportunities exist for a student to be awarded a scholarship in Ontario.

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