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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' and 'Helfpful Tips for Financing Your Post-secondary Education'.




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.



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.


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.


Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) and Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE) 

The Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) and the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE) helps full and part-time postsecondary students with the costs of their disability-related educational services and equipment.

By submitting a BSWD/CSG-PDSE application, you may receive assistance for the disability-related accommodations you need, such as note-takers, tutors, interpreters or technical aids while you're in postsecondary studies.


Scholarships Canada

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


Scholarship Tree

A website to help students find and apply for scholarships. Created with the intent to help reduce student debt, this website streamlines the scholarship process for students. It is also free for students to use. 



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.



Atila aims to improve access to education by automating the scholarship application process.



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.
Commemorating the life and legacy of Nahom Berhane, the Nahom Berhane Scholarship for Leadership and inclusion provides assistance to youth with a proven track record of volunteerism, community service and leadership in the community who are in need of financial support to attend a post-secondary institution, including universities, colleges and professional learning/trades.

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.

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 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.
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.
Application period is August 1st to October 25th.

The Ontario Road Builders' ORBA scholarships are presented annually to two high school and two post-secondary students who are enrolled in a civil engineering program at an Ontario university or a civil technology or technician program at an Ontario college. The recipients are recognized at ORBA’s annual Convention.

Additional details are available at ORBA.


Meridian's Commitment to Communities Sean Jackson Scholarship

Meridian is interested in hearing from students who are using energy, creativity and entrepreneurship to solve or address a vital problem in their community. Whether they are advocating for youth literacy or creating a solution for blue box lids, our past scholarship winners have made a demonstrated community impact. Each year, Meridian awards one leading post-secondary scholarship to a high school graduate who has demonstrated both academic excellence and an outstanding commitment to communities of their own.
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.

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.


Muslim Awards for Excellence (MAX)

MAX was established with the founding charter to recognize the excellent profesional, educational and charitable achievements of Muslims in Canada. The organization aims to recognize, reward, celebrate and motivate high achievement, along with the positive and productive contributions to society by Muslims in Canada.


Royal Canadian Institute for Science

RCIS recognizes excellence in promoting the public understanding of science by individuals and organizations. RCIS also support students in pursuing university-level science education and training.


Loran Scholarship

A four-year undergraduate award (valued at $100,000) to young Canadians on the bases of character, service and the promise of leadership.


Canadian Women in Municipal Government Schoalrship

FCM's scholarship program for secondary school and CEGEP students includes five awards of $1000 each. One scholarship is awarded in each of the five regions of Canada (British Columbia, the Prairies and Territories, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada). 

The scholarship is open to female students enrolled in any year of study in secondary school and CEGEP and who are contributing to their school's leadership team or student council.


Peel Regional Police Diversity Scholarship (2019)

The Peel Regional Police (PRP) is for graduating secondary school students attending a secondary school in Brampton or Mississauga. The recipients of the PRP Diversity Scholarship will be required to show their strong commitment to the promotion of diversity within their school and/or community and articulate how they have promoted awareness of diverse issues and cultural acceptance. The deadline for submissions to be received by the Peel Regional Police Equity & Inclusion Bureau is Friday, June 14th, 2019.




Websites to Find International Scholarships

Scholars4dev is a handy and easy to use website for international students to find scholarships. There are plenty of search options and categories that tell you exactly how many scholarships are available to you. You also need to check out their scholarship lists because they offer in-depth looks into scholarships specific to country, area of study and amount. If you want an easy laid out list of scholarships that you can quickly apply to, Scholars4dev should be your first stop.
Not only is this website a scholarship portal it is also an excellent source of information if you're looking to study abroad. Studyabroad.com compiles the best scholarships from other websites and displays them in an easy to understand format. I encourage students to use this resource to collect information and develop questions that they have about scholarships and studying abroad to bring to the US College Expo to ask the professionals.
Of course, you can always count on the Canadian government to have your back. Their website offers plenty of scholarships as well as their guidelines in a way that is easy to overview. However, it doesn't offer the ease of use that the other websites do. If you're willing to do a bit of searching through their website you'll be able to find many scholarships that are only available to Canadian students.


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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