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External Scholarships

There are a variety of external scholarships available to assist you with your tuition and other education expenses.’s Changing Tomorrow Award

Once a student has completed their college application and paid their application fee, they will receive a payment confirmation email with a link to the Changing Tomorrow Award page on the website.

From that page, applicants will be able to download an entry form for the award. In that form, we’ll ask for their name and application number, as well as a 200-500 word essay on what they think their tomorrow will look like, and how a college education is going to help them turn it into reality.

A selection committee made up of OCAS staff will review all entries, and 25 award recipients will receive a $500 tuition deposit to their college choice, as well as an additional $1,000 in their first month of class.

The entry deadline is Friday, February 9, 2018.

Gil Purcell Memorial Journalism Scholarship for Aboriginal Canadians

Purpose: To encourage Aboriginal Canadians to pursue a career in journalism through a combination of studies at a Canadian postsecondary institution and experience in a newsroom.

The Award: A gift of $4,000, intended to defray education costs. Scholarship recipients with appropriate experience and qualifications may also receive an offer of temporary employment or other opportunities at The Canadian Press, at the sole direction of the scholarship provider.

Eligibility: To be awarded to an Aboriginal Canadian (status or non-status Indian, Metis or Inuit) who is enrolled at a Canadian university or community college. The student must already be attending the postsecondary institution and must be either enrolled in a journalism program or actively involved with a news organization associated with the institution (such as a student newspaper or broadcast station). The scholarship is open to both French and English-speaking aboriginal Canadians.

Deadline: November 1 of each year.

Application forms and further information can be obtained from:

Marissa D’Mello, Human Resources, The Canadian Press, 36 King Street East, Toronto, ON, M5C 2L9. Phone: 416-5072132 or email:


HRAI (Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning)

HRAI is proud to present The Orvil L. Davie Memorial Bursary (BROKEN LINK) to a student who is enrolled in a program in the Sheet metal, Refrigeration Technology, Gas Fitter, Mechanical Engineering, etc. The amount of the bursary is $1,000.

The deadlines are February 28th and November 30th, follow the link for more information and the application.

Please drop off your letter and completed application to your financial aid department.

SeniorsZen Scholarship offers scholarships to students enrolled full time in a diploma, undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited Canadian college, university or trade school. To be eligible you must be a legal resident of Canada or hold a valid student visa. Scholarships are awarded based upon an essay or one page info graphic on a topic related to senior living in Canada. For more details about the application process, go to and navigate to the Scholarships section. This is an annual scholarship.

Hydro One, One Awards: The First Nations, Metis & Inuit Award

Value of Award:

  • Two annual academic awards, in the amount of $3,000
  • Offer of a developmental work term with Hydro One Networks

Eligibility Criteria:

  • First Nations/Metis/Inuit students in good academic standing currently in their first, second, or third year of Electrical, Mechanical, Civil or Engineering/Technology, Computer Science, Forestry, Business, Information Technology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science/Studies - or a combination of these programs
  • In good academic standing
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and involvement in extra-curricular campus/community activities
  • Demonstrated strength in oral and written communication skills
  • No more than one other concurrent award of equal or greater value held in second year
  • Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada upon graduation
  • Proof of Aboriginal ancestry (ie. Status, Treaty, Metis Membership or Nunavut Certificate Card)

Deadline for application is April 30th and December 31st of each year.

Please visit to apply.

Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries and Scholarship Awards Program

Indspire has disbursed over $54 million through 16,000 bursaries and scholarships to First Nation, Inuit, and Metis students across Canada since 1985.

For details about each scholarship or bursary and to submit your application, please visit:

Project Hero Scholarships

Project Hero, started in 2009 by Retired General Rick Hillier and Honorary Lt. Colonel Kevin Reed, is a unique program providing undergraduate scholarships to children of fallen soldiers. Since September 2009, many of Canada’s finest colleges and universities are offering tuition to children of CAF personnel who have lost their lives while serving in an active mission.

To be eligible, the recipient must be:

  1. A dependent of a Canadian Armed Forces personnel deceased while serving in an active mission
  2. Under the age of twenty-six
  3. Registered as a full-time undergraduate student at the college, in a program of study eligible for funding by the Province of the location of the college
  4. Meet the academic requirements for entry to the academic program for which the recipient applies and maintain satisfactory academic standing in the program

Eligibility to the scholarship program for the children of Canadian Armed Forces personnel deceased while serving in an active mission will be determined by Canadian Armed Forces criteria.

Additional information can be found at:

Scholarships Canada

Deadline: Various

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. Visit Scholarships Canada.

Deadline: Various is a FREE scholarship search service devoted to helping high school seniors, university and college students find information on scholarships, bursaries, grants and other forms of financial assistance. Visit


National Educational Association of Disabled Students

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is pleased to announce the availability of its new financial aid portal for students with disabilities, Visit