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External Scholarships (Financial Aid)

There are a variety of external scholarships available to assist you with your tuition and other education expenses.

CAWIC Annual Bursaries 2018

CAWIC is a not for profit association supporting women in the Canadian construction industry. One of its mandates is to promote education and encourage women to pursue careers in the construction industry.

Each year CAWIC offers financial bursaries to female students in post-secondary institutions who aspire to careers in construction.

Minimum qualifications are:

  • Applicant must identify as female
  • Completion of at least the first year of a diploma or degree program at a college or university and be enrolled full time in the continuing year
  • Demonstrate clear career objectives relating to the construction industry
  • Evidence of financial need
  • Leadership qualities and involvement in community activities
  • Interest in activities that further the advancement of women in construction, and
  • Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status

Students who wish to apply for a CAWIC bursary must submit the following minimum documentation. (Note that for industry-sponsored bursaries, specific additional information requirements may apply. Please see the industry sponsored bursary page on our website at for further information).

  • Completed Application Form
  • Two letters of reference with at least one from a current college or university instructor. Letters from family members are not acceptable. Note the CAWIC may contact references.
  • Most recent grade transcript
  • Covering letter describing career objectives in the construction industry as well as the areas in which you intend to participate in CAWIC

Applicants for the Female Leadership Bursary must also submit, in addition to the above minimum documentation, a 500-word essay illustrating their personal leadership qualities gained through studies, volunteer work or other relevant life experience related to a desire to become a leader in the construction industry as well as the areas in which they intend to actively participate in CAWIC.

Applicants for the General Contractors Section, Toronto Bursary must submit, in addition to the above minimum documentation, a copy of their most recent grade transcript demonstrating a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a covering letter describing their career objectives in the construction industry as well as the areas in which they intended to actively participate in CAWIC.

The deadline for application submissions is May 30, 2018, unless specified otherwise.

Bursary recipients will receive a one-year complimentary student membership in CAWIC which provides invaluable networking opportunities to women embarking on a career in construction.

Please note: Successful applicants will be required to provide proof of their current enrollment at college/university by September 15th of the current year as well as their SIN No.

Additional information on CAWIC’s bursaries and application form are available at

A Place for Mom Sixth Annual Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a citizen or a Permanent Resident of the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec) who is enrolled and currently taking classes at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec), and will grant selected applicants a $1,000 financial donation for their compelling submissions on senior living.

Please visit for deadline dates and further application information.

AbbVie IBD Scholarship

Supported by an educational grant from AbbVie, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada will extend 10 one-time scholarships of up to $5,000 to students living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis who are entering into or currently attending a post-secondary educational institution for the fall semester of 2018.

Application deadline is June 1, 2018. For more information, or to access the online application, please visit

Mighty Goods Writing Scholarship Award

Mighty Goods presents their annual writing scholarship award. The yearly winner will be awarded $500.

DEADLINE:  September 30th, 2018

REQUIREMENTS:  The scholarship is open for students from all over the world.

For more details and information about the scholarship, please visit

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:

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