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Financing Your Education
Financing Your Education  


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and the wide variety of ways of financing your education.  It is a huge site, but it is easy to navigate.  Take
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OSAP Information at

The objective of the Ontario Student Assistance Program is to help students from lower income families to meet the costs of post secondary education. OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies by providing direct financial assistance for educational costs (such as tuition fees, books, and supplies) and basic living expenses.  Other OSAP programs offer assistance to students with specific needs; for example, Assistance for Students with Disabilities.

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Scholarships and Deadlines:

This is not a complete list of scholarships available to NDSS students.  This list simply highlights some of the major awards available.  Do not limit yourself to these awards.  Be sure to research the awards well before the indicated deadline.  If reference letters are required, be sure to plan in advance.

General Scholarships:

Charlotte Uens Scholarship Fund - open only to students of NDSS
Value:  $1000 to $6000 depending on post-secondary destination
* sponsored through the Napanee District Community Foundation
* applicants must be seeking full-time admission to a college, university or apprenticeship program for September
* Academic competence
* Participation in extra-curricular activities in the school and/or the community
* Initiative shown at NDSS and in the community
* Financial Need

Loran Award Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation
Value:  Up to $16,000/year
* Character – CMSF scholars are enthusiastic, passionate individuals who possess a moral force of character
* Leadership – Scholars demonstrate entrepreneurial energy and leadership qualities
* Service – Scholars have made a difference in their communities
* Academics – candidates must have 85% minimum average    

Deadlines:   Mid October  - Nominated applicants (High schools can nominate up to 3 students)
                   Early November – Direct Application

TD Canada TrustTD Canada Trust
Value:  Up to $70,000    
* Final year of high school
* Demonstrated outstanding community leadership
* Minimum 75% average
* Letters of reference and essay required

Deadline:  Late October  

Fireside ScholarshipFireside Scholarship
Value:  $1000
* school nominates one candidate based on a 750 word essay focused on “Catholicity”

Deadline:  Early November

Burger King Scholarship
Value:  $1000    
* Maintain a 75-80% average in high school
* Work part-time an average of 15 hrs/week
* Good conduct at school and job
* Demonstrate financial need
* Plan to enroll in a 2 to 4 year program at college or university
* School nominates 1 student

Deadline:  Mid December    

Wendy's Classic AchieverWendy’s Classic Achiever
Value:  Up to $2000
* Academic excellence
* Extra-curricular activities
* Community Service
* Minimum 70% average
* 300 word essay required

Deadline:  Mid December

Millenium ScholarshipsMillenium Scholarships
Value:  Up to $20,000
* Citizenship
* Strong academic achievement
* Leadership
* Innovation

Deadline:  Mid December

Vari Scholarship (U of T)
Value:  Up to $50,000
* must be planning to attend Victoria College at U of T in the faculty of Arts and Science
* must demonstrate a genuine interest and commitment to the teaching profession
* plan to pursue a career in teaching at the secondary level in Ontario
* must demonstrate financial need (complete a financial statement)
* high academic standing

Deadline:  Early January

Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation
Value:  $5,000
* females planning to enter an engineering program
* community leadership and involvement in extra-curricular activities

Deadline:  Early December

Queen's University Major Scholarships(Chancellors, BMO…)
Value:  Varied amounts
* superior academic ability
* evidence of leadership
* some require nomination from principal (see website for specific details)

Deadline: Winter

Toyota Earth Day Scholarship
Value:  $5000
* environmental community service
* extra-curricular activities
* volunteering
* academic excellence

Deadline: February

Terry Fox Humanitarian Award
Value:  Up to $7000/year
* involvement in voluntary humanitarian work
* planning to pursue a degree or diploma at a Canadian post-secondary institution
* satisfactory academic standing
* three letters of reference

Deadline:  Early February    

Western University Major Scholarships
Value:  Varied amounts
* outstanding academic achievement
* creative and innovative thought
* extra-curricular involvement

Deadline:  Mid February

Waterloo Mathematics National Scholarship
Value:  $18,000 over 4 years
* Entering Faculty of Mathematics
* Distinguished results in Math or Computer Science
* Entrepreneurial experience
* Strong interpersonal skills
* energetic, curious

Deadline:  Mid February

Epilepsy Kingston Award
Value:  $1000
* must be currently under a physician’s care for epilepsy
* short essay required

Deadline:  Late February

Allan Simpson Educational Award
Value:  $2500 (approx)
* applicant must be an orphan (both parents deceased)
* planning to attend College or University

Deadline:  Early March

Ottawa University Major Awards
Value:  Up to $30,000
* 92%  minimum average
* 800 word essay
* Leadership
* Bilingual (for some awards- see website)

Deadline:  Early March

Carleton University Major Awards
Deadline:  Up to $7,500/year
* 90% minimum average
* strong extra-curricular involvement

Deadline:  Early March

Canadian Association of Principals Student Leadership Award Award
Value:  $500
* Leadership
* Academic Achievement
* Essay required

Deadline:  March

Canadian Hospitality Foundation
Value:  Up to $3,500
* entering college or university in the food service/hospitality industry

Deadline:  Mid March

Miller Thomson Foundation National Scholarship
Value:  $1000
* Must be pursuing college or university in Canada
* Academic abilities
* school/community contributions

Deadline:  Late March

Garfield Weston Merit Scholarship (for College)
*Leadership potential
* Record of service to school/community
* Minimum 75% average
* Applying to college for 2-3 year program

Deadline:  Early April

Ryerson University Major Awards
Value:  Up to $5,000/year
* 90% minimum average
* Demonstrate leadership, original thought and creativity

Deadline:  Early April

CIBC Youth Vision Scholarship
Value:  $4,000
* enrolled with Big Brothers/Sisters
* 60% minimum average
* planning to attend Canadian college or university

Deadline:  Early April

CMA Ontario Scholarship
Value:  $1,000
* planning to enroll in full-time business studies at an Ontario university
* 80% minimum average (including 80% in Grade 11 Accounting)
* essay and resumé required

Deadline:  Early April

OSSTF Family Bursary Program
Value:  $1,500
* dependent of a member of OSSTF
* must be pursuing Canadian college or university
* Proven record of involvement/leadership in the school and community, showing interest in community, labour/union and/or social issues

Deadline:  Late April

Aird Scholarship
Value:  $2,500
* have a major physical disability
* planning to attend and Ontario college or University

Deadline:  Late April

Ontario Hockey Federation
Value:  $1,000
* registered for 3 years within the OHF
* planning to attend post-secondary institution
* maintained good academic standing

Deadline:  Late April

Royal Bank Lifeskills Award
Value:  $2000+
* hard worker, innovation
* 65% minimum average with acceptance to Canadian college or university

Deadline:  Mid May

Dr. Albert Rose Bursary
Value:  $3,000
* Financial need
* planning to attend post-secondary

Deadline:  Early July

OTIP Academic Bursary Program
Value:  $1,500
* Your parent or legal guardian must be insured through an individual or group policy of an insurance plan or program provided by OTIP.

Deadline:  Mid June

Heather Lynne Wells Memorial Education Fund
To assist youth in the pursuit of their post-secondary educational goals.  A $500 award has been established through the Youth Diversion Program, for secondary level students who have faced adversity or challenge.

Deadline: mid-May

Last Modified: Mar 31, 2010
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