Bursaries and Scholarships





Graduates and Parents should continue to check this site for updated Scholarships and Bursaries



It is the student's responsibility to research their own scholarship and bursary opportunities,
including requests for all supporting documentation, such as transcripts (which must be requested in the guidance office), reference letters, essays, etc.
Guidance will post all scholarships and bursaries that come through our office; however there is an abundance of other opportunities for post-secondary money both provincially and nationally. Please see the links provided below for more information.


Please also continue to check college and university websites for Scholarship and Bursary Information, some of which are listed below but not all.


Students should also be checking the Guidance Bulletin Board, located outside the Guidance Office, for updates from Post-Secondary Institutions, Open Houses, and Scholarship/Bursary Information.



"Fund Your Future" High School Challenge! Visit www.fundyourfuture.ca/highschool for more details



Nova Scotia Student Assistance (Student Loans): www.studentloans.ednet.ns.ca


Nova Scotia's leading source for finding scholarship money: www.studentscholarships.org/


Canada's scholarship website for scholarships, bursaries and grants. Also has information about student loans, applications and budget planning: http://scholarshipscanada.com/


For grant, scholarship and bursary funding, as well as employment and internship opportunities, news and information pertaining to students: www.academicinvest.com/



INTRODUCING 'YCONIC' - formerly 'Student Awards':

Canada's free scholarship matching service for financial assistance.




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NSCC SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES & AWARDS: Applications open in March. Please go to this link to see all awards: http://www.nscc.ca/admissions/scholarships_and_bursaries/student-awards/...


NSCC Entrance Award for High School Students DEADLINE: May 2018








Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program: Are you planning to enter university or Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) for energy-related studies? The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program helps students like you develop the skills and knowledge you need to become a leader in energy.


Scholarships worth $10,000 each are awarded to students attending university, and $2,500 each to students attending NSCC. For more information, please go to https://energy.novascotia.ca/career-development/scholarship-program

Guidelines and Forms:

University Application Package (English)
University Application Package (French)
NSCC Application Package (English)
NSCC Application Package (French)

DEADLINE: May 4, 2018



The Robbie and Jean Shaw Scholarship:

This scholarship is available to former or present IWK patients. Applicants may be entering any year of post-secondary studies to be eligible.

For further information and to apply, visit iwkfoundation.org, or click here: http://saerc.srsb.ca/sites/default/files/GuidanceRobbie%26JeanShawAward2018-ScholarshipAppForm2018.pdf

Deadline: April 27, 2018


WWNS Educational Bursary 2018: Waste Water Nova Scotia Society, a not-for-profit organization of persons engaged in the on-site sewage industry in Nova Scotia, is sponsoring three annual awards to support students with an interest in on-site wastewater systems. Bursaries are available to paid-up 2018 members of WWNS and their immediate families. Participants may only receive an award once during their studies. The University Award is available to a student currently enrolled in an accredited University environmental, chemical or civil engineering program. The College Award is available to a student currently enrolled in a two year Environmental or Civil Engineering Technologist program, or in a Heavy Equipment Technology program. The Trade School Award is available to those currently enrolled in a trade program related to the on-site industry. Applications are available in guidance on online at http://wwns.ca/bursary.php

DEADLINE: August 15, 2018




NOVA SCOTIA POWER SCHOLARSHIPS 2018: At Nova Scotia Power, we’re proud to invest in the communities where we live and work. Providing opportunities to learn and grow is essential to developing an empowered workforce that will help to build the strong, healthy communities of tomorrow. We’re proud to support a number of scholarships at educational institutions province-wide for students in trades and degree programs. Please go to http://www.nspower.ca/en/home/community/scholarships/default.aspx for more information and applications.

Trades Scholarship - April 27, 2018

University Scholarship - Applications are available at the scholarship and awards offices of: Acadia University, Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, St. Francis Xavier University, St. Mary's University, Cape Breton University, University of King's College, Université Sainte-Anne.

Employment Equity Scholarship - March 30, 2018

Environment Scholarship - April 27, 2018

Scholarships for Employees' Children - March 30, 2018

Mi'kmaq Scholarship - April 27, 2018



The Friends of Sable Island Society offers a $1,000 scholarship to promote learning and awareness about Canada’s 43rd National Park.

Scholarship Details

  • The Friends of Sable Island Society $1000 (CDN) scholarship is open to any grade 12 student in the Nova Scotia school system
  •  Monies must be applied to a post-secondary educational institution in 2018. Funds will be paid to the post-secondary institution on the student's behalf.
  • Form of submission is the student’s choice: some examples are a 3-minute creative video, journal entry, feature story, op-ed, short story, original piece of art, speech, poster, news report, dialogue, 500 word essay, or poem.
  • Areas of interest might include, but are not limited to, cultural or literary history, government projects, wildlife, oil and gas activities, fresh water, tourism, meteorology, geomatics, fishery, conservation, salvage, military. Go to www.sableislandfriends.ca for more inspiration.
  • The winning submission will be featured on our website.
  • All submissions remain the intellectual property of the students.

Application Information

  • Submissions are to be sent to scholarships@sableislandfriends.ca by April 16, 2018.
  • Submissions are to be accompanied by a completed application form, (found on the Friends of Sable Island website), a reflective statement, a current resume and a transcript from the most recent reporting period indicating a grade point average of 75+
  • The reflective statement should be 250 words or less on what Sable Island means to you and why you have applied for this scholarship
  • All copyright rules must be followed, for example, permission to use music or other people’s images must be obtained and submitted with the application.
  • Videos must be in one of the following formats: .MOV; .MPEG4; .AVI; .WMV.
  • Pictures of artwork or posters must be in high definition .JPG, .PNG or .PDF format. (The Friends of Sable Island reserves the right to make arrangements to view artwork in person.)
  • Papers, poems, stories, or essays must be saved in .PDF format


  • Creativity, clarity, accuracy and content will be used for the evaluation of the submissions.
  • The decision of the Review Committee is final.
  • Review of the submissions will occur by May 22, 2018.

Deadline: April 16, 2018




The Dr. P. Anthony Johnstone Memorial Entrance Scholarship: A $6,000.00 scholarship available to Nova Scotia students entering their first year of university. The province established the scholarship in 1991 to honour the life and work of the late Tony Johnstone, a long-time educator and human rights advocate who devoted his life to promoting multicultural understanding and social equality.


To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must live in Nova Scotia, be graduating from high school and beginning an undergraduate degree program at a Maritime university in the fall. The applicant must also have demonstrated an interest in multiculturalism and human rights.

All forms and information can be found here: http://novascotia.ca/lae/scholarships/All forms are to be postmarked no later than the deadline of March 31, 2018 in order for the applicant to be considered for the scholarship.

DEADLINE: Postmarked no later than March 31, 2018


Divert Nova Scotia - Champion of the environment Scholarship 2018:

Divert Nova Scotia is offering 7 scholarships to students who have exemplified leadership in protecting our environment. To be awarded one of the scholarships, your entry must include:

-A summary of your recent environmental activities

- A letter of reference from someone in your school or community

- A research essay on the issue of film plastic

- A contact information form

Please click the following link for more information and the application form: http://saerc.srsb.ca/sites/default/files/GuidanceDivertScholarship2018.pdf

Submissions must be emailed to: scholarship@divertns.ca (preferably in PDF format)

Deadline: April 22, 2018





The National Union's scholarship program for 2018

Each year, the 370,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers 5 scholarships of $1,500 each that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for workers.

Entrants must be the children, grandchildren or foster children or grandchildren of members or retirees of the National Union and who are planning to enter the 1st year of a Canadian public, post-secondary educational institution on a full-time basis in 2018.  All scholarships awarded will be based on the best 750 — 1,000 word essay as listed below.  The deadline for applications and essays is July 6, 2018. There may be additional requirements for each scholarships, as noted below.

Brian Fudge Memorial Scholarship

In addition to the general requirements above, the applicants for the Brian Fudge Memorial Scholarship must be entering a field of study in health care, criminal justice or community services or policing.  The essay topic is:

The importance of their field of study in either policing, criminal justice services or health care in delivering public services to Canadians.

Information and application for the Brian Fudge Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship for Indigenous Students

In addition to the general requirements above, the applicants for the Scholarship for Indigenous Students must identify as indigenous.  The essay topic is:

The importance of quality public services in enhancing the quality of life of Indigenous students.

Information and application for the Scholarship for Indigenous Students 

Scholarship for Students of Colour

In addition to the general requirements above, the applicants for the Scholarship for Students of Colour must identify as a person of colour.  The essay topic is:

The importance of quality public services in enhancing the quality of life of people of colour in Canada.

Information and application for the Scholarship for Students of Colour

Terry Fox Memorial Scholarship

In addition to the general requirements above, the applicants for the Terry Fox Memorial Scholarship must identify a disability.  The essay topic is:

The importance of quality public services in enhancing the quality of life of people with disabilities.

Information and application for the Terry Fox Memorial Scholarship

Tommy Douglas Scholarship

There are no other requirements, other than the general requirements above, for applying for the Tommy Douglas Scholarship. The essay topic is:

How Tommy Douglas contributed to making Canada a more just and equitable society.

Information and application for the Tommy Douglas Scholarship

Note: Applicants are advised that the winners and winning essays will be publicized on our website and their high school will be notified of their win.

For further information, contact the National Union at 613-228-9800 or email scholarship@nupge.ca. You can also visit their website at: https://www.nupge.ca/content/national-unions-scholarship-program-2018

Deadline: July 6, 2018


Assumption Life Foundation Scholarships

Each year, the Assumption Life Foundation gives out 6-7 bursaries of $1 500 to students who attain certain academic standards and who have financial needs. To qualify for one of these bursaries, the applicant needs to be enrolled as a full-time student in a CEGEP or a post-secondary institution, such as college or university. The applicant must also show an average of 70%. These scholarships are offered to Canadian citizens.

For more information and to apply, visit their website: https://www.assomption.ca/en/Individuals/About-Us/Scholarships

Deadline: April 30th



Gaspard is once again hosting a cross-Canada online scholarship contest worthy of the imagination and intelligence of our environmentally savvy students. It is our way to help you succeed and to contribute to a happier and healthier world. There will be a total of eleven (11) prizes awarded in the Contest: One (1) prize will consist of Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars (CDN$2,500.00), and Ten (10) will consist of One Thousand Canadian Dollars (CDN$1,000.00). For more information and to enter the online scholarship contest, go to https://www.keepcanadagreencontest.ca/

DEADLINE: April 6, 2018



The Cover Guy Scholarship:

The Cover Guy has enjoyed great success and looks for opportunities to give back to the communities in which it serves. The Cover Guy sponsors sports teams, charity events, and now offers an annual scholarship.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • The student must be currently enrolled, or going to be enrolled in a program at a university, college or trade school in the United States or Canada for the upcoming school year.
  • The applicant must submit an article consisting of 500-1000 words.
  • The article must be in and around the applicants experience with hot tubs, backyard experiences, how hot tubs improve life, etc…
  • One submission per applicant. And should be sent by email only. Please include name, phone number, address, school name, program. Give an explanation of why you should be considered for the award (grades, volunteer work, etc..), student ID number, and the article.
  • For more information and to apply, visit the website: https://www.thecoverguy.com/ca/the-cover-guy-annual-scholarship/

Scholarship Award: $500.00

Submission Deadline: July 1st 2018

Award Date: August 1st 2018



The Smartest Buyer Digital Marketing Scholarship:

TheSmartestBuyer has always provided the best, unbiased reviews about a broad range of products; this company recognizes the power of the written word and copy on and offline and want to help the brightest minds showcase their abilities in this area.

Leading on from this we’ve created the TheSmartestBuyer Digital Marketing Scholarship.

Our scholarship will provide undergraduate or postgraduate students with a passion for Internet marketing the chance to receive $500 in the form of a scholarship. This can be utilized on course materials, books and other resources.

In order to have a chance of winning our scholarship, students must showcase a website or published piece of online content they have worked on online, and also submit a piece of content between 500-1000 words on their interest in content marketing.

For more information and to apply, visit the website: http://www.thesmartestbuyer.com/scholarship/

Deadline: June 30, 2018



The Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada  have information on over 750 bursaries. Aboriginal students are encouraged to visit their website: www.aandc.gc.ca/bursaries






It is a great and resounding truth that unions make life better for millions upon millions of people in very concrete ways every day. But this is too narrow a truth. Unions give us more. Something less tangible but more enduring. They give us an idea: the idea that our lives matter. To help celebrate the countless ways in which unions have help spread this idea, NUPGE has been inviting all Canadians to share with us, in their own personal way, Why Unions Matter. We’ve received poems, stories, pictures, videos, and songs, and we’re looking for more.

Every month, a $1,000 prize is awarded. So be bold. Be creative. Be heartfelt. Go to www.nupge.ca/unionsmatter for more information, and please email your entry (or a link to your entry) by the 15th of any month to whyunionsmatter@nupge.ca

DEADLINE: The 15th of each month