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.




Community, Post-Secondary, Provincial, and National











CAPE BRETON UNIVERSITY (CBU) SCHOLARSHIPS: Students MUST APPLY for these scholarships - they are NOT automatically entered when applying for admissions. There are SEVEN Major Entrance Scholarships, that range from $11,500-$24,000. For more information and to find application forms, visit http://www.cbu.ca/come-to-cbu/tuition-finances/scholarships-bursaries/

DEADLINE: March 2018


DALHOUSIE 'General Entrance Award Application': The General Entrance Award Application will be available for admitted students in December. Admitted students must apply through DalOnline. Students awaiting admission can apply using the paper application, which will be available at a later date. For more info and eligiblity, please go to: https://www.dal.ca/admissions/money_matters/funding_sources/scholarships...

DEADLINE: March 2018

DALHOUSIE 'Harrison McCain' Scholarship: Available annually to students attending the Faculty of Agriculture (excluding Pre-Vet or Vet Tech) or School or Nursing. Value of $16,000 ($4,000 per year). Criteria is a minimum of 80% average in the senior year of high schoo, financial need, leadership qualities, and a recognized initiative in funding your own education. For more info and eligiblity, please go to: https://www.dal.ca/admissions/money_matters/funding_sources/scholarships...

DEADLINE: March 2018


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



IMPORTANT ADMISSIONS CHANGE – Students will now only require one Grade 12 Science as opposed to two Grade 12 Sciences in the past in order to be admissible into the Science program. That Grade 12 Science course can be either Chemistry 12, Biology 12, Physics 12 or Computer Programming 12.

IMPORTANT SCHOLARSHIP CHANGEScholarship deadline is now March 1 as opposed to March 15 in previous years. Students will NOT need a letter of reference for their scholarship applications this year. For more information, please go to http://www.smu.ca/academics/scholarships/scholarships-entrance-awards.html

DEADLINE: March 1st, 2018


STFX GENERAL ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS: StFX is founded on the values of academic excellence, leadership, and service to others. The StFX National Entrance Scholarship Program reflects these qualities by recognizing students’ achievements and assisting them financially in their efforts to obtain a quality education. Eligible students are automatically considered for an entrance scholarship when they apply, if they have at least an 85%+ average in the courses required for their desired program. More detailed information, please go to: https://stfx.ca/admissions/tuition-and-financial-aid/scholarships/nova-s...

DEADLINE: Admission application recieved by March 1, 2018

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER UNIVERSITY CIBC Scholastic Award: This award was established by CIBC as part of their commitment to making a difference in communities through sponsorships with strategic focus on youth and education. This $4000 bursary is open to all Canadian citizens from any province or territory in Canada. This bursary will be awarded to a student demonstrating financial need and also leadership achievements in community and high school as reflected by their extracurricular activities. Two letters of reference are required, at least one of which must be from the applicant’s high school guidance counsellor or a high school teacher. This bursary requires a minimum high school average of 80% to be considered for the award and has the potential to be renewable in subsequent years of study at StFX. Applications are available in guidance.

DEADLINE: TBD for 2018-19 Post-Secondary Year


UNIVERSITY OF KING'S COLLEGE ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS: Apply to King’s by March 1 to be automatically considered for a general entrance scholarship, valued between $500 and $3500:

  • 80-84.9%: $500

  • 85-89.9%: $2000

  • 90-94.9%: $2500

  • 95%+: $3500

King’s also offers the following Major Entrance Scholarships for which special applications are required.

See full list at http://ukings.ca/finances/scholarships/new-student-scholarships/undergraduate-scholarships

  • all application forms by January 15

  • a cover sheet and 3 copies of a 4-7 page high school essay* by January 15

  • your high school transcripts (by March 2)

*The essay you submit should be analytic or comparative in nature; it should create and defend a thesis statement. Please ensure your essay is well edited and represents a clear, effective argument.

DEADLINES: Major Entrance Scholarships - January 2018; General Entrance Scholarships - March 2018


UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS: If you’re in high school and want to be considered for scholarship support, complete the general scholarship application by Mar 1. It covers the majority of UNB entrance scholarships (400+) available to Canadian and international high school applicants who are starting an undergraduate program at UNB. One application covers both campuses. You’ll be assessed for scholarship opportunities once you’ve been admitted into an undergraduate degree program. UNB’s scholarship support ranges from $500 to $100,000! Late applications are accepted but opportunities will be limited. More information can be found at http://www.unb.ca/scholarships/highschool/index.html

DEADLINE: March 1, 2018


UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO/FACULTY OF MATHMATICS ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS 2017-2018: Available to students who accept their offer of admission and meet UofW requirements. As many as 200 scholarships are offered, ranging from $1,000 to full cost. In addition, the University of Waterloo offers entrance scholarships based on grades and bursaries based on financial need. Talk to your math teacher about participating in the Euclid Contest during your grade 12 year (this year written on April 6, 2017) to be eligible for Faculty of Mathematics entrance scholarships (www.cemc.uwaterloo.ca). For more info, please visit the following links:



Get your Admission Information Form (AIF) at: www.uwaterloo.ca/findoutmore/admissions/admission-information-form

Faculty of Mathematics Olympiad, National, and Global Scholarship Application Deadline: February 2018

University of Waterloo Entrance Bursary Application Deadline: Mid-April 2018












TD SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP: If you're making a difference in your community, whether it's big or small, you could be one of 20 students to receive a full TD Scholarship worth up to $70,000. Available to all students across Canada who are now in their final year of high school for the 2017-18 school year, who have shown exceptional initiative in making a meaningful and lasting difference in their community. Although students must be academically capable of entering and successfully completing either univeristy or college, and have a minimum average of 75%, the key criterion is outstanding community leadership. Application must include a descriptive essay on your community leadership involvement, as well as several letters of reference. Please see guidance for an application or apply online at td.com/scholarships.

DEADLINE: Application must be received by November 17, 2017


SCHULICH LEADER SCHOLARSHIPS 2018: Do YOU want to win a $100,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship? Each high school across Canada is allowed to nominate ONE student as their Schulich Leader. Schulich Leader Scholarships are open to all graduating high school students across Canada who have an interest in pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) at one of our partner universities. 50 scholarships are awarded each year up to $100,000 for Engineering, Science, Technology, or Mathematics.

In order to become a Schulich Leader and receive the scholarship, a student must first be selected by their high school as a Schulich Leader Nominee.

Nominees must possess at least two of three criteria:

  1. Academic excellence
  2. Leadership (community, business or entrepreneurial)
  3. Financial need

If you would like to be considered as the SAERC Schulich Leader Nominee, and plan on attending one of the partner universities for a STEM program, please submit the following documentation to guidance:

  • List partner universities where you plan on applying/attending
  • List of top 3 achievements (academic or other)
  • Write a 600 word essay (max.) demonstrating why you would make a great Schulich Leader, incorporating two of the three criteria above
  • Optional 250 word essay (max.) to outline entenuating circumstances.
  • Two reference letters (electronic versions) - one must be academic
  • A copy of your most recent transcript

SUBMISSION DEADLINE TO RECA GUIDANCE: January 18th, 2018 at 3:00pm*

SAERC's Schulich Leader will be notified by January 30th and nominated by guidance on or before February 1, 2018. The nominated student will then have until February 22, 2018 to submit their Schulich Leader application online. Participating universities will receive and review applications between March 1-June 15, 2018. For more information, please visit http://schulichleaders.com/


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






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