There are many local, regional, and national sources of non-repayable funding for education. Identifying those sources and preparing clear and well-documented letters of application will help you secure non-repayable funding. If you have not already applied for a Social Insurance Number, you will need to visit a local Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) office to do so. Many repayable and non-repayable funding sources require a SIN number before money will be released to the recipient.
How many sources of non-repayable funding for education can you think of?
Develop a list of possible scholarship sources using a mind map approach. Start with yourself, and add branches for parents, employer(s), your high school, and so on. Be sure to include the following potential sources:
- Your employer
- Your parents’ employers
- Service groups
- Professional and trade association
- Community and national foundations
- Local and national businesses
- Banks and other financial institutions
- Memorial awards and bursaries
- Religious organizations
Visit the resource centre at your high school, college or university, and look through calendars, financial aid handbooks, and scholarship booklets.
- How are publications listed or organized?
- Who should you talk to at the post-secondary institution?
- Who should you get to know in Student Services/Financial Aid?
- What application forms are available?
- What is the difference between internal and external scholarships?
Consider ways in which each institution is different.