Scholarship search tips

  • Start early
  • Send for guidelines and application forms
  • Gather letters of reference and recommendations
  • Note and meet deadlines
  • Apply for as many as possible
  • Make sure you have a Social Insurance Number

What to include in an application letter

  • A statement of financial need
  • A brief outline of your interests, hobbies, and activities
  • A brief summary of positions held at school and in the community
  • A short statement of your purposes in seeking to attend a post-secondary institution
  • Information concerning awards, scholarships, and prizes you have won in any field
  • Details of your employment in the last two years

Letters of reference

Who can you obtain letters of reference from? The following list provides a good place to start:

  • Past or present teachers
  • School counsellor/advisor
  • Past or present employers 
  • Volunteer supervisors
  • Character reference letters
  • Members of the clergy

Student responsibilities

  • Provide sufficient information to demonstrate that all criteria are met
  • Ensure that all information is honest and accurate
  • Show appreciation for any and all awards received by thanking the donor in writing
  • Attend the awards ceremony


The first step to securing non-repayable funds is to identify potential sources, starting with you and your parents’ employers, associations, memberships, and cultural background. From there, other potential sources will become apparent, or can be researched through financial aid offices and the Internet.

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