External Scholarship Awards & Bursaries

External Awards

There are many external awards, scholarships, and bursaries that are available through other organizations. These types of award resources (known as external awards) are set aside for very specific candidates (based on demographics such as ethnicity, parent's occupation, home town, etc.); Students are encouraged to review the External Awards web page to see if there are additional awards they could apply for.

Moreover, we also suggest visiting the following scholarship search engines to assist in finding external awards:

Upcoming Award Deadlines!

GBC Downtown East Bursary


  • Student must be enrolled in their first year of a full-time program at GBC 
  • Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Protected Person Resident of Ontario for at least 12 months prior to enrollment 
  • Are the first in their family to attend post-secondary education (first generation student) 
  • Live in the downtown east Toronto area 
  • Student must demonstrate financial need 
  • Community and/or extracurricular involvement and leadership 
For application, please email awards@georgebrown.ca 


Fall Semester Deadline: October 28th, 2016 

Winter Semester Deadline: January 14th, 2017

Chaney Ensign Bursary Fund 

This fund provides educational bursaries to students with serious financial need who have graduated from a publicly funded high school within the Hamilton-Wentworth District.

Deadline: September 25th, 2016 & January 25th, 2017
Please submit your application to: awards@georgebrown.ca

The Most Promising Logo Design Scholarship


  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Has completed at least 1 year coursework in graphic or product design, branding or marketing
  • Submit 1 original logo design for the following industries: Automotive, Construction, and Beauty & Massage
  • Has demonstrated unique promise in logo design and developing visual identities

For more information: https://www.freelogoservices.com/logodesignscholar
Deadline: December 31st, 2016
Value: 1 award at $1500

Job-Applications.ca Working Parent College Scholarship Program

Are you a parent trying to balance work while attending a higher learning institution? Job-Applications.ca would like to help users succeed in the workforce: a scholarship designed to benefit working parents in Canada who are pursuing post-secondary education.


  • Successful completion of 1st year of program
  • High academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.0)
  • Currently enrolled full-time or part-time student who is in an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution
  • Current cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Has worked an average of at least 12 hours for each of the previous 4 weeks at the time of applying
  • Is a residential parent of at least 1 minor child
  • Legal resident of Canada
  • Is 18 years of age or older at the time of applying


  • 600 to 1000 word essay discussing your experience as a parent working your way through school. Provide 3 pieces of advice you would give to someone in a similar situation.

Online application and more info: http://www.job-applications.ca/scholarships/  

Deadline: December 10th, 2016 Value: $1000.00

Charlotte Carter Memorial Scholarship

Available to a full-time student of Aboriginal descent (Status, Non-Status, Inuit or Métis) enrolled in the second-year of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at either a college or a university in Ontario that is recognized by the Ontario College of Nursing.


  • Successful completion of 1st year of program
  • High academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.0)


  • Two letters of reference from Aboriginal Community leaders
  • Transcript of secondary school grades
  • Transcript of Nursing program grades to-date
  • Two-page essay outlining the student's qualifications for this scholarship

Apply online

For more info: Call - (705) 566-8101 ext. 6350 or email - awards@cambriancollege.ca

Deadline: October 21st, 2016

Value: $1000.00

SeniorsZen.com Scholarship

SeniorsZen.com grants $500 scholarship each year to Canadian students to help them in pursuing their educational goals. As a strong supporter of Intergeneration Equality, SeniorsZen believes that this initiative increases the connection between youth and senior citizens, while helping to bring awareness to the sweetness and the bitterness of aging in Canada.


  • Student is a legal resident of Canada
  • Enrolled in a fulltime diploma or undergraduate degree an accredited Canadian college
  • Submit an essay of 750-1000 words or one page infographic on the topic related to senior living in Canada.

For more info: http://www.seniorszen.com/scholarship

Deadline: January 31st, 2017 by 11:59pm
Value: $500

Silver Cross Scholarship


  • Full-time student at a recognized Canadian college using mobility equipment: a power wheelchair, manual wheelchair, or mobility scooter
  • Enrolled in a 3 or 4 year program
  • Students must submit a 500 word essay

Deadline: December 15th, 2016.
Value: $1500.00
For the essay question requirements and more details: https://www.silvercross.com/scholarship/

Flight Network Scholarship


  • Students must be a Canadian citizen or hold a valid student Visa
  • Eligible students must be currently enrolled in a Canadian college program for the 2015/2016 school year
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Students must submit a 500-1000 word essay about a travel related experience or topic

Deadline: December 31st, 2016.
Value: $1000.00
For more information, please visit: http://www.flightnetwork.com/pages/scholarship

ROADS to Success and Brighter Future Scholarship


  • Applicants must be enrolled in a part-time or full-time program at an accredited post-secondary institution (apprenticeships, trades, colleges).
  • Applicants must also be a member or former member of a Boys and Girls Club for a minimum of one year, and not be over 24-years-old at the time of application
  • The program chosen by the applicant must be at least one year long

Deadline: April 15th and October 23rd
Value: $500 - $5000
For more information, please visit: http://www.esbgc.org/scholarships/

Storwell's Foster Children Bursary Program


  • Must have been a foster child with an official Canadian foster care program and agrees to having the above organization verify the same
  • Will be enrolled as a full-time student at a recognized College in Canada as of Sept 2016
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Applicant must be 24 years of age or less at the time of application

Deadline: December 15th, 2016.
Value: $2000.00
For more information, please visit: https://www.storwell.com/bursary-application


BBPA National Scholarships, The
Criteria: Awarded to African Canadian students between 17 and 30 years of age based on high academic achievement, financial need, and/or a recognized contribution to the African Canadian community.
Value: Varies ($1,000 - $7,000)

Bill 7 Award
Criteria: Awarded to a student who identifies as part of the LGBTTTQ community, who is in financial need and is an Ontario resident.
Value: $2,000

Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada Student Award
An applicant must be a son, daughter or ward of a person whose principal income is derived from the pipeline construction industry.

  • The parent or guardian of the applicant must be employed by or have a history of employment with a company who is a member of the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada.
  • The applicant must provide proof of full-time enrollment in a program leading to a diploma or degree in any field at a recognized Canadian college or university. Applications received from students enrolled in post-graduate programs may also be considered.

Canada Post Aboriginal Incentive Award
Criteria: Awarded to aboriginal students who in full-time post-secondary studies who took at least 12 months off from education prior to returning (mature students) and who have completed at least one academic year of a multi-year program, based on an application package and letters of reference.

Canadian Forces Personnel Assistance Fund
Criteria: are eligible or serving or former serving members and their dependents of Canadian Forces when warranted by Financial need.

Chaney Ensign Bursary Fund
Criteria: Awarded to students in financial need who completed their high school requirements in publicly funded secondary schools in the City of Hamilton.

CHFT Diversity Scholarship
Criteria: Awarded to a student who lives in a CHFT member co-operative entering his or her first year of college, based on financial need and a positive contribution to his or her school and/or community.
Value: Varies
Deadline: February

CHHA Scholarships
Criteria: Awarded to full-time hard of hearing or deafened student, based on academic achievement, community involvement, and the determination to cope with hearing loss.
Value: 3 x $1,000

Children's Aid Foundation
Criteria: Scholarship applications are open to full-time students demonstrating both financial need and the potential to succeed in their program of study. Applicants must be or have been a current Crown (permanent) Ward, be under 26 at the start of their current school program, or under 30 if the student has received CAF funding for the same program in previous years.

Community Living Walkerton and District Educational Bursary
Criteria: Awarded to a permanent resident of Bruce or Grey County who demonstrates a commitment to stronger and more inclusive communities.
Value: $1,000
Deadline: May

Dr. E. Bruce Hendrick Scholarship Program
Criteria: Awarded to a student with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus based on his or her motivation, goal setting, self-awareness, and potential for success.
Value: Varies

Electro-Federation Canada Scholarships
Criteria: The Electro-Federation Canada offers a wide array of scholarship opportunities with diverse criteria. Please search through the brochure on the website or visit the Students Awards Office for detailed criteria and application instructions.
Value: $500 - $3,500

FAAY Scholarship
Criteria: Awarded to students of Aboriginal descent based on financial need, academic and career commitment, contributions to family and community, and leadership.
Value: $2,500 - $5,000

Federation of Portuguese Canadian and Professionals Scholarships
Criteria: Awarded to students of Portuguese descent based on academic merit.
Value: $1,500 - $2,500

Foresters Competitive Scholarship Program
Criteria: Awarded to students under 25 years of age who are members or the children of members of the Foresters organization, based on academic performance, community involvement and the assessment of an essay.
Value: Varies

Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation
Criteria: Awarded to a 16 to 24 year old student who is graduating high school, based on financial need and outstanding citizenship.

Jamaica Ex-Soldiers Association Student Scholastic Bursary
Criteria: Awarded to a first year student directly from secondary school of Jamaican heritage who maintained a B+ average through the last two years and demonstrated community involvement.
Value: TBA
Deadline: October

Jamaican Canadian Association Scholarships
Criteria: Awarded to a student with a Caribbean / African background who demonstrated remarkable academic achievement or progress through high school while being involved in the community or high school. Recipient must have financial need.
Value: Various ($500 - $2,000)
Deadline: Varies

Kathy Searles Scholarship

  • Full time students enrolled in science, arts or business
  • First or second year enrolment
  • Minimum grade average of 75%
  • Community involvement

For more info: Download Application PDF icon
Deadline: September
Value: $500

Ken Dryden Scholarship
Criteria: Awarded to a student based on community and school involvement, knowledge of Kin Canada and financial need.
Value: $3,000.00
Deadline: First Friday of March for the academic year starting that September

Kin Canada Bursaries
Criteria: Awarded to a student who is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and is enrolled full-time in a secondary institution and shows financial need.
Value: $1,000
Deadline: June

Lilly-MDAO Moving Lives Forward Bursary Award
Criteria: Bursaries will be awarded to students who are receiving some sort of help through a mental health system for their disorder, conveying financial need.

Lincoln M. Alexander Award
Criteria: Awarded to a 16 to 25 year-old student who has been nominated by either there high school or by a community organization for demonstrated exemplary leadership in eliminating racial discrimination.
Value: 3 x $5,000
Deadline: May

Luciana Spring Mascarin Bursary Program
Criteria: Awarded to a student with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus who is a permanent resident of the Windsor district, based on academic merit and financial need.
Value: Varies
Deadline: March

Mattinson Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities
Criteria: Canadian citizens or permanent residents who as a minimum average of 80% and diagnosed with a permanent disability which is documented and is the primary disability for which they are applying.
Value: $2,000.00

National Union Scholarship
Criteria: Several awards available for children of the National Union of Public and General Employees, with a variety of criteria.
Value: $1,500
Deadline: July

NEADS Equity Through Education Award
Criteria: Awarded to students with permanent disabilities, based on commitment to their academic discipline, volunteerism and/or employment, and the potential to be an outstanding participant in the community.

OBCL Epilepsy Scholarship Awards
Criteria: Students who have successfully completed high school and entering their first year of post-secondary education.
Value: 4 X $1,500
Deadline: May 1st

RBC Royal Bank Scholarship Awards
Criteria: Please visit the RBC site to find a complete list of the RBC Royal Bank scholarships available to Canadian students, as well as details on the awards, information on how to apply, eligibility, application criteria and more.

Royal Canadian Legion Bursaries
Criteria: Awarded to a full or part-time student who is a veteran, child/grandchild of a veteran, or associated with the Legion, based on financial need.
Value: Up to $500
Deadline: March

Scotiabank Bursaries
Criteria: This Contest is only open to legal residents of Canada of the age of majority in their province or territory of residence and who are enrolled full-time in a publicly funded Canadian college or university within the Contest Period.

Soroptmist Live Your Dream Award
Criteria: In addition to providing the primary financial support for their families, eligible applicants must be enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program and must demonstrate financial need. Also, please note only residents of Soroptimist International of the Americas' member countries and territories are eligible to apply for the educational grants.
Deadline: December
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Storwell's Foster Children Bursary Program

  • Applicant must have been a foster child with an official Canadian or American foster care program and agrees to have the above organization verify the same.
  • Will be enrolled as a full-time student at a recognized general/ vocational College or post-secondary institution in Canada or USA as of Sept 2013.
  • Canadian or American Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Applicant must be 24 years of age or less at the time of application
  • Winner agrees to have his/her name, photo and post-secondary institution displayed on the Storwell website.

Value: $2,000.00
Deadline: December 15

TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community Leadership
Criteria: Open to students across Canada who are in their final year of high school or CEGEP (in Quebec); have a minimum overall grade average of 75% in their most recently completed school year and have demonstrated community leadership.
Deadline: November

Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program
Criteria: The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award recognizes humanitarian volunteer work. There is no set discipline students must study in order to receive the award, but they must maintain their academic, voluntary and career performance to a satisfactory level.

Val Mason Scholarship

  • The applicant must be nominated by a member of CSCM and a covering letter of recommendation must accompany the application package.
  • The applicant must be employed, or have been recently employed, at a member Club of CSCM.
  • The applicant must have shown a keen interest in pursuing a career in the club management industry.

Value: $2,000
Walter and Wayne Gretzky Scholarship
Criteria: Students should have a high degree of motivation and independence, a reasonable level of achievement, and find the scholarship of assistance. Students must be:

  • Blind or partially sighted (less than 20/70 corrected);
  • A secondary school graduate entering post-secondary education;
  • A Canadian citizen or have held landed immigrant status for one year prior to the date of application.

Value: $1,000 to $5,000

William Peyton Hubbard Award
Criteria: Granted for outstanding post-secondary achievement by black students in Ontario.
Value: $5,000
Deadline: October 2nd

ADHD Scholarship
Criteria: Awarded to students have been accepted to or enrolled in a post-secondary program at a Canadian accredited two-year or four-year college; of the age of majority in their province of residence; and diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and under the care of a licensed health care professional for ADHD.
Deadline: March
Value: $1,500 and a year of ADHD coaching services


Corporate Finance Institute Annual Scholarship
Criteria: this award is for both part-time and full-time students that shows passion for finance and who can show their determination to improve lives through their careers as well as, someone who shows financial need so that they can attend post- secondary institution.
Value: 2X $500

 Estey Undergraduate Student Essay Competition
Criteria: Awarded based on a research paper on business or accounting/finance or related topics. Students can resubmit papers from the previous year but all work must represent student’s independent and individual work.
Value: $500 + travel expenses

FMI Ontario Chapter Scholarship
Criteria: Awarded to a student in a business or business-related program, based on academic excellence, a 500 word essay on a selected topic, professional / internship experience, and community involvement.
Value: 5 x $2,500
Deadline: March

RBC Royal Bank Aboriginal Student Awards Program
Criteria: Awarded to a First Nations (status or non-status, Inuit, or Métis) student in a Financial Services program, based on financial need and personal / academic achievement. Also:

  • You are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada
  • You have applied or are currently attending an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada
  • You maintain a full course load that leads to a recognized degree, certificate or diploma
  • You have at least two years remaining in your post-secondary studies as of September 2016
  • You require financial assistance to pursue your education
    Value: $4,000 (renewable)

Retail as a Career Scholarship Program
Criteria: Awarded to a full or part-time student in a retail, business or marketing-related program who is also working a full or part-time job in the retail industry, based on the evaluation of an application package and 500-700 word essay.
Value: 1 x $5,000; 25 x $1,000
Deadline: March

Robert E. Oliver Scholarship
Criteria: Awarded to an Advertising or Marketing student based on academic transcript, community service and volunteer work, a letter of reference from your program coordinator, and the evaluation of a 350 word essay on why you should receive the award.
Value: $1,500
Deadline: February


Early Childhood Education Qualifications Upgrade Program
Criteria: Awarded to individuals involved in the child care and early years sector across Ontario


First Nations, Inuit & Métis Post-Secondary Fine Arts Bursary Award
Criteria: Awarded to First Nations, Inuit, or Métis students in all programs that are mentioned in the website, they can apply based on financial needs. Evidence of involvement and contribution to the aboriginal community, and evidence of suitability and commitment to field of study.
Value: Varies
Deadline:  June 1, November 1, February 1, 11:59 pm PST 


Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship

  • Enrolled in a full-time undergraduate nursing program working toward an associate or bachelor's degree
  • Non-traditional student, defined as a student that did not immediately continue their education after high school (at least a 3-year gap between high school and enrolment in a college or university)
  • Note: Past winners and applicants of this scholarship are eligible to re-apply in future years.

Application: Download application form PDF icon
Deadline: all applications must be postmarked by March 31
Value: $1000

Kirshenblatt Awards
Criteria: The purpose of the scholarships is to provide encouragement, recognition and assistance to aspiring persons who are studying in the field of gerontology
Value: $2,000

RBC Foundation Internationally Educated Nurses Fund
Criteria: for information on criteria, deadlines and values check website.


Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals Bursaries
Criteria: Awarded to students in the Culinary or Hospitality fields, based on financial need, academic proficiency, work experience within the industry and commitment to that industry.
Value: $1,000.00
Deadline: March

Canadian Hospitality Foundation Scholarships
Entrance or In-Course
Criteria: Awarded to students in the Culinary or Hospitality fields, based on a variety of criteria.
Deadline: August 22
College Entrance Scholarship
Hospitality/Hotel/Tourism Scholarship
Culinary (1-year) Scholarship
Bachelor of Applied Business Degree in Hospitality Management Scholarship

Ontario Hostelry Institute Scholarships
Criteria: Varies
Value: Varies
Deadline: April


Apprenticeship Completion Grant
Criteria: Awarded to Registered Apprentices in Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program Trades who complete their Apprentice training.
Value: $2,000
Deadline: June

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant
Criteria: Awarded to a Registered Apprentice in an Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program Trade who is registered with an employer or equivalent organization and is able to show progress in his or her program by completing the first or second level.
Value: $1,000 / year
Deadline: June

Apprentice Scholarship
Awarded to a student less than 25 years of age, who left school prior to completing the academic requirements for registering in a trade. Recipients will be committed to achieving the necessary academic requirements within one year, demonstrate an interest in the skilled trades, and complete his or her academic upgrading.
Value: $1,000

AACE Canada Competitive Scholarships
Criteria: Awarded to a Construction Science and Management degree program student in second year or higher who has excellent academic performance and is involved in extracurricular activities.
Value: $750 - $8,000

Canadian Association of Women in Construction
Criteria: Awarded to a female student in a Centre for Advanced Building Technologies program based on financial need, leadership activities and a career objective in the construction industry.
Value: $1,000.00
Deadline: April 30

Carole and George Fletcher Foundation Awards Scholarships
Criteria: Awarded to a second year applied science or engineering technology student based on academic excellence. Also must have a parent or grandparent who is a member.
Value: $1000

Community College Technician/Technology Award
Criteria: Awarded to a student of an employment equity group( Native ancestry (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit), women, disables and visible minority) in a Technology, Trades, or Business program, based on strong communication skills, academic merit, and involvement in extracurricular activities, including volunteer work.
Value: $1,000

David L. Squires Foundation Scholarship
Criteria: Awarded to a Computer Science student in second year or higher based on financial need and academic achievement.

E. Wayne Kay Community College Scholarship
Criteria: Awarded to a student in a manufacturing or related program based on academic merit (a 3.0 GPA or more).

Guelph Women in Networking
Criteria: Awarded to a female, full-time student, in at least second year, in a "non-traditional" program of at least 30 weeks in duration. The award is based on academic merit. Recipient will be a permanent resident of Wellington County.
Value: $1,000
Deadline: May

Make it Right Scholarships and Bursaries
Criteria: Awarded to ten male and ten female students based on academic excellence and commitment to a career in residential construction and renovation.
Value: $1,500

Out on Bay Street Scholarship
Criteria: The Awards are available to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Ally (LGBTQA) students which include; but are not limited to, students in:

  • A public or private institution for a post-secondary program,
  • A graduate, post-graduate or other accredited degree program

Such recipients have:

  • Exemplified leadership, at minimal, in the LGBTQ community.
  • Demonstrated the ability to be personally and academically successfulOpen New Browser Window

Deadline: May 27
Value: $2500 per award

Terry O'Banion Student Technology Award
Criteria: Refer to website for further information
Value: $2,500
Deadline: February

Financial Assistance Office:

Email: FinAid@georgebrown.ca (We recommend that you use your GBC email so that we can verify your identity)
Telephone: 416-415-5000 Ext. 2476

In person:

St. James Campus:
 200 King St. E., Student Service Centre
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The last ticket to visit Financial Assistance Office will be issued or transferred at 4:30 pm (or earlier during peak times)

Casa Loma Campus: 
Location: 160 Kendal Ave., in the Student Service Centre
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The last ticket to visit Financial Assistance Office will be issued or transferred at 4:30 pm (or earlier during peak times)

Waterfront Campus: 
Location: Daphne Centre for Health Sciences, 51 Dockside Dr., Student Service Centre 
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The last ticket to visit Financial Assistance Office will be issued or transferred at 4:30 pm (or earlier during peak times)

Ryerson Campus:
 99 Gerard St. E., Room 597 - The Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre 
Hours: Thursdays only 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.