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Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships

What’s what?

A scholarship is an award recognizing academic excellence or achievement. In certain cases, financial need may be taken into account as a secondary criterion to decide between candidates of approximately equal achievement.

A bursary is an award that is distributed based on financial need. When applying for a bursary, you must supply a financial disclosure form. Bursaries may also request that applicants meet certain geographical or demographic requirements. All bursaries are presented at the Awards Ceremony in the fall, unless otherwise noted.

An award is a loosely defined term referring to awards that are neither scholarships nor bursaries. In certain cases, awards may be plaques or recognition certificates, while in other cases awards may be professional memberships coupled with cash prizes. All awards are presented at the Awards Ceremony in the fall, unless otherwise noted.

General bursaries, based on financial need, are available from funds set aside from tuition fees. These bursaries are awarded in both November and February. Contact the Financial Assistance Office for further details and an application. Please note that in addition to bursaries, a total of $300,000 is available College-wide through the Loyalist work study program.

Who’s who?

An entering student is an individual who is entering post-secondary education for the first time. An entering student may not necessarily have come straight from high school. An entering student may also be a mature student who is entering college after several years in the workforce.

A returning student is an individual who has completed their first year of studies in a two- or three-year Loyalist College program.

A graduating student is an individual who is completing their two- or three-year program of study at Loyalist College. Many award and scholarship recipients are identified by program coordinators as having excelled in their studies. These awards generally recognize achievement once a student is graduating from Loyalist College.

A post-graduate student is someone who has graduated from a university or college program and is now entering post-graduate studies at Loyalist College.

Download the 2016–17 Awards Directory


External awards

Students are also encouraged to pursue awards that are available in the community and not exclusive to Loyalist College. Please check out the opportunities below. Scholarship wants to help college students reduce the college expenses burden, so it is providing a scholarship. This is the first try to offer scholarship to students. If it works well, ArmYourDesk will increase the winner numbers or the prize next year. is willing to help more students to complete their college education.

Here is the scholarship page:

Prize: $500; one winner

Applicants need to be full-time college students. Applicants need to write a short essay on a certain theme, and the essay will be the only evaluation criteria of the final winner.

Application Deadline:  May 11, 2018 Scholarship is providing an annual scholarship for working parents in Canada who are pursuing post-secondary education. Each school year, a working parent receives $1,000 towards college tuition costs. There is no fee for the application. To apply, students must simply write an essay discussing their experience as a parent working their way through pursuing a higher education and explain three pieces of advice they would give to someone in a similar situation. The application deadline is December 9, and the scholarship will be awarded December 15. Here is the scholarship information page:

Application Deadline: December 9, 2017

Cole Internet Marketing Scholarship

The Cole Internet Marketing Scholarship is designed to help students ‎who are currently studying in the areas of Business, Computer ‎Science, Engineering Science & Design, Health Science, Math Sciences, Mobile Technology, etc.


  • We welcome all students from universities and vocational schools. If you are under the age of 18 or if ‎you’re still in high school, you can still join with the consent of your parents or a legal guardian ‎before joining.‎
  • Having a strong passion for gardening, farming, raising livestock, green living, homesteading, ‎agriculture and permaculture is a major factor. You don’t have to have actual experience.‎

Link to our Scholarship page:

Award: $1,000‎

Application Deadline: September 29, 2017

Bill 7 Award LGBTQ Scholarship

In 2017 we are having a 30 X 30 Celebration for Bill 7 Award’s 30th Anniversary! Since our founding in 1987, the LGBTQ student experience sure has changed. Who would have predicted LGBTQ groups on every campus and growing support for transgender students?

Yet challenges remain. Over the next several months, we’ll share 30 insightful stories from 30 of our Bill 7 Award advocates on our website – compelling thoughts and words of wisdom for today’s LGBTQ students and our future scholarship recipients.

Bill 7 Award is named after the 1986 Ontario legislation that extended the protection of the Human Rights Code to lesbians and gays. Since its inception in 1987, we have been working hard to increase the number and size of the scholarships available.

Who Can Apply?
Any student who identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer or two-spirited, who demonstrates a financial need and who is attending or accepted by a post-secondary educational institution in Ontario to pursue their first post-secondary program of study.

Scholarship Details
In 2017, the Bill 7 Award Trust will be awarding a minimum of 10 scholarships of $2,500 each.

Applications open on April 10, 2017; for more information or to apply, please visit

Application Deadline: August 4, 2017, 5 pm

Sunshine Coast Health Centre Scholarship

As a leader in addiction treatment, Sunshine Coast Health Centre is proud to announce a new scholarship opportunity to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in clinical counselling, psychology, social sciences, medical, and nursing programs who are interested in working in addictions and mental health in Canada.

Scholarship Application Details & Eligibility

To apply for this scholarship, please submit a 500 – 1,000 word essay describing your interest in addictions and how it relates to your studies and future career.

You can also choose to write your essay in response to one or more of the following questions:

  1. How has our (society’s) understanding of addiction evolved in Canada and why is that important?
  2. How do new understandings/approaches/theories of addiction impact prevention, treatment and education?
  3. In what ways do traditional forms of addiction treatment need to improve?
  4. What is your perspective on personal meaning and how it relates to addiction?

In order to qualify for this scholarship you must also be:

  • Enrolled in a counselling, psychology, medical/nursing, or relevant program
  • Currently enrolled in the 2017/2018 semesters at an accredited university or college in Canada*

*Scholarship winners will need to show proof of enrollment for the 2017/2018 semesters.

 Begin Your Application

To begin your application, fill out our Scholarship Application Form (Fillable). Email your completed application form and essay to

If you have any questions, please contact us at 1-886-487-9050, ext. 218 or via the contact form.

Application deadline: all essays must be submitted no later than July 1, 2017. Winner will be announced on August 15, 2017.

The Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy Awards

This year the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy is offering two scholarship awards, the Eric Waldron Scholarship and the Nicholas Milojevic Scholarship, both in the amount of $500.

Complete details can be found at

Application Deadline:  July 5, 2017

The Tamara Gordon Foundation Scholarships

The Tamara Gordon Foundation was established in 2013 to assist students with permanent physical disabilities who wish to pursue their dreams of completing education in their field of study. The Tamara Gordon Foundation Scholarship assists recipients to defray a portion of the costs to complete their post-secondary education.

The award of a TGF Scholarship is competitive, therefore academic standing and volunteering will be a significant decision factor for the Selection Committee.

For further information, please visit 

Application Deadline: July 7, 2017

The Canadian Technical Ashphalt Association’s Scholarships

Canadian Technical Asphalt Association is proud to be able to offer three scholarships each with a value of $2,000. For more information please visit

Application Deadline: July 1,  2017

Pretty Photoshop Actions Bi-Annual Scholarship

Pretty Photoshop Actions is offering a bi-annual scholarship of $500 to high school and college/university students.  Students must submit an essay that answers the questions and meets the requirements detailed on their webpage. Full eligibility details and entry requirements for the scholarship can be found at

Application deadline: October 15

Big Deal HQ Annual Scholarship

Big Deal HQ is offering an annual scholarship to all students. This scholarship requires an essay submission, and the winning applicant will receive $1,000 towards their costs of education. All of the application details are available on our website at

Here is a list of our writing topics:

Topics 1: Write about Your Outdoor Experience

Topics 2: How to Learn about Guitar for Beginners

Application Deadline: December 10, 2017

Pretty Lightroom Presets Bi-Annual Scholarship

Lightroom Presets is offering a scholarship to high school, and college/university students. Bi-annually (twice each year), we will award a $500 scholarship to students who submit unique essays that answer the questions and meet our requirements detailed on our scholarship web page. Our next scholarships will be awarded in June and then December.

The full eligibility details and entry requirements for our scholarship can be found at

Application Deadline: June 15 and December 15

VelvetJobs Scholarships 2017

VelvetJobs is proud to announce a $1,000 scholarship for students studying in the USA or overseas. The “Employee Morale Scholarship” aims to get students thinking about their own potential future management position and how their decisions can affect employee morale.

Through our own outplacement services we’ve dealt with thousands of employers on the issues that affect them most when it comes to retaining employees and keeping them happy. We’re looking for students to write about their favourite idea on how to boost and maintain employee morale.

The piece should include a headline of the morale boosting idea and then should include at least 500 words on how to effectively deploy the strategy.

Application Deadline: December 16, 2017 Financial Freedom Scholarship

A $1,000 scholarship available to students.     

Further information at

Application Deadline: August 1, 2017

Outdoor Hobbyist Scholarship Program

A $1,000 scholarship available. Write a 500- to 1,500-word essay about the importance of having an outdoor hobby.

Further details at

Application Deadline: November 30, 2017

AgoraPulse Social Media Management Scholarship

A $1,000 scholarship available for emerging social media geniuses. All scholarship information can be accessed at 

Application Deadline: December 15 of each year is offering a $500, essay-based scholarship open to any student attending a post-secondary academic institution in the U.S. or Canada. The prompt for the essay is as follows:

 You can talk about anything you want — green energy, oil politics, the continued use of nuclear power, your personal ideas and innovations — so long as it’s about energy in the world of tomorrow. What do you think people will be reading about in the news in a few years?

All information on the scholarship including the details, rules, deadline and online submission form are available on the scholarship page

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2018

You Look Attractive Scholarship Program

Complete information on the scholarship can be found at

Application Deadline:  August 31, 2017 at 11:59 PM PST.

Natural Healthy Living Scholarship 

Natural Healthy Living is managed by Sara Jane Adkins and her team of healthy living enthusiasts. We write informative articles about health, wellness and natural home remedies that can help you feel strong and look great!

We recognize the power of the written word online and offline and want to help creative minds exhibit their abilities in this area.

We have created the Natural Healthy Living Scholarship for undergraduate or post-graduate students with a passion for  “Health & Wellness” to receive a $500 award.

Details can be found at

Application Deadline:  July 18, 2017

Sole Door Cooking Scholarship

This scholarship is merit based, requires an essay submission, and the winning applicant will receive $500 towards their costs of education. All of the application details are available at

List of our requirements:

  • Send us between 1,000 and 2,000 words about cooking recipes or tips in which you emphasize the importance of a healthy diet and promote a healthy lifestyle through cooking.
  • This program is for all participants.

Application Deadline:  June 30, 2017

Tweaked SEO Scholarship

An annual $1,000 scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Aged 18 years or older.
  • Enrolled in a post-secondary institution in the United States or Canada.
  • Achieve a 3.2 GPA or greater.
  • A 700+ word article on any digital marketing subject.

Application Deadline:  August 31, 2017

Soroptimist International of Peterborough is sponsoring the Live your Dream Education and Training Awards for Women

  • The Live your Dream award assists women in post-secondary education/training programs who provide the primary source of financial support for their families
  • Local Peterborough chapter award:  $2,000
  • Local winner can compete for the regional award:  $5,000
  • The regional winner can compete for 1 of 3 international awards:  $10,000

To apply, visit and click on the “Apply for a Program Award” link (Live your Dream)

Application Deadline: January 15 each year

Indspire Scholarship and Bursary

Indspire disburses bursaries and scholarships through its Building Brighter Futures program to Indigenous students who are enrolled in post-secondary programs.

Since 1985, Indspire has disbursed bursaries and scholarships to First Nation, Inuit, and Métis post-secondary students. It is the largest funder for Indigenous education outside of the federal government.

Successful futures are created through hard work, creativity, and perseverance. Each one of us has a unique potential to achieve, and for First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students, Indspire is here to help make that happen.

For more information, or to apply, visit

Application Deadlines: February 1; June 1; November 1

Formsbirds Scholarship $500 Scholarship Contest is an online platform providing various formats of high quality documents for users to view and download for free. Formsbirds is an ideal place for you to find whatever forms, templates or charts you need. The professional documents offered by Formsbirds cover thousands of categories, such as biodata form, company profile sample, employee write up form, business proposal template, character certificate, menu template, registration form template, etc.

About the scholarship program
Formsbirds is proud to offer a $500 scholarship awarded once per year to current college students and incoming first-year students pursuing higher education. The FormsBirds scholarship contest is held annually to help outstanding students complete their college education.

To apply, please visit 

Application Deadline:  September 15, 2017

 MTB Challenging $1,000 Scholarship

Mountain bike reviewer is offering a scholarship opportunity.   

We are and are working to give you the best mountain bike support. Here, you will get reviews about Mountain Bikes as well as bicycling tips.   

We are offering a scholarship of $1,000 for those who are excellent at writing about specific topics.

Your writing should contain:

  • Health Benefits of Cycling
  • Cycling Tips

This is an open scholarship for all university, college and high school students.

Every student can take part in this offer. Your written essay should be between 800 to 1,000 words.

For more information or to apply visit: 

Application Deadline: June 30, 2017


Joanne Farrell
Awards Officer
613-969-1913 ext. 2202

Laura Russell
Financial Aid Advisor
613-969-1913 ext. 2425