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 2017-18 Awards Directory

 The Bursary application is available from August 21 – September 15 at noon. To apply, please visit


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.

The Peterborough Horticultural Society


$1,000 Scholarships available to students studying in a program related to Horticulture. Please click here for details.

Deadline to apply:  October 31, 2017

Traders Group Scholarship

A bursary available to students studying Finance or Business, with a minimum 3.5 GPA.  Further details are available at 

Deadline to apply: December 10, 2017 Working Parent College Scholarship Program (Next Award: December 2017)

Are you a parent trying to balance work while attending university or some other higher learning institution? would like to announce our new plan to help our users succeed in the workforce: a college scholarship awarded once per year designed to benefit working parents in Canada who are pursuing post-secondary education.

Details available at

Deadline to apply: December 9, 2017

Trusted Picks Business/Marketing Scholarship

We are awarding one scholarship to the value of $1,000. This is a new scholarship that we have created for 2017 and it is our goal to offer this scholarship every year so as to foster and encourage education and personal development in the internet technology sector. We also hope to raise awareness of our scholarship and increase the value of the award as time goes by.

Winner Announced: December 18, 2017

Here is a link where you can learn more about the scholarship and for your students to get more information and apply:

Deadline to apply: November 30, 2017 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

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 December.

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

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

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

Outdoor Hobbyist Scholarship Program

A $1,000 scholarship is 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

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


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

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