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 2018/19 Awards Directory

The Bursary Application is now closed for the Winter 2019 semester. The next application cycle runs April 22 – May 10, 2019. To apply, please visit The application is time-sensitive and will close automatically at noon on May 10, 2019. 

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.

Movavi Scholarship: $1,000 for 2 Minutes’ Work!

Movavi produces software for photo and video editing. To participate in this program, students are requested to create a fun video about themselves or their friends and share it on social media. The winner takes the scholarship to the tune of  $1,000. Participants should make their videos using Movavi Video Editor, but it can be the trial version which is free.

Read more about the conditions on the scholarship page:

Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund 2019

This scholarship is funded by the True Sport Foundation, a national charitable organization that promotes values-based and principle drive sport.  

In 2019–20, the Fund will award a minimum of two $2,000 scholarships to two successful applicants; we are committed to growing the Fund and expect that it will provide multiple annual awards in the coming years.

The application deadline for this Award is April 30, 2019 (for the 2019–20, Sept 2019 – April 2020, academic year).

For more information, click here

The online application is available here

If you have any questions about the fund, please contact

Application Deadline: April 30, 2019

Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship

The Gaulin Foundation is pleased to announce that it is once again accepting applications for the Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship – a national scholarship that promotes the resilience of individuals with mental illness pursuing post-secondary education.

The $1,000 scholarships are being offered in honour of Sarah Gaulin, who died at the age of 26 after a longtime battle with mental illness. 

In order to apply, students must be registered in a post-secondary institution and provide documented proof of their mental illness. Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding applicants who meet the criteria of the program. 

Details about the scholarship can be found at

Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

Moarmouz  – New E-commerce Scholarship 2018 – 2019

We only accept applicants who show proof that they are studying and enrolled in an accredited school/university. You must be at least 17 years old to apply, so the ages are really open to just about anyone. The scholarship contest is considered international, so don’t feel like your school/university might not be considered for its location. Moreover, Terms and conditions apply.

If you have any query or concerns about our scholarship contest, feel free to reach out to

Details can be found at the following link:

Application Deadline: Feb 28, 2019

2019 Pro Stock Hockey Student Athlete Scholarship

Pro Stock Hockey is not only a strong supporter of organized hockey, but of education as well. They are proud to be able to help hockey-playing students who are pursuing degrees in higher education.

Through the Pro Stock Hockey Student Athlete Scholarship, they award the winning student $1,000 to be used toward his or her degree. In addition, they award a $250 book scholarship to the two runners-up.

To qualify, undergraduate or graduate students must attend an accredited college or university and play for the school’s hockey team.

Application Deadline: August 1, 2019; winners will be announced August 15.

Paul G. Complin Memorial Scholarship

The Air & Waste Management Association’s Ontario Section is pleased to announce the new dedication of our annual scholarship awards program as the Paul G. Complin Memorial Scholarship.

Mr. Paul Complin (1945 – 2015) graduated with a Masters in Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1971 and worked in the field of environmental engineering, with an emphasis on air related issues, for over 40 years.

The Paul G. Complin Memorial Scholarships will be awarded to three (3) students at Ontario’s post-secondary institutions who are pursuing programs related to engineering or the sciences. The scholarship fosters the furtherance of studies relating to the environment and sustainability by striving to encourage young leaders to enter the environmental field and to stimulate professionalism. Therefore, the applicant must demonstrate the relationship between their field of study and the environment, or must be pursuing environmentally related post-secondary studies. Students fulfilling these criteria are encouraged to apply.

One award is reserved for students entering their first year of post-secondary education, to encourage them as they begin their post-secondary educations.

Application and Awards Process:

To apply for the Paul G. Complin Memorial Scholarship, please fill out the application form (click here) and send the form, plus the requested supporting documents outlined in the application, to the A&WMA ( Failure to supply all the requested information may result in applications being rejected.

Scholarship Value: $2,500 each

Application Deadline: January 31, 2019

Wallet Hacks Scholarship

The Wallet Hacks $1,000 Scholarship is a twice-annual scholarship awarded to an actively enrolled full-time student in the United States or Canada. We recognize the high cost (and high value!) of higher education and we want to help reduce that burden. Applicants must submit an essay about financial freedom and what it means to them. We will award one student with $1,000 paid directly to their school.

Who Qualifies

All applicants must be actively enrolled at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States or Canada on a full-time basis for the Fall 2019 academic period.

The Wallet Hacks Financial Freedom Scholarship is awarded twice a year – once in the Fall and once in the Spring. We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2019 scholarship.

How to Apply

To enter, please submit an essay of at least 1,000 words but no more than 2,000 words, in English, answering the following questions:

  • What does financial freedom mean to you?
  • Why is financial freedom important to you?
  • How will you achieve financial freedom?

Please also include your major and anticipated graduate date (month/year).

Application Deadline: 
For the Fall 2018 Scholarship:

  • Submissions Accepted starting January 1, 2019
  • Submissions Deadline is April 1, 2019, 11:59 pm ET
  • Winner notification: by June 1, 2019

A Place for Mom Scholarship

A Place for Mom Senior Wisdom Video Scholarship: Five $1,000 scholarships available to students enrolled in an associate’s, bachelor’s, certificate or graduate-level program at an accredited school in the fields of gerontology, medicine, nursing, social work, sociology, psychology, physical or occupational therapy, speech pathology or long-term care administration. 

Scholarships are awarded quarterly and applications are accepted through the end of 2018. Details about video topic and requirements can be found on our Scholarship page.

Application Deadline: Applications accepted throughout the school year. No specific deadline.

The EnergyRates.Ca College Scholarship

The deadline for the 2019 competition is January 31, 2019. They are offering a $500 scholarship to any American or Canadian student enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution. All you have to do to be considered for the scholarship is write an essay in English or French, no more than 500 words in length, telling us where you see the future of the energy industry.

 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?

 Please check technical details regarding submissions, rules and requirements at the official scholarship website.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2019

The Cover Guy Annual Scholarship

The 6th Annual Cover Guy Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • The student must be currently enrolled, or going to be enrolled, in a program at a university, college or trade school in the United States or Canada for the upcoming school year.
  • The applicant must submit an article consisting of 500 – 1000 words.
  • The article must be in and around the applicant’s experience with hot tubs, backyard experiences, how hot tubs improve life, etc.
  • One submission per applicant. Submission should be sent by email only. Please include name, phone number, address, school name, program. Give an explanation of why you should be considered for the award (grades, volunteer work, etc.), student ID number, and the article. Details are available here.

Scholarship Award: $500

Award Date: August 1, 2019

Please email your essay to:

Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

Pretty Photoshop Actions Scholarship

The fourth bi-annual scholarship award is coming up on April 15, 2019.

As a reminder, the full eligibility details and entry requirements for our bi-annual scholarship can be found here. You can also find our last two scholarship winners announced here and here.

Pretty Photoshop Actions is a female owned business and we are fortunate to have served over 200,000 photographers and hobbyists over the past eight years. Our mission as a company is to encourage and inspire others to grow both personally and professionally through their photography journey.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2019

WowAutos’ Scholarship

WowAutos Canada has launched a new scholarship program for students in the fields of engineering, computer science, business, accounting and marketing. 

Please find some information about WowAutos Canada and it’s Scholarship Award below:

WowAutos Canada is a free automotive marketplace for buying, selling and leasing used and new automobiles, aggregates thousands of cars and trucks from over 6,000 car dealers, auction sites and car malls across Canada.

WowAutos is pleased to present the Adversity Beaters’ Scholarship for the deserving national and international students. Further details on application and award can be found here.

Application Deadline: End of December

Toptal Scholarships for Women

Toptal will award five scholarships to aspiring female leaders in five global regions: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Each winner will receive (US) $10,000 and a year of weekly one-on-one mentoring by a Toptal expert.

The scholarship program is open to anyone with a passion for changing the future, and we welcome applicants from all majors and academic standings.

For more information and to apply, go to

Each scholarship winner will receive a stipend as well as a year of mentorship and guidance from an expert in their field of interest.

Here are the scholarship guidelines:

Application Deadline: Application deadlines depend on which region the applicant lives in. Application timelines are available on the scholarship website.

Heer Law Entrepreneurship Scholarship

The Heer Law Entrepreneurship Scholarship, worth $2,000 CAD, was created with the intention to help young entrepreneurs and leaders to learn how to protect their business.

In order to be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be currently attending university or college or set to attend during the 2018 – 2019 academic year;
  • Must provide an application submission, including a business plan for their current or prospective business which includes a section outlining their intellectual property strategy.
  • Must apply via email to and provide their name, address, university or college, major and expected graduation month and year.

For more information about our scholarship, visit this page.

Application Deadline: December 31, 2018

Hamilton Community Foundation

Chaney-Ensign Bursary  

Provides bursaries to post-secondary students (of any subject) who can demonstrate financial need, and who have graduated from a publicly funded secondary school in Hamilton. Undergrad and postgrad students are eligible.

The online application form can be accessed here.

Application Deadlines: October 1 and February 1

Geritol Follies Bursary

Provides performing arts bursaries to talented and promising students who can demonstrate financial need, are students of voice, drama, dance or musical instruments and who have graduated from a publicly funded secondary school in Hamilton or Burlington. Undergrad and post-grad students are eligible.

The online application form can be accessed here

Application Deadline: October 1

David Davis Memorial Bursary

Provides bursaries to students who can demonstrate financial need, and who are enrolled in a music program at a college, university or institution in Canada, the United States or abroad. Undergrad and postgrad students are eligible.

The online application form can be accessed here

Application Deadline: October 1

More information about applying to each bursary and their eligibility guidelines can be found on our website.

ParentNeed.Com Scholarship is an online parental advice resource and it runs a scholarship program to financially support students who are also parents. They are pleased to announce that they have decided to open this scholarship program to Canadian students this year.

All Students who are currently enrolled at a high school, university, trade school or college are eligible for the scholarship. One lucky winner per year will receive an award of $1,000 to use towards their higher education. Details are available here.

Application Deadline: September 1 – December 1 every year. Winner announced the following year.

Canadian Technical Asphalt Association Scholarships

The CTAA Scholarships are funded by the Canadian Technical Asphalt Association to support students preparing for careers as scientists, technologists or engineers in the general area of asphalt paving technology.

  • CTAA Graduate Scholarship – $2,000 (Available to graduate students)
  • CTAA Undergraduate Scholarship – $2,000 (Available to undergraduate students)
  • CTAA Technology Scholarship – $2,000 (Available to students enrolled in a technical school, community college or CEGEP. Applicants with industrial experience in asphalt technology are encouraged to apply.)
  • 2018 CTAA Application Specifications English Scholarship

For more information, go to

Dr. E. Bruce Hendrick Scholarship Program

Open to Canadian citizens with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus residing in the province of Ontario.

For details, click here.

Application Deadline: Last day of April, annually

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

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