External Awards

There are a number of awards available through agencies external to York University. These awards are listed below with links to the appropriate Web sites from which you can learn more about the award and download the application. Apply well in advance for an award for the next academic year. This site also links you to several external award search engines to start you on your own search.

Disclaimer: The information on this Web site is provided for the convenience of students only. While every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy and completeness, York University accepts no liability for any inaccuracies or omissions in the information provided and no responsibility for the content of the linked, non-York University websites. Students should independently confirm competition details and closing dates by consulting the relevant websites directly.

External Scholarships

A Place For Mom Senior Care Innovation Scholarship

Value: $1,000

Five $1000 scholarships available to students enrolled in gerontology, medicine, nursing, social work, sociology, psychology, physical or occupational therapy, speech pathology or long-term care administration. Deadline: April 15.

Alberta Arborists Annual Scholarship

Value: $1,000

Once a year, Alberta Arborists awards merit-based scholarships for students pursuing higher education with an emphasis in natural or applied sciences.

Alberta Arborists is the leading tree service company in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and seeks to make educational opportunities available to those committed to studying and school. Any student who is entering university or college as a full-time student is eligible.

Alberta Arborists hopes to help alleviate some of the financial stress for a hard working student. Alberta Arborists' owner Craig Jabs thinks this kind of encouragement goes beyond a dollar sign. It shows that a company representing Canadian identity believes in the success of its young community.

Aspire-Canada Scholarship

Value: $1,000

Aspire-Canada offers scholarships of $1000 or more to outstanding students. Only returning students need to submit the scholarship application. All incoming freshman student will be considered for the scholarship automatically based on a completed admissions application. The preferred deadline for returning students is May 31. Applications received after the preferred deadline will be considered if the funds are available.

Boling Rice, LLC Scholarship

Value: $1,000

At Boling Rice, LLC, our attorneys understand the value of education as well as the often significant costs associated with obtaining one. As attorneys, we are well aware of the financial strain that tuition, books, parking, and other educational expenses can put on both students and families. We value helping people who show promise and initiative, and for this purpose are pleased to be offering a $1,000 yearly scholarship to help students meet their financial needs.

Canadian Forces Personnel Assistance Fund

Available to current or former members and their dependents of the Canadian Army after Oct. 1, 1946 or of the Canadian Forces after Jan. 31, 1968. Must also have a minimum of one year in the Regular Force military service.

Canadian Forces Support Our Troops Scholarships

Available to families of currently serving members and veterans. At this time, five full-time Scholarships and two part-time Scholarships will be awarded annually. For full-time students, the maximum value of the scholarship is $10K, to be split equally over the course of the program, to a maximum of four years. For part-time students, the maximum value of the scholarship is $5K to be split over the course of the program to a maximum of six years.

Canadian Hydrographic Student Award

Value: $2,000

This will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student in the field of Geomatics with at least a 70% average. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport Awards and Honours

Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) offers a variety of awards for student-athletes representing York University in both team and individual sports. Selected members are honoured throughout September to March by special awards and student-athlete profiles based on academic achievement or athletic excellence.

Canadian Institute of Geomatics

The Canadian Institute of Geomatics administers a number of scholarships and award programs that are oriented toward promoting the field of Geomatics and supporting college and university students enrolled in related programs.

Canadian Japanese-Mennonite Scholarship

Value: $2,000

The Canadian Japanese-Mennonite Scholarship is a $2,000 scholarship available to a student who is Canadian or a landed immigrant, enrolled in a graduate degree program in Canada, doing research that will assist the protection of minority or human rights.

Chinese Professionals Association of Canada

Value: $16,000

Every year, the Education Foundation of Chinese Professionals Association of Canada (CPAC) provides scholarships and awards to secondary and post-secondary students who have demonstrated exceptional community leadership as well as outstanding academic achievements. The Foundation also provides assistance to students who have maintained above-average grades and are experiencing financial difficulty.

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

Value: $12,500

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation is generously offering financial assistance in the amount of $15,000 to help students in the development of their artistic careers. The awards are available to students working in painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation will not accept applications from commercial artists or from students whose work falls primarily within the categories of photographers, video artists, filmmakers and craftmakers. Eligible students must show work that is representational, have began or completed art school training or exemplify, through previous work and future commitments, a dedication to pursuing a lifetime career in art. The grant can be used to contribute towards any art-related expense including study, travel, studio-rental, purchasing materials, etc.

Epilepsy Postdoctoral Research Award and Summer Studentships

Value: $5,000-$38,000

Epilepsy Canada is pleased to announce that it is again accepting submissions to support research trainees in any area of research pertaining to epilepsy.

Equals6.com Top-Talent Scholarship Program

Value: $250

www.Equals6.com is the student professional social network connecting students to people and resources that can help them achieve their academic and career goals. Together with private industry partners, Equals6 is providing scholarships to high school and college/university students.

Finance and Economics Scholarship

Value: $1,000

Wealthsimple is a technology-driven investment manager. Backed by industry icons like Professor Eric Kirzner, Roger Martin, and Joe Canavan, our mission is to make smart investing easy for everyone.

We want to make paying for school easier for five students. We understand that school can be pricey. That's why we've created the Wealth and Economics Scholarship designed to help out students who have a passion for investing.

We'll be awarding five $1,500 scholarships in 2016: The finalist and winners will be notified by email on May 31, 2016.

Flight Network's Fly High Scholarship

Value: $1,000

Flight Network's Fly High Scholarship of $1000 is open to any current university student in Canada and the US. Deadline for application is December 31, 2015. Complete details about our scholarship (including eligibility, application procedure, etc.) can be found on our scholarship page here: http://www.flightnetwork.com/pages.

Fulbright Awards

Value: $15,000 USD

The Canada-US Fulbright Program is a joint, bi-national program supported by Foreign Affairs Canada and the United States Department of State that offers multiple opportunities to post-doctoral researchers, prospective graduate students, graduate students and graduating seniors for graduate study in research and teaching positions at an American academic institution of their choice. The award carries a value of $15,000 USD for one academic year or $12,500 USD for one semester, plus health insurance and visa services. The competition is open to exceptional students, however applications in the following fields are especially encouraged: Comparative Public Policy; International Trade; North American Integration; Urban and Regional Planning; Security; Communications; Culture; Ecology and the Environment; Indigenous Issues; Law; Border Issues; Canada-US Relations; Canadian studies and American studies.

GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program in Canada

Value: $3,000 (renewable for three years)

The GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program in Canada is a unique program that provides financial support and skills development opportunities for up to five accomplished Aboriginal first-year undergraduate students from recognized institutions who are pursuing degrees in the fields of engineering or business/management and are a member of one of the following groups: First Nation status or non-status, Métis or Inuit.

Georges Haroutiun Scholarships

Value: $3,000

New for 2016 and in honour of our 30th anniversary, Applied Arts is establishing an annual scholarship program. The Georges Haroutiun Scholarships are so named after our founder, a notable graphic designer who launched Applied Arts in 1986 as a way to connect with industry professionals and celebrate Canadian creativity, both established and emerging. We will award creative arts student in each of the following streams: advertising, design, image.

To apply for the Georges Haroutiun Scholarships, students must complete an assignment and meet the conditions of eligibility. Only digital submissions will be accepted. Winners will be announced in April 2016.

Grape Vine Evaluations Scholarships

Value: $1,000

Once a year, Grapevine Evaluations awards a merit-based scholarship for a student pursuing higher education in the U.S. or Canada. Grapevine Evaluations provides a software tool that makes it easy to perform employee evaluations, and the company seeks to make educational opportunities available to those committed to studying and school. Any student who is entering or currently attending university or college as a full-time student is eligible.

Grapevine Evaluations hopes to help alleviate some of the financial stress for a hard working student. Grapevine Evaluations’ owner Wes Houston thinks this kind of encouragement goes beyond a dollar sign, and strives to support the success of inspired youth.

Eligibility: Canadian or U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and enrolled in a Canadian or US university or college for Fall 2015. Application: Four components must be submitted for your entry: (A) Application Form, (B) Small writing project, (C) Copy of transcript, (D) Proof of Canadian or U.S. Residence. Please visit website for more information.

GreenPages Directory Bursary

Value: $1,000 and $1,500

GreenPages Directory announces a scholarship for Canadian University Students. The Vancouver-based organization, GreenPages Directory, is offering Canadian university students a $1,000 education award and a $1,500 award to help students start new projects in sustainability. For more information, please call 1-866-898-2665 or e-mail services@greenpagesdirectory.net


Hilary M. Weston Scholarship

Value: $7,500

Each year, the program will grant two scholarships to students enrolling in a graduate level social work program at a publicly funded university. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, mental health issues and must be a resident of Ontario.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Awards

IDRC is a Canadian Crown corporation that works with researchers from the developing world in their search for the means to build healthier, more equitable and more prosperous societies. IDRC awards are granted to individuals doing research directly related to and in the context of IDRC’s programs and projects. IDRC does not fund course work, only field research related to a PhD or MA study program and support is provided after successful participation in competitions. The Centre also has a corporate awards program, which includes doctoral research awards for Canadian students and developing country nationals studying at a Canadian university, awards for Canadian students studying journalism and internships tenable at IDRC.

IODE Ontario Lucy Morrison Memorial Fund

Value: Up to $1,000

Receives memorial donations and contributions from IODE chapters. With this fund, we are able to award bursaries of up to $1,000 based on need. Three annual scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded for Applied Ecology, Music Performance, Library and Information Science. An annual award for $1,000 is presented to a student at the National Ballet School, Toronto. Two tuition awards are given to students at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto.

Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Award

Value: $1,000-$5,000

Zonta International helps women overcome gender barriers to careers in traditionally male-dominated fields. The scholarship is awarded annually to women pursuing undergraduate or Master's degrees in business management.

Kathy Searles Scholarship

Value: $500

To be eligible students must be full time first or second year students, enrolled in the science, arts or business program. They should have a minimum average of 75% and demonstrate community involvement. Please send to: The Scholarship Committee, The Barbados St. Michael School Alumni (Toronto) Inc., P.O. Box 2258, Square One Post Office, Mississauga, ON, L5B 3C8.

Please include:

  • Previous year’s transcript
  • Resume
  • Supporting evidence of full-time registration
  • Essay-format covering letter detailing: community involvement, career objectives, goals and aspirations (500 words)
  • Listing of volunteer recognitions
  • Financial information
  • Reasons why you should be awarded this scholarship

John Wesley Beaver Memorial Award

Value: $5,000

The John Wesley Beaver Memorial Award is offered by Ontario Power Generation (OPG). Two awards are available annually to qualified students, one female and one male of Native ancestry (First Nation, Métis or Inuit). Each award is valued at $5,000 for university students.

Krill Oil - Educate Your Heart Scholarship

Value: $1,000

Everest Nutrition, a leader in providing superior quality nutraceutical supplements across North America, is giving $1,000 to two students who pursue further education beyond a high school level. This is part of the 'Krill Oil - Educate Your Heart' program.

Levin Injury Firm Scholarship

Value: $1,000

The Levin Injury Firm is pleased to be offering two yearly $1,000 scholarships to individuals who are currently attending or planning on attending university or graduate school in the near future.

Loran Award

Value: $8,000 (renewable for four years)

The Loran Award is open to every graduating high school or cegep student from coast-to-coast-to-coast. It includes an annual tuition waiver and a stipend of $9,000, access to funding and internships through our summer program, invitations to annual gatherings and forums, and mentorship opportunities. The award is tenable at any of our partner universities.

NEADS National Student Awards Program

Value: $1,000-$5,000

These awards are being offered to encourage full access to post-secondary education for persons with disabilities enrolled in undergraduate, graduate or professional degree programs at recognized Canadian universities or in certified diploma programs at Canadian colleges. Up to 12 awards available. For more information, please contact the NEADS office: National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), Rm. 426 Unicentre, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, tel.: 613-380-8065.

Niren & Associates Annual Scholarship for Canadian Students

Value: $1,000

Once a year, Niren & Associates awards merit-based scholarships for students pursuing higher education with an emphasis in social and applied sciences.

Niren & Associates is a leading immigration law firm in Canada and seeks to make educational opportunities available to those committed to studying and school. Any student who is entering university or college as a full-time student is eligible.

Niren & Associates hopes to help alleviate some of the financial stress for a hard working student. Niren & Associates' owner Michael Niren thinks this kind of encouragement goes beyond a dollar sign. It shows that a company representing Canadian identity believes in the success of its young community.

OOBS Student Leadership Scholarships

Value: $2,500

Out On Bay Street is committed to recognizing excellence in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) student communities across Canada in order to help students excel in their career. To support this commitment, Out On Bay Street offers two Student Leadership Scholarships.

Questions may be directed to Out On Bay Street Awards Associate Mathew Duffy at Mathew.Duffy@outonbayst.org.

Ontario College of Teachers Scholarships

Value: $2,000

The Ontario College of Teachers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to assist candidates proceeding to their final year of a consecutive or concurrent teacher education program. This Scholarship is designed to reward the achievements and characteristics of individuals who model the values of teaching as a respected, time-honored and forward looking profession.

Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship in Mineral Economics

Value: $3,500

Each year, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) will award $3,500 to a recipient of the Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship. Candidates must be enrolled in a Canadian university studying either a Bachelor or Master of Economics, or a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and must demonstrate an interest in mineral economics.

Rhodes Scholarship for Canada

Value: $50,000 (renewable for two to three years)

A Rhodes Scholarship includes tuition, college fees and a stipend covering living expenses for two and possibly three years of study at the University of Oxford. Successful candidates have come from a wide variety of academic backgrounds and pursue many different courses of study while on scholarship. The Rhodes might best be viewed as an investment in an individual of remarkable promise rather than support for a particular program of postgraduate study. Applicants are assessed for their intellectual distinction, physical vigour, character, commitment to service and leadership.

SeniorsZen Scholarship Award

Value: $500

SeniorsZen.com offers scholarships to students enrolled full time in a diploma, undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited Canadian college, university or trade school. To be eligible you must be a legal resident of Canada or hold a valid student visa. Scholarships are awarded based upon an essay on a topic related to senior living in Canada. For more details about the application process, see the link above. This is an annual scholarship.

Silver Cross Ability Achievement Scholarship

Value: $3,000

Silver Cross offers two annual Ability Achievement Scholarships for physically-challenged students: one in the USA and one in Canada.

Storwell Foster Children Bursary Program

Value: $2,000

Storwell is offering an annual bursary of $2,000 in support of foster children to help them attend post-secondary schools and to offer a hand up as they make their way forward in life.

The award is non-renewable but candidates are welcome to apply for it once a year. The successful candidate is an active member of their community, has excellent grades and displays financial need. Thank you to all those who have applied and we wish you the best of luck in your post-secondary program.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

Value: $7,500 - $10,000

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme under which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The CSFP was established at the first Commonwealth education conference in 1959 and is reviewed by education ministers at their triennial meetings – the only scholarship scheme in the world to receive such high-level recognition.

The George Linton Music Scholarship

Value: $1,000

The George Linton Music Scholarship is an award of $1,000.00 given to the candidate who can best demonstrate the value of music to the rehabilitation patient and describe the importance of music in their own education or career plans.

The James Lee Foundation Scholarship

Value: $5,000

Established in 2007 to honour the creative legacy and spirit of the late James Lee, the JLF Scholarship is open to emerging non-professional creative talent from across Canada looking to enter the advertising industry. The annual Scholarship is intended to recognize and help a promising, aspiring talent to do their best work. Ultimately, the award will be given to an up-and-coming “creative rebel” – someone who’s driven to do things differently and has a passion for their craft.

A scholarship of up to $5,000 will be awarded on the basis of the portfolio that demonstrates the most original thinking and craftsmanship according to a judging panel made up of a representative from each of the JLF’s five founding member agencies: DDB Canada, Grip Limited, Lowe Roche, Rethink, and TBWA Vancouver, as well as James Lee's family.

The LiveOutThere.com Scholarship

Value: $2,000

The LiveOutThere.com scholarship is a student award that supports any undergraduate student who is passionate about the outdoors.

Applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree level course at a recognized Canadian University;
  • Be passionate about the outdoors;
  • Submit a 500-1000 word essay based on one of the 8 topics suggested by Live Out There (more details below);
  • One application per student

Selection process: Selection will be made by Live Out There

The Ontario On-site Wastewater Association (OOWA) Scholarship

Value: $2,000

The Ontario On-site Wastewater Association (OOWA) is sponsoring annual education awards to support students with a strong interest in on-site wastewater systems. The bursary is available to anyone enrolled in an environmental, chemical or civil engineering program. Participants can only receive the award once during their studies and must be conducting research which focuses on onsite wastewater issues, including but not restricted to development of new technologies, including nutrient removal or disinfection technologies, impact of onsite systems on the environment, assessment of performance of onsite systems, including new and old technologies, and soil systems, or operation and maintenance of onsite systems.

The Ties That Bind (Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada)- James Pom Memorial Award

Value: $200-500

The Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada (FCCRWC) is a registered charitable organization. The goals of the foundation include promoting the understanding and awareness of the contribution to Canada by the Chinese Railroad Workers who participated in the construction of the first transcontinental railway (the CPR) that united Canada geographically and politically; promoting the awareness of the government's legislation of unjust Immigration Acts against the Chinese pioneers and their families; establishing scholarships; and sponsoring other Canadian charitable organizations to promote Chinese Canadian History.

The Foundation would like to encourage a deeper understanding of Chinese Canadian history by offering a cash award to the top three essays received for this scholarship contest.

UNESCO-L’Oréal For Women in Science International Fellowships

Value: $20,000 (renewable for one additional year)

Granted annually to promising young women scientists, at the doctorate or post-doctorate level, in the Life Sciences to encourage international scientific cooperation and the developing of cross-cultural networks.

Yukon Education

Offers various awards though the Government of Yukon. Some examples are: Student Financial Assistance, Yukon Grant, Student Training Allowance, Yukon Excellence Awards, Canada Student Loan and/or Millennium Bursary and various other awards, scholarships and bursaries. Information and application forms can be accessed through their Web site here and click on Student Financial Assistance located on the right hand side of the home page. For further questions or for more information, please contact only one of the following representatives, if your last name begins with A to K: Carole Theriault, and if your last name begins with L to Z: Nancy Flemming, tel.: 867-667-5929 or toll free: Yukon only 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5929.

External Scholarship Search Engines

Universities Canada

A not-for-profit, non-governmental association representing Canadian universities, at home and abroad. Information is available for both undergraduate and graduates.


Provides funding information for Canadian citizens in postsecondary education and beyond.

Community of Science

A privately held company funded by John Hopkins University to create an international database of university-based scientific research. It has expanded to provide information for and about scientists. The funding described is primarily for American institutions but some options for Canadian are discussed.


A site dedicated to awards and scholarships for students with disabilities at Canadian colleges and universities.


Provides scholarship information for colleges and universities in the US.


A website designed to help Canadian undergraduate students understand their options when it comes to funding their post-secondary education. Studentawards.com joined forces with Scotiabank to build this one-stop resource for students.

International Scholarships - Government of Canada

Canada is committed to participation in international study and research partnerships that build understanding among peoples, develop global citizens and leaders, and contribute to the development of nations. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) is responsible for the Government of Canada's participation in major International Scholarship Programs. DFAIT provides support to international scholars in Canada, which is often reciprocated by foreign governments which support Canadian scholars in their countries.

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

Dedicated to ensuring that educational institutions, federal and provincial websites provide accessible information for students with disabilities. It offers an Online Resource Centre which includes a directory where students with disabilities can access information on scholarships, bursaries, awards and government programs.


Canada's most comprehensive scholarship portal. Search through an extensive database to find scholarships, student awards, bursaries and grants. You'll also find information about student loans, applications and budget planning.

The SmartStudent Guide

This site provides up-to-date information which will be helpful for students planning to study in the United States.


Gives you immediate access to a database of thousands of scholarships, bursaries, fellowships, grants and other financial awards. Whether you are about to enter your first year of postsecondary education or are already enrolled in a university or college program, this Canadian Web site can help you find the money to finance your education.