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External Awards

External scholarships are offered by employers and organizations and often look at criteria other than academics such as athletics, extracurricular activities, leadership, community involvement, volunteer work, and areas of specialization.

While every effort is made to ensure that the external scholarship listings are up-to-date, the Student Awards Office cannot guarantee the accuracy or currency of the information listed on those websites not administered by Queen's.

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General Information:

Often you must apply well in advance for an award for the next academic year, so start looking early!

You may be eligible for an external award from:

  • Some provincial governments offer scholarships to high school students continuing their studies at the post-secondary level.  For example:
    • British Columbia - Passport to Education
    • Alberta - The Alexander Rutherford Scholarships
  • Your parents' employer or union (e.g. Bell Canada, Lafarge Canada, NAV Canada, Weyerhaeser Canada)
  • Clubs or associations where you or your parents have membership (e.g. Rotary, Kinsmen, Masons, Cadets)
  • Businesses, organizations and interest groups dedicated to assisting specific categories of students. Criteria may include particular disciplines of study, visible minority groups, community involvement, and/or financial need 

Specific Awards:

Below are some recommended sites to explore that offer scholarships to post-secondary students. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. Please refer directly to the organizational websites for specific criteria and deadlines.

3M National Student Fellowships

The 3M National Student Fellowship honours up to ten full-time students at Canadian post-secondary institutions who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their lives, at their post-secondary institution. These students embrace a vision of education that enhances their academic experience and beyond.

A Place for Mom Senior Care Innovation Scholarship

A Place for Mom is proud to offer a scholarship to university students interested in the fields of aging and gerontology.

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

The American Bar Association (ABA) awards an annual Legal Opportunity Scholarship to first-year law students. The mission of the program is to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to attend and completing law school.

AEBC/T-Base Scholarship Program

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is a grassroots organization that works to improve the lives of blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadians through education, empowerment, and advocacy. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic performance, community involvement, and overcoming adversity. Each year, the AEBC offers scholarships to recognize outstanding blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted post-secondary students.

Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies

ACUNS established its scholarship program, the Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST) in 1982 to advance knowledge and understanding of Canada’s North. The purpose of the CNST is to develop a cadre of scholars and scientists with northern experience and, at the same time, to enhance the educational opportunities available for northern residents.

Nicholas Bala Award for Excellence in Children and Family Law

An award of $1000.00 is granted each year to a student in either social work or law or in a joint social work/law program at a publicly funded university who is interested in interdisciplinary work in family law.

Le Prix Bastarache / The Bastarache Award

In recognition of the accomplishments and contributions of the Honourable Michel Bastarache in promoting and advancing official languages in Canada, the Ontario Bar Association (the OBA) will present the “Bastarache Award” to a student of an Ontario Faculty of Law who has contributed to the advancement of official languages in Ontario’s legal system. Any member of the OBA who was a registered student at any level of an Ontario
Faculty of Law in the preceding academic year may apply for or, with his/her consent, be nominated for the Award.

BeArt Presets Scholarship Program

Available to an Undergraduate, a Graduate, or a High School senior with an acceptance from an accredited University or College. In order to apply, fill out the online application form. In 1000 words or less, explain: "How will The BeArt Presets Academic Scholarship impact your life?" Applications must be written in English, with correct spelling and grammar to be considered.

Viscount Bennett Fellowship

The Viscount Bennett Fellowship ($50,000) is made possible by a donation from the Right Honorable Viscount Bennett, a CBA Past President (1929-30) who in 1943 established a trust fund to provide income to be used to encourage a high standard of legal education, training and ethics. Candidates must be Canadian citizens who have graduated from an approved law school in Canada, or, who at the time of application are pursing final year studies as undergraduate students at such approved law school.

Bill 7 Award

The Bill 7 Award is open to individuals who are attending or accepted by a Post-Secondary Educational Institution in the Province of Ontario; who have demonstrated financial need, who are pursuing their first post-secondary program of study, and who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, and/or queer (LGBTTTQ2S).

Black Business and Professional Association - BBPA National Scholarships

The BBPA National Scholarship Fund was established in 1986 and is dedicated to supporting and promoting the achievement of academic excellence by Black Canadian youth through an annual scholarship program. The Fund receives financial donations from corporations and individuals that share its mission to support the education and development of Canada’s future leaders, through assisting Black youth in their attainment of post-secondary education. Donors may contribute to the General Fund, used to fund scholarships and assist in covering operating costs; or to the Endowment Fund, established to provide a secure financial base for the expansion of the annual scholarships and to create a scholarship program that can be maintained in perpetuity. Scholarships are awarded in multiple categories.

Canadian Northern Studies Trust Awards Program

The Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST) is the student awards program of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS). It was established in 1982 to further the Association’s mandate to advance knowledge and understanding of Canada’s North by offering student awards for exceptional northern-based research. The purpose of the CNST is to foster scholars and scientists with northern experience and at the same time to enhance educational opportunities available for northern residents to obtain post-secondary education at Canadian colleges and universities.


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CLWD (Community Living Walkerton and District) Educational Bursary

Community Living Walkerton and District is an organization which endeavors to promote effective practices of inclusion for all individuals. An educational bursary of $1,000.00 will be made available to a full-time post secondary student who demonstrates commitment toward stronger and inclusive communities.

Paul G.Complin Memorial Scholarships for A&WMA Student Members

Awarded to 3 A&WMA Student Members 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.

Easter Seals Scholarships

Easter Seals Ontario offer a variety of scholarships for young people with physical disabilities attending post secondary education.

EDC's International Business Scholarships (Youth Education Program)

EDC awards up to 30 scholarships annually, 25 of which go to undergraduate university or college students interested in pursuing a career or furthering their studies in international business, with up to five additional scholarships for students in programs which combine business with environmental or sustainability studies.

EnergyRates.Ca College Scholarship is offering a $500 scholarship to any American or Canadian student enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution. To be considered, applicants must write an essay, no more than 500 words in length, on the topic of how they see the future of the energy industry.

The Expert Institute’s Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Scholarship

Without the technical insights provided by members of the healthcare and life science communities, attorneys would not be able to effectively seek justice for their clients. From prescription drug and medical device torts to intellectual property disputes surrounding proprietary biological research, healthcare and life science professionals have become an essential part of American justice. In recognition of these vital contributions to the practice of law, The Expert Institute is offering a $1000 scholarship to students in medicine and the life sciences. Applicants must be actively pursuing a degree related to healthcare or the life sciences, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must also submit a 1,000-2,000 word essay.

FAFSA on the Web

The United States Department of Education has made available the fastest way to apply for federal student aid - Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) on the Web.

Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship

The Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship was established in honour of Sarah Gaulin, who died at age 26 after a longtime battle with mental illness. Along with her passion for Paralympic sport, Sarah actively pursued a career in the healthcare field. Notwithstanding her health issues, Sarah persevered and continued to attend and excel in her educational field of choice. Although she battled with mental illness, she never gave up on education and her dream of one day helping others. The scholarship seeks to support and encourage the resilience of individuals with mental illness pursuing post-secondary education, which Sarah believed strongly in. Students must be registered in a post-secondary institution and provide documented proof of their mental illness. The scholarship will be awarded to outstanding applicants who meet the criteria of the program. The awards will be paid directly to the post-secondary institution (in the students' accounts) that the recipients are attending to defray the cost of tuition fees for post-secondary study.

IBD Scholarship

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada awards ten one-time scholarships of up to $5,000 to students of any age, living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who are enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary educational institute for the upcoming fall 2017. Past scholarship recipients represent students who are living well with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis who not only strive to sustain an optimal level of wellness, but also seek to inspire others to do the same. This program is made possible by an educational grant provided by AbbVie Canada.

International Scholarship Programs

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.

Journalists for Human Rights (JHR)

JHR recognizes strong human rights journalism through awards and professional development opportunities.

KEGS Foundation Scholarship

A geophysical scholarship program for 2017, awarded to qualified applicants studying geophysics or allied fields at a Canadian university. The KEGS Foundation primarily directs its scholarship awards to undergraduate students who have demonstrated a definite interest and aptitude for geophysics, particularly for geophysical exploration; however, applications will also be considered from graduate students in geophysics who face unusual difficulties in securing adequate support through fellowships or research grants.

LA Tutors 123

LA Tutors 123 awards a monthly $500 scholarship to students who showcase their creativity in a new exciting way - whether it’s setting a world record or becoming an activist for a worthy cause. Applicants must submit an essay describing the details of the project and provide supporting documentation (e.g. website, news article, letter of recommendation, etc).

Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarships

The Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1984 established funding for annual Law School Entrance Scholarships, in honour of the incorporation of the Law Society in 1834. The Scholarships, valued at $5,000 each are tenable for first year studies at any Canadian Law school recognized by the Scholarships Board. Awards will be made on the basis of academic ability.

Law Society of Prince Edward Island

Each year the Law Society and Law Foundation give three $2,000 scholarships to law students. The student must be enrolled or accepted for enrolment as a full-time student at an accredited university law school for the next academic year. Proof of Enrolment or acceptance for enrolment must accompany the application. The Scholarship Committee of the Law Society selects recipients. The selection is based on a scholastic attainment in the previous year of academic study and demonstrated financial need.

Leonard Foundation

A Financial Assistance Program for students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in a Canadian university or affiliated college. All applicants will be considered, but when necessary, preference may be given to daughters or sons of ordained clergy, licensed elementary or secondary school teachers, Canadian military personnel, graduates of a Canadian Military College, members of the Engineering Institute of Canada and members of the Mining and Metallurgical Institute of Canada. Preference is also given to those who have previously received an award from The Leonard Foundation. A true financial need must be demonstrated.

The Lime Network

Lime Connect offers a wide range of opportunities for both students and alumni with disabilities via The Lime Network. Lime Connect hosts a variety of outstanding scholarship programs with our corporate partners - some of which include a paid internship to get you started on a great career. All scholarships are awarded based on merit - not financial need, and students do not need to be registered with disability services/access centres on campus nor do they need to provide proof of disability.

Developing a profile on The Lime Network creates access to apply directly for positions with our corporate partners as Lime Connect candidates, and to have your background reviewed for specific roles they are seeking to fill. You'll also receive notification of all other opportunities that include The Lime Connect Fellowship Program, corporate recruitment events for students and experienced candidates, scholarships, webinars focused on industry/partner overviews and professional development and more.

Loran Scholars Foundation

The Loran Scholars Foundation identifies and supports exceptional young Canadians who demonstrate character, service and leadership. Since 1988, they have granted more than $26 million to over 2,300 students. Each year, they select the top 30 of approximately 3,500 applicants as Loran Scholars. Each scholar receives a renewable undergraduate award, including mentorship and a summer program. Their 25 partner universities offer a matching tuition waiver and join them in stewarding Loran Scholars throughout their studies. The Loran Scholars Foundation also offer one-time finalist awards and provincial awards. These awards can be used at any public university in Canada.

LSAT Prep Law Student Scholarships

The Get Prepped LSAT prep scholarships are unrestricted merit-based grants of up to $1000 available to students currently enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian law school.

Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund

This national sport studies scholarship is intended to stimulate thoughtful examination of values-based and ethical sport. It was established in 2014 by Lyle Makosky to help support the work of the True Sport Foundation (TSF) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. The fund’s capital is held and invested by the Community Foundation of Ottawa and annual earnings are used by the TSF to support financial awards in the area of values and ethics in sport.

Dick Martin Scholarship Award

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) Council of Governors established this scholarship fund in 2002 in the memory of Dick Martin, a tireless health and safety advocate and a pioneer of workplace health and safety in Canada. Awarded annually, this $3,000 national scholarship is available to any student enrolled, either full-time or part-time, in an occupational health and safety related course or program leading to an occupational health and safety certificate, diploma or degree at an accredited college or university in Canada. Programs include mine safety, occupational or industrial health and safety, industrial hygiene, safety management or other related safety degree program. To apply for the award, post secondary students are invited to submit a 1,000-1,200 word essay, cover letter and completed online application form.

Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies annually awards two scholarships for graduate studies in law at the University of Cambridge, England to candidates who have been awarded a law degree from a three or four year program at a faculty of law in a Canadian university in the four years before the candidate will commence his or her studies at the University of Cambridge (supported by The Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship).

An applicant must be accepted into the University of Cambridge and a College of the University of Cambridge for graduate studies in law in order to receive this Scholarship, although such acceptance need not be confirmed at the time of the application for the Scholarship nor at the time that the Institute provides the candidate with notice that he or she has been selected to receive the Scholarship.

One Awards (Hydro One)

The One Awards acknowledge and share the ingenuity of our employees and the potential of aspiring professionals to the joint benefit of Hydro One and the people of Ontario. Each October 2nd marks the closing date of submissions and peer nominations for outstanding people who demonstrate the traits that make us the innovative, diverse organization we are.

Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund

The Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund (OMSBF) is an initiative of the Ontario Medical Foundation (OMF), a registered charity established by members of the Ontario Medical Association. Under the OMF umbrella, the OMSBF fundraises through individual and corporate solicitation, and events. Funds raised are used to provide bursaries for medical students who require financial assistance. The OMSBF offers two types of bursaries (OMSBF General Bursaries and OMSBF Named Bursaries) to medical students studying in one of the six Ontario medical schools. In addition, the OMF offers two bursaries per school to assist students in taking up elective programs.

Ontario Power Generation Awards

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) offers a range of post-secondary student awards, to students attending accredited Community Colleges and Universities in Ontario. The student awards program is designed to encourage and help students obtain the education they need to build a rewarding career. The program highlights OPG’s commitment to youth and education by offering financial assistance to students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

John Peters Humphrey Student Fellowships in International Human Rights Law or International Organization

The result of a most generous bequest to the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL) by the late John Peters Humphrey, a renowned Canadian international lawyer and scholar. During his 20 years of service with the United Nations and more than 40 years as a human rights activist and academic, he was instrumental in efforts to promote wide ratification of, and adherence to, the major global and regional international human rights instruments. In 1974, Professor Humphrey was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "in recognition of his contributions to legal Fellowship and his world-wide reputation in the field of human rights." Available to graduating, or graduate students of Canadian law faculties or students studying in Canada at an advanced level in political science (or the equivalent) disciplines are eligible to apply for the Fellowships. Applicants must be qualified to commence or continue as full-time students in a graduate program in the field of international human rights law or international organizations.

RBC Royal Bank Scholarships

RBC developed a diverse set of scholarship programs worth over $500,000 a year to help address the critical need for student funding across Canada. Refer to RBC Scholarships website for a list of scholarships available.

Renfrew County Law Association Scholarship

The Renfrew County Law Association is pleased to offer a scholarship to promote future law school graduates who are interested in returning to the County of Renfrew to pursue their legal practice. A scholarship in the amount of $1000 may be awarded each year to one or more eligible applicants.

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships are considered the oldest and most prestigious international scholarships for outstanding scholars from any academic field of study. Funded by the estate of Cecil J. Rhodes (the Rhodes Trusts), the Rhodes Scholarships support students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as 'leaders for the world's future'. Rhodes Scholarships are tenable for postgraduate studies or a second bachelor's degree at Oxford University, for two years with the possible extension of a third year.  Eleven Canadian Rhodes Scholars are chosen each year from among those nominated by Canadian Universities from across the country, including two scholarships in Ontario. A full statement of requirements and conditions is outlined on the application form which may be obtained from the Division of Student Affairs at Queen's University.

Royal Canadian Legion Bursary

The Bursary Program is designed to assist those students who enter a post secondary school of education (including courses and training programs of a technical and vocational nature) and pursue the same course throughout their academic years. Approved bursary assistance is not based upon scholastic standing but rather on the successful admission status to a post secondary institution or successful completion of one or more years leading to a recognized degree, diploma or certificate. The Bursary Program is funded through the Ontario Command Branches and Ladies' Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation. Ontario Command branches, and our Auxiliaries, raise funds for the Bursary Program through poppy tagging, and other activities such as bingo, break open tickets, banquets and clubhouse operations.

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Scholarships and Apprenticeships

The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre offers scholarships to students pursuing diplomas and degrees in Theatre. Also offered is an apprentice program to recent theater graduates.

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario Scholarship Program

SSO’s scholarship program is one of Canada’s only bursary programs dedicated to funding educational opportunities for individuals affected by schizophrenia or psychosis. Many people who apply for SSO scholarships have had their education disrupted by their illness. Often the symptoms of schizophrenia makes it difficult for people to complete their education. SSO’s scholarship program helps individuals achieve their dreams and goals.

Scholarship Guidance

This website has been designed to help schools find scholarships for students who are interested in attending a post secondary school.

Search through extensive database to find scholarships, student awards, bursaries and grants.

SeniorsZen Scholarship grants $500 Scholarship each year to Canadian students to help them in pursuing their educational goals. For students who are legal residents of Canada and enrolled full time in a diploma, undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited Canadian college, university or trade school or high school students officially admitted to any accredited Canadian college, university or trade school.

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute is a binational organization that promotes understanding between India and Canada through academic activities and exchanges. Our broad-based initiatives support the creation of binational links between academia, government, the business community and civil society organizations by funding research and hosting seminars. Our internships and fellowships provide opportunities for individuals to gain first-hand experience in India or Canada. In addition, our book and journal program provides valuable resources to students and faculty at our member universities. Over the Institute’s forty year history we have awarded hundreds of fellowships.

Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship

The Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program supports people diagnosed with ADHD who are pursuing higher education.

Honourable G.I. Smith Memorial Trust Bursary

The G.I. Smith Memorial Trust is pleased to offer the G.I. Smith Memorial Award, a bursary for a deserving Nova Scotia law student. The award honours the memory of Truro lawyer "Ike" Smith, a member of the Nova Scotia Bar for 50 years. He was MLA for Colchester County from 1949 until 1974, serving in several Cabinet positions in the governments of Robert Stanfield, and succeeding him as Premier of Nova Scotia from 1967 until 1970. He was appointed to the Senate in 1975 and served until his death in 1982.

This bursary is open to full-time law students or articled clerks from Nova Scotia who have begun at least their second year of law school, or their clerkship in this province or elsewhere. This includes second year students, third year students, articled clerks, and students engaged in graduate law studies. Applicants should have a record of significant activity in the areas of public and community affairs, sports, or arts and entertainment, and have demonstrated interest in bettering themselves, their communities and their province through professional and volunteer efforts. Applicants must exhibit financial need.

The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada

The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada annually offers several $7,500 grants to female graduate students in Canada to assist them with university studies which will qualify them for careers which will improve the quality of women's lives. Examples include but are not limited to: providing services, providing legal counseling and assistance, counseling mature women entering or re-entering the labour market, counseling women in crisis, counseling and training women for non-traditional employment, and positions in women's centres.

Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario - Scholarships and Bursaries

SB&H believes that all persons, either with or without disability, have the right to pursue higher education. We also realize that the obstacles to be overcome by students with disabilities are far more numerous and often of greater magnitude than those faced by able-bodied students. Each year SB&H plays a key role in encouraging students with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus to continue their education through the assistance of two scholarship programs.

Start Proud

Start Proud, formerly Out On Bay Street, is committed to recognizing excellence in Canada’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally (LGBTQA+) community. Consistent with our mission, we are committed to providing students with resources to help achieve their goals.

STEAM Horizon Awards for high school students

The STEAM Horizon Awards, a newly funded prize program, invites Canada’s youth to promote positive changes throughout their community using science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Up to seven students will each be awarded a $25,000 prize for their post-secondary education. Two of the seven prizes will go to Indigenous youth. The prizes will be funded by the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation Foundation, alongside six Founding Partners.

Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship in Mineral Economics

In 2012, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and its members created the Paul Stothart Memorial Scholarship ($3,500 value) for university students interested in a career in mineral economics. The scholarship was established in memory of MAC’s former Vice President of Economic Affairs, Paul Stothart.

Storwell's Foster Children Bursary Program

Storwell offers 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.

SWEA Swedish Women's Educational Association (Toronto) Travel Scholarships

The Swedish Women's Educational Association International Toronto Inc. (SWEA Toronto) is an international organization of Swedish women, whose mandate is to promote Swedish history, culture and tradition outside Sweden. For more than fifteen years, the Toronto chapter of SWEA has offered a small number of travel scholarships to full-time students at Ontario universities that have an established official exchange with a university in Sweden. The purpose of the scholarship is to defray some of the costs incurred by the students selected by the university to take part in the exchange.

Universities Canada

Universities Canada is a not-for-profit, non-governmental association representing Canadian universities, at home and abroad. Information is available for both undergraduates and graduates.

This Canadian web site gives you immediate access to a database of thousands of scholarships, bursaries, fellowships, grants and other financial awards.