Bursaries and Scholarships

Bursary & Scholarship Opportunities

A bursary or scholarship is a financial gift to support the costs related to pursuing a post-secondary career plan. These costs range from tuition and books at a college or university to specialized equipment and tools required to enter an apprenticeship or the workplace. Most of these financial gifts originate from three general sources: within the secondary school itself, a post-secondary educational institution (college or university), or a program sponsored by a community partner or employer. Each source will have its own application process and deadline. Potential graduates are strongly encouraged to begin their research and planning early.

Although a bursary and a scholarship are both financial gifts, the intended recipient for each differs significantly. In general, a bursary is a gift to address current financial need whereas a scholarship is a gift to reward past exceptional personal achievement (academic, community involvement, etc.). It is quite common for additional criteria to accompany either gift in an effort to honour the spirit behind its inception. Students are encouraged to carefully review these criteria to determine their eligibility. Colleges, universities and community partners continue to report that a portion of these gifts go unclaimed due to a lack of applicants. When in doubt, APPLY.

St. Joseph – Scollard Hall’s Bursary & Scholarship Program

Each year, grade 12 students of SJSH are awarded thousands of dollars through our bursary and scholarship program. We are thankful for the generosity of our many wonderful community partners who contributed over $29,000 in financial assistance last year. These awards all pathway plans; workplace, apprenticeship, college, and university. As such, ALL potential graduates are encouraged to download and complete the SJSH Bursary and Scholarship General Application Template to prepare for the upcoming online application cycle.

Colleges, Universities & Community Partners

Most colleges and universities offer financial gifts through their entrance and national awards programs. This information can be found by searching their respective websites. Students are encouraged to review these early and make arrangements to apply well in advance of any specified deadlines. In addition, our Student Services department receives annual notifications of local, regional and national financial awards offered by our many community partners. These have been organized according to historical deadlines and may be found here. While we endeavor to keep this information current it is subject to change without notice. Students may also wish to visit the following portals to explore additional opportunities tailored to their plan.

Keep Informed / Be Prepared

Throughout the school year, potential graduates will receive regular email notifications via Edsby regarding financial aid opportunities.  Additional information, web links and/or applications related to these opportunities will be uploaded through Career Cruising to make them more accessible.  Daily monitoring of Edsby and Career Cruising is strongly recommended.

Here are a few suggestions to make the most of your opportunities:

  • Invest 1-2 hours/week researching your opportunities.
  • Initiate a plan to complete and submit the application early. Personal and professional references can take several days to draft, consult and revise. Keep in mind the time required for the application to reach its destination.
  • Seek feedback from a close family member, guardian or teacher to enhance your written responses.
  • Keep a personal record of all submissions for future applications. Many applications ask similar questions allowing you to tailor previous responses to align with the new criteria.

Students requiring assistance with this process are asked to contact Mr. King in Student Services.

 

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