Tips for Applying for Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards

Applying for scholarships and bursaries can be confusing and intimidating. We have put together some handy tips to consider before you apply for one of our Student Awards. Make sure you read these thoroughly before submitting an application.

Getting Started

  • Start early. Give yourself enough time to find the awards that are perfect for you — there could be more than one.
  • Look around. The award for you may not be listed in the first place you look.
  • Click here for other funding resources.
  • Ask parents and others about awards offered through employers or service clubs.
    Know your goals and how the award will help you achieve them.

Register an Account

If you are not already registered, follow the steps below to set up an account:

  • Visit the registration page and register an account to apply online.
  • Enter in a username applicable to your organization, an email address, and a password (twice for confirmation).
  • Once you sign up, the system will send you an email to activate your account. If it’s not in your inbox, check your spam or junk folder.
  • Copy and paste the link provided in the e-mail into a web browser to update your account.
  • Log in and select the Student Award you wish to apply for.
  • Note the deadlines for the current application. Once closed, you will not be able to access the information.
  • Start the online application for the Student Award(s) you wish to apply for.

Completing the Application

  • Read eligibility requirements carefully. Apply only if you are eligible, and make sure you demonstrate how you meet the criteria.
  • If you have questions, ask.
  • Know your strengths and don’t be afraid to advertise them.
  • Be yourself.
  • Follow instructions.
  • Don’t leave items blank. Include all requested attachments.
  • In your long answer questions, go for quality, not quantity. These are usually your best opportunity to make your application stand out, so give them the attention they deserve. Be personal and be specific.
  • Proofread your application and any long answer questions. Have someone else proofread them too.
  • Choose references carefully, and make sure they can describe why you are a good candidate for that award. If possible, choose individuals who can speak to different aspects of your qualifications. For example, one reference might be a teacher or professor, while another reference might be your boss.
  • Make copies of everything you send.
  • Apply for all awards for which you are eligible, but tailor letters to suit each award.
  • Apply on time, or better yet, early.

After You’ve Submitted Your Application

  • Confirm that your application has been received.
  • If any of your contact information changes, notify the organization providing the award.
  • If you are offered an award, send a thank you letter. A personal letter is better than an email.
  • Make sure you meet any award conditions on time. If you are having problems, contact the organization that offered you an award.
  • If your application is declined, ask for feedback. It may help you be successful next time.
  • Maintain your scholarship potential. Keep up your marks, athletics, leadership, and volunteer work, and continue to look for scholarships as your progress through your studies.