Getting started

There are many local, regional, and national sources of non-repayable funding for education. Identifying those sources and preparing clear and well-documented letters of application will help you secure non-repayable funding. If you have not already applied for a Social Insurance Number, you will need to visit a local Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) office to do so. Many repayable and non-repayable funding sources require a SIN number before money will be released to the recipient.

How many sources of non-repayable funding for education can you think of?

Develop a list of possible scholarship sources using a mind map approach. Start with yourself, and add branches for parents, employer(s), your high school, and so on. Be sure to include the following potential sources:

  • Your employer
  • Your parents’ employers
  • Service groups
  • Professional and trade association
  • Community and national foundations
  • Local and national businesses
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Memorial awards and bursaries
  • Religious organizations

Finding resources

Visit the resource centre at your high school, college or university, and look through calendars, financial aid handbooks, and scholarship booklets.

  • How are publications listed or organized?
  • Who should you talk to at the post-secondary institution?
  • Who should you get to know in Student Services/Financial Aid?
  • What application forms are available?
  • What is the difference between internal and external scholarships?

Consider ways in which each institution is different.

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