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Updated January 2021
For most students, post-secondary school in Canada is going to cost a lot of money with textbooks, tuition, transportation, housing and food to cover. Regardless of where you are in your savings plan, your credit card is about to get a workout and extra funds would surely help with cash flow.
From $50 awards that help pay for a textbook to $1,000 and $1,500 awards at the community or school level, every little bit can add up and make life easier. An added boost could also come from larger scholarships like those in the list we’ve compiled below.
The CME’s Women in Manufacturing program has several initiatives to promote manufacturing with an end-goal of increasing the number of women in manufacturing by 100,000 in 5 years (to reach $525,000 by 2023). One of those initiatives is offering a financial boost to select students.
Not only is Hydro One handing out $50,000 this year, recipients of the scholarship will also be offered a paid development work term with the company. HINT: Volunteering with Build a Dream is a great way to meet one of the criteria for applying for this award!
Hydro One also has two other scholarships available that are not gender-specific: The William Peyton Hubbard Award for black students (deadline October 1, 2020), and the Leonard S. (Tony) Mandamin Awards for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students (deadlines of February 1, August 1, November 1).
MPower is a social enterprise that already offers loans that increase access to higher education for female students. If you are an international student who plans to use a STEM degree to change your community (or the world!), this is for you.
Being selected for this significant award also includes an all-expenses-paid trip to Palo Alto, California, to experience a skill-building workshop with the other recipients.
Students who are already active in sharing or growing their passion for engineering can apply for this scholarship. While it has an extensive list of requirements, the niche of this award means that statistically you will have a greater chance at the $5,000 boost.
If the passing of a parent of guardian left your family with little (or no) insurance and you can demonstrate how it has affected your life and your school plans, Manulife invites you to apply for this program to help offset the costs of post-secondary education.
Automotive Aftermarkets Scholarships Central will award $550,000 in 2019. While many of the scholarships listed are U.S.-based, there is one specifically for Canadian students. If you will be studying at an American university, take time to peruse the entire list of funds available to see if you can apply for more assistance.
Build a Dream and FIRST Robotics Canada have joined together to create the 2021 Skilled Trade Scholarship. The ideal candidate will be a woman who has demonstrated strong leadership, is fanatical about science and technology and wants to motivate positive change in the community.
This is a unique scholarship that combines funding with the opportunity for a work placement at Linamar as you work on your degree. Linamar’s CEO, Linda Hasenfratz joined us in an interview to talk about how the company and her family donated $5 million to create the scholarship to encourage women to take the 5-year, dual-degree program of Engineering and Business.
Young women who are dedicated to their community and their studies – and who demonstrate an interest and career path specifically related to the nuclear industry – can apply for this annual scholarship. As an added bonus, recipients of these funds can also attend the annual WiN conference with accomodations and travel expenses covered up to $1,500.
In addition to the lists above, don’t forget to look for scholarships and bursaries that might be close-to-home:
Grab your highlighter and mark a calendar with your plan for what funds to target and when. Good luck!
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