Scholarships, grants and bursaries are types of financial assistance that you don’t have to pay back. Scholarships are typically based on merit, while grants and bursaries usually take financial need into consideration as well. Some scholarships, grants and bursaries are also based on academic achievement, athletic skill, extra-curricular involvement, or special abilities.

University of Manitoba graduates at the convocation ceremony.

Graduates from the University of Manitoba

The federal, provincial and territorial governments, individual schools, and some businesses and charitable foundations also give out scholarships, grants and bursaries. Check with your school to find out what you could be eligible for.

We, at Universities Canada, deliver more than 3,500 scholarships each year to young people interested in pursuing higher education. We also manage more than 130 scholarships and over $16 million in student awards which are available both for the general public and dependents of employees of certain organizations.

Additional resources to check out:

  • is an extensive, searchable database of scholarships, student awards, bursaries and grants. You’ll also find information about student loans, applications and budget planning.
  • Employment and Social Development Canada offers valuable information about savings plans, student loans, grants and scholarships.
  • Education and training offers extensive information on bursaries, grants, scholarships and employment opportunities available to students.
  • International scholarships has information on scholarships available to Canadians and non-Canadians studying in Canada and abroad.

Source: Services for Youth

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