Scholarship vs. Grant vs. Bursary
A scholarship is a monetary award based on academic merit or excellence in a specific area of study or discipline (athletics, music, volunteerism, etc.) and often includes secondary requirements such as leadership or citizenship. A government grant is provided to students in need of financial assistance and does not need to be paid back. A bursary is a monetary grant based primarily on financial need and often includes secondary requirements such as leadership or citizenship. To learn more, please read the following brochure:
Scholarship & Student Financial Aid Brochure
Calgary Catholic School District has a number of scholarships that students can apply for:
City of Calgary Scholarship
Joan MacLeod Fine Arts Scholarship
Kerry Dyte Educational Scholarship
Mary Ngo Family Bursary
Check the following websites for other Canadian scholarship information
- A great place to start is with your guidance counsellor at your local high school. Detailed scholarship information and application forms can be found in the counselling department at each high school
- Please remember that incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applications are usually not accepted beyond the specified deadlines. Remember that dates are subject to change and it is the student’s responsibility to confirm these well in advance. Some deadlines refer to “posted by” a certain date other providers want “received by” a certain date. Do not leave scholarship applications to the last minute.
- Most scholarship applications are quite complex and involve portfolios, letters of recommendation and summary data. Plan to work a minimum of one to two hours on each application.
- Many scholarships and bursaries require a Social Insurance Number, so if you do not already have one it is recommended.
- Keep copies of all your applications as similar requests may be made on other scholarship forms.