The Calgary Catholic School District has a number of scholarship and bursaries available for students to apply for. A scholarship is a monetary award based on academic merit or excellence in a specific area of study or discipline (athletics, music, volunteerism, etc.). A bursary is a monetary grant based primarily on financial need.
CCSD scholarship applications must be submitted to your school's scholarship coordinator no later than May 1 of each school year.
Calgary Catholic School District / Students / Scholarship Guide
What is a scholarship?
A monetary award based on academic merit, and often includes secondary requirements such as leadership and citizenship, as exhibited by student participation and leadership in community and extracurricular activities.
What is a bursary?
A monetary award granted on the basis of academic merit but for students who are also in need of financial assistance to continue their education. Often, there are secondary requirements such as leadership and citizenship.
What is a student loan/grant?
Student loans are provided by the federal and provincial governments to students who need financial assistance to continue their education. Sometimes, financial institutions also offer student loan plans. A grant is a portion of the loan that does not have to be paid back.
TIPS for Success!
- Get involved! Most scholarships are not solely based on academic excellence. The donors are looking for well-rounded individuals who have been involved in leadership and citizenship activities. Seek volunteer opportunities at school, in your parish, youth groups, hospitals, service organizations, etc.
- Be proactive! You will need to do a lot of research to find a scholarship that fits for you. Search the websites included in this document, look into scholarship opportunities at the post-secondary institution you plan to attend, ask about scholarships at your parents’ workplace or any club/association affiliation, check the Pride Post announcements, and attend any scholarship information sessions at the school.
- Plan ahead! Keep a file of all of your accomplishments, including academic, athletic, extra-curricular, and community involvement.
- Read the criteria! Completing scholarship applications can be very time consuming. You want to ensure that you are eligible for the award before applying.
- Don’t wait until the last minute! Some scholarships require a lot of extra information… essays, letters of reference, resumes, portfolios. Stick to the deadline.
- Get a SIN Number! You will need a SIN number in order to claim any scholarships.