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External Scholarships & Bursaries

Many external scholarships and bursaries are offered to university students on behalf of outside organizations. Most are awarded annually, unless otherwise stated. Before applying for these awards, please be advised that there are some restrictions. The guidelines, policies, and application procedures for each award can be found by clicking on the individual award name. Deadlines will vary and may change from those listed.

Also check here for Agriculture-specific external entrance and in-course scholarships and bursaries.

African Nova Scotian Student University Entrance Scholarships
Available to African Nova Scotian students who successfully complete Grade 12 in the public school system of NS within the current year and who have been accepted and will attend a university in the academic year immediately following Grade 12. Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time degree program and have obtained an average of 75% in select courses. Deadline: May 29.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf Scholarship Awards
Open to full time students who are deaf or hard of hearing and who are pursuing a degree at an accredited mainstream college or university. Hearing loss must have been diagnosed before the applicant’s fourth birthday. Deadline: March 1.

Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia
Open to any graduate or medical student in Nova Scotia who is interested in pursuing research in Alzheimer Disease or related dementia. Deadline: April 1.

A Place for Mom Senior Care Scholarship

Five $1,000 scholarships available to students enrolled in a undergraduate or graduate level program at an accredited school in the fields of gerontology, medicine, nursing, social work, sociology, psychology, physical or occupational therapy, speech pathology or long-term care administration. Deadline: April 15. 

Arlene Burris Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a person studying in any field that will prepare him or her to work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, or to an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing pursuing post-secondary studies. For more information please contact Programs for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority, (902) 424-8500 or dhh@apsea.ca Deadline: May 1.

Atlantic Commerce Scholarship Association
Open to a Nova Scotia graduating high school student attending a commerce or business-related program in the fall of 2015. Deadline: April 30.

Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteer Awards
Awarded to a person with vision loss, living in NS or PEI, to assist with tuition costs while attending a post-secondary program. The candidate must be aged 25 years or under, with a visual acuity of 20/70 or less with correction. Candidates must be graduating from Grade 12 during the application year (or be a high school graduate) and registered in a post-secondary educational program. Deadline: April 30.

BMO Financial Group/Lime Connect Canada Scholarship & Internship Program for Students with Disabilities
Full-time students with a disability who are interested in a career in financial services, business/commerce, engineering, mathematics, physics or statistics. Deadline: January 31.

Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation Scholarships
Available to females studying engineering at the undergraduate or graduate level. Deadline: January 15.

Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) National Scholarship
Open to Canadian residents. Applicants must be sponsored by a CFIG member store. Deadline: May 31.

Canadian Federation of University Women (Jean Flemming Memorial Scholarship)
Open to female residents of Saint John, New Brunswick who are over the age of 24 and have completed a minimum one year of full-time study at a post-secondary institution. Deadline: May 15.

Canadian Federation of University Women (Truro Branch) Scholarship
Females who are Canadian citizens and at the time of receiving the award, a resident of Truro, the County of Colchester or District of East Hants. Applicants must have been out of high school for at least three years. Deadline: May 13.

Canadian Forces Personnel Assistance Fund
Assistance is in place to assist serving and former members and their dependents with costs of post-secondary education. Applications will be accepted throughout the year until funds are exhausted. Deadline: Continuous.

Carol Thomson Memorial Fund
Awarded to recognize a student with a learning disability seeking to use his or her potential to its maximum. Deadline: May 15.

CFUW Halifax Memorial Scholarship
Available to female applicants who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who have been residents of Canada for at least 2 years at time of application. Applicants must have been out of school or university for at least 5 years prior to embarking on present programme of study. Further criteria outlined in link. Deadline: June 15

CFUW - Saint John Chapter
Available to mature and Post-Graduate students. Deadline: May 15.

CFUW (Truro) Mature Student Award
Open to a mature female student who is a Canadian citizen and residing in Truro, NS. Applicants must have been out of high school for at least three years and accepted to a degree program. Deadline: May 15.

Communications Nova Scotia Diversity Bursary
Aboriginal Peoples, persons with disabilities, African Nova Scotians, racially visible people. Deadline: November 28.

Copnick/Hilliard Scholarship Fund
Award to a Canadian student with severe mobility impairment. Deadline: August 15.

Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada Scholarship
Open to residents of Atlantic Canada who will be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary program in the upcoming academic year. Deadline: April

Donald E. Curren Scholarship
Awarded to mobility-impaired students, with preference given to applicants who are paraplegic or quadriplegic. Recipients must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and reside in the Atlantic Provinces. Deadline: July 31.

Dr. Florence M. Christie Memorial Bursary
Available to a female resident of greater Saint John, NB with considerable volunteer experience. Deadline: March 27.

EFC Foundation Scholarship Program
Full-time students enrolled in Engineering, Business Administration/Commerce, Engineering Technologist/Technician, Computer Science, or Phase 2 or 3 of a College/Apprenticeship Program. Applicants must be Canadian citizens who have completed at least their first year of study with a minimum 75% average. Deadline: May 31.

Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia Bursaries & Scholarships
Four $500 scholarships/bursaries available to students who are under the care of a physician for the treatment of epilepsy. Two are open to residents of NS only and two are open to residents of NS, NB and PEI. Deadline: May 15.

Export Development Canada (EDC) International Business Scholarships
Available to second, third or fourth year undergraduate students who are enrolled in studies in international business, economics, or combined business with sustainable management or environmental studies. Deadline: January 31.

F. J. L. Woodcock/Sir Arthur Pearson Association of War-blinded Scholarship Fund
Open to students who have not more than 20/70 vision after correction. Students should have a high degree of motivation, a reasonable level of achievement, and a need for assistance. Deadline: April 30.

George F. Flood Memorial Scholarships
Open to members of the Saint John Construction Association (SJCA), employees of members of the SJCA, and members of staff of the SJCA. Two $5,000 scholarships awarded based on academic standing and/or need. Deadline: July 31.

Glamour's Top 10 College Women Competition
Open to current second year female students. Deadline: September 15.

Google Canada Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
Available to female students (fourth year undergraduate or graduate) who are studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or a related field. Deadline: February 1.

Hamilton Community Foundation Bursaries
Available to post-secondary full time students who are able to demonstrate a financial need and have completed their high school requirements in publicly-funded secondary schools in the City of Hamilton and who are attending an approved college or university in Canada or the United States, for specialized studies. Deadline: October 1 & February 1.

IODE War Memorial Scholarship
Open to Canadian citizens in the second year or later of a PhD program who attended a Canadian university for their undergraduate studies. Deadline: October 1.

James Pon Memorial Award
Submit an essay about the history of Chinese people in Canada and their contributions to the contruction of the railroad in this country, and how this relates to your family's history and experience of being in Canada. Deadline: May 31.

John Gyles Education Awards
Available for all areas of post-secondary study. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a scale of 4.0 (or similar grade assessment) and must also have citizenship in either the US or Canada. Additional criteria are listed on the application form. Deadline: June 1.

Kin Canada Bursaries
Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, graduating from High School or currently studying at a post-secondary institution. Deadline: February 1.

Leo J. Krysa Family Undergraduate Scholarship
Awarded annually to a student in the Faculty of Arts about to enter the final year of study in pursuit of an undergraduate degree. Applicant’s programs must emphasize Ukrainian and/or Ukrainian Canadian studies. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Deadline: March 1.

Loran Scholars Foundation (Loran Award)
The program was started in 1989 to identify and invest in well-rounded students who demonstrate character, leadership potential, and a commitment to service in the community. In 1991 Dalhousie University became a participating member of those institutions where the Loran Awards are tenable. High schools may each nominate up to three students, and CEGEPs may each nominate up to eight students. The scholarship, valued at up to $100,000 over four years, consists of $9,000 (paid by the Foundation) and tuition (paid by the University) annually, as well as mentorship and summer programs. Deadline: October annually for the next academic year.

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Canada Bursary Fund
Restricted to students who have had a parent or guardian killed in an impaired-driving crash. Deadline: May 31.

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
Awarded to outstanding women from developing countries who are completing degrees and are committed to improving the well-being of women and children in developing countries. Deadline: January 16.

Maritime Dairy Industry Scholarship
Must have completed 2 years of post-secondary education, resident of NS, NB or PE and be enrolled in a program that has application to the dairy industry. Deadline: January 31.

Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline Liaison Scholarships & Academic Achievement Awards
Awarded to full-time and part-time students. Students must be registered with a Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq band and expect to return the following year to their field of study. Deadline: June 13 (scholarships) and July 11 (awards).

Mattinson Endowment Fund Scholarship for Disabled Students
Awarded to Canadian citizens or those who have lived in Canada for two years as legal permanent citizens. Candidates must be diagnosed with a documented permanent disability that is the primary disability for which they are applying. Deadline: May 15.

My Student Budget Challenge
Awarded to a student in Halifax who completes a successful sample budget for their first semester of university. Deadline: October 6.

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) Scholarships
Students must currently be registered in and continuing at post-secondary institution. Selection is based on a strong commitment to your academic discipline, exemplary record of volunteerism and/or employment and demonstrated potential to be an outstanding participant in the community. Deadline: May 15.

National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) Scholarships
Open to the children of the National Union’s members who are starting a post-secondary education. Deadline: July 6.

Norah Stephen Oncology Scholar Awards
Three awards will be allocated to cancer-related research projects in discovery science, three to clinical training projects and three to cancer-related research in any other discipline. Deadline: February 1.

Nova Scotia Power Environment Scholarship
Awarded to students in an environmental-related program which can include, but is not limited to, engineering, sciences and social sciences. Selection is based on: academic record, demonstrated leadership in the community in the areas of environmental protection, resource management, or environmental sustainability, and an essay on the subject of environmental accomplishments and ambitions. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate environmental program and completed at least one semester, Canadian citizens and NS residents for last three years. Deadline: April 24.

Novus Biologicals Scholarship
Open to students studying towards a degree in science (undergraduate and graduate). Deadline: December 11.

NSGEU Scholarships and Bursaries
Open to dependents of NSGEU members. Deadline: October 15.

PEI Mutual Education Trust Fund Centennial Scholarship
Available to PEI students who are attending any post-secondary institution. Selection criteria are based on academic performance and financial need. Deadline: May 31.

Pengrowth—Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program
Scholarships are available to well-rounded individuals with a variety of interests who have an established track record of community involvement through activities like volunteer work, sports and other community-based activities. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Nova Scotia, prepared to demonstrate interest in an energy-related career through an essay or similar means, graduating from an NS secondary school with an average mark of 75% (or ‘B’) in a full academic course load in Grade 12, and be accepted into an accredited post-secondary institution for studies in science, engineering or business at the Bachelor level. Deadline: April 27.

Pengrowth—Nova Scotia Innovation Grant
Available to Nova Scotians who are preparing to begin full-time studies in a Master’s program in Earth Sciences, Business or Engineering. Deadline: January 20.

Rhodes Scholarship
To be eligible, applicants must:
1. Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident in Canada;
2. Be domiciled in Canada;
3. Have reached your 19th birthday and not passed your 25th birthday at 01 October 2018; must have been born after 30 September 1993 and on or before 01 October 1999.
4. Have received an undergraduate degree before attending Oxford
Deadline: Students should contact katherine.rudolph@dal.ca at the end of the winter term concerning the nomination and application process.

Rixon Rafter Scholarship Fund and the Judge Brian Stevenson Scholarship Fund
Available to blind students based on financial need, academic achievement, and career goals. Application forms are available from CNIB Divisional Offices or the Ross Macdonald School: (519) 759-0730.

Rose Nolan Memorial Scholarship
To be eligible, candidates must:
1. Be an Aboriginal woman (First Nations Status)
2. Be a member of a First Nation community in Canada
3. Be a Canadian Resident
4. Have recently completed one year of full-time studies at any post-secondary educational or training institution.
Deadline: June 30.

Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship
The scholarship seeks to support and encourage the resilience of individuals with mental illness pursuing post-secondary education. Students must be registered in a post-secondary institution and provide documented proof of their mental illness. Deadline: April 1.

Schulich Leader Scholarships
Available to students graduating from a Canadian high school and entering a STEM faculty (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Currently we offer two scholarships - 1 $80,000 scholarship (engineering) and 1 $60,000 scholarship (science, technology, and math). Deadline: February 2.

Shore Davis Johnston Award                                 
Recognizes a student registered in an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Law at an accredited Canadian university who demonstrates an understanding of current criminal issues in Canada by answering the following question: What is the most troubling criminal law decision rendered by the Supreme Court of Canada in the past 5 years, and why? Deadline: June 1.

Storwell Self Storage's Foster Children Bursary
1. Applicant must have been a foster child with either CCAS or CAS or similar official Canadian foster care program and agrees to have the above organization verify the name.
2. Will be enrolled as a full-time student at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada as of Sept 2014.
3. Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
4. Applicant must be 24 years of age or less at the time of application.
Deadline: December 15.

TD Canada Trust Scholarships
Awarded honouring Canadian high school students for outstanding community leadership. Deadline: October 31.

Tearmann Society for Abused Women Joanne Kohout Memorial Bursary
Women who are pursuing studies relevant to issues pertaining to abused women and their children through a recognized educational institution. Applicants must be affiliated with Tearmann Society. Deadline: May 15.

Terry Fox Humanitarian Award
Awards recipients must meet the following criteria: involvement in voluntary humanitarian work, Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, undergraduates studying towards their first university degree or diploma at a Canadian post-secondary institution in Canada, maintain a satisfactory academic standing and continued involvement in voluntary humanitarian and community work. Deadline: February 1.

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Scholarship Program
Applicants must be hard of hearing, deafened or oral deaf. Deadline: March 1.

The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society "The Weather Network" Scholarship
Open to female students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents in their third year of study in an atmospheric science program at a Canadian university. Deadline: March 15.

The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Undergraduate Scholarships
Open to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants in their third year of undergraduate study who are planning a career in atmospheric, hydrological, oceanographic or limnological sciences. Deadline: March 15.

The Dalton Camp Award
Up to two Canadians are selected to win a prize for excellence in essay-writing on the link between democratic values and the quality of the media in Canada. Deadline:  November 15.

The Leonard Foundation
Assistance to students who are experiencing specific financial difficulties. Full-time students who are enrolled in an undergraduate or first professional degree program in a recognized Canadian college or university (AUCC) are eligible. All applicants will be considered but preference will be given to sons and daughters of clergy, teachers, military personnel, graduates of Royal Military College, members of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and members of the Mining and Metallurgical Institute of Canada. Deadline: March 15.

The Next 36
The goal of The Next 36 is to help launch the careers of Canada’s most promising and innovative undergraduates.  The program will identify these students through a rigorous national selection process, and give them the academic foundation, practical skills, role models and networks to become Canada’s next generation of entrepreneurial leaders. Deadline: Early consideration – September 14; final deadline – October 20.

The Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative
Open to accepted or current Dalhousie University graduate students studying a discipline or issue related to children in armed conflict. Deadline: March 1.

Toyota Earth Day Scholarship
Open to students who are currently in their graduating year or have graduated in the last two years from a Canadian high school or Quebec Cegep and are entering their first year of full-time studies at an accredited Canadian college or university. Applicants must have demonstrated outstanding environmental commitment, community service and leadership during the course of their studies. Deadline: January 31.

UCBeyond Scholarship
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease or rheumatoid arthritis. Deadline: June 30.

Wallace Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund
For manual deaf students(s) living in southwestern New Brunswick who wish to further their educational goals on a full-time or part-time basis. Deadline: April 30.

Walter and Wayne Gretzky Scholarship Foundation for the Blind Youth of Canada
Awarded to applicants who are blind or living with vision loss, entering their first year of post-secondary education, a Canadian citizen or have held landed immigrant status for one year prior to the date of application. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, service to the community, leadership, and financial need. Deadline: May 31.

Wanderer’s Amateur Athletic Scholarship
Open to students who have had an injury leading to paraplegia or quadriplegia, be Canadian citizens or permanent residents residing in Atlantic Canada prior to applying, and be involved in organized sports. Deadline: July 31.

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