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Apply for a Scholarship, Bursary or Award
NEW National Scholarship Fund

Canadian youth with any government care experience who are starting the first year of a new undergraduate post-secondary program can now apply for the BRAND NEW scholarship through the Children’s Aid Foundation.
Deadline to apply: Monday, April 24th at 5:00 PM EST
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The Children’s Aid Foundation bursaries are available for 2017-18 by clicking the “Apply for a Bursary” button below. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship or bursary process please direct inquiries to Simon Sutherland at


Fondation de l’aide de bourses sont disponibles pour 2017-18. Si vous avez des questions concernant le processus de bourses d’études ou une bourse s’il vous plaît adresser vos demandes à Simon Sutherland au
  • Apply-for-Bursary-Button For students meeting the eligibility criteria, and who will be attending post-secondary school (college or university) click here.

  • Graduation-Award-Button Awards for having completed and graduated from a post-secondary program. To apply click here.

  • Career_-Button-2016 This Fund provides individual grants to current and former Crown Wards for activities that will assist them achieve success in their career. To apply click here.

  • +What’s the difference between a scholarship and a bursary?
    Children’s Aid Foundation scholarships are awarded once a year through a competitive process, and decisions are made by the Foundation’s Award Committee. To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must be attending school full-time for two semesters within an academic year. Bursary applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year, and this funding is available to students who meet the eligibility criteria and who demonstrate financial need. Part-time students may apply for a bursary. Scholarships are of higher value than bursaries, and students who submit a complete scholarship application will automatically be considered for bursary support if they are not awarded a scholarship.
  • +When are scholarship applications due?
    Applications consist of an online application form, and other supporting documentation (social worker reference, official transcript, resume, 2nd reference). For applications for the 2016-17 school year, you must submit your online application form no later than 5 pm on Monday, 22 February, 2015, and the Foundation must receive your supporting documentation no later than 5 pm on Wednesday, 2 March 2015. Late or incomplete applications will not be assessed.
  • +I’m not attending school full-time. Can I apply for a scholarship?
    If you’re attending school on a part-time basis, you are not eligible for a scholarship, but you can apply for a bursary. If you have a diagnosed disability and/or have been medically advised to take a reduced course load, then you may still be eligible for full-time support if you can provide documentation. Please contact if you need to discuss this.