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We can help you with scholarships, bursaries, and graduation awards. We offer scholarships and bursaries for youth from care up to their 30th birthday who are attending post-secondary studies at a college or university or in a trade.

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Applications for 2018-19 Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Scholarships are now available!

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Scholarships are awarded through an annual competitive process with decisions made by the Foundation’s Award Committee. Scholarships for the 2018-19 school year range from $2500 to $5000.

New for 2018-19: We will now be accepting both Official and Unofficial Academic transcripts sent either as a hard copy or electronically as part of the application package.

Eligibility Criteria :

Funding is available to students demonstrating both financial need and also the potential to succeed in their program of study. To meet the eligibility criteria, a student must be:

  • A current Crown (permanent) Ward, or have been a Crown (permanent) Ward for at least one year, or youth eligible for Continued Care and Support for Youth
  • Under 26 years of age at the start of their current school program, or under 30 years of age if they have received scholarship or bursary funding from the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada for the same program in previous years
  • Registered at an accredited post-secondary institution as a full time student, or have full time status granted through an accommodation, for at least 2 semesters of the upcoming school year (i.e. September 2018-April 2019, or January-August 2019)

Important Dates:

Online scholarship applications are due Wednesday, February 21st 2018 by 5pm. All supporting documents (transcript and worker reference) must be received by Tuesday, March 6th by 5pm. All applicants will be notified of the Award Committee’s decisions in July.

Application Checklist:

To apply for a scholarship, students must submit the following documents:

  1. Online scholarship application
  2. Your latest academic transcript
  3. Child protection worker reference

*Incomplete applications will not be considered*



For more information on applying, including how to navigate the online system and tips on how to write your application, please read our step-by-step Application Guide or watch our instructional video.

For any additional information contact Simon Sutherland at, or check out our FAQ’s.

Thank you for your interest in this year’s Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Bursary Award

 Applications are now closed for 2017/18 Bursaries.

Children’s Aid Foundation has had a record number of applications for scholarships and bursaries this year. We are motivated by students’ interest and desire to fulfill their academic goals, and we are committed to helping as much as we are able.

If you have been awarded a scholarship, you will have been notified by Children’s Aid Foundation. Bursary recipients were notified by July 31, 2017

At this time, we are unable to fulfill all requests. Bursaries are one important part of our overall Post-Secondary Education Program and we continue to reach out to our donors and supporters and hope that we’ll be able to fulfill more requests in the near future.

Graduating? High fives! We offer awards of $500 per year (of full-time studies or the equivalent) of your program to youth from care who have received post-secondary supports from the Foundation and are under the age of 30 for the awesome achievement of completing their studies. So if you completed a 3-year diploma, you could receive $1,500! We review applications every June and we’ll need a completed application, proof of graduation (like a transcript) and a thank-you letter.

We accept these applications throughout the year, review all applications in June and distribute awards in September.

Questions? Email Simon at