Major Canadian Scholarships To Fund Your Post-Secondary Education


Let’s get this out of the way: these scholarships are for the best of the best. If you’re a high achiever in one area or more, organizations across Canada have some pretty major awards, but winning them won’t be easy. 

Don’t let our disclaimer dissuade you, though. In the words of the great Canadian Wayne Gretzky, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Consider that millions of dollars worth of scholarships go unclaimed each year. At the very least, these scholarships are worth considering. They’re each valued at more than $10,000, ranging as high as $100,000! Whether you’re after the Loran, the Shulich, the Commonwealth or one of the major awards from Rogers, TD, or RBC you’ll have some pretty steep competition, but we’ll be here to help you every step of the way.

Loran Scholar Award ($100,000)

In partnership with universities, donors and volunteers across the country, the Loran Scholar Foundation invests in the future of Canada. They offer the country’s largest and most comprehensive four-year undergraduate award (valued at $100,000) to young Canadians on the basis of character, service and the promise of leadership.

Eligibility Criteria for High School Students:

  • Be in your final year of uninterrupted full-time studies in high school.
  • Present a minimum cumulative average of 85%.
  • Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • Be at least 16 years of age by September 1st of the following year.
  • Students who graduated in 2019 and are currently taking a gap year are eligible to apply through the direct pool.

Eligibility Criteria for CEGEP Students:

Be in your final year of uninterrupted full-time studies in CEGEP. If you are planning to attend university outside of Québec after only one year of Cegep, you can apply in your first year of CEGEP.

  • Present an R score equal to or higher than 29.
  • Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • Be at least 16 years of age by September 1st of the following year.

Learn more by clicking here. As well, check out our summary and thoughts on this award by clicking here. For more insight, we’ve also interviewed a number of past winners of the award. Read their interviews here, here, and here.

Schulich Leader Scholarship ($80,000 – $100,000)

Schulich Leader Scholarships are Canada’s most coveted undergraduate STEM scholarships.

Fifty are awarded to entrepreneurial-minded high school graduates enrolling in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math program at 20 partner universities across Canada. Twenty-five are valued at $100,000 for engineering scholarships and 25 are valued at $80,000 for science and math scholarships.

Every high school in Canada can nominate one graduating student each year to apply for the scholarship.

Criteria for eligibility include:

  • Graduating high school or Cégep in Canada in the 2019/2020 academic year;
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Entrepreneurial-minded and plan to enroll in an eligible STEM program at one of our partner universities;
  • Meet at least two of the following criteria:
    • Academic excellence
    • Leadership (entrepreneurial or community)
    • Financial need
    • Not planning a career as a medical practitioner or researcher. This includes doctors,
    • dentists, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, optometrists, etc. this scholarship is for
    • entrepreneurial-minded innovators outside of the medical community.

If nominated, submit your scholarship application:

  • You will receive an email from Schulich Leader Scholarships with the link to your online
  • scholarship application.
  • The online application includes:
    • The universities you wish to attend
    • Your top three achievements (academic or other)
    • Essay demonstrating why you should win
    • Optional essay to outline extenuating circumstances
    • Short answer to identify where you see yourself in 10 years
    • Two single-page letters of reference that include email and telephone contact information for verification
    • Copy of up-to-date transcript, credit counsel summary or detailed academic report
    • Headshot profile image for publicity

Learn more by clicking here.  As well, check out our summary and thoughts on this award by clicking here.

TD Scholarships for Community Leadership ($70,000)

Each scholarship is worth up to $70,000 over four years. If you love making a difference in your community, you may have already qualified. TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are open to students across Canada who:

  • Have demonstrated community leadership
  • Are in the final year of high school (outside Quebec) or CEGEP (in Quebec)
  • Have a minimum overall grade average of 75% in their most recently completed school year

TD selects from a pool of up to 80 finalists to interview with regional selection panels, and from there, at least two scholarship recipients are chosen from each of the five regions:

  • Atlantic Canada
  • Quebec
  • Ontario
  • Prairies/Northwest Territories/Nunavut
  • British Columbia/Yukon

Learn more by clicking here. As well, check out our summary and thoughts on this award by clicking here.

Terry Fox Humanitarian Award ($28,000)

The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award is given to a graduating secondary school student or to a student currently studying towards a first degree or diploma at a recognized Canadian college or university. Based on demonstration of the highest ideals and qualities of citizenship, courage in overcoming obstacles, involvement in humanitarian service, participation in sports, fitness, and community service. Submission of a transcript reflecting two years of schooling prior to the current year required. 

To be considered for the award, applicants must meet be:

  • In good academic standing.
  • Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.
  • Students graduating from secondary (high) school or students completing their first year of CÉGEP or students who have completed secondary (high) school
  • Involved in voluntary humanitarian activities (for which they have not been compensated).
  • Planning to or are already studying towards their first university degree or diploma at a Canadian post-secondary institution, or entering their 2nd year of CÉGEP in the upcoming academic year.

Learn more by clicking here.

CFUW Aboriginal Women’s Award ($25,000)

The CFUW AWA will be granted for studies in specific programs of Law, Medicine, Nurse Practitioner or a Masters in Aboriginal Studies as outlined in the application instructions. The award is renewable as it is designed to help a successful winner by providing the award for a second year. In the event the winner does not request the second year of support, this award will be offered every second year.

An applicant for the CFUW AWA will be considered eligible on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Canadian Aboriginal woman;
  • Study in Canada;
  • Holds or will hold an undergraduate university degree or equivalent before the CFUW AWA for which she applied is granted; and
  • Must have applied to be a full-time student in any year of an eligible program at a recognized or accredited Canadian post-secondary degree-granting institution.

Learn more by clicking here.

National Essay Contest (Up to $12,000)

Are you in Grade 10, 11 or 12 (secondaire IV, secondaire V or Cégep 1 in Quebec) and registered in a French program? Do you need a little boost to continue your education in French after high school? Take part in the National Essay Contest for the chance to win a scholarship ranging between $1,000 and $12,000 for a select post-secondary institution.

This Contest is open to all legal residents of Canada who at the time of entry are enrolled in a Canadian high school in Grade 10, 11 or 12 (Secondary IV, Secondary V, or CEGEP 1 in the province of Quebec).

No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest. To enter the Contest, go to, click on the Contest link on the home page, then on the entry form link on the Contest page. An entry form will appear. Fully complete the entry form (which requires your name, address, telephone number and email address as well as the grade you are in, the name of your high school and the name of your school board, and your French program of study). 

You will then be required to upload a 750-word original essay on the following theme: “On June 17th, 2019, Canada has declared a climate emergency. If you were put in charge of leading the government, how would you respond to this emergency?”.

Essays must be written in French. Limit one entry per person permitted during the Contest Period. If it is discovered that you attempted to enter more than once all your entries will be void. Entries will be rejected if the entry form is not fully completed and submitted during the Contest Period.

Learn more by clicking here.

The Dalton Camp Award ($10,000)

The Dalton Camp Award is a $10,000 prize for the best essay on the link between media and democracy, presented annually by FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting. FRIENDS launched the award in 2002 to honour the memory of Dalton Camp, a distinguished commentator on Canadian public affairs.

Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, regardless of age, student or professional status, may enter this essay contest except members of the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting Board of Directors, retained consultants or business associates, and members of the Selection Committee; as well as their immediate family members. Previous winners are ineligible.

Learn more by clicking here.

Royal Bank Scholarships (Over $500,000/year)

RBC has developed a diverse set of scholarship programs worth over $500,000 a year to help address the critical need for students funding across Canada. There’s a number of scholarships available for you to consider:

Learn more by clicking here.

Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund (Up to $10,000/year)

The Ted Rogers Scholarship is here to help ensure the success of future young leaders by assisting with their educational aspirations and breaking down barriers that Canadian youth face throughout their education period. 

A quick overview:

  • 150 community scholarships of up to $10,000 were awarded in 2019.
  • A $3,500,000 total in scholarships has been given to 1000 recipients since 2017.
  • 215 employee scholarships of $2500 were given out this year

Eligible applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Additionally, they must be a participant of one of several Rogers’ community partners, and entering into full-time studies in a first bachelor degree, diploma program, or trades program at a Canadian university, college, or trades school. 

Learn more by clicking here. As well, check out our summary and thoughts on this award by clicking here.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Go ahead and apply for any of the scholarships you qualify for. Let us know if you have any questions! We’re here to help.

Also, we’re constantly going to update this article. Let us know if you come across a major scholarship in the wild that you’d like us to break down for you!