Private foundations and community organizations administer smaller scholarship funds throughout Canada. Usually, these scholarships reward students who meet certain eligibility conditions, such as ethnicity, community involvement, academic achievement, or residency in a particular community. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some scholarships to help jumpstart your search:
Schulich Leader Scholarships: Each year, the Schulich Leader Scholarships program awards 50 scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics at top Canadian universities. Engineering degrees carry a scholarship of $80,000, while science, technology and math degrees are eligible for $60,000.
Retail as a Career Scholarship Program: The Retail Council of Canada awards scholarships to Canadian students pursuing a degree related to retail, business or marketing and currently working full or part time in the retail industry. In 2016, the Retail Council plans to award one $,5000 Interac Scholarship, one $3,000 Retail Hall of Fame Scholarship and twenty $1,000 Industry-sponsored scholarships.
Google Canada Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Google awards scholarships of $5,000 to Canadian women studying computer science, computer engineering or closely related technical fields. Applicants must complete an online application and submit a current resume, general background, academic transcripts, two letters of reference and responses to four essay questions.
TD Scholarships for Community Leadership: Each year, TD awards 20 scholarships to students in their final year of high school who demonstrate a commitment to solving a community problem or improving their community. Eighty finalists are chosen from five regions across Canada and those finalists participate in interviews. Each scholarship carries up to $10,000 per year for tuition and $7,500 a year for living expenses (up to four years), plus mentoring opportunities and paid summer employment.
Although provincial or territorial financial aid organizations can connect you to private scholarship foundations and competitions, you should also use relationships in your own community to uncover opportunities to earn or win extra money for college. Talk to your local bank manager, church leaders, and politicians about scholarship competitions they may have heard about in your area.