What You Need To Know About Scholarships
This 2023 video presentation from myBlueprint discusses how to:
find and apply to more scholarships (and in less time)
write the best possible application
win multiple scholarships!
Early Deadline Scholarships
Most scholarship deadlines are in winter/spring. Note, there are some early deadlines for:
U of T National Book Award
TD Scholarship for Community Leadership
Queen’s University Major Admissions Awards - must have applied to Queen’s University via OUAC earlier
Schulich Leader Scholarship
Western University National Scholarship Program
For scholarships that require a nomination from the home high school, you must contact your Guidance Counsellor to receive the GDHS Scholarship Nomination Form. Completed forms are due back to your counsellor 14 calendar days before the scholarship deadline.
HDSB Specific Scholarships
Halton Learning Foundation (HLF) Scholarships for HDSB students (generally due April-May; see specific scholarships for detailed information and criteria)
Visit the Community Education Awards Hub to apply to the above HLF scholarships online in addition to other community scholarships
GDHS Specific Awards and Scholarships
The GDHS Awards Committee will review all graduating student nominations to determine these school-based award recipients. To nominate yourself for consideration, please complete the self-nomination form:
Successful students will be notified by HDSB email prior to the end of the school year and will be recognized during the Class of 2023 Celebration Ceremony. Some awards have financial prizes; winners of financial amounts will be expected to write a thank-you card to the community donor that provided the award. Contact information will be provided in the congratulations email.
If you have specific questions, please contact your Guidance Counsellor.
Butterfly Foundation Bursary (must demonstrate financial need)
Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation & myBlueprint Bursaries (25 scholarships at $6,000 each)
Don McBain Memorial Award ($5,000 towards post-secondary for Indigenous student applicants)
FirstOntario Education Scholarship ($1,000 towards post-secondary)
Georgetown Soccer Club Eustace Collins Scholarship ($500; due in May annually): Scholarships will be awarded by the Georgetown Soccer Club to a successful male and female applicant who, for at least three years, has played with a Georgetown Soccer Club team and is currently participating in soccer in some capacity, this may be as a player, referee, coach or other volunteer position
John Elliott Award (applicants must show community effort in performing arts, course selection in the arts or music, and an interest in the performing arts)
Kevin Doherty Scholarship to Support Digital Creativity ($1,500 towards post-secondary in graphic/communication design)
Lucas Ulbinas Memorial Scholarship ($2,500 - although from Hamilton, is available to HDSB students)
Mon Sheung Foundation Golden Jubilee Scholarship ($1,000 towards post-secondary)
myBlueprint Scholarships ($1,000; typically opens in May): login to myblueprint.ca/halton, select "Tasks", select "Scholarships"
N.R. Richards Masonic Bursary ($500 towards post-secondary)
Ontario Hockey Federation Scholarship (OHF Member hockey player for at least 3 of last 4 seasons)
Ontario Justice Education Network Bursaries ($1,000 towards studies in Law)
Ontario Parks Association Scholarships and Bursaries (multiple awards, due end of May)
Scotiabank myBlueprint Scholarships (diversity, financial wellness, future women leaders, and STEM)
Skilled Trades Student Bursary ($1,000 towards pursuit of skilled trades for students in need)
State of Kindness Scholarship (up to $15,000 towards post-secondary studies)
Storwell Foster Children Bursary Program ($2,000 for a student in foster care towards post-secondary)
Terry Fox Humanitarian Award ($28,000 over four years for true humanitarian applicants)
Tons of Hope Scholarship ($2,500 - although from Hamilton, is available to HDSB students)
Toronto Regional Real Estate Board Scholarship (up to $5,000 towards post-secondary)
UofT I-Think Scholarship ($4,000/year towards tuition at UofT)
Wellington-Halton District Community College/Trade School Award ($500 towards college or trade school)
Western University National Indigenous Scholarship Program (up to $50,000 towards tuition at Western for Indigenous students)
Zach Sutherland and Kaya Firth Resiliency Scholarship ($1,500 toward education at university, college, or trade program for youth who have shown resilience following adversity in their lives).
African Caribbean & Black Excellence Scholarship Award (due in April)
Black Business and Professional Association National Scholarship (over two dozen scholarships of varying amounts and criteria for Black Canadian Youth)
Black Veterinary Association Pathway to Veterinary Medicine Bursary for Black Students ($1,000-$2,500 for applicants seeking admission to veterinary technician or veterinary medicine programs)
Jamaican Canadian Association Annual Scholarship Awards (over 40 scholarships available; due annually in July)
Jean Lumb Awards ($1,000 for students of Chinese heritage)
This is an alphabetical list of 2SLGBTQIA+ focused scholarships, awards and bursaries available for those studying in Canada. Some information may have changed. This may not be an exhaustive list. For more information, please contact the grant-making organization.
What is OSAP? How does it work?
These slideshows were presented by Sheridan College Financial Aid Office to students/parents at the GDHS OSAP and Scholarship Presentation on May 10, 2023.
Scholarship Search Databases
Alternative sources of funding
HDSB Scholarship Website
The Halton District School Board has created a dedicated website for accessing all financial resources to help pay for post-secondary education. This includes:
OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program)
scholarship/bursary search engines and servies