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February 15, 2023

What Is A Scholarship?

Scholarships are grants of financial aid awarded for the purpose of attending post-secondary, however it's important to keep in mind that there are some that do not have this requirement. It is also important to remember that scholarships generally do not need to be repaid which makes them ideal for students, however as such the selection process is often much more rigorous. There is a natural sequence of steps when applying and the sooner you start, the better your chances of finding something:

  • First, do your research! Check internet websites and find information within your school- like making an appointment with your Career Intern!
  • Second, when you find the scholarships you want to apply for you must review the eligibility requirements. Only apply for the scholarships in which you qualify!
  • Third, you must compile all required documents including transcripts (if requested) before submitting your completed application. Make sure you start early! There is often a lot of work involved in applying for scholarships, so ensure you give yourself more than enough time to complete it.

Where Do I Find Them?

Scholarships can come from anyone and anywhere; it's a matter of finding them. Here are a few ideas:

  • Later on in this page you will find a list of scholarships organized by category and deadline; we recommend focusing on deadlines to ensure you don't miss out on any opportunities.
  • Businesses, Organizations & Clubs
    • Many businesses have scholarships for their employees and their children, so it is beneficial to inquire with your parent/guardian, especially because sometimes these scholarships are exclusive to employee's children which eliminates a lot competition.
    • Places such as legions and sport clubs may also offer some type of scholarship, though most of the time you will need some connection to the club in order to be eligible.
  • There are a few websites in which you can enter information about yourself and their database will then give you a list of scholarships that fit your answers. Some such sites include ScholarTree and ScholarshipsCanada.
  • Finally, ask around! Inquire with neighbours, friends, family, politicians, teachers, coaches, etc. to see if they know of anything that you may be able to apply for.

Which Scholarships Can I Apply For?

Scholarships can have a wide range of requirements, so instead of making yourself fit the requirements, apply for scholarships that fit you!

Know Your Strengths. It is important to know the areas in your life in which you have excelled. By taking some time to think about your personal strengths you will have a better idea of which scholarships you may apply for.

Do you:

  • participate in any extracurricular activities?
  • participate in school events?
  • get involved in sporting events?
  • help out in your community?
  • work on student council?
  • volunteer anywhere?

Have you ever:

  • been in a play?
  • worked on a farm?
  • run for office?
  • been on an exchange program?
  • grown vegetables?
  • written a play?

Anything that makes you stand-out when applying for scholarships is helpful. You will also want to make sure that the scholarship is for students that fit your category. That is, if you are entering post-secondary for the first time, you cannot apply for a scholarship intended for students in their second or third year.

How Do I Apply?

For most scholarships, you will need to fill out an application form (which you can usually get from the scholarship's website.) You may also need to add extra material and/or documents they require. Many awards have an online application so no paper copies are needed, however, they may require other documents such as a transcript to be mailed to them by a certain date. Be mindful of these extra requirements and be sure to submit them on time.

Here are a few tips for applying:

  • Make sure you fulfill all the requirements.
  • Give yourself more than enough time to complete the application package.
  • If the scholarship requires letters of recommendation, be sure to ask those who know you well and give them as much time as possible to complete the letter(s).
  • Fill out all questions that pertain to you.
  • Spelling, grammar and sentence structure are very important.
  • Keep your answers positive.
  • You are competing with others for the scholarships, so what can you say that will make your application more deserving than anyone else?
  • Be honest about your abilities and experiences.
  • Get your application in on time. If you have to mail your application outside of Manitoba, mail it at least two weeks before it is due. Late applications are not considered.
  • Know who will be reading the application and any letters. If possible, address your letters to them directly.
  • If appropriate, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for the administrator to use to reply to you.

View Scholarships by Deadline:

View Scholarships by Category:

Do not assume that the information provided on this page is completely accurate and up-to-date. This database is based on information compiled by the Career Exploration Office and is updated as it is received. It is the responsibility of the student to do their own research early in order to meet deadline or criteria changes. Contacting the source directly for the most up-to-date information is always recommended!

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