Scholarships and Bursaries

Scholarship/Bursary Opportunities for Grade 12 Students:



It is the student's responsibility to research their own scholarship and bursary opportunities, including requests for all supporting documentation, such as transcripts (which must be requested in the Guidance Office), reference letters, essays, etc.


Guidance will post all scholarships and bursaries that come through our office;

however there is an abundance of other opportunities for post-secondary money both provincially and nationally.

Please see the links provided at the bottom of the page for more information.

When the local bursaries become available, they will be listed first.



The Loran Scholarship

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.
  • SAERC can sponsor up to three students for this award. If you would like to be considered for sponsorship, please submit a current resume with cover letter, outlining why you would be a worthy candidate for the Loran Scholarship to Mrs. Matheson in the Guidance office no later than 9:00 am on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
  • If you are eligible to be sponsored by SAERC, you will be informed no later that Thursday, October 8, 2020, which will still give you a week to submit your application on-line (October 15).
  • Anyone can apply, without being sponsored. The deadline for direct pool applications is October 22.
  • Please research what this award entails and the expectations before you apply. You should make reference to these details in your cover letter.

For further information and to apply please visit:

Deadline: October 15, 2020 (for sponsored applications), October 22nd, 2020 (for direct pool applications)



Horatio Alger Association Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Association of Canada provides $650,000 annually in need-based scholarship support for deserving students in all Canadian provinces and territories.

Scholarships of up to $10,000 are awarded to full-time students in their terminal year of high school with financial need (family income under $65,000) who have demonstrated integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, a commitment to pursue a post-secondary education, a desire to contribute to society, and a good academic record (65+ Average). For Further information including application please visit:

Deadline: October 26th, 2020


TD Scholarships for Community Leadership

TD Scholarships 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

For more information and to apply, click here.

Deadline: November13, 2020


Schulich Leader Scholarships

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

Up to one hundred are awarded to entrepreneurial-minded high school graduates enrolling in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math program at 20 partner universities across Canada. Half are valued at $100,000 for engineering scholarships and half 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. Please visit their website here to find out more information and see if you are a suitable candidate. If you wish to be considered, submit a resume and cover letter to Mrs. Matheson by 9:00 am on Monday, January 18, outlining why you wish to be nominated for this scholarship. The successful applicant will then be notified and sent an electronic link to continue with the application.

Deadline: Monday, January 18, 9:00 am (Resume and Cover letter submitted to Mrs. Matheson in Guidance)



RBC Future Launch Scholarship


The RBC Future Launch Scholarship will be awarded to those who show passion and a clear vision for their future.

  • For youth enrolled part time in school or not in school at all
  • Grades and transcripts are not required
  • Over 400 scholarships available throughout 2020

The $1,500 scholarship can be used for many different things, including:

  • Short-term courses
  • Workshops
  • Certificates
  • Necessary equipment or books etc,

For further information, including the application, please click HERE


Fisheries and Aquaculture Student Bursary Program

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Student Bursary Program aims to help Nova Scotia fill the labour gap for aquaculture, seafood buying and seafood processing facilities. The program also introduces students to aquaculture and the seafood sector as viable career options.


To apply for the bursary, students must be:

  • a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident Status
  • a permanent resident of Nova Scotia
  • enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution in September of the program year and
  • employed by a licensed Nova Scotia aquaculture operator, seafood buyer or seafood processor guaranteeing a minimum work term of 250-500 hours between 1 April and 31 December.

Students who work at least 250 hours between April and December can qualify for a $500 bursary. Students who work at least 500 hours can qualify for a $1000 bursary.

Bursaries are additional to wages paid by the employer.

Read the program guidelines for detailed eligibility information.

Deadline or important dates

Program Opening: 1 September 2020
Application Deadline: 31 January 2021
Activity Period:1 April 2020 – 31 December 2020

How to Apply

To apply for the bursary, complete the application and submit to the Programs and Business Risk Management office. Visit their website:


You need to provide a proof of enrollment in school (including your student ID number) and your Record of Employment from a licensed Nova Scotia aquaculture operator, seafood buyer or seafood processor.






The application for Nova Scotia Student Assistance goes live in May of each year

To apply online and for info about student loans:


Nova Scotia's leading source for finding scholarship money:


( NEW ) Community Foundation Of Nova Scotia ( Various Scholarships and Bursaries)


(NEW) Canada's free scholarship matching services for financial assistance:


Canada's scholarship website for scholarships, bursaries and grants. Also has information about student loans, applications, and budget planning.


Government of Canada Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool:

(Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada have information on over 750 bursaries)

Aboriginal students are encouraged to visit their website: