How to Get Scholarships and Bursaries

Posted by Jamila on March 25, 2014

Diary of an Undergrad

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Saving up for higher education can be scary if you’re approaching it alone. I know it definitely was for me and for some reason I also had a phobia for student loans and student lines of credit. Luckily, there are many scholarships and bursaries provided by both York university and other institutions for students. Getting these financial aids are usually easy when you start ahead. The key is doing a lot of research and giving yourself enough time to gather all the requirements needed to meet the eligibility for each of the opportunities available. For example, some scholarships require that you be a high school student just entering the first year of university. Others require that you be in a specific area of study with a lot of community service hours so it really just depends on two things: the institution that is providing it and the purpose of awarding it. Keep yourself aware of any deadlines that apply to each academic sessions.

Entrance Scholarships and Awards: These awards are available through York University are usually given based on your final admission average. The amounts range anywhere from $2,000 to $12,000. For a full list of all the entrance scholarships at YorkU, check out the scholarships and financial aid website.

As an international student, looking for scholarships might be quite frustrating. This is because the choices you have for most scholarships require the applicant to be a legal permanent resident or citizen of the country in which they are applying. In this case, one becomes eligible for less. Visit the York International website for a full list of employment options available. Sign-up and get regular emails sent right into your inbox about scholarships available to you. You can even customize your experience further and adjust settings for scholarships that match your strengths. For example, if you are very active in social development and community work, you can request for scholarships that are tailored to that. This increases your chances of being to apply and actually qualify for it. More so, you will also get reminders about the deadlines for each so that you can be prepared.

If you are an international student, some institutions provide useful information about scholarships on their websites. Check out some of them below:

Canadian dollar billsCanada Student Grants: You do not have to pay back a grant that is provided by Canada Student Grants. Consider this to be free money given to students at the beginning and middle of the school year. I recommend these grants because they can accommodate any type of student. You can access the grants regardless of if you are full-time or part-time, have dependents or from a middle-income family. If at some point you decide to pursue an exchange program while at YorkU, there’s also some money for that.

Although, I really wanted to get some scholarships, I didn’t start my research and application process on time. I started school and before I knew it, was so busy trying to keep up with school workloads and part-time work. Some of the scholarships required me to write essays. This involved research and I just didn’t have the time for it but was able to make up for this in other ways. Don’t make the same mistakes I did. If you’ve gotten your acceptance letter to YorkU, use the couple of months before September to do the bulk of your applications.

More information about scholarships and bursaries will be available at York’s Spring Open House on Saturday April 5, 2014 from 10am to 2pm.

Good Luck! 🙂


  • Megan

    Hi Karim,

    I would still call that number to confirm that they met their goal of May 1st, but if you haven’t heard back it might be safe to assume that you were not a successful candidate. That is a special scholarship so they only have limited quantities. Good luck!

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    Hi Megan!
    Thank you so much for your reply.
    I meant the major scholarships like the global leader of tomorrow award which has the decision goal of May 1st.

  • Megan

    Hi Karim!

    It’s not likely that successful candidates have been notified this early. You can call 416 872 9675 if you want to inquire further, just ask for Financial Services. Keep in mind that it’s a busy time of year so there might be wait time. You are also welcome to check out the Student Client Services website here:

    Hope this helps 🙂

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    Karim El-Shayeb

    Did the successful candidates for international scholarships have already been notified?