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Awards, scholarships and bursaries

Postsecondary education is an investment in your future. We know many students find it tough to make ends meet, which is why we offer so many options to help you pay your way to graduation.

Georgian offers awards, scholarships and bursaries to students of all walks of life — domestic, international and Indigenous, full-time and part-time, first years, upcoming graduates and everyone in between. You can afford this!

The fall cycle is now closed. Successful applicants will be notified in December by email. All notifications are sent to your Georgian student email account. Due to the high volume of applications received, only successful applicants will be notified.

The winter cycle will open on Dec. 15!

With our new application system, you can apply to awards, scholarships and bursaries with one application. Find out more.

By the numbers

$3 millionin bursaries awarded to Georgian students annually
650+awards and scholarships available to students each year
$750,000+of donor-funded student awards, scholarships and bursaries annually

Awards and scholarships

What is an award?

An award is a gift or sum of money presented to students in recognition of their accomplishments or situational needs.

What is a scholarship?

A scholarship is a gift or sum of money presented to a student primarily on the basis of academic achievement. Other criteria may apply.

What awards and scholarships are available at Georgian?

With more than 650 awards and scholarships available to students each year with a combined value of over $750,000, we’re confident there’s one for you!

The average value of a Georgian award or scholarship is $1,000. Recipients may be selected based on:

  • community involvement
  • involvement within the Georgian community
  • academic achievements
  • financial need
  • sports and athletics
  • first generation students
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As you can see, it’s not all about your marks. You also don’t need to be fresh out of high school or in your first year of study. You don’t even need to be enrolled full-time! There truly are awards and scholarships for Georgian students from all walks of life. Find out how to apply.

Thank you to our donors

The support we make available for students each year would not be possible without the generous contributions of our donors who establish awards, scholarships and bursaries. Georgian is deeply grateful to the many loyal organizations, alumni and friends that have chosen to invest in student success and tomorrow’s leaders.

Interested in establishing an award or scholarship? Learn more about giving to Georgian.

Bursaries

What is a bursary?

A bursary is a non-repayable sum of money presented to students based strictly on financial need.

The minimum bursary value is $500. Georgian disburses more than $3 million in bursaries every single year, so it’s worth applying! Find out how to apply.

The bursaries listed below are administered by Financial Aid and Awards and are subject to the availability of funding each year.

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What bursaries are available at Georgian?

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What is the COVID Hardship Bursary?

The COVID-19 Hardship Bursary is a $500 bursary intended to help provide immediate, short-term relief to Georgian students experiencing unexpected financial need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not intended as a source of long-term funding. The fund is to help students who are in urgent need of basic necessities. It is expected that before applying for support from this fund, students will have explored all other sources of emergency funding such as support programs offered by the Federal or Provincial governments, study period income,and OSAP.

Who is eligible?

  • Full-time postsecondary students (domestic or international) who remain enrolled in their program and who have emergency financial needs because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Students can only receive the COVID hardship bursary once.
  • Acceptable categories for assistance:
    • Unexpected or additional expenses based on individual needs or circumstances, as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic; including food, medical, utilities, and other essential living costs.
    • Financial support for the purchase of required technology due to online delivery of classes (where financial need is demonstrated), including increased internet charges.
    • Students must have a demonstrated financial need directly resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Expenses must be reasonable and supported with acceptable documentation. 

Examples of acceptable documentation would be receipts from unexpected expenses, proof of unexpected loss of wages or employment hours due to the pandemic (letter/email from employer), expenses incurred as a result of having to self-isolate under the direction of public health, etc. 

There is a limit of three upload files, with a maximum file size of 10MB. Upload files can be PDFs or image files.

When is the deadline to apply?

The fall application will open on Sept. 28 and close on Oct. 16 at 4:30 p.m. No applications will be accepted after this date.

How do I apply?

To apply for the COVID-19 Hardship Bursary, visit the student portal.

Questions?

Visit the student portal for FAQs or email COVIDbursary@georgiancollege.ca for more information.



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What is the Emergency Bursary?

The Georgian College Emergency Bursary is intended to support students facing a financial emergency during their study period because of events beyond their control.

A financial emergency is defined as a crisis which could not have reasonably been budgeted for during your current study period. Examples include:

  • sudden housing emergencies due to family breakdown or potentially unsafe living situations;
  • emergency medical conditions or unexpected costs;
  • fire, theft, or accident; and
  • other extreme circumstances not foreseen by the student.

Examples of situations that do not qualify for the Emergency Bursary include:

  • delay of OSAP funds;
  • poor budgeting resulting in a financial shortfall for routine costs such as rent, transportation, food, etc.; and
  • routine medical expenses not covered by your health insurance (i.e. over-the-counter medications, replacement glasses or contacts, etc.).

Who is eligible?

  • You must be considered an Ontario resident:
    • Resident of Ontario for a minimum of 12 months prior to the first day of study at Georgian College.
  • You must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person.
  • You must have completed an OSAP application for the current academic year.
  • You must be enrolled in the current academic year of study in a postsecondary program and be in good standing.
  • You must provide documentation regarding your emergency and submit your request a minimum of two weeks before the end of your study period.

When is the deadline to apply?

Applications for the Emergency Bursary must be received a minimum of two weeks before the end of your study period.

How do I apply?

To apply for an Emergency Bursary, please contact us at financialaid@georgiancollege.ca.

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What is the Georgian Bursary?

Georgian College has established a bursary fund to aid eligible students who have applied for OSAP and require additional assistance in funding postsecondary studies.

  • The bursary is valued at a minimum of $500, though the value can vary from term to term as funds permit.
  • The bursary will be applied as a payment toward any outstanding balance with the college, or as a deposit toward the following semester’s tuition (if applicable).
  • Students are eligible to receive the bursary once per academic year
  • Apply once per academic year.

Who is eligible?

  • You must have completed an OSAP application for the current academic year.
  • You must be enrolled full-time in the current academic year and be in good standing.

Please note: Students receiving assistance through the Second Career program are not eligible for this bursary.

When is the deadline to apply?

The Georgian Bursary remains open for the full application cycle each academic year. The application cycle opens Aug. 15 and closes June 15 the following year.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying to the Georgian Bursary, you can apply online using Georgian’s integrated award, scholarship and bursary application system. Learn more about how to apply, including a video tutorial on how to get started.

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What is the Indigenous Student Bursary?

The Indigenous Student Bursary provides aid to Indigenous students in financial need who are attending either:

  • publicly-assisted colleges and universities in Ontario
  • an approved Indigenous institution in Ontario

Who is eligible?

  • You must be considered an Ontario resident:
    • Resident of Ontario for a minimum of 12 months prior to the first day of study at Georgian College.
  • You must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person.
  • You must be enrolled in the current academic year of study in a postsecondary program and be in good academic standing.
  • You must be an Indigenous student who has self-identified on the general application through the award, scholarship and bursary application system.
  • You must demonstrate financial need on the budget provided within the general application and complete the general application by the deadline date indicated, through the award, scholarship and bursary application system.

When is the deadline to apply?

The Indigenous Student Bursary opens at the start of the fall cycle (Aug. 15) and closes at the end of the winter cycle (Feb. 15).

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying to the Indigenous Student Bursary, you can apply online using Georgian’s integrated award, scholarship and bursary application system. Learn more about how to apply, including a video tutorial on to get started.

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What is the Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary?

The Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary is available for Métis students who have demonstrated financial need.

Who is eligible?

  • Open to students in financial need who are of Métis ancestry and are enrolled in any year, in any program, at any Georgian College campus.
  • The Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary Application form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid and Awards office.
  • Award recipients are determined by the Métis Nation of Ontario in co-operation with the Financial Aid and Awards office, Georgian College.

When is the deadline to apply?

The Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary opens at the start of the fall cycle (Aug. 15) and closes at the end of the winter cycle (Feb. 15).

How do I apply?

The Métis Nation of Ontario Bursary Application form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid and Awards Office c/o Georgian College Barrie Campus, One Georgian Dr., Barrie ON L4M 3X9. Applications can be submitted via email to financialaid@georgiancollege.ca. Please save your application as a PDF file and include it as an attachment in your email.

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What is the Ontario First Generation Bursary?

First Generation students studying at a public college or university in Ontario are considered for this bursary. To be eligible, a student must not have parents who attended postsecondary studies.

Who is eligible?

  • You must be considered an Ontario resident:
    • Resident of Ontario for a minimum of 12 months prior to the first day of study at Georgian College.
  • You must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person.
  • You must be a student whose parents have never attended part- or full-time postsecondary studies in Canada or elsewhere.
  • You must have completed an OSAP application for the current academic year:
    • You do not need to have been approved or use the funding; however, you need to have applied.
  • You must be enrolled in the current academic year of study in a postsecondary program and be in good standing.
  • You must demonstrate financial need on the budget provided and complete the Ontario First Generation Bursary application in full.

Please note: Students enrolled in second-entry programs, graduate or professional programs, as well as students receiving assistance through the Second Career program, are NOT eligible for this bursary.

When is the deadline to apply?

The Ontario First Generation Bursary opens at the start of the fall cycle (Aug. 15) and closes at the end of the winter cycle (Feb. 15).

How do I apply?

If you are interested in applying to the Ontario First Generation Bursary, you can apply online using Georgian’s integrated award, scholarship and bursary application system. Learn more about how to apply, including a video tutorial on to get started.

External award, scholarship and bursary opportunities

Outside of Georgian, there are many organizations and businesses who provide awards, scholarships and bursaries to postsecondary students. Explore external awards below for more information and how to apply.

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Does your organization offer an award?

If your organization or business offers an award you would like to share with Georgian College students, let us know! Connect with us via email with the name of the award and a website address where students can learn more and apply. We will add it to this list so Georgian students can access it directly from this page.

How to apply for awards, scholarships and bursaries at Georgian

New online application system for 2020-21!

Our new online application system makes it easier than ever to apply to awards, scholarships and bursaries through one application (known as the general application). The fall application cycle is now closed. Successful applicants will be notified in December by email. All notifications are sent to your Georgian student email account.

The winter cycle will open on Dec. 15!

Submit a general application

Our online application process connects Georgian students to awards, scholarships and bursaries. With just one online application, you can help fund your future!

You must be a registered Georgian student to apply. Not yet a registered student? You can still search for award, scholarship and bursary opportunities Georgian has to offer.

To apply, start by logging in to the application system using your Georgian College student email and password. If this is your first time logging on, your password will be your date of birth (formatted as YYMMDD). Next, complete the general application to determine what award, scholarship and bursary opportunities you are eligible for.

The majority of the award, scholarship and bursary opportunities offered by Georgian are automatically matched through the general application and you may not be required to complete any further applications. If you are eligible for additional opportunities that require supplemental information, these will display for you once you have completed and submitted your application.

Watch our tutorial video to take a tour of the new system!

How to apply for award, scholarship and bursary opportunities at Georgian

Application cycles

The general application will open prior to the start of each new academic year and will remain open for the duration of the academic year, until the end of the full application cycle.

At the end of each application cycle, award, scholarship and bursary opportunities are reviewed and recipients are selected. Due to the high volume of applications received, only successful applicants will be notified. All notifications are sent to your Georgian student email account.

TermApplication opensApplication deadline
FallAug. 15Oct. 15
WinterDec. 15Feb. 15
SummerApril 15June 15
NOTE: The summer cycle is specific to the Georgian Bursary only. Awards, scholarships and other bursaries are available in the fall or winter cycles.

*For optimal compatibility, access the application system using any newer browser, e.g. Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari. Please note that award, scholarship and bursary opportunities are subject to change without prior notice, and are subject to conditions outlined by Georgian College.

Frequently asked questions

When can I apply for award, scholarship and bursary opportunities?Georgian College Chevron

The award, scholarship and bursary program has recently been updated. The application and selection process for all awards, scholarships and bursaries are now managed by the Financial Aid and Awards office (formerly the Financial Aid office).

Application cycles

Our application cycles are in the fall, winter and summer terms. You must complete your general application before the end of each cycle in order to be considered. The application cycles are:

  • Fall: Aug. 15 to Oct. 15
  • Winter: Dec. 15 to Feb. 15
  • Summer: April 15 to June 15
    • NOTE: The summer cycle is specific to the Georgian Bursary only. Awards, scholarships and other bursary opportunities are available in the fall or winter cycles.

You are encouraged to review your general application during each new application cycle to ensure the information provided is up to date and accurate. You can update your application at any time. It is important to note that if your general application is updated after a cycle end date, the updates will be considered for the following cycle.

Review how to apply for awards, scholarships and bursaries for more information.

What documents do I need when completing my application?Georgian College Chevron

With the new application system, minimal documentation is required. Students are presented with a series of questions while completing the general application in order to determine eligibility, in addition to imported student data from Banner. Some documents you may be required to provide are listed below.

Transcripts

If you are a student entering your first year of any program at Georgian, you will be asked to provide a copy of your transcript from your most recent educational institution in order to be considered for opportunities that include an academic component.

References

You will be asked to provide references in support of your application. With the new application system, you are not required to submit a reference letter, but simply provide a name and email address for an individual that can serve as a reference for the applicable request. That individual is then sent a reference questionnaire that is generated by the application system. Reference types include community involvement reference, employer reference, academic/faculty reference, and character reference.

Statement

You are no longer required to provide custom cover letters for each opportunity you are applying for. With the new system, you will instead be asked to provide a statement explaining how receiving an award, scholarship or bursary will assist you in achieving your academic goals. Detailed information regarding the statement is provided when completing the general application.

Budget

You will be asked to complete a budget if you wish to be considered for award, scholarship and bursary opportunities which require financial need.

What criteria is included for the award, scholarship and bursary opportunities?Georgian College Chevron

Award, scholarship and bursary opportunities are based on, but not limited to:

  • community involvement
  • involvement within the Georgian community
  • academic achievements
  • financial need
  • sports and athletics
  • first generation students (a student whose parent(s) have not attended postsecondary studies)
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Video tutorial

Take a look at our video tutorial! This video will guide you through the application process.

Application instructions

Have you reviewed how to apply? This section provides more details on the application process.

Connect with us

Contact the Financial Aid and Awards office if you have questions about awards, scholarships or bursaries. Email financialaid@georgiancollege.ca or call 705.722.1530.

Is it really worth my time to even bother applying?Georgian College Chevron

The amount of time and effort you put forward when applying for awards, scholarships and bursaries is up to you. However, the more detailed information you provide, the more information a selection committee has when determining the successful recipients. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t win. Simply try again!

How will I know if I’ve been selected for an award, scholarship or bursary?Georgian College Chevron

At the end of each application cycle, award, scholarship and bursary opportunities are reviewed and recipients are selected.

Application cycles

Our application cycles are in the fall, winter and summer terms:

  • Fall: Aug. 15 to Oct. 15
  • Winter: Dec. 15 to Feb. 15
  • Summer: April 15 to June 15

Due to the high volume of applications received, only successful applicants will be notified. All notifications are sent to your Georgian student email account. Please be advised that it can take four to six weeks for the selection process to be completed once an application cycle has closed.

How do I receive my award, scholarship or bursary?Georgian College Chevron

How funds will be issued

All awarded funds will be applied to any outstanding tuition fee balance for the semester the funds are awarded. If you do not have an outstanding balance, you will receive an email transfer from Georgian as the method of payment.

A note about income tax

Award, scholarship and bursary funds issued by Georgian may be considered taxable income. A T4A summary will be issued before the end of February of next year to all awarded students. If you have not submitted your Social Insurance Number (SIN), you cannot be issued any funds. Please log in to Banner to confirm your SIN has been provided. If you need to provide your SIN, select the Social Insurance Number Update link in the Personal Information menu.

Contact us

Have questions about award, scholarship or bursary opportunities? Contact the Financial Aid and Awards office.

Financial Aid and Awards provides a centralized service located at the Barrie Campus within the Office of the Registrar.

Barrie Campus

Office of the Registrar (ground floor of C building)

Phone: 705.722.1530
Fax: 705.722.5136
Email: financialaid@georgiancollege.ca

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please note, we are currently working remotely while only limited on-campus activity takes place. Our staff are available by telephone and email to assist you.

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