Awards and scholarships

Awards and Scholarships applications are now closed.

Due to the number of applications received, we are not able to notify all applicants of the decisions. All students who will be receiving awards will be notified by email sometime in December. This site will be updated at that time.

SEARCH for awards and scholarships APPLY to awards and scholarships Application Tutorial

Want to check out the awards and scholarships Georgian has to offer? Click the search button above.

Ready to apply for awards and scholarships? Start on your Student Award Profile by clicking the apply button above and complete the Student Information, Academic Information and Additional Information sections.

Cover Letter Help

Thanks to our great friends at the Writing Centre, we’re happy to provide this template to help you craft your cover letter. While other documents can be shared across multiple awards, each award you apply for will require its own cover letter. Please feel free to use this as a guide but do not feel obligated to do so. If you have any questions about using this guide or other writing questions, be sure to reach out to them for more help.

Please note: we’re continually making improvements to the application process. Please let us know if you experience any difficulties so we can address them promptly.

Awards that fit

A group of people stand in front of a doorway holding a big cheque.

With more than 750 awards available to students each year with a combined value of over $750,000, we’re confident there’s an award for you! You can find awards and scholarships that match your unique situation based on:

  • Academic achievements
  • Demonstrated community involvement
  • Financial need
  • Area of study
  • Sport and athletics

To make it easier to apply, we’ve recently updated our online application process. As you complete your information, the system identifies awards that match your profile.

Donors who care

Haas presents a cheque to Georgian College, Tyler Magri going to world skills competition representing Georgian and Canada

The support we make available through awards and scholarships would not be possible without the generous contributions of our donors. Each year, businesses, organizations, families and individuals make the decision to fund the hundreds of awards that are offered. Their desire to see Georgian College students succeed comes from their understanding that today’s students will be tomorrow’s industry leaders.

Ready to apply?

Welcome to the awards application portal

Our online application process is connecting students to awards! When you create a Student Awards Profile, you provide us with the information we need to help identify the awards you may be eligible for.

You must be a registered Georgian College student to apply.

To begin, click the APPLY to awards and scholarships button to the right. Not a registered student yet? You can still search the awards and scholarships that Georgian has to offer. Just click the SEARCH for awards and scholarships button to the right.

To see step-by-step instructions, read the application tutorial.

We apologize that our current technology only provides an opportunity for applicants to identify as male or female when submitting applications for awards and scholarships. To ensure a respectful application process is afforded to all students who wish to apply for awards and scholarships, we have attached a fillable application form which can be used by any applicant that does not identify as male or female and invite any student wishing to receive assistance in completing the forms to visit our awards office in room E200 at the Barrie Campus. We are actively investigating technology solutions to ensure a streamlined system is available to all students in the future.

Issued award cheques are valid for 6 months from the date of issue only.

*Please note awards and scholarships are subject to change without prior notice, and are subject to conditions as outlined by Georgian College

SEARCH for awards and scholarships APPLY to awards and scholarships Application Tutorial

Want to check out the awards and scholarships Georgian has to offer? Click the search button above. Ready to apply for awards and scholarships? You can get started on your Student Award Profile by clicking the apply button above. You can complete the Student Information, Academic Information and Additional Information sections.

Cover Letter Help

Thanks to our great friends at the Writing Centre, we’re happy to provide this template to help you craft your cover letter. While other documents can be shared across multiple awards, each award you apply for will require its own cover letter. Please feel free to use this as a guide but do not feel obligated to do so. If you have any questions about using this guide or other writing questions, be sure to reach out to them for more help.

Please note: We’re continually making improvements to the application process. Please let us know if you experience any difficulties so we can address them promptly.

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Does your organization offer its own award?

If your organization or business offers an award you would like to share with Georgian College students, let us know!

Email our Awards office 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 students can access it straight from this site.

News

Honda powers dreams at Georgian

Georgian College students, staff and special guests celebrated the outstanding contributions of Honda of Canada Mfg.  and the Honda Canada Foundation with the unveiling of new signage in their honour on Nov. 21 at the Barrie Campus. The large, bustling main-floor lobby and central meeting space in the Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre is now the Honda Student Commons, and a student gathering and collaboration space on the second floor is now the Honda Canada Foundation Dream Lounge. On May 30, Honda announced a $1,843,500 donation in cash and in-kind to the college, as part of a multi-faceted partnership [...]

Georgian College congratulates 2019 ABSC award winners

A special Automotive Business School of Canada (ABSC) awards ceremony was held on Oct. 10 in the ABSC Event Space in the Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre to recognize deserving students for their personal efforts and success at Georgian. Through the generosity of ABSC donors, 87 awards were distributed valued at $122,500.

South West Local Health Integration Network Bursary for Owen Sound Campus Personal Support Worker students

The South West Local Health Integrated Network Bursary was created to support Owen Sound Campus PSW students interested in pursuing a career as a Personal Support Worker (PSW) in the in-home and in-community care sectors within the Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth, Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties. Eligible students will receive $5,000 toward tuition and other expenses. Georgian will be disbursing $5,000 bursaries to 60 eligible students starting the PSW program at the Owen Sound Campus commencing January 2020, and May 2020 until September 2020. Please note that students who are receiving funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), are [...]

Give the gift of food security this holiday season

Dear friends of Georgian College, This past October, I finally crossed the stage as a proud Georgian graduate from the Office Administration - Executive program. It was a journey that I first began in 1994, but one that had to be put on hold. Two years ago, my husband encouraged me to go back to school and after years of stressing the importance of an education to my children, I found myself back in a classroom. Do you remember your first day of school? I can tell you that at the age of 43 I spent much of my first [...]

$100,000 Presented to ABSC Students

     On Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, donors, faculty, and family and friends came together to celebrate and recognize the excellence and achievements of our ABSC students. Through the generosity of our award donors, we were pleased to present over 70 awards, valued at over $100,000. Congratulations to all of our recipients. This year, we were also fortunate to present two of four new awards. Bryan Rowntree generously created these awards in recognition of the longstanding service and dedication of Marie-Noelle Bonicalzi, former Dean of the Automotive Business School of Canada who recently retired. To view the photos from the event, [...]

Base Borden Run raises more than $26,000 for Operation Hero scholarship

The seventh annual Base Borden Run, held Sept. 25 at CFB Borden, raised $26,400 for the Operation Hero scholarship, ensuring generations of students will benefit from this special event.

Make a gift in memory or tribute of someone special

“In Memory” and “Tribute” donations are a wonderful way to remember or celebrate a loved one or friend. These donations are directed to Georgian’s Highest Priority Fund, which includes the Food Locker program, the Student Access and Opportunity Gift, tuition grants, and awards and scholarships.

Mark your calendar: We’ve changed awards and scholarships deadlines

We are constantly exploring ways to serve our students better, and this year is bringing some big changes. One improvement we are excited to share is the change we have made to the start and end dates of our award applications. Now, instead of having several dates to keep track of, you just need to write down two. For the winter term: Feb. 1 is when applications open and March 31 is when applications close. For the fall term: Sept. 1 is when applications open and Oct. 31 is when applications close. This means you have two months to complete […]

Georgian Hospitality student recognized for community involvement by Blue Mountain Village Foundation

The new year is off to a good start for student Karleigh Muir. She recently received a scholarship to help her continue her hospitality studies.

Georgian gives away $165,000 in awards and scholarships

It pays to be a Georgian student. Georgian gave away over $165,000 in awards and scholarships at the largest awards ceremony this year at the Barrie Campus on Dec. 1. Over 120 students were the recipients of a beneficial financial boost toward their postsecondary education this year. Laura Bishop, a Practical Nursing student at the Muskoka Campus, spoke on behalf of all the recipients to thank the 50 donors in attendance for their generous support. “We students are very fortunate that Georgian donors fund more than 850 awards each year with a combined value of over $720,000,” says Laura. “Their […]

WOMEN’S inTUITION campaign raises $373,050 for scholarships to help female Georgian students

Donors have pulled together to raise more than $373,050 to fund scholarships for women studying at Georgian College. More than 100 donors gathered at the Barrie Campus on Thursday, Nov. 5 to celebrate the success of the WOMEN’S inTUITION campaign. The event, which included a private performance by Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, encouraged supporters and students to network and share their success stories and career aspirations. Dozens of students conducted tours and staged demonstrations from their academic programs.

Student receives $2,500 scholarship from industry

Karleigh Muir, a second-year Hospitality Administration – Hotel and Resort student, recently received the NEWH Scholarship Award valued at $2,500. Over the past two years, the NEWH Toronto Chapter has provided more than $4,000 in scholarships to deserving hospitality students at Georgian.

WOMEN’s inTUITION aims to build scholarship fund for female students

Giselle Bodkin, a volunteer member on Georgian’s Advancement Committee, wants to help female students realize their academic goals and career aspirations. Inspired by a Women Moving Women event she attended, Bodkin is spearheading WOMEN’s inTUITION, a fundraising campaign to recruit women to donate $50 a month for five years ($3,000 total) to a scholarship fund for women studying at Georgian.

Georgian College Award for Refugees and Displaced Persons will help Syrian refugees

In response to the current worldwide refugee crisis, Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes today announced the creation of the Georgian College Award for Refugees and Displaced Persons. Effective immediately, this new award will cover the cost of tuition, textbooks and ancillary fees for up to seven Syrian refugees – one studying at each of Georgian’s seven campuses in Barrie, Orillia, Owen Sound, Midland, Muskoka (Bracebridge), Orangeville, and South Georgian Bay (Collingwood).

Future Georgian students win $1,000 tuition grant

One hundred future Georgian students have received tuition grants of $1,000 each as part of a random draw held at Spring Open House last March. Excited students have been tweeting about the news at #GeorgianTuitionGrants.

Georgian congratulates WorldSkills competitor Tyler Magri

Recent graduate Tyler Magri competed in the 2015 WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, testing himself against other new vocational talent from across the globe in the CNC Milling category. He worked hard, kept his head in the game, and built lasting connections with other competitors. He was a great ambassador for his hometown of Innisfil, his school, and his country.

Volunteer or walk/run in the Base Borden Run on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015

Looking for an opportunity to give back to your community, support your alma mater and have fun? The Base Borden Run requires volunteers in order to run smoothly. Be a part of a great event in support of the Operation Hero Scholarship for military family members pursuing an education at Georgian College. Register to volunteer now. Support Georgian College students by participating in the Base Borden Run. Register to participate now.

Over $4,000 raised for Owen Sound student scholarships

The Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) at the Owen Sound campus hosted the 9th Annual Georgian College Owen Sound Golf Tournament in support of Owen Sound student scholarships on Thursday, July 9, at Stone Tree Golf and Fitness Club. More than $4,000 was raised for Owen Sound student scholarships. GCSA would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s tournament and the sponsors that made the fundraising total possible.

Gala raises $15,000 in support of student scholarships

The Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA) – Simcoe Region donated proceeds from the 2014 Simcoe Hospitality Awards Gala to Georgian. Hospitality and Tourism students have benefitted from the gala over the past two years, with the industry raising $30,000 in support of student scholarships.

Important dates

Application deadline is October 31, 2019
Fall applications opened on August 15 and will close on October 31.

Frequently asked questions

There are no awards or scholarships available to apply for in my program area. What happens now?

Unfortunately, there aren’t awards specific to every program. However, we do have “open” awards that are open to students in any program. These will appear when you complete your Student Awards Profile and see what you match to.

To manually search for these, select “awards open to all programs” under the program listing on the search page. You can narrow this search down by selecting your level of study, academic area or even campus.

When is the best time to apply for awards and scholarships?

The awards and scholarships program has recently been updated so you know exactly when to apply!

Our award applications open twice per year: Feb. 1 to March 31 and Aug. 15 to Oct. 31.

What documents do I need to apply for awards and scholarships?

It is always a great time to start putting together your documents for awards and scholarships. Typically you will be asked to provide the following: letter of reference, resumé, grade reports and cover letter. It is a really good idea to be prepared in advance because the perfect opportunity might arise for you at any time.

How do I make my application stand out?

Small details can make a big difference in whether or not your application stands out.

  • Make sure your reference letters and resumé are of the same quality that you would use to land a job interview.
  • Write clearly. Be concise. Check spelling. Ask a peer or superior to proofread all of your documents.
  • Make certain your application and documentation address the specific requirements of the award.
  • Ensure you have provided all of the requested information and attach all documents required to your application. Leaving off pertinent information by accident can result in disqualification.

Is it really worth my time to even bother applying?

The amount of time and energy you put into searching out and applying for awards and scholarships is up to you. However, the more effort you make, the better your chances of becoming a winner. And most importantly, don’t get discouraged if you don’t win. Make the strongest case you can, and simply try again.

How do I know if I've been selected for an award?

Once applications are closed, the selection process can begin. Every year, we receive many qualified applications for consideration and this can take several weeks to go through. Once selections have been completed, all award recipients will be notified. If you are selected for an award, our office will contact you through the email address you provided in your application.

Due to the volume of applications we receive every year, we are unable to notify students who were not selected.

Terminology

Award

A gift or sum of money presented to students in recognition of their accomplishments or situational needs.

Bursary

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

Donor

An individual, family, organization or business who generously give to Georgian College to support student success.

Entrance Award

An award that is presented to students who are beginning their first year of study in a program. Other criteria may apply.

Graduate Award

An award that is presented to students who are in their final year of study in a program. Other criteria may apply.

In-Course Award

An award that is presented to students who are enrolled in a program at Georgian College. Students are considered ‘In-Course’ while they are in the middle of their program (not Entrance, not Graduate). Other criteria may apply.

Scholarship

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

Comments or suggestions?

For questions about your application, or for general awards and scholarships inquiries, please call us at 705.728.1968, ext. 1483 or email awards@georgiancollege.ca.

Barrie Campus – Room E200

Courtney Heaselgrave

Awards Officer
705.728.1968, ext. 1483
Courtney.Heaselgrave@GeorgianCollege.ca

Allison Drew

Awards Officer
705.728.1968, ext. 1211
Allison.Drew@GeorgianCollege.ca