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External Scholarships and Awards

There are many scholarships and awards to be found outside of Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU)! Here are a few resources to get your search started:

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 Leaside Garden Society Founders’ Scholarship

The Leaside Garden Society (LGS) aims to establish a friendly meeting place to share, encourage, award and educate on the fundamental values and principles of gardening, and concerns about the environment and to create a horticultural legacy within the community; To be an inspiration for gardening everywhere. This scholarship has been established to honour the initiative of those who in the 1980s had the foresight and energy to form the Leaside Garden Society.

Amount: $2000

Deadline to Apply: June 30, 2024

 Villa Charities Scholarship Program 

The Villa Charities Scholarship Program provides financial support to undergraduate and graduate level students who believe in and help further Villa Charities’ mission to enrich lives through experiences and services that honour Italian culture and heritage. Any person, regardless of heritage, that helps further this mission is encouraged to apply.

Amount: 

  • Four full-time undergraduate students x $1,000 each
  • Four full-time graduate students x $2,000 each


Deadline to Apply: 
June 30, 2024

 Visas for Future Annual Scholarship

The Visas for Future Annual Scholarship program promotes environmental sustainability and education. They assist students globally in their academic pursuits while supporting future environmentalists. This scholarship was started to make a triple impact: empowering education, environmental stewardship and global community engagement.

Amount: $1,000

Deadline to Apply: August 1, 2024

 Haywood Hunt 7th Annual Scholarship

We are a premium full-service private investigation agency. We have offices conveniently located in both Toronto and Mississauga, Ontario. At Haywood Hunt we believe that working hard and striving to be the best you can be is vital to success in business and life. We also understand and remember the financial strains that seeking a higher education can place on individuals. That’s why we’ve created our annual scholarship available to all Canadian college and university students, to make things a little easier along the way.

Amount: $1,000

Deadline to Apply: August 31, 2024

More Opportunities

What is the Bill 7 Award?

The Bill 7 Award is a charitable trust that awards scholarships to gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer and two-spirit post-secondary students who are studying in Ontario. The Bill 7 Award scholarship is named after the 1986 legislation that extended the protection of the Ontario Human Rights Code to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Who Can Apply?

The Bill 7 Award is a scholarship for individuals with demonstrated financial need after accessing available public financial support. To be eligible to receive a Bill 7 Award scholarship, individuals must also meet all of the following three criteria:

  • You are attending or accepted by a post-secondary educational institution in the Province of Ontario
  • You are pursuing your first post-secondary program of study
  • You identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, two-spirited or queer (LGBTQ)

How to apply and submit your application:

In addition to your application form, the Bill 7 Award will require the following documents. Please check out the criteria for each of these documents on the Bill 7 Award application site (external link, opens in new window) . These documents may be attached in a .pdf, .doc or .txt format (.pdf format is preferred).

  • A copy of OSAP estimate (if applicable)
  • Proof of registration/acceptance
  • Reference letter
  • Personal statement

Details at a glance:

Scholarship value (2024): 
17 or more scholarships of $4,000 each
Application deadline:
August 2, 2024
Successful recipients notified:
Late September
Awards ceremony:
November 4, 2024

Contact:

Address:
Bill 7 Award
c/o Supporting our Youth
Sherbourne Health Centre
333 Sherbourne Street, 2nd floor
Toronto ON, M5A 2S5

Email: info@bill7award.ca

Interested in mentorship, leadership skills development, and full funding to start a graduate degree?

The McCall MacBain Scholarships (external link, opens in new window)  are Canada’s first comprehensive, leadership-based scholarships for master’s and professional studies. The program brings together students who strive to engage in positive change by taking on meaningful leadership roles. The McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill are Canada’s first comprehensive, leadership-driven scholarships for master’s and professional degree studies. The scholarship program brings together a diverse group of scholars who aspire to lead with purpose – those who have demonstrated leadership potential and an inner drive to make a positive impact in other peoples’ lives.

The scholarships were announced in February 2019 by John and Marcy McCall MacBain, through a landmark gift of $200 million (external link, opens in new window) . At the time, it was the single largest gift in Canadian history. Based on their work over the years with some of the top scholarships around the world – such as the Rhodes Scholarships in Oxford, the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships in Cape Town, and the Kupe Scholarships in New Zealand – they felt it was crucial that Canada have a comprehensive master’s-level scholarship that builds on, but is not limited to, academic excellence.

Up to 30 full scholarships and 100 entrance awards ($5,000 to $20,000) are available. Two-thirds of the scholarships are available for Canadian students, and one-third are for international students in Canada and abroad.

The Scholarship Covers:

  • Tuition and fees for 150+ eligible programs at McGill University
  • A living stipend of $2,000 per month during academic terms
  • Mentors, advisors, and coaching
  • A leadership development program

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for the 2025 cohort, you will need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are a current student on track to earn your first bachelor’s degree by August 2025
  • You earned your first bachelor’s degree in the last five years (January 2019 or later)
  • You earned your first bachelor’s degree more than five years ago, and are 30 years or younger in 2024

You will need to meet the minimum degree and language requirements (external link, opens in new window)  for McGill master’s program admission. Contact McGill Graduate Admissions if you have questions about the university’s minimum requirements for admission.

How to Apply

Applications will open in June 1, 2024 for September 2025 admission. For more information on how to apply, please visit the McCall MacBain Scholarship website (external link, opens in new window) .

Support

Please connect with the Student Awards and Scholarships Office (awards@torontomu.ca) if you have questions about the application process.

2025 Scholarship

Up to eleven Rhodes Scholarships are awarded annually in Canada, including two in Ontario. A Rhodes Scholarship is tenable at the University of Oxford. The Rhodes Scholarship, established in 1903, is the oldest international scholarship programme in the world and one of the most prestigious. Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the programme offers over 100 fully-funded scholarships each year for full-time postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom - one of the world’s leading universities. Rhodes Scholarships are for young leaders of outstanding intellect and character who are motivated to engage with global challenges, committed to the service of others and show promise of becoming value-driven, principled leaders for the world’s future.

The Rhodes Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all faculties. The scholarship covers all university course fees, a personal stipend from which Scholars pay all living/accommodation expenses, and two economy-class flights (one at the start of the scholarship and one at the end of the scholarship) to study at Oxford University. More details on what the scholarship covers can be found on the Rhodes Scholarship website (external link, opens in new window) .

Deciding to Apply

Before applying for a Rhodes Scholarship, you should research the academic programs at Oxford University to determine which program best fits your goals and interests. For further information, visit the University of Oxford (external link, opens in new window)  website.

Note: Please review the criteria on the Rhodes Scholarship Eligibility and Criteria page (external link, opens in new window)  to ensure you are applying for the most appropriate scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada (students who are attending a Canadian university on a student visa are not eligible to apply)
  • Be domiciled in Canada
  • Must be aged 18-23 on October 1, 2024 (i.e. you must have been born after October 1, 2000 and before October 2, 2006). Or, for older candidates who completed their first undergraduate degree later must be under the age of 27 on October 1, 2024 (i.e. have been born after October 1, 1997) AND you must also have completed your first undergraduate degree on or after October 1, 2023
  • Have completed or will have completed by July 2025, an undergraduate degree from a college or university (normally a bachelor's degree) with an academic background and grade that - at a minimum - meets or exceeds the specific entry requirements of your chosen course at the University of Oxford (external link, opens in new window) 

Selection of Scholars

The Rhodes Trust focuses on four criteria that are used in the selection of scholars:

  • Academic excellence: the University of Oxford is one of the most competitive graduate environments in the world and applicants must meet or exceed the entry requirements of their chosen course.
  • Energy to use your talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, particularly where teamwork is involved).
  • The Virtues: truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship.
  • Moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow human beings.

The detailed eligibility criteria vary slightly depending on which constituency you are applying for. You can use the eligibility checker tool (external link, opens in new window)  to determine if you meet the requirements and are eligible to apply for the Scholarship.

Rhodes Scholarship selection and application process at TMU

The process for candidates has two parts: an internal application process by the TMU Awards and Ceremonials Committee (AWCC) and an external Rhodes Scholarship application (external link, opens in new window)  submitted to the Rhodes Trust online portal. 

All candidates currently attending a university must earn the endorsement of their university President or equivalent representative. TMU has an internal screening process that must be followed to receive a written endorsement from the President.

Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 4.0 to be eligible for a presidential endorsement.

  1. Candidates must apply by August 1, 2024 at 4 p.m. ET. Applications submitted through any other route will not be considered. If you have questions about the TMU internal selection process, please contact the Student Awards and Scholarships Office at awards@torontomu.ca.

    Requirements Summary

    You will be required to include the following on the form:

    • 350-word academic statement
    • Full curriculum vitae
    • 1000-word personal statement
    • Full names and emails of your six referees

    For full details, please review the  (PDF file) Rhodes Scholarship for Canada Information for Candidates (external link, opens in new window)  document.

    Referee letters
    You should contact your six referees (at least three or more of your referees should speak to your academics and two or more of your six referees should testify to your character) and provide them with the two-page  (PDF file) Guidance for Referees (external link, opens in new window)  document. Referees may submit a copy of their reference letters to awards@torontomu.ca.

    Document Submission
    Birth certificate, valid passport, official transcripts and photographs are not required for TMU’s internal process. 

  2. Your application will be reviewed by the AWCC which will provide a recommendation to the President for endorsement.

  3. Candidates will be emailed the status of their application during the university’s internal screening process.

  4. Only institutionally endorsed candidates can submit their online application to the Rhodes Trust.

What are the Global Undergraduate Awards?

The Undergraduate Awards acknowledge excellence in undergraduate academia across all disciplines through an international call for top scholarly submissions. Students submit high-quality coursework to compete against top undergraduate scholars from around the world.

Why should I submit my coursework?

This is a unique opportunity to have your work recognized by an international panel of expert judges working in some of the world’s top academic institutions. Global Gold Medal recipients of The Undergraduate Awards are invited to Dublin to receive their medal and attend a three-day Global Summit (including complimentary travel and summit ticket). Highly Commended (top 10%) are invited to attend the Global Summit. 

Students selected to receive The Undergraduate Awards also have access to support, the UA alumni network and other opportunities to raise their profiles and further their career paths.

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

  • Students from the classes of 2023, 2024 and 2025 (includes second-entry undergraduate degree programs such as law, medicine, dentistry, business, social work, etc.)
  • Part-time students who are studying an undergraduate degree may also take part in UA, on the basis that they have completed at least two-thirds of their program.
  • There are 25 degree and subject/module categories (external link)  ranging from the sciences, to social science, to arts and humanities, to professional programs.

What Can I Submit?

Any piece of individual undergraduate coursework that received an "A" grade or higher (external link) .

Deadline to Submit Applications: June 7, 2024

Date of the Awards Ceremony: November 2024. Specific date to be announced.

Location of Awards Ceremony: Dublin, Ireland. Specific location to be announced.

Contact: awards@torontomu.ca

Website: https://undergraduateawards.com/ (external link, opens in new window) 

A group of undergraduate students dressed in formal attire laugh and pose next to the text "Award Your Work."

Selection Criteria

Students are chosen for their innovative approach to their subject area – "creating world-class research to tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges." The Undergraduate Awards gather a panel of academics in each field to anonymously assess the work. They select the top 10% in each category, and from that, the winner.

How to Submit

  1. Register online at undergraduateawards.com (external link, opens in new window) . Interested students should do this step immediately to hold your space and ensure you will be able to submit their final papers by the deadline.

  2. Once your paper is polished, submit them independently to The Global Undergraduate Awards (external link, opens in new window)  by June 7, 2024. Submit your coursework online, making sure your name and university is not included in the actual submission.

It is free to register or enter your work. Students may enter up to three individual submissions.

More Information

Become a Judging Panellist! 

Each year, The Global Undergraduate Awards invites leading academics and industry experts from a diverse range of academic and cultural backgrounds to join as Judging Panellists and participate in the online-based UA Judging Process in order to identify the highest performing entrants in each of our 25 award categories.

For more information or to apply to become a UA Judge, please contact: judgingexec@undergraduateawards.com

Please note that only faculty members of Toronto Metropolitan University can apply to become a UA Judge.