Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries
The Assiniboine Community College Foundation raises money that goes directly to students in the form of scholarships, awards and bursaries. Each year, our students receive anywhere from $150,000 to $200,000.
There are three main types of awards:
- Scholarships - based primarily on academics
- Bursaries - based primarily on financial need
- Awards - Awards usually involve multiple criteria such as academic achievement, demonstrated financial need and school or community involvement.
Scholarships, awards and bursaries may often include multiple criteria. Please read the eligibility criteria carefully for each award listing to know whether you are eligible.
Awards can also be categorized according to the level of study. We’ve divided them into three types of awards based on the applicant’s level of study:
- Entrance awards - For students entering one of our programs - Year 1
- Awards for continuing students - For students who are completing the first year (or part of a year if they’ve started at a non-traditional time) and are continuing their education in a subsequent year at the college. Students continuing to post-diploma programs or second diplomas are also eligible. - Year 2
- Grad awards - For students graduating from a program
Awards are available through two opportunities:
- Application - You must apply for these awards. Take a look at the eligibility and selection criteria for each award. If you think you meet the basic requirements, obtain the application form and follow the instructions carefully and thoroughly.
- Nomination/Selection - You do not need to apply for these awards. Students are nominated or selected by our staff for these awards. See the program section for the possibilities in your program.
How do I Apply?
Each award will describe the application procedure for that particular award. It will tell you whether to use our application form or a form created by another organization, and whether to bring the completed form to us, or send it to the organization directly.
Scholarships, awards and bursaries that use ACC application forms
- You will use need to first apply for government student aid, to be considered for bursaries. Busaries have an element of financial need as a part of the selection criteria, and that financial need will be assessed through your government student aid application.
- Fill out the government student aid application within 1 - 2 weeks you will receive a Notice of Assistance.
- Click on the link in the “Application Procedure” section in the award description. This will take you to the Bursary Application, which you can print and fill out. You can also obtain one from the Awards Office or Student Services.
- Bring the ACC Bursary application form, your Notice of Assistance, and any other required documentation for the bursaries you are applying for, to the Awards Office by the deadline listed.
Scholarship and award applications
- Click on the link in the “Application Procedure” section in the award description. This will take you to the Scholarship and Award Application, which you can print and fill out. You can also obtain one from the awards office.
- Fill out the application completely and attach all the requested documentation
- Bring the application to the Awards Office by the deadline listed
Scholarships, awards and bursaries that use another organization’s application
When you go to the award description, one of two things will happen:
- A link in the “Application Procedure” will take you to a website where you can print an application or fill it out online
- You’ll be told how to obtain an application form
The application form will tell you whether to send the application directly to the organization or to bring it to the Awards Office.
When do I Apply?
Start searching for awards as soon as you are reasonably sure you will be attending the college.
- If you will begin your studies in September, you can apply for entrance awards between January and December of the year in which you will enter. E.g., if youplan to come to school in September, 2018, you can apply for an Entrance Scholarship from January, 2018 to December, 2018.
- After December 1st of your first year, you can look at continuing awards to begin applying for the following year.
- If you’re in a diploma program, also look at continuing awards to see what you may be nominated/selected for in the following year.
Apply for these awards if you are returning to the college to continue your diploma.
- You can apply for these awards between January 1st of your first year and December 31st of your final year.
- After January 1st of your final year, you cannot apply for any more awards. However, students may be nominated/selected for a graduation award by college staff.
How can I find awards?
We've created some tools to help you find award listings. Use these tools and follow the instructions below to find awards that match your criteria.
Use our online Awards Search Tool
Use the Awards Search Tool to search by your program. When the list is produced, click on the + sign beside each award name to determine the criteria for that specific award. Follow the instructions on how to apply.
All of the awards that are open to students in your chosen program are also listed on the program page, with full award details.
Finding other award information
There are a lot of other awards and money available that we may not have on our website. Check with your parents’ employers, your school, any groups you (or your parents and grandparents) belong to and other organizations in your region. Websites such as studentawards.com and ammsa.com and scholarshipscanada.com are useful resources as well.
How do I create a winning application?
There are many scholarships and bursaries available to students. If you think you might be able to complete in the academic category, or you've got some volunteer or leadership experience, or you have financial need, you should apply for awards. How do you get started? And how do you put together an application that stands a good chance of winning? After reading hundreds of awards applications and sitting on local and national scholarship selection committees, we've got some advice for you.
The scholarship season begins in January, with the first of the deadlines at the end of the month.
Do your research.
Check out the current listings on our website. Sign up with studentawards.com. Not only can you see all the scholarships and bursaries that meet your profile, but you’ll also be sent emails every time there’s a new award.
Don’t underestimate yourself, but be realistic.
Study the main award criteria. Does your program, year of study, and length of study qualify? Do you meet the demographic criteria (gender, disability, equity group, etc.)? Apply for awards that match your experience and abilities. If your marks are in the average to above average category, apply for scholarships. If you’ve done some meaningful volunteering and service in the community, try for the awards that value involvement and leadership.
Give it your best shot.
Some applications can be a bit of work (after all, scholarship donors are looking for people who are dedicated and motivated) and we know they’re a gamble, but unlike a lottery ticket, you have some influence on your chance of success.
- Read the selection criteria carefully.
- Analyze the questions and create thoughtful responses.
- Follow instructions and attach everything requested.
- Hand it in by the deadline date
Get some help.
No, it’s not a sign of weakness, but an effective strategy for improving your chances of success.
- Your guidance counselor at school has seen many scholarship applications. Ask for suggestions on how to produce a strong application.
- We want our students to win! The ACC Awards Office will be happy to review your application and offer suggestions.
- Talk to your parents and friends—especially when describing your work and volunteer experience or your personal characteristics. They’ll often think of things you forgot or didn’t consider important.
Ensure your references understand the criteria of the award.
This will help them to comment on why they think you meet the criteria.
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