Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries
The Assiniboine Community College Foundation raises money that goes directly to students in the form of scholarships, awards and bursaries. Every year, there is over $300,000 available to students at Assiniboine.
There are three main types of awards:
- Scholarships - based primarily on academics
- Bursaries - based primarily on financial need
- Awards - Awards involve multiple criteria such as academic achievement, demonstrated financial need and school or community involvement.
Scholarships, awards and bursaries are categorized according to by level of study. Entrance awards are for students entering into a program (year one). Bridging awards are for students who are entering an additional year of study.
Scholarships, awards and bursaries are available through two opportunities:
- By Application - You must apply through the awards search tool. Take a look at the eligibility criteria for each award.
- By Selection - Students are selected by our staff for these awards.
How to Apply
Use our Awards Search Tool to find and apply for scholarships, awards and bursaries. Please refer to this helpful instructional PDF for more information on how to apply for scholarships, awards and bursaries.
Scholarships, awards and bursaries (paper-based application forms)
As a student, you must apply through our online awards portal.
- You will use need to first apply for government student aid, to be considered for bursaries. Bursaries 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 to 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.
Scholarship & 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.
- Fill out the application completely and attach all the requested documentation
- Bring the application to the Awards Office by the deadline listed
When to Apply
Start searching for awards as soon as you have applied for 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 you plan to come to school in September 2018, you can apply for an entrance scholarship from January 1, 2018, to October 15, 2018, and Bursaries from January 1, 2018, to December 1, 2018
- After December 1st of your first year, you can look at bridging awards to begin applying for the following year.
Apply for these awards if you are returning to your second year of study.
- You can apply for these awards between January 1 of your first year and December 1 of your final year.
Tips for Your Application
There are many scholarships and bursaries available to students. If you think you might be able to compete in the academic category, or you've got some volunteer or leadership experience, or you have financial need, you should apply for awards.
The scholarship season begins in January.
Do your research.
Check out the current listings on our website. You can see all the scholarships, awards and bursaries that meet your profile.
Don’t underestimate yourself.
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.
Get some help.
No, it’s not a sign of weakness, but an effective strategy for improving your chances of success!
- Your guidance counsellor 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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