Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

(updated Dec. 15, 2017)

When researching your post-secondary options,
it’s important to consider HOW you’ll be paying for your education.
Here are some things to help you get started!

  • Scholarships are based on such criteria as: academic achievement, community service, athletic, musical, artistic and other achievements.
  • Awards are based on the criteria stated.
  • Bursaries and Grants are based on financial need and are not paid back.
  • Government Loans (including the “NEW” OSAP) are based on financial need, and need to be paid back after education is completed.  Visit the Ontario Student Assistance Program site HERE.


Schulich Leaders Award

Nomination from SJAM Required – Deadline Feb. 2018
SJAM nomination process will occur immediately after holiday break.
Please speak to your guidance counsellor if you’d like to be considered.
More details to follow.
To Learn More, Visit

Western University National Scholarship Program

Students wishing to be considered for nomination to one of Western’s national scholarships, please speak to your guidance counsellor ASAP!
SJAM can nominate up to 4 students.
Application Deadline:  Feb. 14, 2018
Visit the Western Scholarship Site for More Info! 

Legacy Scholarships 2018

Important announcement for SJAM grads – the annual Legacy Scholarship program is open once again!  There are a range of scholarships available for Waterloo Region high school students, valued from $5,000 to $12,000 each.

To find out about the specific scholarships available, please view/download the Legacy brochure.  You can also visit the KW Legacy website for additional information.

Applications are available NOW in the SJAM guidance office.  Students will need to complete the sample application and submit to guidance no later than 3pm on Thursday, Feb. 15th.

Application Criteria:

  • Have a minimum 70% average in required courses for post-secondary program
  • Demonstrate financial need – must provide OSAP eligibility (access OSAP estimator tool HERE) – print out report/screen showing your OSAP loan/grant info
  • Be involved in the school and/or community – to be completed on application form

Please see your guidance counsellor for more information!  Successful candidates will be notified early the following week.  Deadline to apply on the Legacy site for successful nominees is Friday, Feb. 23rd (access code provided by SJAM guidance).

Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Female students interested in applying to the Zonta 2018 Award, please download the application form here!  Deadline to apply is Feb. 7th, 2018


Would you like to win up to $22,500?!

For you students who are full of great ideas, here is your opportunity to shine. The Optimist Clubs of Westvale-Waterloo and Twin Cities are hosting their annual Essay and Oratorical Contests again.

Are you brave enough to speak to a small audience for 4 to 5 minutes and tell them “Where Are My Roots of Optimism?” Or can you write a 700 to 800 word essay answering the question, “Can Society Function Without Respect?” If so, please speak to your teacher or guidance counsellor, or search on Facebook for the Westvale-Waterloo Optimist Club to get more information and an application.

Applications must be signed by your parents and returned to us by 5 pm on the 15th of January, 2018. Winners at the club level will receive gift certificates, but winning essays can go on to win $2,500 and speeches are eligible to go on and compete for international scholarships totaling up to $22,500.

If you’d like more information, CLICK HERE to download the student invitation letter!


  • Check out the following websites for helpful scholarship/bursary research and info.  Some allow you to register for regular scholarship updates, so sign up ASAP: (new website resource)

electronic-info (scholarships/finance)

  • Visit the Ontario School Counsellors’ Association (OSCA) website for an extensive list of scholarships and financial assistance opportunities
  • Talk to your counsellor!
  • Community Scholarships (i.e. Portuguese Club, K.W. Minor Sports, etc)
  • Parent’s Employers / Your Employers (i.e. Walmart, TD Canada Trust, Wendy’s, etc)
  • Follow @SJAMHighlanders on Twitter for regular updates on scholarship info


  • It’s never too early to start working on scholarship info!  Get yourself organized and start pulling together important information that can help you build your application!
  • The first application is often the most challenging, so be prepared! It will take time, but the effort can pay off handsomely!
  • Put your “best self” forward when applying.  Make sure your application is as polished as possible (well written, well organized, thorough and complete).
  • Make sure you involve your guidance counsellor and/or teacher(s) in the process as early as possible.  It’s important to seek help when writing essays, determining what to include and where to look for scholarship info.  Don’t wait until the last minute and expect to pull together a strong application.  This includes asking for reference letters, etc.
  • Don’t just focus on “the big ones” – keep in mind the prestigious scholarships have fierce competition from the best and brightest students from across the country.  Many smaller scholarships don’t have as many applicants, giving you a better chance to earn money for post-secondary.
  • Check out the profiles of past winners of the big scholarships (ex. Loran and TD) so you have a better sense of the types of students who have won these coveted awards.  How do you measure up to these top students?
  • Avoid focusing on just the entrance scholarships.  Research what post-secondary institutions can offer for years 2 to 4 and possible graduate studies.