External Scholarships & Bursaries

VST students may be eligible to apply for scholarships and awards offered by other organizations. There are many funding bodies providing financial assistance to students who wish to continue their studies.

“External” describes scholarships, bursaries and other awards that are not administered by VST. Students are responsible for inquiring and applying through the appropriate agency as indicated in the award description.

The VST Financial Aid office publicizes external award information to assist VST students fund their education. Please contact the organization directly to obtain the most up to date information and application deadline dates.



1989 – École Polytechnique Commemorative Awards

One award of $7,000 for doctoral level study and one award of $5,000 for master’s study. Commemorates the fourteen women students murdered at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. For graduate studies in any field. The applicant must justify the relevance of her work to women.

7binaryoptions Essay Contest

Every student has the opportunity to apply for the $3000 annual scholarship to be paid toward tuition for the upcoming semester by entering 7BinaryOptions.com Essay Contest. Deadline December 15th.


Aboriginal Women’s Award

Programs leading to a Master’s degree in fields dealing with important Canadian aboriginal issues at the time the AWA is given as defined by the most recent Canadian report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. $10,000 – $25,000 (renewable).

The Anglican Foundation of Canada

The Anglican Foundation of Canada provides bursaries for theological education through a number of trusts and funds. Bursary applicants fall into three main categories:

  • General theological – training for ordained or lay ministry in the Anglican Church of Canada at a recognized theological college
  • Advanced degree – advanced theological study at the post-graduate level with a view to contributing to the life and ministry of the Anglican Church of Canada
  • Doctor of Ministry – individuals who are in good standing in the Anglican Church of Canada who are pursuing the Doctor of Ministry degree at a recognized theological college

With some of the monies realized from the sale of WA Memorial House, The ACW have been able to give to the Anglican Foundation an amount of money that will be a perpetual bursary. The bursary will be awarded in the amount of interest that is earned each year, approximately $4,000.

Application dates are April 1 and September 1 and all information can be found at www.anglicanfoundation.org/bursaries/


Application deadlines each year are April 1 and September 1.

Applications submitted by the April deadline are intended for the following academic year (September through August).

Applicants may not receive more than one bursary per academic year (September through August), with a maximum of three bursaries per degree program.

Applicants are advised of the results within two weeks following the meeting at which the Board of Directors considered the application. Bursary funds are distributed through the theological college at which the student is enrolled.

Please mail or email your application to the address listed below.

The Anglican Foundation of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 3G2

Phone: (416) 924-9199 (ext. 322)

American Pavilion Scholarship

All students who are currently enrolled in an accredited college are eligible to apply. Deadline to apply is July 1st.

Anniversary Bursary Fund at Eglinton St. George’s United Church

The Anniversary Bursary Fund at Eglinton St. George’s United Church in Toronto awards bursaries to candidates for ministry in the United Church of Canada who are registered in a campus-based Master of Divinity program of a United Church Theological School. Individual awards of $1,000 may be granted after careful consideration by the Anniversary Bursary Committee. The decision will take account of the financial need of the candidate, their academic achievement and statement of faith.


Deadline for submission each year is normally October 15.

Application Forms may be obtained from the ESG office: info@esgunited.org
Subject line should state Bursary Application.

Atherton Family Foundation

Use this link on a right side to contact the Foundation. Awards are for students from Hawaii.

Ayn Rand Essay Contest


The B.C. Paraplegic Foundation

The BC Paraplegic Foundation (BCPF) provides bursaries of varying amounts each fall to individuals with a spinal cord injury to support them with their post-secondary education.

Blitz Sales Software


Deadline: Jul 1st
Award amount: $1000

The Beatty Ryckman Trust

The Trust was established to encourage studies in the field of pastoral psychology. Funding awards will be offered to clergy or lay persons. Awards may be used towards lectures, workshops, courses or programs of study; are given annually, and are offered according to financial need. The intention of the Trust is to assist Christian ministers who have a strong interest in “knowing themselves better”.


Deadline: April 20th

Please write:
The Beatty Ryckman Trust
20Th Floor – 130 King Street
Box 430 Stn First Canada PL
Toronto, Ontario M5X1K1


Canada’s Luckiest Student (Student Life Network)


Prizes from a variety of companies

Canadian Armed Forces

This new benefit will provide Veterans with funding for college, university or a technical education. Veterans with six years of service may be eligible for up to $40,000 and Veterans with at least 12 years of service may be eligible for up to $80,000 to cover tuition, course materials, and some incidentals and living expenses.


All honourably released Veterans will have up to 10 years following their release date to use the benefit.


Support our Troops Scholarship Program

Canadian Federal Government Scholarships

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association

This Program is supported by donations of the members of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) and by the generous contributions from the Algar family, Doreen Laszlo (spouse of Dr. Charles Laszlo) and the CHHA: North Shore Branch (through the generous contribution of Carrell Hearn). We encourage applicants to review the eligibility criteria before applying to the CHHA Scholarship Program.


The 2018 scholarship application form is available online, with a deadline of March 31, 2018 at 3 pm (EST).

CHHA National Office
2415 Holly Lane
Suite 205
Ottawa, ON K1V 7P2

Phone: 1-800-263-8068
E-mail: scholarship@chha.ca

Canadian Unitarian Council – Percy Simpson Bailey Bursaries

These bursaries are intended to assist Canadian Unitarians with expenses incurred annually while studying for the Ministry. Eligibility requirements include (a) Canadian citizenship/status (2) candidate status with the UUA’s Ministry and Professional Leadership (MAPL) office (3) be in second and subsequent years of study or recognized internship. The maximum number of years to receive a bursary is three.

Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) – Aboriginal Women’s Award

Programs leading to a Master’s degree in fields dealing with important Canadian aboriginal issues at the time the AWA is given as defined by the most recent Canadian report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples.  $10,000 – $25,000 (renewable).

CFUW – Dr. Alice E. Wilson Awards

Two awards at the masters level and two for doctoral level study. Awarded to mature students returning to graduate studies in any field after at least three years. Two awards are made to Masters level students and two awards to Doctoral level. Each award is $5,000.

Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards


Award amount: $2000
Application deadline: August 31st


CFUW – Dr. Margaret McWilliams Awards

This fellowship honours Margaret McWilliams, first CFUW President (1919-1923), who dedicated her life to furthering the status of women through improved access to higher education and the active involvement of women in public life. It is awarded to a woman who has completed at least one calendar year in a full-time doctoral program and is enrolled in full-time studies in Canada or abroad at the time of application. Two awards of $11,000.

CFUW – Linda Souter Humanities Award

Awarded to a masters or doctoral student studying in the area of the Humanities. While it is debatable whether Theology/Religion is included in their interpretation of “The Humanities”, students are encouraged to apply. Award is $6,000.

CFUW 1989 – École Polytechnique Commemorative Awards

One award of $7,000 for doctoral level study and one award of $5,000 for master’s study. Commemorates the fourteen women students murdered at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. For graduate studies in any field. The applicant must justify the relevance of her work to women.

Consolidated Credit Canada Scholarship Program

Consolidated Credit is proud to offer a $1,000 bi-annual scholarship to eligible college and university students who meet the valid requirements. Twice per year, we give students the opportunity to win $1,000 to put towards their college / university expenses. See the rules for valid entry and submission eligibility.

Corporate Culture Scholarship

The Corporate Culture Scholarship sponsored by The Investor’s Podcast is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently attending any North American university. Deadline to apply is October 1st.

Credit Card Genius


Award amount: $50-$500
Application deadline: Dec 16th


Dr. Alice E. Wilson Awards

Two awards at the masters level and two for doctoral level study. Awarded to mature students returning to graduate studies in any field after at least three years. Two awards are made to Masters level students and two awards to Doctoral level. Each award is $5,000.

Dr. Jacob McKay Awards


Award amount: $2000
Deadline: Oct 15th



Eastern Star

Training awards for religious leadership. Eligibility will be determined entirely by the ESTARL committee in each Grand Jurisdiction and each Chapter Under the Jurisdiction of the General Grand Chapter. Recipients for Awards may be chosen as each Jurisdiction’s rules apply.

All applications must be accompanied by:

  • Letter of reference from the Minister of the church the applicant attends.
  • Letter of reference from the head of the department in which the applicant is majoring, or the Principal of the High School from which the applicant is graduating, or if changing careers, from latest employer.
  • Letter of reference from a personal friend – not a relative.
  • A short personal resume of applicants’ interests, activities, Educational and Occupational goals.
  • A current picture of applicant or applicant and family may be included.

Renewal forms for previous Awardees must be accompanied by:

  • Academic record from school if available.
  • Letter of reference from the head of the department in which the applicant is majoring.
  • A short personal resume of applicants’ interests, activities, Educational and Occupational goals.


Deadline: Applications are to be in the hands of the sponsoring Chapter by March 15th


Ecole Biblique – Scholarship for Study at École Biblique 2018-2019

The Board of the Canadian Friends of the École Biblique (CFÉB) has established a scholarship to encourage Canadians to study and to do research at the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem.

Eligibility Guidelines:

  1. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.
  2. Preference will be given to candidates according to the following order:
    •  applicants who want to study for a full year at the École Biblique
    • students who are enrolled in a graduate degree at their home institution but want to spend a period of time at the École Biblique
    • scholars who want to spend a period of time at the École Biblique for research.

The time of the year will also be taken into consideration; there is more likely to be accommodation available from May to September than during the school year for those with short-term stays.

  1. Applicants must apply independently to the École Biblique by writing to the Director, Fr Jean Jacques Pérennès (directeur@ebaf.edu), and must be accepted by the École Biblique into a program of study or to conduct research.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. It is intended that this scholarship will supplement other sources of income. A scholarship will normally be awarded in the range of $2,000 to $7,500, depending on need. Special consideration will be given to women and to individuals who would not have other sources of support available to them. Members of religious communities, diocesan clergy and lay students are eligible.


Deadline for applications: February 9, 2018

Candidates should submit

  1. a curriculum vitae.
    (Please include SIN number since this is needed for reporting to Revenue Canada)
  2. a detailed statement of the candidate’s proposed program of study or research at the École Biblique
  3. two letters of reference from professors familiar with the candidate’s current work
  4. a statement of financial need.

Encompass Credit Union

For students under 25’s. The competition is open to members or children of members. $1,000.


$500 Essay Contest. Deadline is January 31st.

Express VPN


Deadline: Aug 31st
Award amount: $5000


First Citizens Fund Student Bursary


Award amount: $700 per term
Deadline: May/Sept/Jan

Search: “bursary”

The Forum for Theological Exploration

Young people exploring the intersection between their faith, gifts and what they might do professionally, do not always consider Christian ministry as a way to make a difference in the world. Young adults need leaders who can put ministry before them and who notice, name and nurture the gifts they have for ministry.

This Recruitment for Ministry Grant provides leaders opportunities to identify young adults with gifts for ministry, accompany them in the exploration of their purpose and cultivate them for Christian leadership.

FTE awards grants to diverse Alumni and invited individuals who are leaders of congregations, academic institutions or church-related organizations.

Recipients receive a one-year grant up to $2,000 to recruit young adults for ministry. Leaders will gather annually to share challenges, best practices and recruitment resources.

Frederick Buechner Prize for Excellence in Preaching

The Buechner Prizes are given to outstanding Master of Divinity graduates. They are intended to help bring the words, ideas and works of Frederick Buechner to a new generation of clergy, with a particular emphasis on enhancing preaching and writing.


Recipients will be chosen by the Faculty and the awards will be made at Convocation.

Frederick Buechner Prize for Excellence in Writing

The Buechner Prizes are given to outstanding Master of Divinity graduates. They are intended to help bring the words, ideas and works of Frederick Buechner to a new generation of clergy, with a particular emphasis on enhancing preaching and writing.


Recipients will be chosen by the Faculty and the awards will be made at Convocation.


Georgia Harkness Scholarship

Available to full time student who must be enrolled in the fall semester.

The eligible candidate will be a woman over 35 who has received a bachelor of arts or equivalent degree, is enrolled full-time in a University Senate approved school of theology in the Master of Divinity degree program and who is a CERTIFIED CANDIDATE for ordained ministry as an elder in the United Methodist Church. She must be a certified candidate by May to be eligible for this award. If a student’s district committee will be meeting after our application deadline of March 1st, she should have the committee chairperson indicate on their required reference letter the date the student is expected to receive candidacy status.

The program grants a $5,000 award to those who are chosen as Georgia Harkness Scholars. All United Methodist women students who meet the guidelines are equally considered for this award.

All United Methodist women students who meet the guidelines are equally considered for this award. They are looking for women who exhibit the qualities of Georgia Harkness: scholarship, spirituality and social justice.

Global Lift


Deadline: Jun 15th
Award amount: $500

Go Transcript


Deadline: no deadline
Award amount: $1000 USD


Hawaii Community Foundation

Awards are for students from Hawaii.

How to Save Money 2021


Deadline: Sep 3rd
Award amount: $2000


Indigenous Scholarships

There are many bursaries available to Indigenous students.

InvestmentZen Financial Future Scholarship Contest

This is a contest. Write a 500-1,500 word essay about managing personal finances. For full time students. Prize: $1,000.

The Endowment Fund for Indigenous Post-Secondary Education

The Endowment Fund is a yearly scholarship that is available to Indigenous youth (18‒29 years old) enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies. Our priority is for students demonstrating both financial need and academic excellence. The scholarship may be awarded for multiple years to support the studies of selected candidates.

The application and all supporting documents are due by March 15 each year. Applications that do not fit the following criteria will not be accepted. In addition, incomplete applications will not be accepted.


  • You are Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, or Métis).
  • You are a young person between the ages of 18 and 29.
  • You are enrolled in an accredited Canadian and/or international post-secondary educational institution (university or college) in full-time studies.
  • You are in financial need.
  • You have demonstrated good academic performance with a minimum 2.50 grade point average.
  • You have a support letter from an Indigenous community leader (a non-relative).


A committee made up of six Indigenous volunteers from across the country will review applications using a blindfold process. A blindfold process removes all identification details from your application. A decision letter will be sent to you in late May or early June.

For more information please contact: Honarine Scott, Healing Programs Coordinator, 416-2317680 ext. 4485, 1-800-268-3781 ext. 4485 hscott@united-church.ca

Please note that the application deadline is March 15. Applications are at https://unitedchurchfoundation.ca/grant-info/scholarships-bursarieslectureships/

The Ivor Norris Bursary

The Ordinariate of the Canadian Forces has sponsored the Ivor Norris Bursary for over twenty-five years. This bursary is awarded to theological students who have had, or have some connection with the Canadian Forces.

  • Awarded to applicants (annually) who have a personal connection to the Canadian Forces through personal military service (past or present), being married to or the child of someone with past or current service. Must be sponsored by a Bishop for ordination within the Anglican Church of Canada and enrolled in full time theological studies. The amount of the bursary varies, but usually 4 – 6 are awarded and may be renewed.


Contact John Fletcher, Lieutenant Colonel, Canon of the Ordinariate
Phone: 1-613-992-1421


Jeremy Dias Scholarship

The Jeremy Dias Scholarship seeks to recognize a youth that has taken initiative in addressing discrimination in their school or community.



Deadline: Dec 20th
Award Amount: $1000

Johnson Insurance


Deadline: Spring 2021


Karren Stinson Bursary Trust Fund

The Karren Stinson Bursary Fund: The bursary program seeks to make an award to deserving students in pursuit of a post-secondary degree or diploma. The amount of the award is a minimum of $500, based upon funds available from the interest on the endowment, which will continue to grow as contributions increase. The award will be made on an annual basis, and recipients are eligible to re-apply in subsequent years.

In making their selection, the Committee may give special consideration to applicants who are active members of Lutheran or Anglican congregations in Western Canada.


The application and two letters of reference mailed to the address below (one pastor and one non-relative) are due by October 31st of the year in which the award is sought. Awards will be made the following January.


KIN Canada (Kinsmen)

Kin Canada Bursaries is a program of the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund. $1,000 bursaries are awarded to Canadian students from coast-to-coast who are pursuing post-secondary education. Each year, applications are posted early fall and are due February 1 to the club closest to the student applying.


Deadline: Feb 1st
Clubs submit one application to the Board of Trustees and those selected are notified by June 30.


Knights Templar

The Knights Templar Educational Foundation, the first program of its kind, was organized in 1922. This financial assistance is given without regard to race, colour, creed, age or Masonic affiliation.

Bursaries to Divinity Students are awarded each year by the Foundation, the value

varying each year based on demand and funds available.

All requests for bursaries must be received by the Foundation by the Foundation Secretary with all requisite documentation by October 31st each year. Only requests/applications submitted on the Foundation’s authorized forms will be considered. The student applicant must be sponsored by a Preceptory.


Only residents of Canada pursuing their studies in a recognized Canadian institution of higher learning are eligible for consideration for bursaries.


Kootenay Savings Community Champs

Tell Kootenay Savings about the incredible work you do to make our world a better place and you could win a $2000 Community Champs Bursary for school. Up to four bursaries are awarded each year. Deadline April 12th.


Lalande Bi-annual Academic (Scholarship Fund)


Deadline: Oct 1st
Award amount: $1500

The Leonard Foundation

  • The Leonard Foundation scholarships are awarded to students enrolled or enrolling in an accredited undergraduate degree program in a College or University in Canada. The institutions must be open to all without restriction except for an academic standard. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.
  • Students must be enrolled in their first undergraduate program as a full-time student.  A student is considered to be full-time if when enrolled for a program’s full year credit.  Only students pursuing a post graduate degree in Education or Divinity are eligible for continuing support.
  • All applicants will be considered, but when necessary, preference may be given to daughters or sons of ordained clergy, licensed elementary or secondary school teachers, Canadian military personnel, graduates of a Canadian Military College, members of the Engineering Institute of Canada and members of the Mining and Metallurgical Institute of Canada. Preference is also given to those who have previously received an award from The Leonard Foundation.


  • The value of the award is usually $1,000.00 for those who do not need to set up a second residence to attend university and $1,500.00 for those who do. These amounts may vary according to the final decisions of the General Committee. Approximately 140 awards are made annually.
  • Successful applicants are expected to obtain employment during free time to help defray the costs of their education. In addition, they must participate regularly in athletic, fitness or military activities. Personal qualities showing a potential for leadership are also a requirement.
  • Colonel Reuben Wells Leonard wanted this financial assistance to go to individuals who, without it, would not be able to obtain a degree. For that reason, a true financial need must be demonstrated. Those still living with their families and whose gross total annual income, including “in kind” benefits* exceeds from $55,000.00 to $60,000.00 are not likely to be accepted. Those applicants who have permanently resided outside of the family home for an extended period will be required to supply detailed financial information.

Lilian Forsyth Scholarship for Church Music

Award may be used for summer study programs, regular diploma or degree courses, or private tuition. Amount is up to $2,500.00.

Candidates should be active church musicians who have completed their basic musical training. Committee will also consider an application from someone who would benefit from this scholarship but who is not a practicing musician, such as a member of the clergy.


Deadline: April 30th

Application:  www.knoxottawa.ca

Email: forsythscholarship@gmail.com

Linda Souter Humanities Award

Awarded to a masters or doctoral student studying in the area of the Humanities. While it is debatable whether Theology/Religion is included in their interpretation of “The Humanities”, students are encouraged to apply. Award is $6,000.

Loans Canada Scholarship


Deadline: Apr 30, July 30, Nov 30
Award amount: $750


MacKenzie King Scholarships

The Mackenzie King Scholarships were established as an independent trust under the will of the late Rt. Hon. William Mackenzie King (1874-1950).

Two classes of Mackenzie King Scholarship are available to graduates of Canadian universities: the Open Scholarship and the Travelling Scholarship. Both are to support graduate study.

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be at least 25 years old at time of application deadline (see specific regional program application below);
  • Be a national of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility List(except for the Trinity Washington University program);
  • Be enrolled (not just accepted) at an accredited academic institution when submitting application; and plan to be enrolled for a full academic term after award of the grant by the Board;
  • Not be related to a World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund or Inter-American Development Bank staff member or spouse;


In addition to the above criteria, an applicant must:

  • already be enrolled as a full time student, with relevant student visa in national passport, and plan to continue studying full time in the following academic year;
  • not hold US citizenship or permanent residency (green card) or Canadian citizenship or Canadian landed immigrant status


Applications are accepted September 15 – January 15. 

Read the Application Checklist & FAQs before applying, and select the “US-Canada program” in the first question of the application. If the program name does not appear, the program may be closed to new applications.


Email:  mmeg.us.canada@gmail.com

Martin Moser Society for Theological Studies

The bursary applicant must be a lay person of any Christian denomination who is enrolled in an ATS accredited theological school in Canada; the bursary is $3,000.

He/she must be pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in theology or theological studies in preparation for non-ordained ministries in the Canadian Church.

Mensa Canada Scholarship Programme

The Mensa Canada Scholarship Programme offers a number of different scholarships. The awards range from $1500 – $3000, and each has its own eligibility requirements.


More information at: http://www.mensacanada.ca/index-e.html

Mon Sheong Foundation


Deadline: Jul 12th
Amount: $1000/yr, up to 4 years


Nancy A. Hardesty Memorial Scholarship

Christian Feminism Today (formerly known as the Evangelical and Ecumenical Women’s Caucus) offers a $1,000 scholarship to a college senior or graduate student who is pursuing studies in religion or theology. The scholarship is awarded to a student who aspires to exemplify the values and achievements of Nancy A. Hardesty, a founding member of the Christian Feminism Today organization. Students from schools in Canada qualify for consideration.

National Educational Association for Disabled Students (NEADS)

This website was created to help post-secondary students search hundreds of scholarships available across Canada specifically for students with disabilities.

New Relationship Trust Scholarship


Overwaitea Food Group (Diversity Scholarship)



Deadline: May 1st
Amount: $1000

P.E.O. Sisterhood

The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding. The maximum amount awarded to a student is $12,500. Lesser amounts may be awarded according to individual needs.


For Information about these grants and other funding possibilities through the P.E.O Sisterhood contact:

Linda Lee Henriksen
Email: Lhenriksen@telus.net  Phone: 604 538 6635


The Prayer Book Society of Canada (Anglican Church of Canada)

A limited number of bursaries of up to $1,000 for Anglican students engaged in religious studies who value the Book of Common Prayer, use it in their daily prayer life, and wish to support its continuing use in the Anglican Church of Canada. Students in the ordination stream are particularly encouraged to apply.


Deadline: November 18th

Students wishing to be considered for one of these bursaries should submit a copy of their curriculum vitae and the names, addresses and phone numbers of two references, together with a covering letter explaining their interest in this bursary and in the Book of Common Prayer to:

Dr. Diana Verseghy
PBSC Bursaries Committee
12 Sherbourne Drive
Maple, ON L6A 1G8

Email: Diana.Verseghy@ec.gc.ca

Presbyterian Church in Canada

The Presbyterian Church in Canada provides bursaries to students engaged in the candidacy process through St. Andrew’s Hall. Contact the Director of Denominational Formation at St. Andrew’s Hall for further information.


(search for Bursary List for PCC Ministry Candidates download)


Redemptorists Anniversary Bursary

In 1987, the Redemptorists established a bursary to be awarded to a lay person, engaged or ready to engage in doctoral studies in the field of moral theology. The bursary will provide an annual income of up to $20,000 for one to three years (the amounts awarded to an individual student can vary).


Further information re the application process can be obtained from
Fr. Mark Miller
Phone: (416) 789 3217 (ext 234)
Email: secretary@redemptorists.ca

Royal Canadian Legion

As part of the Legion’s commitment to youth, many Branches award scholarships through their General Funds to recognize scholastic achievement and support youth in their community. Criteria for these funds are established by the Branch or Provincial Command.


For information on bursaries and scholarships available in your province or community, please contact the Legion Branch nearest you.



Contest participants will be judged on their quality of writing. Prize is $,1000 U.S. Deadline is Nov 29th.

Shim Law Scholarship


Deadline: Jun 30th

St. Andrew’s Hall

St. Andrew’s Hall provides bursary funding for Presbyterian Church in Canada students who are in the candidacy process and are studying at VST and Regent College.

St. Andrew’s Hall – Cae Dickson Entrance Scholarship

St. Andrew’s Hall offers a $5,000 entrance scholarship to a student entering the VST M.Div. program who has achieved an “A” standing in their preparatory degree. In certain cases, this scholarship may be offered to a student with a B+ standing in their preparatory degree.

This scholarship honours the memory of and is funded by a generous bequest from Cae Dickson, a longtime member of the Board of St. Andrew’s Hall and a faithful supporter of its work.

St. Andrew’s Hall – Ms. Marjorie (Mardee) Cork Scholarship

This scholarship honours the memory of, and is funded by, a generous bequest from Ms. Marjorie (Mardee) Cork, a long-time member of the Presbyterian Church in Canada from Montreal, Quebec. She was an early supporter of both the VST Sauder School of Business program and the joint VST/Durham PhD program. She had a great interest in theological education for the formation of excellent Presbyterian clergy.

Deserving students are selected annually by St. Andrew’s Hall faculty, under the direction of Rev. Dr. Richard Topping, SAH Professor of Studies in the Reformed Tradition.

St. John’s United Church, Alliston Foundation

The Alliston Foundation supports, among other things, students studying in theological training centres recognized by the United Church of Canada. The fund is administered by members of the congregation of St. John’s United Churches, Alliston, ON.


All applications must be received by May 1st of each year, for distribution in June.


St. Stephen’s-Broadway Foundation

  • Applicants must be members of The United Church of Canada. We regret the need to limit Bursaries to students from Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario and Saskatchewan.
  • Applicants must be in, or accepted for entry to, a full time recognized program of study within the United Church of Canada.
  • Applicants must complete the Bursary application form in its entirety. Failure to do so will disqualify the application.
  • First time applicants must include a letter from their program of study confirming enrolment and a letter from their congregation confirming membership in and support of the applicant by that congregation.


Deadline: The bursary application deadline is May 15th.
Applicants will be notified by July 30th.

An application form for a grant or bursary is available from:

Secretary Treasurer
The St. Stephen’s Broadway Foundation Inc.
396 Broadway Ave. at Kennedy St.
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V6
(204) 943-2658

The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada

Several $7,500 grants are made to female graduate students in Canada every year to assist them with university studies which will qualify them for careers which will improve the quality of women’s lives.


The Cover Guy

Applicants must submit an article consisting of 500-1000 words about their experience with hot tubs, backyard experiences, how hot tubs improve life, etc… Award is $500.

The Dalton Camp Award

The Dalton Camp Award is a $10,000 prize for the best essay on the link between media and democracy.

The Fraser Institute – Essay Contest

Essay must be between1,000-1,500 words. 3 prizes are awarded for graduate students, totalling $3,000.

Ted Rogers Scholarship


Deadline: Sep 27th
Amount: $2500/yr, 4 years

Terry Fox Humanitarian Award

The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program aims to honour the spirit of Terry Fox, one of Canada’s greatest heroes, by encouraging Canadian youth who strive to emulate Terry Fox’s courage and determination by providing their communities and those in need with humanitarian service. $28,000 is awarded based on demonstration of the highest ideals and qualities of citizenship, courage in overcoming obstacles, involvement in humanitarian service, participation in sports, fitness, and community service.


Unitarian Universalist Association Scholarship

An anti-racist, anti-oppressive and multicultural religious faith.

Limited scholarship funding is available for students of colour who are minimally in aspirant status and who are planning to seek ministerial fellowship with the UUA.


Rev. David A. Pettee
Email: dpettee@uua.org

United Church of Canada

The United Church of Canada awards various bursaries.

Information can be found at this website:


Alberta & Northwest Conference Bursary

Students from AB&NW should inquire if their Presbytery has informed the Conference office of their candidacy. (Student Bursary Fund, Alberta & Northwest Conference, 9911 – 48 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6E 5V6.)

Anna Jentzsch-Bill Endowment Bursary
This bursary was set up as a memorial trust fund in 1994 with an initial gift of $100 and was subsequently added to with generous bequest from the Estate of Anna Jentzsch-Bill. Its purpose is to support women in ministry. Awards of up to $5,000 will be provided from this fund.


  1. The applicant must be a woman and be active in lay, ordained, or diaconal ministry. Preference will normally be given to those in paid accountable ministry.
  2. The bursary will support • theological studies, • continuing education, or • other professional development activity.
  3. The application must demonstrate how the studies, education, or professional development will enhance the applicant’s capacity to provide ministry.

Please note that the application deadline is March 15. Applications are available at https://unitedchurchfoundation.ca/grant-info/scholarships-bursaries-lectureships

Bay of Quinte Conference Student Aid

Open only to students from Bay of Quinte Conference. Application is through Presbytery Education and Students Convenor. Awards granted are of up to $600 per year.

Conference of Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario Bursary Fund

The Conference Bursary Fund will be available only to candidates for the Order of Ministry and applicants in the Designated Lay Minister program from the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario and must be registered in theological studies. Money available depends on the number of applicants, the available funds and the nature of the request. Deadline date is May 31st. Apply to: Conference Bursary Fund, c/o Shirley May, 659 Borebank St. Winnipeg, MB. R3N 1G1

Division of Mission (Saskatchewan) Bursary

Open to participants in a recognized program of preparation for pastoral ministry in the United Church of Canada who are members of a Saskatchewan United Church congregation. Applications should be made before September. Money available depends upon number of applicants. Apply to: UCW Coordinating Committee, c/o Saskatchewan Conference, 418A MacDonald Street, Regina SK S4N 6E1. phone (306) 721-331

The Elizabeth White Bursary

This is for a Chinese person who is seeking ordination in the UCC. Up to $5,000 is available, renewable annually but the recipient is expected to work in a Chinese United Church congregation for a number of years equal to the years of receiving the bursary. Application available from Registrar Inquire further: Ethnic Ministries, Division of Mission in Canada, UCC

Evangelical United Brethren Bursary

Open only to students with Evangelical United Brethren background. Apply to: United Church of Canada Division of Ministry Personnel and Education 3250 Bloor Street West Etobicoke, ON M8X 2Y

Gordon Fulford Fund, Grey St. United Church, Winnipeg

One bursary is available annually for a student in theology from Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Conference. For information contact: Don McKenzie, 758 Beach Avenue, Winnipeg MB R2L 1C9 Phone (204) 667-4975

Kent Presbytery Bursary Fund (London Conference)

Open only to students from Kent Presbytery. Application is through the Kent Presbytery Student Committee. Detailed Annual budget is required. (Apply to: Kent Presbytery c/o Rev. David Steadman, Secretary, Charing Cross, ON N0P 1G0)

McCord Scholarship

Student must be from Bay of Quinte Conference and preferably from Renfrew Presbytery. Apply to: Conference Secretary, Bay of Quinte Conference Office, 218 Barrie Street Kingston, ON K7L 3K3


McGeachy Senior Scholarship
The McGeachy Senior Scholarship is designed to:

  • Foster the development of those who will provide The United Church of Canada with discernment and direction that inspire and challenge the church towards creative and faithful mission
  • Enhance the work of a church leader at a creative moment in her or his life
  • Provide not only for the person’s growth, but also for an impact on the broader church
  • Provide income to allow a major portion of time to be used on a project of enduring value to the United Church

The award is open to anyone from any church or country, but the proposal must indicate how the project will address the concerns of The United Church of Canada.

The deadline for applications is March 15th.
Announcement of the recipient will be made in late May or early June.


MNWO Conference UCW Bursary

The UCW of the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario has established a bursary of $500 to be awarded yearly to a woman who is pursuing higher education in studies relating to social issues and justice; the pursuance of which would enhance lives by reflecting Christian ethics. All applications must be in to the committee by April 30th of the current year and the decision of the committee will be made by May 31 of the same year.

SASK Conference UCW Bursary

The fund assists any student from Saskatchewan in a United Church recognized program for ministry, who is in need. The UCW Bursary Fund provides funding directly to students training for ministry. All people who are members of a Saskatchewan Conference United Church congregations and who are participating in a recognized program of preparation for pastoral ministry in the United Church of Canada are eligible to apply. Application forms are available from the Conference Office, the Registrar or online: www.sk.united-church.ca under Resources/funding. www.sk.united-church.ca/funding/

Trinity United Church Foundation Bursary

Open to those studying toward ordination in the UCC who have demonstrated financial need and academic potential (75% average in final undergraduate year.)  A single bursary of $1,000 minimum.  Application deadline, including two references, is May 31st; deadline for confirmation of acceptance into UCC theological school degree program leading to ordination is July 15th.   Applications available from The Secretary of Trinity United Church, 118 Church St., Ingersoll, ON, N5C 2X6 or St. Andrew’s College, Assistant Registrar.  For further information, please contact the church secretary (519) 485-0820.  Priority for this bursary will be given i) to a candidate sponsored by Trinity United Church Ingersoll, ii) to graduates of the Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute (I.D.C.I.) iii) to graduates of other secondary schools in Oxford County, ON. iv) Should there be no eligible graduate from either I.D.I.C. or other secondary schools in Oxford County, ON, others enrolled in degree programs for the Order of Ministry in the UCC will be considered for this bursary.

Victor Blatherwick Memorial Bursary
Please note that the application deadline is March 15th

Created through a bequest, the Victor Blatherwick Memorial Bursary Fund is a yearly scholarship that is available to a member of The United Church of Canada who is enrolled in full- or part-time studies leading to an academic doctorate suitable for teaching in a United Church theological college.

Priority will be given to a student demonstrating both financial need and academic excellence, and preference will be given to visible minority or aboriginal students. The scholarship may be awarded for multiple years to support the studies of selected candidates.

Applications are available at https://unitedchurchfoundation.ca/grant-info/scholarships-bursaries-lectureships/

Vincent Fund

Open only to members of Grace Westminster United Church, Saskatoon. Fund is mainly for leadership development, training, Christian Education for lay people.

W. Norman McLeod Scholarship
The Scholarship is available to ordered ministers in the United Church of Canada for postgraduate study. Applicants in a master’s (not M. Div.) or doctoral program may re-apply for two additional years. The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to approve the school of study.

The McLeod Scholarship Committee will use the following criteria in relation to each applicant:

  • Intention to continue serving The United Church of Canada.
  • Commitment to pastoral ministry.
  • Academic standing.
  • Financial needs and resources.

In making its decision the Committee will also consider current special needs of the Church, such as leadership in ethnic ministries, rural ministries or women in ministry.

Applications are available at https://unitedchurchfoundation.ca/grant-info/scholarships-bursaries-lectureships/

United Church of Christ Grants and Scholarships

Ministry Education Scholarships are available to those preparing for ministry in the United Church of Christ and for continuing education for ministers. Members in Discernment may apply for the Brown Endowment Scholarship and ONE other UCC Ministry Education Scholarship per year.

To qualify for a United Church of Christ Ministry Education Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria unless otherwise stated:

  • Membership in a UCC congregation for at least one year at time of application;
  • Enrollment in an ATS accredited seminary towards a course of study leading to ordained ministry;
  • Member-in-discernment of an Association or Conference at time of application;
  • At least a “B” average maintained; (With the exception of The Rev. Virginia Kreyer Scholarship where a lower GPA will be accepted)
  • Agrees to serve in the UCC or a partner church on completion of seminary;
  • Demonstrates leadership ability through participation in local church, Association, Conference, or academic environment.


The Brown Endowment is now administered at United Church Funds by:
Rev. Nelson Murphy
(877) 806-4989

(Please do NOT contact the United Church of Christ for information about the Brown Endowment Scholarship or Continuing Education grants. Thank you.)


United Methodist – General Commission on Archives and History

Racial/Ethnic History Research Grant
Awarded for research in the history and heritage of ethnic groups in the American United Methodist tradition.

The Jesse Lee Prize
Awarded once every four years to a serious, book-length monograph in Methodist history.

John Harrison Ness Memorial Award
An annual award may be given to M. Div. students who submit the best papers on some aspect of United Methodist history broadly conceived.

United Methodist History for Children and Youth Curriculum Grant
To provide seed money (research, group collaboration, peer review) for the creation of a curriculum suitable for teaching the history of The United Methodist Church.

Women in United Methodist History Research Grant
Provides seed money for research projects relating specifically to the history of women in The United Methodist Church or its antecedents.

Women in United Methodist History Writing Award
One award given each year for an original manuscript on the history of women in The United Methodist Church or its antecedents.


The World is My Parish United Methodist History Research Grant
To encourage research into the development of The United Methodist Church and its antecedents in conferences not in the United States.

The Center for the EUB Heritage Audrie E. Reber Memorial Award
An annual award given to an undergraduate, seminary, or graduate student who submits the best paper on some aspect of Evangelical United Brethren Church history, theology or church life.

Josephine Forman Scholarship
The purpose of the Josephine Forman Scholarship is to provide financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science.

Bishop Forrest C. Stith Grant
Awarded every other year to UM African American congregations planning/doing innovative ways to recover, preserve and/or present their histories; or to individuals doing research projects on African Americans in Methodism.


U.S. Veterans Benefits

We offer Veterans, Service members, and their families education benefits like help paying tuition, help finding the right school or training program, and career counseling.

University of British Columbia

In “Search UBC” type “bursaries” to obtain lists of bursaries available through UBC.

University Women’s Club of South Delta, Phoebe Hamilton Bursary

One $4,000 award will be made to a female resident of South Delta, BC, currently enrolled in a post-secondary program in either Psychology, Mental Health, Social Work or Theology.


Deadline is November 30th.  Email bmatthew@dccnet.com to indicate your interest in the award and to request an application.

University Hill Scholarship in Pastoral Excellence

Established by the University Hill congregation of the United Church of Canada to honour The Rev. D r. Edwin Searcy, this scholarship is normally awarded to a UCC student in their second or third year of study. The recipient should show demonstrated promise for (1) outstanding pastoral and preaching ministry and (2) the work of Christian formation, both in the congregational setting.


The award is for a minimum of $2,500 for each of 2 years.


Voice Talent Online Scholarship


Deadline: Jan 31st
Amount: $2000 USD


Working Parent College Scholarship Program


  1. full or part-time students who are in an accredited Canadian post-secondary educational institution (including, but not limited to, college, university or trade school, or similarly accredited program) with a current cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at that institution; and
  2. Has worked an average of at least twelve (12) hours for each of the previous four (4) weeks at the time of applying; and
  3. Is a residential parent of at least one minor child; and
  4. Is a legal resident of Canada; and
  5. Is currently enrolled and furthering his or her education at an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution or program; and
  6. Is eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of applying; and
  7. Completes and submits the official Application form within the relevant periods for the periodic scholarships to be awarded.

The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) Scholarships

If you are an ordained minister, or are training for the ministry, in a WCRC member church, and require additional information concerning the WCRC scholarship program.


Application Forms shall be requested between June 1 and September 30 each year.

Ms Sally Redondo
Administrative Assistant
Department of Theology
World Communion of Reformed Churches
PO Box 2100
Route de Ferney 150
CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland

Phone: +41-22-791-62-35