What types of scholarships can I win?
Our scholarship experts give you the best access and the right skills to win money for your schooling.
There are five types of scholarships students can win:
- Entrance Scholarships
- High School Scholarships
- University Scholarships
- External Scholarships
- Affiliate Scholarships
You are definitely eligible for at least one of these types of scholarships and many students win multiple kinds! Here’s what they are in more detail:
Entrance scholarships are provided by individual universities and colleges for incoming students!
Automatic entrance awards are based on academic achievement. When you apply for admission, you are automatically considered for these awards. The better your grades are, the higher the scholarship amount will be!
Other entrance scholarships, sometimes called prestige awards, require an additional application. Aspects that help you stand out for these entrance scholarships include:
- Your university or college application
- Leadership skills and experience
- Academic merits
You will be required to write a supplementary application and essay to qualify for these. They’re almost always highly competitive, so the more high-impact volunteer experience you have, the better!
High School Scholarships
High school scholarships are awarded from your high school and are available during your Grade 12 year. High school scholarships are a hidden gem because there may be numerous awards available and they may not be well-publicized. Every single student should pursue internal scholarships through high school. These are usually available during short windows of time, so you need to be on your game and in the know to take advantage.
The scholarship process doesn’t end in Grade 12! There are lots of scholarships available for students currently in university and college. These scholarships are usually distributed based on academic merit and extracurricular involvement. Continue to be involved in your community through student groups or volunteering to have the best chance of receiving one of these scholarships.
The best resource to learn about university scholarships is a faculty member, counsellor or advisor. Visit one of these people to get a full list of available scholarships.
External scholarships are the broadest range of scholarships. They are not associated with a specific school and are sometimes thought of as third-party or community scholarships.
You may find external scholarships from:
The dollar amount of external scholarships can range from a few hundred dollars to full-ride scholarships that cover your entire schooling! Some external scholarships are well-advertised. However, many others are less known and only open to students in a particular city or town. These lesser-known scholarships can be a huge untapped resource as they often have less competition! At GrantMe, we're experts at finding and matching you to external scholarships.
Another great type of scholarship to look into are affiliate scholarships! Affiliate scholarships are a type of external scholarship eligible to students through their affiliation or connection with the company or organization providing the scholarship. For example, the RCMP National Scholarship is only available to students who are the children of current or former RCMP members. These scholarships are great as they tend to have less competition. Learn more about finding affiliate scholarships here!
Knowing these five types of scholarships will help you kickstart your journey to winning!
All in all, research is your friend in finding scholarships. GrantMe has built a massive database with thousands of scholarships. Our work has included countless hours finding, compiling and monitoring scholarships in Canada. Learn more about how we find scholarships on our blog!