What Types Of Scholarships Can I Win?

There are four types of scholarships students can win:

  1. Entrance
  2. Internal
  3. Athletic
  4. External

Let's go over the different types of scholarships and which ones are the best fit for you.


Entrance Scholarships are tied to the university or college that you're applying to. You win these based on your academics and your application to the university/college. Although sometimes universities/colleges have a separate application for the entrance scholarships.

These are a good fit for you if you have strong academics and an excellent application.


Internal Scholarships are tied to the high school you attend. You are only eligible for these scholarships in your grade 12 year. Internal scholarships are a hidden gem because they often have more scholarships than applicants. And sometimes they are not well publicised. So if you're willing to do the work, you can find out what internal scholarships to apply to. 

This isn't always the case. Sometimes scholarships are well publcized by the school and counsellors. 

These are a good fit for you...always. Always check with your high school to see what you're eligible for. Internal Scholarships are only available for a limited time - and most other grade 12s consider themselves too busy to apply. If you do apply, you'll often have an edge.


These are tied to your athletic ability within a specific sport. Studens who receive athletic scholarships generally get recruited by coaches in their grade 11 or 12 year.

These are a good fit for you if you're a fantastic athlete and a college or university coach recruits you to their school. Beware that most scholarships only cover a small portion of your overall expenses. We work with student-athletes to help them apply to other scholarship opportunities so they can focus on their studies and sport.


External scholarships are not tied to any specific school or sport. You might call them third-party or community scholarships. Generally, companies, organizations, and foundations give out external scholarships. They range from $100.000 to $200. Some are extremely competitive and well known. And others have zero applicants.

Google research is your friend here. That's how we built our database of over 10,000 scholarships. Thousands of hours finding, compiling, and monitoring scholarships in Canada.

These are a good fit for you...also always. Each student in Canada is literally eligible for hundreds of thousands in scholarships. But you have to sift through lots of scholarships that you are not eligible for to find the ones that you are eligible for. And this takes a lot of time. The trick is, do you have enough time to Google that many scholarships?

That's why we compiled our database and created a scholarhip matching app here: http://app.grantme.ca/

This will save you literally hundreds of hours.

Some students want to save even more time and focus on winning scholarships instead of finding them. We help students with this mindset with our GrantMe Scholarship Success Program. To see if it's a good fit for you, schedule a free strategy call with one of educators.