Post-Secondary Scholarships and Bursaries for Military Members and their Families

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Obtaining a post-secondary education can be a matter of great importance to serving and former Canadian Armed Forces members and their families (including families of deceased members). To ensure that members and their families have similar opportunities as other students –charitable organizations, educational institutions and government partners – have come together to make a variety of scholarships and bursaries available.

Support Our Troops Scholarship Program – Canadian Armed Forces Morale and Welfare Services

Canadian Armed Forces Morale and Welfare Services administers more than 20 scholarships and bursaries to serving and former Canadian Armed Forces members and their families through the Support Our Troops Scholarship Program. For information about scholarship opportunities, eligibility and the application process, members and their families should review the Support Our Troops Scholarship Program website and contact Support Our Troops directly at ScholarshipsAndCamps@cfmws.com.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities and Resources

There are also a range of scholarships and bursaries available to serving and former Canadian Armed Forces members and their families that are administered by other organizations. Several programs and resources are listed below, however, the list is not exhaustive.

CAFconnection

CAFconnection provides a guide to additional scholarship and bursary [1] opportunities available to eligible serving and former Canadian Armed Forces members and their families. For more information regarding eligibility, and the application process, members and their families should engage with specific scholarship programs directly.

CAFconnection also offers two Virtual Program: Recordings (webinar/tutorial) related to scholarships and many other resources to assist military members and their families.

Canadian Military Family Magazine

Canadian Military Family Magazine published an article in June 2017 outlining several other scholarship programs available to eligible serving and former Canadian Armed Forces members and their families. For more information regarding eligibility and the application process, members and their families should engage with specific scholarship programs directly.

Tema Conter Memorial Trust Scholarship

Tema Conter Memorial Trust Scholarship awards one scholarship of $2500 to each province/territory (two for the province of Ontario) to an individual enrolled in a military program at a post-secondary institution. For more information regarding eligibility and the application process, members and their families should contact Tema Conter Memorial Trust directly.

The Leonard Foundation Financial Assistance Program

The Leonard Foundation Financial Assistance Program awards scholarships of $1000 or $1500 to 140 full-time students at an undergraduate degree program in a college or university in Canada. Among other groups, preference is given to children of Canadian military personnel or children of Canadian Military College graduates. For more information regarding eligibility and the application process, members and their families should contact The Leonard Foundation Financial Assistance Program at pamsauro@gmail.com.

Dominion Cadetship

A Dominion Cadetship may be granted by the Minister of National Defence to a cadet who, being a member of the Reserve Force, enters the initial year at the Royal Military College of Canada. Up to fifteen Dominion Cadetships may be granted in a college year and the grant encompasses: the annual college fee for the first year, the cost of single quarters and rations for the first and subsequent years, and the annual Recreation Club fee for the first and subsequent years. For more information regarding eligibility and the application process, members and their families should review: Queen's Regulations and Orders for the Canadian Military Colleges - Dominion Cadetships - 5.07.

For other opportunities, members and their families are encouraged to engage with their place of employment, parents’ place of employment, as well as clubs or organizations they are involved with.

 


  1.  Note: The information outlined in the guide was last updated in 2015/2016.
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