Awards

Conestoga College's Student Financial Services administers over 400 awards, bursaries and scholarships, worth more than $3.8 million, including $1.3 million in donor-funded awards, each year.

To be eligible for many of these awards, students must submit an award application through the Student Portal each term.

2020-2021 award application dates


TermApplication opensApplication closes
Winter 2021
February 1, 2021
February 19, 2021
Spring 2021
May 31, 2021
June 18, 2021
Each term, you will receive an email when the application opens.

Apply for an award


To be consider for an award, complete the following steps:

  1. Log in to the Student Portal
  2. Select the Financial tab
  3. Click on My Award Applications
  4. Select the current term
  5. Complete all of the information in each tab
  6. Review your application and submit

Awards directory

The awards directory lists all of the awards available through Student Financial Services.

Awards: all programs

Arnold Rose Academic Grant
The Arnold Rose Academic Grant is awarded to a student who is in their third year of a technology program at Conestoga and demonstrates academic excellence.
Value
$500
Programs
Any technology program
Terms offered
Fall
School
All Schools
Campus Living Centres Award
Campus Living Centres provide residential housing that enriches students' experiences. This award is given to a student who lives in residence, who is active in the college community, and is academically successful.
Value
$500
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Canadian Federation of University Women (Cambridge) Award
The Canadian Federation of University Women (Cambridge) has established this award to recognize mature women who have chosen to attend school in an effort to better themselves.
Value
$1,000
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Fall
School
All Schools
Canadian Federation of University Women (Guelph) Bursary
The Canadian Federation of University Women (Guelph Chapter) has made this bursary available in an effort to assist women in their educational pursuits. The recipient must demonstrate financial need, and preference will be given to women who reside in Wellington County.
Value
$500
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Carol Gregory Student Leadership Award
This annual award is given to a full-time student at Conestoga who has made a positive impact on the college community trough leadership and support for their peers. The recipient of this award is nominated by another member of the Conestoga community.
Value
$250
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Conestoga College Athletic Award
This award has been established to support Conestoga's varsity athletes who demonstrate academic success and commitment to their sport. Recipients of the award are selected by coaching staff.
Value
Varies
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Conestoga Co-op Student of the Year Award
Each year, the Co-operative Education department recognizes outstanding co-op students at an awards ceremony in March during National Co-op Week. Students are nominated by their co-op employer, and winners are selected by the Co-op Awards Selection Committee. Both the winning students and employers receive recognition.
Value
$400
Programs
Co-op programs
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Conestoga Students Inc. Academic Excellence Award
CSI created this award to recognize the 15 Conestoga students who have achieved the highest average (above 85%) in their area of study at the end of the fall term. In the event of a tie, preference will be given to students with college involvement.
Value
$500
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Conestoga Students Inc. Athletic Scholarship
These awards have been established to recognize varsity athletes, or those that volunteer within the Conestoga varsity athletic community, who demonstrate a commitment to, and excellence in their academic studies. The recipients of these scholarships are nominated by the varsity coaches.
Value
$1,000
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Conestoga Students Inc. Community Achievement Award
This award was created by CSI to recognize two students who have demonstrated leadership in one or more of the following areas: community service, international engagement, intercultural understanding, and promotion of diversity, intellectual pursuits, and artistic or athletic endeavors.Recipients are selected based on their academic performance, application essay, and reference letters.
Value
$2,500
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Fall
School
All Schools
Conestoga Students Inc. Student Service Award
CSI has made this award available to recognize students who are actively involved and volunteer within the college community. Recipients must have a minimum grade average of 75%.
Value
$1,000
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Family & Children's Services of Guelph and Wellington County Bursary
This award was created to support students who are, or were, in Extended Society Care with Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County. The recipient of this award demonstrates academic success and has financial need.
Value
$600
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
First Generation Bursary
The First Generation Bursary is awarded to domestic students who demonstrate financial need and whose parents have never attended post-secondary studies, inside or outside of Canada.
Value
Varies
Programs
All
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Francis Pegahmagabow Memorial Scholarship
Pegahmagabow (1891-1952) was a resident of the Wasauksing First Nation Reserve (Parry Island) near Parry Sound, Ontario. He was the First Nations soldier most highly decorated for bravery in Canadian military history and the most effective sniper of World War I. Three times awarded the Military Medal and seriously wounded, he was an expert marksman and scout, credited with killing 378 Germans and capturing 300 more. Later in life, he served as chief and councillor for the Wasauksing First Nation, and as an activist and leader in several First Nations organizations. This award was created to support a full-time Conestoga student of Indigenous descent who has demonstrated academic success.
Value
$1,000
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Fall
School
All Schools
G. Al Logan Memorial Award
The Al Logan Memorial Award is given to a student who displays warmth and responsiveness in caring for and enriching the lives of a student or group of students. Al Logan displayed the qualities of warmth and caring both at Conestoga and in the community. It is a real honour to have these qualities recognized by friends and faculty. The recipient of this award is a student who exemplifies Mr. Logan's exceptional qualities and is nominated by a Conestoga community member.
Value
$250
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Gladys & Norman Raiter Bursary
The Estate of Norman Raiter provided this trust to support students with financial need at Conestoga.
Value
$100
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Indigenous Student Bursary
The Indigenous Student Bursary is awarded to domestic students who demonstrate financial need and self-identify as being an Indigenous Person. Recipients must be registered with a href='https://www.conestogac.on.ca/aboriginal-services/'Aboriginal Services/a
Value
Varies
Programs
All
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
J. David Stewart Memorial Award
This award has been established in memory of J. David Stewart, former director of Continuing Education. This award recognizes a part-time student who displays a pursuit and drive for knowledge, a commitment to lifelong learning and a sense of community.
Value
$500
Programs
Part-time diploma or certificate
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Jackie Mattson Memorial Award
This award has been established by the family and friends of Jackie Mattson. Jackie and her husband Joe had seven children ranging in ages from 10 to 20 when Joe tragically died of a heart attack. Jackie, who had up until that time loved staying at home with her children, had to go to work to support her family. She regretted deeply that she was unable to further her own education, but was proud to have been able to provide the support needed to help her seven children fulfil her dream. This award is intended to lessen the financial burden by supporting those in similar circumstances and opening up a world of education for another single mother. The award is given to a full-time student who is a single mother and demonstrates financial need.
Value
Varies
Programs
All Programs
Terms offered
Fall
School
All Schools
James W. Church Award
This prestigious award was established in 1977 by the Board of Governors in honour of the late James W. Church who was the founding President of Conestoga College. The James W. Church Award recognizes a student who excels in the three areas deemed by Dr. Church to be important for a person to become all that they are capable of being.
Value
$1,000
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Masonic Foundation of Ontario Endowed Bursary
The Masonic Foundation of Ontario Endowed Bursary was established to provide financial assistance to enable students to complete their post-secondary education when unforeseen financial difficulties might otherwise compel them to give up before graduation. This bursary is available to domestic students who do not qualify for emergency funding provided by Conestoga. In order to receive this bursary all other avenues of available funding must have been explored.  A maximum of one award will be distributed to an individual per academic year.
Value
Varies
Programs
All
Terms offered
Fall, Winter, Spring
School
All Schools
Metis Nation of Ontario Bursary
The Metis Nation of Ontario created this bursary to support Metis students enrolled at Conestoga College. The recipient of this bursary must be a full-time Metis student who demonstrates financial need.
Value
$500
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Fall
School
All Schools
Narhari Sharma Memorial Award
Mr. Narhari Sharma was a symbol of love, wisdom, strength, vision, courage and selflessness. He was gentle soul who lived to help others. Education and equality were two of his key values. This award was established in his name to support a full-time international student at Conestoga who demonstrates academic success, and the qualities of  wisdom, strength, vision, courage and selflessness. The recipient will have demonstrated leadership and have gone out of their way to help others achieve their goals. The recipient of this award is nominated by Conestoga staff and faculty.
Value
$1,000
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Neil Aitchison Conestoga Students Inc. Scholarship
The Neil Aitchison Conestoga Students Inc. Scholarship was created to honour the first president of the Doon Students’ Association (1968), later renamed Conestoga Students Incorporated. Neil Aitchison is a strong community partner and has demonstrated exceptional leadership with his continued support of the Conestoga community. The recipients of this scholarship are students who demonstrate academic success, community service, the ability to motivate others and leadership through life's challenges.
Value
$3,000
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Rick Casey Courage to Cope Award
Throughout his career at Conestoga, Rick was a strong advocate for people with disabilities. Upon his retirement in 2007 friends and colleagues donated funds to establish the annual Rick Casey Courage to Cope Award which is presented in recognition of Rick’s dedication and contribution to students with a disability, in particular those with mental health struggles as they continue in their efforts to challenge stigma, to attain personal success and to become full participants in their communities.
Value
$250
Programs
All programs - Registered with Disability Services
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Ross and Doris Dixon Charitable Foundation Students with Disabilities Award
The Ross and Doris Dixon Charitable Foundation Students with Disabilities Award was created to provide students registered with Accessibility Services the funds to purchase specialized equipment to assist with their studies (such as adaptive computer software or tape recorders) or to help pay tuition costs.
Value
Varies
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Fall
School
All Schools
Scotiabank Global Citizenship Award
Each year, up to three students will be selected to receive Scotiabank Global Citizenship Awards to support international experience activities, including an approved study abroad or work experience. Recipients of this award must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have been accepted to a study abroad term or overseas work experience.
Value
$3,000
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Fall, Winter, Spring
School
All Schools
Tahani Aburaneh Premier's Award
As Canada’s leading female authority on real estate investing, Tahani Aburaneh has overcome incredible odds to become a self-made entrepreneur with five companies to her name. A passionate believer in education, Tahani regards the Conestoga as a significant pillar in her success as a businesswoman and entrepreneur. This award was created to support a Conestoga student who has financial need and demonstrates strong academic achievement, shows ambition, leadership skills and an entrepreneurial spirit and is an outstanding team player.
Value
$1,000
Programs
All programs
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
The President's Award of Excellence in Student Leadership
The President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership is presented to a graduate and recognizes the outstanding contributions made by a student who exemplifies excellence in leadership. They will have had a positive impact on their program, the college and their community. They will have demonstrated support to students and the development of future student leaders. The depth and breadth of their contributions will have increased throughout the course of their studies, and beyond the requirements of a paid or appointed role.The recipient of the President’s Award of Excellence in Student Leadership is recognized with a College Coat of Arms at Convocation.
Value
No Monetary Value
Programs
All Programs
Terms offered
Fall, Spring
School
All Schools
The Rebellion 'Carve Your Path' Award
It takes tremendous bravery to lift oneself up and create a more inspired future. This award was created to help celebrate the courage it takes to carve your own path.brbrThis award is given to a student who is a single mother who has demonstrated academic success, positivity, kindness, and leadership.
Value
$2800
Programs
All Programs
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools
Work-Integrated Learning Student of the Year Award
Each year the Work-Integrated Learning Support Services (WILSS) department recognizes outstanding WIL students at an awards ceremony in March during National Co-op & WIL Week.  Students are nominated by their placement supervisor or WILSS staff member and winners are selected by the WIL Awards Selection Committee. The winning students receive financial awards and both students and employers receive recognition.
Value
$500
Programs
All
Terms offered
Winter
School
All Schools

Awards FAQs

Award: A monetary award based on a combination of criteria which may include merit, community involvement or financial need. May be used interchangeably with “academic grant”. May also be used to refer to awards, bursaries and scholarships collectively.

Bursary: A monetary award based on financial need. Bursaries may include other criteria for selection such as a specific program, gender or heritage.

Scholarship: A monetary award based on academic performance, and in some cases, other forms of earned merit.

The awards application is available for six weeks each term. The application will open two weeks before the term starts and close four weeks after the start of the term.

Yes. You can update a submitted application any time until the deadline. Please remember to save and submit each time you make changes.

No. Late applications are not accepted.

By submitting the awards application you will be considered for any Conestoga award, scholarship, bursary or grant that requires an application. A complete list of what is available may be found in the awards directory.

After the application deadline, students will be notified at any time before the end of the term if they are shortlisted, or selected, for an award. All communications about awards will go to your Conestoga email. Please note that only selected students will be contacted.

This means that you have already met some of the criteria to be considered for an award (i.e. minimum GPA, specific program, etc.), but we require some additional information from you in order to complete the selection of the award recipient. Being shortlisted does not guarantee that you will receive an award. Common supplementary information we may ask for includes:

  • information about community or campus involvement,
  • letter(s) of reference, and/or
  • an essay/statement on a specific topic.

If you are in a full-time program but taking a reduced course load, and are registered with Accessibility Services, you can complete the application. If you are registered part-time through Continuing Education, you can not complete the application.

Yes. International students may apply for awards, however, the number of awards available to international students is limited. You may also check with the International Office for awards.

No. Students who are on a co-op term are not eligible to receive awards while they are on a work-term. If you are in a co-op program, you are encouraged to apply for awards every term you are in classes.

The awards application is only available to students who are currently registered (or pre-registered) in a given term and who are not on co-op.

Completing the awards application does not guarantee that you will receive an award. Each award has unique criteria that are required for selection. In some cases you simply may not meet the criteria for an award. Two of the most common reasons a student may not be selected are because they forgot to click submit after completing all of the application sections, or their application is incomplete.