Student Awards is a free
internet program that allows students access to scholarships
all over Canada. According to the Chief Operating Officer, Stewart
Stein, Student Awards, based out of Toronto, is thee most comprehensive
scholarship database in Canada.
The people at Student Awards had researched for roughly one year
and a half, before its launching in January of 1999. They scoured
every part of Canada for scholarships, including directories,
corporations, associations, universities, colleges, charitable
organizations and all levels of government.
Stein commented, "Student Awards offers Canadians thousands
and thousands of awards." He also stated that it was important
for students to apply for as many awards as possible, as many
of these scholarships go unclaimed each year.
Stein suggested that there has been a definite shift in qualifications
for these awards. Although there are still many academic scholarships,
many organizations are offering money to more well-rounded students
with leadership skills or volunteer experience.
There is no age requirement to use the Student Awards program,
and parents can fill our applications for their children. There
are also many bursaries for Canadian students who wish to study
in a different country, which is very important as non-citizen
tuition fees are far more expensive.
Students can access the free database at www.studentawards.com,
and the French version can be found at www.boursetudes.com. Once
on the site, the student fills out a personal application, including
information about the area in which they live, interests of study,
personal hobbies and which schools they are hoping to attend.
The program then matches scholarships that suit the student's
needs, and it fills out letters with the student's address enclosed
to each of the organizations offering the scholarships.
On the application form, the student has the opportunity to
fill in their email address, and Student Awards will email them
any new scholarships that have just been added to the database.
Currently, Student Awards is working on some exciting expansions,
and students should stay tuned for a future announcement.