Scholarships &  Bursaries

We’re committed to providing our students with a world-class education that is accessible to all.

 

To help achieve this goal, we offer a range of scholarships to help support our students’ academic endeavours. Our scholarships and bursaries are designed to recognize academic need, resiliency, and community involvement. Whether you are a prospective or a current student, we encourage you to explore the various scholarship opportunities available to you. Investing in your education is one of the most important investments you can make, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Winter Semester Applications Open

 

The Winter Semester applications are available until April 30th, 2024. 

Resiliency Scholarship

The Resiliency scholarship is designed to support students who have overcome adversity and demonstrated resilience in their academic pursuits. As a part of the application process, students must write an essay about their resiliency.

About the scholarship
About the Columbia College Resiliency Scholarship:

  • Award Value: up to $5,000 per academic year.
  • The Resiliency Scholarship is a financial aid program for students who have faced adversity and have demonstrated resilience in overcoming it. The scholarship aims to provide support to students who have been through significant personal or financial challenges.
  • Students receiving financial aid can apply, however, if selected, the scholarship award notification will be provided to the Admission Advisor which may or may not impact the student’s financial aid application.
  • This scholarship is offered through the Columbia College Learning Society:
    • The Columbia Learning Society is an independent and separate non-profit society called. The Society’s principal aim is to provide bursaries to those who wish to attend workshops, seminars, courses, or programs at Columbia College.
    • Successful candidates will be contacted by a representative of the Columbia Learning Society.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the Resiliency Scholarship, an individual must:

  • be an admitted or conditionally admitted student in one of Columbia College’s licensed certificate or diploma programs.
  • have faced adversity such as personal, financial, or other significant challenges.
  • have not received a Columbia Learning Society bursary or scholarship in the past fiscal year (September 1st to August 31st).
Application Requirements

To apply for the Resiliency Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Complete the Resiliency Scholarship application form. The following documents are mandatory for your application to be considered complete:
    1. Personal Statement (Essay). This should explain your resiliency and will provide the committee with a description of your personal situation, including any information that you think is relevant to your application request.
    2. Reference Letter. References can be from professional, academic, or personal connections, such as mentors or coaches. It is preferred that the references are non-family members. The inclusion of the following documents is mandatory for your application to be considered complete:
  • It is the responsibility of the student to ensure the completeness and accuracy of their application package. Incomplete packages will not be considered.
  • Winter Semester Application Deadline: April 30th, 2024

Friends of Columbia Scholarship

This scholarship is designed for students who are connected to Columbia College through a current employee, employer, or practicum experience – otherwise known as “Friends of Columbia”, and have identified the need for financial assistance to pursue their academic goals.

About the scholarship

About the Friends of Columbia Scholarship:

  • Award Value: up to $5,000 per academic year.
  • Awarded to students who are connected to Columbia College through a current employee, employer, or practicum experience (Friends of Columbia)
  • Scholarship amounts are based on the number of applications received and the available scholarship funds in the year the application was received.
  • Students receiving financial aid can apply, however, if selected, the scholarship award notification will be provided to the Admission Advisor which may or may not impact the student’s financial aid application.
  • This scholarship is offered through the Columbia College Learning Society:
    • The Columbia Learning Society is an independent and separate non-profit society called. The Society’s principal aim is to provide bursaries to those who wish to attend workshops, seminars, courses, or programs at Columbia College.
    • Successful candidates will be contacted by a representative of the Columbia Learning Society.
Who is eligible?
Who is considered a Friend of Columbia?

The “Friends of Columbia” referred to in the Friends of Columbia Scholarship are individuals who are connected to Columbia College in one of the following ways:

 

  • A current Columbia College employee.
  • An employer who has hired a Columbia College student or worked with a Columbia College student as a practicum student.
  • An employer who would be interested in working with the student in a future practicum and possible employment in the related field of training of the program being applied to.
Application Requirements

To apply for the Friends of Columbia Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Have an active application in one of Columbia College’s licensed certificate or diploma programs.
  • Have not received a Columbia Learning Society bursary or scholarship in the past fiscal year (September 1st to August 31st).
  • Complete the Friends of Columbia Scholarship application form. The following documents are mandatory for your application to be considered complete:
    1. Personal Statement (Essay). This should explain why you are a good candidate for this scholarship and will provide the committee with a description of your personal situation, including any information that you think is relevant to your application request.
    2. Reference Letter(s): Provide two reference letters from individuals who are connected to Columbia College.
      • Applicants enrolled in the Education Assistant Professional Certificate and Social Services Professional Diploma programs must also provide evidence of a minimum of 75 hours of volunteer or work experience in the related field of training of the program being applied to.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to ensure the completeness and accuracy of their application package. Incomplete packages will not be considered.
  • Winter Semester Application Deadline: April 30th, 2024

Bursaries

Columbia College offers bursaries to full-time or part-time students currently registered in Columbia College programs who have exhausted all other available funding options.

About Columbia College Bursaries
About Columbia College Bursaries:

  • Bursary Value: up to $1,000 per academic year.
  • The maximum bursary amount per student is $1,000, and the bursary is credited to the student’s outstanding account with the college.
  • Offered through the Columbia College Learning Society:
    • The Columbia Learning Society is an independent and separate non-profit society called. The Society’s principal aim is to provide bursaries to those who wish to attend workshops, seminars, courses, or programs at Columbia College.
    • Successful candidates will be contacted by a representative of the Columbia Learning Society.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the Bursaries offered by the Columbia Learning Society, an individual must:

  • be currently registered at Columbia College as a full-time or part-time student.
  • have not received a Columbia Learning Society bursary in the past fiscal year (September 1st to August 31st).
  • have exhausted all other available funding options before applying for a Columbia Learning Society bursary.
Application Requirements

To apply for Columbia Learning Society Bursaries, applicants must:

  • Complete the Columbia Learning Society application package. The following documents are mandatory for your application to be considered complete:
    1. Personal Statement: A personal statement is mandatory and should be included with the application. It should provide a description of the applicant’s personal situation, including any information that they think is relevant to their bursary request. The statement should be one page long, in 12-point font, on letter-size paper, and single-spaced.
    2. Financial Information: Financial information must be provided through the completion of a budget for a 12-month period beginning September 1st of the current academic year. This budget should include any resources/expenses from a spouse if married/common-law. Earnings should be given after income tax deductions.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to ensure the completeness and accuracy of their application package. Incomplete packages will not be considered.
  • Winter Semester Application Deadline: April 30th, 2024