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Guide for Adult Learners

Learning & studying strategies for mature students

Community Organizations

  1. Garfield Weston Award 

The program is designed to recognize outstanding college-bound students who show a strong commitment to their fields of study and are interested in making positive contributions to their communities. When applying, adult learners are asked to submit one additional page which should include a brief biographical sketch, a more extensive employment history, and a paragraph about why they have decided to pursue college studies. Adult learners are those individuals who have been out of school for at least three years.

  1. Neads National Student Awards Program (Equity)
    • For learners currently registered in and returning to college/university
    • Eligibility requirements: permanent disability
    • Five awards of $3000; one award of $1000

  1. Royal Canadian Legion Bursaries Bursaries (
    • Open to Canadian Forces members and their children and grandchildren
    • Open to members of the Royal Canadian Legion and their children and grandchildren
    • Open to Ladies’ Auxiliary members and their children and grandchildren
    • Open to Associate Members of legion and their children

  1. Canadian Hospitality Foundation
    • Open to Canadian Citizens and Landed Immigrants
    • Must be registering in a hospitality, food sources, or tourism program
    • Awards for college entrance for those in final year of high school
    • One year scholarship for culinary program – must be currently enrolled in a one year culinary certificate program
    • Two year scholarship for those in the first year of a two year hospitality, hotel, food and beverage, or tourism program

  1. Early Childhood Education Grants Apply Now | Ontario ECE Grants
    • Open to anyone employee of a home-based or centre-based Early Years Centre wanting to upgrade their education to ECE

  1. Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Awards

The Lynn Wheadon Education Award | Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (

    • Eligible applicants may be first-time or returning post-secondary students, registered in a full time program at a recognized College or University. For full-time HARD OF HEARING or DEAFENED students, based on academic achievement, community involvement, and the determination to cope with hearing loss

  1. Libro Community Builder Scholarship

Students must be 17-25 to be eligible; they must demonstrate leadership qualities while involved in community development projects; they are a resident in Southwestern Ontario or an Owner of Libro Credit Union; other requirements/restrictions apply.

Student Awards - Commitment to Community | Libro CU

  1. CN North America’s Railroad

This scholarship program was designed to recognize and encourage education excellence. The CN Diversity Scholarship program will offer monetary grants to best-in-class women, military veterans and students of aboriginal heritage, who are studying in fields specific to CN’s core business; Engineering, Transportation, Sales and Marketing, Human Resources, Aboriginal Studies & Law and Accounting and Finance.

  1. Kin Clubs (Kinsmen, Kinettes, Kin)

Kin Canada Bursaries is the 2nd largest non-corporate provider of bursaries in Canada.

Only for full-time students (either just entering from high school, or already attending post-secondary).

Evaluated based on community and school involvement, knowledge of Kin Canada and financial need.