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September marks the start of a new academic year. But, this month isn’t just about hitting the books; it’s also about strategically managing the financial side of your or your child’s education.

Yes, tuition, books, and fees can seem overwhelming, but the good news is, you can take control of these expenses. Scholarships are your key to making college or university affordable and achievable.

To kickstart your scholarship journey this September 2024, I’ve curated an exclusive list of ten scholarships with deadlines this month. Each scholarship is a golden opportunity waiting to be seized, and I’ve provided the essential details and links to help you get started.

Remember, the first step to success in scholarship hunting is understanding eligibility criteria. Scholarships are awarded for various reasons—academic excellence, financial need, unique personal backgrounds, and career aspirations, among others. Whatever your or your child’s profile looks like, there’s likely a scholarship just for you.

So, let’s dive in and explore these incredible opportunities that can bring you closer to funding your education.

List of September Scholarships: 2024

1. James Lee Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: September 15, 2024

Amount: $5,000 minimum

Who is this scholarship for? The scholarship is open to emerging creative talent from across Canada wanting to enter the advertising industry. Entrants must be non-professional Canadian residents over the age of 16. All fields of creativity related to the advertising community will be considered (e.g. writers, art directors, film makers, recording artists, illustrators, digital artists, etc.).

From the Scholarship Donor: James Lee was a well-respected writer in the advertising industry who won countless national and international awards throughout his career. He passed away suddenly due to an undetected heart defect at the age of 37.

Shortly after his passing The James Lee Foundation was formed by a partnership of advertising agencies, the AAABC, and a collection of James’ friends and family. Knowing James inspired many people to push the boundaries in creativity, developing a creative scholarship in his name felt like a fitting way to honour him.

We keep James’ legacy alive each year by awarding a scholarship to an emerging creative talent who shows the same passion and tenacity that James did.

2. Savvy New Canadians Student Award

Deadline: September 30, 2024

Amount: $1,000

Who is this scholarship for? To be eligible for this scholarship program, students must: 

  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited university or college (any year and field of study).
  • Submit a 500-word essay highlighting the importance of financial literacy to you and the steps you are taking to secure a financial future for yourself. 
  • Provide proof of enrollment: student ID, copy of transcript or confirmation of enrollment.
  • Complete and submit the application form on the site.
  • Have reached the age of the majority in your province or territory at the time of applying.
  • The Savvy New Canadians Financial Literacy Scholarship is open to all students at accredited Canadian universities and colleges, including citizens, permanent residents, and international students. Applications are welcomed from both graduate and undergraduate students.

From the Scholarship Donor: Founded in 2016, Savvy New Canadians is one of the most highly sought platforms for personal financial information in Canada. It provides in-depth personal finance resources to help you take control of your money, get out of debt, invest wisely, increase your income, and become financially free.

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3. UFCW Canada – BDM Scholarships

Deadline: September 30, 2024

Amount: $1,000

Who is this scholarship for? To qualify for the UFCW Canada – BDM Scholarship award you must be an active UFCW Canada member in good standing or a dependent/spouse of active UFCW Canada member in good standing. Eligible candidates cannot have won the BDM scholarship before.

The student must also be enrolled (or will be enrolled on September 30) and attending full-time studies at an accredited Canadian college or university.

From the Scholarship Donor: Each year UFCW Canada offers 18 UFCW Canada – BDM Scholarships worth $1,000 each to active members and their family members for post-secondary study. If you are a UFCW Canada member in good standing, and the student is attending full-time studies at a Canadian university, college, or other recognized post-secondary institution, then you, your spouse and children are eligible to apply for the union scholarship.

4. The Tanya Howe Damsgaard Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: September 15, 2024

Amount: $2,000

Who is this scholarship for? This scholarship will be awarded to: 

  • A full-time students having completed at least 1 year of post-secondary education;
  • Eligible areas of study include agriculture, pharmacy, science or health sciences;
  • Can be at a Canadian college or university;
  • Selection criteria are: agriculture background, community service and academic performance.

From the Scholarship Donor: The Tanya Howe Damsgaard Memorial Scholarship was established by the family and friends of Tanya Howe Damsgaard after her brief battle with cancer. This scholarship is intended to encourage youth with a agriculture background to pursue careers in science and maintain a strong culture of community of service. 

5. 2024 Claudette Savaria Bursary from The Communities in Bloom Foundation

Deadline: September 15, 2024

Amount: 2 bursaries of $500

Who is this scholarship for? To qualify for this scholarship application: 

  • Applicant must be registered in, and successfully complete, a full-time post-secondary level pertaining to ornamental and/or environmental horticulture programs in an accredited institution;
  • Applicant must be involved in a community/attraction participating in the Communities in Bloom program (national or provincial editions). 

From the Scholarship Donor: The mission of the Communities in Bloom Foundation, a non-profit organization with registered charitable status, is to fund, develop and disseminate educational material on the value, importance, improvement and sustainable development of green spaces and the natural environment in our society.

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6. AIA Canada High Fives for Kids Scholarship

Deadline: September 15, 2024

Amount: $1,000

Who is this scholarship for? This award is open to students who meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a child of a full time employee in an active AIA Canada member company in good standing. (Current year’s membership dues must be paid)
  • Confirmation of the parent’s employment must be provided by the member company.
  • The applicant must be enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program leading to a certificate or diploma at an accredited university, college, technical school.
  • The applicants must include a 1 page essay telling why they should be considered (achievements, volunteering), the application, a referral letter (teacher or someone in their community), photos of activities and achievements and proof of enrolment.
  • Can apply via video but must send proof of enrolment.
  • Applicant selection based on academic achievement (not necessarily in the automotive field), skill, extra-curricular involvement, or special abilities.

From the Scholarship Donor: The High Fives for Kids Foundation, which was established in 2005 as a charitable non-profit organization, assists AIA Canada members and divisions in their efforts to support Canadian charities that benefit children and youth by collecting and redistributing funds.

7. The CTAA Scholarships

Deadline: September 15, 2024

Amount: 3 separate awards of $2,000

Who is this scholarship for? CTAA offers multiple scholarship opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students. Here is a breakdown of each annual scholarship:

CTAA Graduate Scholarship

The CTAA Graduate Scholarship is presented to a student  admitted into, or is currently enrolled in, a Canadian university program leading to a post graduate degree which contributes to advances in any facet of asphalt technology.  Eligible fields of study include chemistry, chemical engineering, and construction or civil engineering.  Other areas of study may be considered provided the applicant clearly notes the relevance of his/her curriculum towards asphalt technology.

CTAA Undergraduate Scholarship

The CTAA Undergraduate Scholarship is presented to a student admitted into, or is currently enrolled in a Canadian university program leading to an undergraduate degree that contributes to advances in any facet of asphalt technology.  Eligible fields of study include chemistry, chemical engineering, and construction or civil engineering.  Other areas of study may be considered provided the applicant clearly notes the relevance of his/her curriculum towards asphalt technology.

CTAA Applied Technology Scholarship

The CTAA Applied Technology Scholarship is presented to a student admitted into, or is currently enrolled in, a Canadian technical college or a community college program leading to a diploma that contributes to advances in any facet of asphalt technology.  Eligible fields of study include chemistry, chemical engineering, and construction or civil engineering.  Other areas of study may be considered provided the applicant clearly notes the relevance of his/her curriculum towards asphalt technology. Applicants with industrial experience in asphalt technology are encouraged to apply.

From the Scholarship Donor: The CTAA Scholarships are funded by the Canadian Technical Asphalt Association to support students preparing for careers as scientists, technologists or engineers in the general area of asphalt paving technology.

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8. The Donald E. Curren Scholarship Fund from The Canadian Paraplegic Association

Deadline: September 30, 2024

Amount: Varies based on number of applicants

Who is this scholarship for? This award is available to students enrolled in a post-secondary program and:

  • Live with a disability, with preference given to persons with a spinal cord injury;
  • Currently attending a college, university, or technical school in the Atlantic Provinces;
  • Are either a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant, or resident in an Atlantic Province.

From the Scholarship Donor: The Donald E. Curren Scholarship was created by the many friends and admirers of Donald E. Curren, the founder and first Executive Director of the Atlantic Division of the Canadian Paraplegic Association and Canadian Paraplegic Association (Nova Scotia) herein known as CPA (NS). He served as Executive Director from 1952 to 1984.

9. Creative Biolabs Scholarship Program

Deadline: September 30, 2024

Amount: $1,000

Who is this scholarship for? This university and college scholarship is open on a global basis. To be eligible to receive a scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled as a freshman, undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. student at an accredited college or university.
  • Major in a science-related field such as Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology.
  • Earn a cumulative average grade of a B (3.0 GPA).

From the Scholarship Donor: As a leading custom service provider specializing in the field of antibody production and engineering, Creative Biolabs is always happy to support young and ambitious talents in our field.

In an effort to further support their research and higher education in the medical and science-related fields, Creative Biolabs is proud to announce the 2024 Scholarship Program, which will award $1,000 to an outstanding college student.

10. BIOptimizers Scholarship Contest

Deadline: September 30, 2024

Amount: Several prizes up to $1,500

Who is this scholarship for? You may apply for this scholarship if you are enrolled full- or part-time at an accredited university. 

From the Scholarship Donor: Our team at BIOptimizers knows just how hard it is to go to school while working against acquired and genetic conditions, and we’re here to help in any way we can. We’d love these $500, $1000, and $1500 scholarships to go to dedicated, focused, and hardworking college students who have shown an interest in biological optimization. If you are over the age of 18 and you’re enrolled in a full- or part-time program at an accredited university, you are eligible to win our scholarship.

Find More September 2024 Scholarship Opportunities

Whether you’re a high school student, post-secondary student, or a parent helping your child find funds for school, September is a great time to find and apply for scholarships.

As shown in the list above, there are many types of scholarships for different students. Whether or not you have perfect grades, and no matter which school you’re enrolled in, there are dozens of awards out there for students like you.

September could be your month to shine. Start applying for scholarships today and don’t miss out on these great opportunities!

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Christopher Grafos, Ph.D., is the founder and chief scholarship mentor at BridgesEDU Scholarships.

He’s a first-generation university graduate whose life was transformed by education and winning scholarships. 

Scholarships help students financially, but they also help advance a student’s career. It’s his life’s work to champion this message and share the secrets to finding and winning scholarships. 

Read more about Christopher’s journey here

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