Many universities, colleges and schools in Canada offer an array of student scholarships and bursaries for Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Science in Agriculture or Environmental and Conservation Sciences (BSc Agri.; BSc Env.), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) and other agricultural studies.
Awards typically range in value from $250 - $5,000, are often renewable and are based on outstanding academic achievement, or a combination of outstanding academic achievement and leadership qualities. As well, students in agriculture and bio-resource programs may be eligible for bursaries, which typically are based on financial need. Work-study programs involving part-time work for full-time students on campus may be another source of money for school.
Student Scholarships and Student Bursaries
Entrance scholarships for students entering agriculture and bio-resource programs from high school and other post-secondary institutions are typically awarded to outstanding new students, including international students. These scholarships may cover tuition and residence costs. In some cases, no application is required as students are automatically considered when they apply to a given institution. Bursaries are also available and are more typically based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need and/or achievement in other areas such as leadership and community service. These awards may be offered by high schools, university and college departments, professional organizations, local businesses and national chains, and charitable foundations. They may be available on a non-renewable or renewable basis.
· Start your search by talking to your high school career counsellor to learn what kinds of scholarships and bursaries may be available from your home country.
· Most universities, colleges, schools and program departments offer entrance awards either directly or through benefactors and foundations that support them. You can contact an admissions advisor at the university, college, school or program department itself, or look on the institution's website to identify the awards that are offered. Some scholarships and bursaries are program-specific and are limited to applicants to particular majors, diplomas or certificates within an agriculture and bio-resources field.
· Many local businesses and national chains offer funding, either in the form of scholarships or bursaries, and international students may be eligible for some of these awards.
· Many professional organizations will provide scholarships as a way of promoting their profession and ensuring the development of future agricultural and bio-resource professionals. These could include the Agricultural Institute of Canada, Aquaculture Association of Canada, the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES) and more!
· And finally, there are a variety of charitable organizations that provide literally millions of dollars of awards to post-secondary students.
For more general information on international student scholarships and financial aid, check out the articles on international student scholarships under each school type.