Many universities, colleges and schools in Canada offer student scholarships and bursaries for international students. Awards typically range in value from $250 - $1,000, are often renewable and are based on outstanding academic achievement, or a combination of outstanding academic achievement and leadership qualities. As well, international students in culinary, travel and hospitality 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 high school students or students from other post-secondary institutions--for culinary, travel and hospitality programs are typically awarded to outstanding new students, and are usually also available to 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 may also be 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. Universities, community colleges and career colleges with internal scholarships and bursaries may encourage early application in order to qualify for these awards and other financial assistance.
· 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 and schools offer entrance awards either directly or through benefactors and foundations that support them. International students should 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.
· Many local businesses and national chains offer some kind of funding, either in the form of scholarships or bursaries and international students may be eligible for some of these awards.
· And don't forget community groups in your home-town or country that support this industry (e.g.,Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Association, Business Development Association).
· Many professional organizations will provide scholarships as a way of promoting their profession and ensuring the development of future culinary, travel and hospitality professionals and international students may be eligible for some of these awards. These could include The Canadian Hospitality Foundation, Les Dames d'Escoffier International (they award scholarships to women building a career in the fields of food, wine, hospitality, etc.) and more!
· And finally, there are a variety of charitable organizations, from local to national, 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.