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Scholarships & Financial Aid

TIPS to Help Finance your Education!


1. Click HERE for a list of local, Ontario-wide, and Canada-wide scholarships/bursaries that eligible CDDHS students can apply for!

2. Check with private organizations, such as insurance companies, employment unions & banks to see if they offer scholarships/bursaries. 

3. Check if the schools you applied to offer entrance scholarships.  Students are automatically considered (no application necessary) for entrance scholarships, based on their academic average. 

4. Contact the Financial Aid Office at your respective college & universities to gain a better understanding of what is offered at that institution, in first-year and beyond.  Scroll down for more information. 

5. Check out the Scholarship Report in the Lion’s Den containing upcoming award deadlines – published every couple of months. 

*Please make an appointment with a guidance counsellor to discuss scholarships/bursaries in more detail.

Dufferin Arts Council Scholarship

Dufferin Arts Council awards 3 one-time scholarships worth $2500. One scholarship will be awarded for each of the 3 streams: visual, performing, literary arts. Must be a resident of Dufferin county & accepted into a post-secondary program. See website for more information and application form. Deadline: July 30

Bill Hill Dufferin County Scholarship Program

The County of Dufferin offers the Bill Hill Scholarship Program, which consists of five one-time $2 500 scholarships.  The program is intended to recognize outstanding Dufferin County students who will be pursuing post-secondary education and/or training.  One scholarship will be awarded for each of the following areas: Science & Technology, Business & Social Sciences, Agriculture, Arts (Fine arts & Liberal arts), and Skilled Trades.  Click here for more information about the application process or talk to a Guidance Counsellor.  Scholarship applications are also available in the scholarship folder in the Lion’s Den.  Deadline: May 31, 2019

Did you know that Centre Dufferin receives a copy of “The Scholarship Report”?

The Scholarship Report is an online newsletter for high school guidance counsellors and students. It features current national and provincial scholarship listings as well as helpful tips in the search for all forms of postsecondary funding. Information on University/College Open Houses, application deadlines and fees, the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and other material pertinent to the graduating high school student is also provided.  Pick up a copy of The Scholarship Report in the Lion’s Den beside Guidance.

Did you know that colleges and universities have Financial Aid Offices?

All colleges and universities have their own scholarships, bursaries and grants – some program specific and some not. Visit the colleges’ and universities’ websites to see what each has to offer.

There are two kinds of support: 1) Entrance – which students apply for as a new student to the school before starting their studies  2) In-course – which students apply for once enrolled in and attending the school. There are many large in-course scholarships and bursaries so students should continue to seek information on these from the Students’ Financial Aid Office at their post-secondary school. Click here for a list of financial aid office contact information for colleges & universities. 

Would you like to know more about OSAP?

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Click here to visit the OSAP website. An OSAP workshop take place in the spring.

Listen to announcements for date/time!

Useful Financial Aid Websites

Scholarship Tips – 

Yconic –

Scholarships Canada –

Scholar Tree –

School Finder –

Ontario Universities – University Entrance Scholarships & Bursaries

Ontario Colleges – Paying for College

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) –