Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation

The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation is a private, independent organization created by an act of the Parliament of Canada in 1998. It received an initial endowment of $2.5 billion from the federal government to provide awards annually for ten years. The foundation distributes $325 million in the form of bursaries and scholarships each year throughout Canada in support of post-secondary education. As well, the foundation conducts research into post-secondary access, via the Millennium Research Program. The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation was created by an Act of Parliament in 1998 by the then Liberal government under Jean Chrétien. Branded as Canada's way to marking the new millennium, the Foundation was endowed with CAD$2.5 billion and was given the mandate to 1) improve access to post-secondary education for all Canadians, especially those facing economic or social barriers, to 2) encourage a high level of student achievement and engagement in Canadian society; and to 3) build a national alliance of organizations and individuals around a shared post-secondary agenda. Since 2000, the Foundation has delivered more than half a million bursaries and scholarships worth more than $1.5 billion to students across Canada. Its two best-known scholarship programs are:
* The Millennium Bursary Program, which targets students with the greatest financial need.
* The Millennium Excellence Award Program, which provides scholarships based on merit (including leadership, innovation, academic achievement and community service). Separate sets of awards are provided to entrance and in-course post-secondary students.
Millennium Bursary Program
The Millennium Bursary Program represents 95% of the awards distributed by the Foundation. The value of the Foundation's millennium bursaries is approximately $3,000 on average, but may range from $1,000 to $4,993.
 Millennium Excellence
The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation also issued merit-based scholarships through its Millennium Excellence Awards Program to deserving youths entering post-secondary studies for the first time. Laureates of these awards all exhibited excellence in community involvement, innovation, leadership and academic achievement. The MEAP was unique because of its Canada-wide reach - whether a student lives in a major metropolitan area or in a remote village, anyone can apply and be evaluated based on their contribution to their community. Excellence Awards represented only 5% of the total scholarship sum awarded by the Foundation. More than 10 000 Excellence Awards have been issued since 2000. The MEAP provides laureates with more than a cheque. Laureates were invited to participate in regional or national conferences hosted by the Foundation. Laureates also had access to project seed money through the Millennium Grants Program. The Excellence Awards are divided into two groups, the Entrance Awards geared towards students entering their first year of post-secondary education, and the In-Course Awards for those already enrolled in post-secondary studies.
Entrance Awards
As of 2008, there are three different levels of Entrance Awards:
* Local awards: one-time awards of $4,000
* Provincial/territorial awards: $16,000 award, disbursed in annual allotments
* National awards: $20,000 award, disbursed in annual allotments
 In-Course Awards
As of 2008, there are three different level of In-Course Awards
* Up to 100 awards of $5,000, renewable for up to one additional year, for a total of $10,000
* Up to 200 awards of $4,000, renewable for up to one additional year, for a total of $8,000
* Up to 900 one-time awards of $4,000.
Millennium Research Program
The Millennium Research Program was launched in 2001 to assist the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation in carrying out its mandate to improve access to post-secondary education in Canada and provide students with the educational opportunities they need to prepare themselves for the future. The Research Program advances the study of barriers to post-secondary education and the impact of policies and programs designed to alleviate them. It ensures that policy-making and public discussion about opportunities in higher education in Canada can be informed by rigorous analysis and empirical evidence.
Dissolution and Legacy
In February 2008, the Conservative government led by Stephen Harper decided not to renew the CMSF at the end of its 10 year mandate. Instead, the federal government replaced the foundation with a new Canada Student Grants Program, which will distribute $350 million dollars per year to post-secondary education students. Much controversy has come to light since the government has announced this program, in which 250,000 students will now benefit per year, as opposed to the approximately 100,000 that are receiving money from the CMSF. Although the amount of money that the federal government will be putting towards post-secondary education has not changed dramatically, the average student receiving money will decrease from about $3000 per year, to about $1250 per year. Before the decision was made Canada's two largest national post-secondary student organizations, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), took two dramatically different views on the fund's future. While CASA fully endorsed the foundation's renewal, on the basis that non-renewal would constitute a significant cut to student financial assistance,[1] the CFS had called for the organization to be replaced with a system of grants based purely on financial need. Ironically, after the announcement was made, CFS president Amanda Aziz noted in an interview with Canwest that the new grant program is just “splitting the same amount of grant money among more students”. The Millennium Excellence Awards Program, the merit-based component of the scholarship program, was not renewed, thus ending one of the two Canada-wide merit scholarships in existence, with only the Loran Scholarship remaining. However, as of 2009, alumni of the MEAP founded the Millennium Network, a non-profit organization that is part alumni association, part community action group that aims to help build capacity of existing community actors.

Blake-Kirkpatrick Scholarship

The Blake-Kirkpatrick scholarship is Atlantic Canada's largest undergraduate scholarship, and is awarded to four students each year by the University of New Brunswick. It was established in 2004 by the university's chancellor, Richard Currie. The scholarship has been renamed the Currie Undergraduate Scholarship.
Applicants should submit an essay (not less than 250 words) to the Selection Committee giving evidence of their leadership capabilities, including (but not limited to) school and extracurricular activities. Also required in the essay is evidence of overcoming barriers or difficult situations. Applications not meeting all three criteria will automatically be disregarded.
Value of the Scholarship
The value of the scholarship used to depend on the university program chosen by the winner. However, since the Engineering programs have been reduced to four years, the value of the scholarship remains constant from program to program.
Each scholarship winner is awarded $50,000 over four (4) years as follows:
* Year 1: $15,000
* Year 2: $13,000
* Year 3: $12,000
* Year 4: $10,000
Selection Committee
The selection committee consists of:
* Mrs. C. Elizabeth Meier, B.A. ‘71, M.Sc. ‘75, B.Sc.N. ‘86;
* Rev. James W. Golding L.Th. ‘63;
* and Dr. Earle W. Wood, B.Sc. ‘59, BEd ‘66, M.A. ‘69, LL.D. ‘98.

Canadian Francophonie Scholarships Program

The AUCC has been the executing agency of the Canadian Francophonie Scholarship Program (CFSP) since July 1, 2006. The Government of Canada funds the CFSP program in its entirety. CFSP is a scholarship program which builds institutional capacities by training nationals of 37 developing countries of La Francophonie. The program is administered by the Canadian Partnership Branch of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Association of Universities of the Canadian Francophonie (known by the acronym AUFC for its French name, "Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne") promotes university education in minority francophone communities in Canada, through cooperation between its member institutions. In the community it serves, each member institution plays a crucial role in cultural, social and economic development. The Association represents its member institutions on topics of mutual interest before the Government of Canada, national and international organizations.

The association is made up of the following 13 institutions which promote university education within minority francophone communities in Canada:[1]

* Campus Saint-Jean, of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta
* Institut français, of the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan
* Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface in Winnipeg, Manitoba
* Université de Hearst in Hearst, Ontario
* Université laurentienne in Sudbury, Ontario
* Université de Sudbury in Sudbury, Ontario
* Collège universitaire Glendon in Toronto, Ontario
* Collège militaire royal du Canada in Kingston, Ontario
* Université d'Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario
* Univerité Saint-Paul in Ottawa, Ontario
* Collège universitaire dominicain in Ottawa, Ontario
* Université de Moncton in Moncton, New Brunswick
* Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point, Nova Scotia

Most of these institutions were founded by members of the Catholic clergy to serve isolated Francophone communities. While some institutions maintain religious missions, others have assumed specialized vocations such as the Royal Military College of Canada.

While some member institutions only offer study programs in French, others are bilingual (English/French). Some of the institutions are located in small Francophone communities while others are located in heavily populated Francophone areas.

The office of the association is located at: 260, rue Dalhousie, bureau 400 Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7E4

Local scholarships

It is typical for persons to find scholarships in their home region. Information on these can be found by asking local persons and organizations. Typically, these are less competitive as the eligible population is smaller.

* Guidance counselors: When starting to explore scholarship opportunities, most high school students check with their guidance counselors. They can be a reliable resource for local scholarships.
* Non-profits and charitable trusts: Most non-profit organizations have at some point of their history founded scholarships for prospective students. The Good Schools Guide, a guide to schools in the UK, states "Charitable grant-making trusts can help in cases of genuine need," and goes on to outline several instances where this may be the case, including an "unforeseen family disaster" and a "need for special education".
* Community foundations: Many counties and cities and regions have a local foundation dedicated to giving money in the form of grants and scholarships to people and organizations in the area.
* Music teachers: Some music teachers offer reduced-cost or free lessons to help low-income children gain access to an arts education. In addition, some local non-profits provide free music classes to youths.
* Foundations: Certain foundations in the United States offer scholarships for entrepreneurial endeavors.
* Trade union|Labor/trade unions: Major unions often offer scholarships for members and their dependent children.[citation needed]
* Houses of worship: The local house of worship may or may not have any scholarships for their members, but the religious organization or headquarters may have some available. Of course, theology study is highly encouraged.
* Chamber of commerce: Many chambers of commerce offer (usually small) grants to students in the community, especially those planning on careers in business and public service. Even if they do not offer any themselves, one can usually get a listing of members, and many of them may offer small scholarships to local students.
* Other volunteer organizations: Many organizations offer scholarships or award grants to students whose background or chosen field overlaps the field of the organization. For example, local chapters of professional societies may help the studies of exceptionally distinguished students of the region. Similarly, charity organizations may offer help, especially if the late parent of the student was a member of the organization (e.g., a Masonic lodge might help the orphan of a lodge brother.) This kind of scholarship is mostly ad hoc.
* School: Old, well-known schools are often endowed with scholarship funds.
* University: Old, well-established universities may have funds to finance the studies of extremely talented students of little means. To be eligible, a student often must belong to some special category or be among a nation's best. However, universities have information available on scholarships and grants, possibly even internship opportunities.
* PSAT/NMSQT: In the United States, students are offered the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT test, usually in their junior year of high school. Not only does it help them to prepare for the SAT later on, but National Merit Scholarship programs are determined, in the first step, by the scores received on the PSAT/NMSQT test. Some private scholarship programs require applicants to take the PSAT.
* Disabilities: Students with disabilities may be able to apply for awards intended for people with disabilities. This may be disabilities in general or in relation to a specific disability.

Other sources of information on scholarships are libraries, newspapers, the yellow pages, and Internet search engines.

Scholarships Types

A scholarship is an award of financial aid for a student to further education. Scholarships are awarded on various criteria usually reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award.

The most common scholarships may be classified as:

* Merit-based: These awards are based on a student's athletic, academic, artistic or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant's community service record and extracurricular activities. The most common merit-based scholarships, awarded by either private organizations or directly by a student's intended college, recognize academic achievement or high scores on the ACT and SAT standardized tests.
* Need-based: These awards are based on the student and family's financial record and will require applicants to fill out a FAFSA to qualify if the scholarship is a federal award. Private need-based scholarships will also often require the results of a FAFSA, which calculates a student's financial need through a formula looking at the expected family contribution and cost of attendance at the intended college.
* Student-specific: These are scholarships where applicants must initially qualify by race, gender, religion, family and medical history, or many other student-specific factors. Minority scholarships are the most common awards in this category, and not all are based in the United States. For example, students in Canada may qualify for a number of aboriginal scholarships, whether they study at home or abroad.
* Career-specific: These are scholarships awarded by a college or university to students planning to pursue a specific field of study. Often the most generous awards are given to students pursuing careers in high-need areas such as education or nursing. Nursing students are in high demand, and many schools will give future nurses full scholarships to enter the field, especially if the student intends to work in a high-need community.

Some scholarships have a "bond" requirement. Recipients may be required to work for a particular employer for a specified period of time or to work in rural or remote areas; otherwise they may be required to repay the value of the support they received from the scholarship. This is particularly the case with education and nursing scholarships for people prepared to work in rural and remote areas. The programs offered by the uniformed services of the United States (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration commissioned corps, and Public Health Service Commissioned Corps) sometimes resemble such scholarships.