External Awards & Funding

A source for interactive information & tools designed to help you save, plan & pay for post-secondary education. To learn more visit the Government of Canada Student Financial Assistance website.

Canada Learning Bond

  • The Canada Learning Bond offers $500 to help you start saving for your child’s education after high school
  • Your child could get an additional $100 every year until they turn 15 years old to a maximum of $2,000
  • The Canada Learning Bond does not require any parent contribution
  • For more information, visit VIU Canada Learning Bond

Employment and Social Development Canada

  • Funding programs from Employment and Social Development Canada are government grants and contributions to help support jobs, training, and social development

Higher Ed Points

Help fund your Education with Aeroplan Miles

  • Turn Aeroplan loyalty program points (earned by you, your parents, friends or any other nice people you know) into tuition credits
  • Use your student number to apply credits
  • For more information, visit Higher Ed Points 

Project Hero

This unique program, which was started in 2009 by retired General Rick Hillier and Honorary Lt. Colonel Kevin Reed, provides undergraduate scholarships to children of fallen soldiers. Commencing in September 2009, many of Canada's finest colleges and universities are offering tuition, and in some cases, support with room and board in the first year, to children of Canadian Forces personnel who have lost their lives while serving in an active mission.


  • A dependent of a Canadian Forces personnel, deceased while serving in an active mission

  • Under the age of twenty-six

  • Registered as a full-time undergraduate student at a university, in a program of study eligible for funding by the Province of the location of school

  • Meet the academic requirements for entry to the academic program for which the recipient applies and maintain satisfactory academic standing in the program

If you meet the above criteria, complete the Project Hero Application Form and submit to the VIU Financial Aid & Awards Office. There is no deadline for this application.

Eligibility to the scholarship program of Canadian Forces personnel deceased while serving in an active mission will be determined by Canadian Forces criteria.

Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC)

SWAAC promotes female leadership in Canadian universities, colleges and technical institutes.

Transfer Awards

Students transferring to the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, or Simon Fraser University are advised to contact the Financial Aid & Awards office at the respective institution as each have many "in-house" scholarships and bursaries, some of which are specifically designated for students transferring from regional colleges or universities.

Irving K. Barber Scholarships


Up to 160 scholarships of $5,000 each are available to students who have completed at least one year of full-time study and must transfer to another public post-secondary institution in BC to complete their degree. Please note, GPA and residency criteria have been changed - see website for full details


Awards of $1,000 to $5,000 are available to BC residents of Aboriginal ancestry who have been active in their school or community and who are planning to study in a certificate, diploma, degree, or approved trades / apprenticeship program.


Awards of $5,000 are available to Aboriginal students registered in a teacher education program at a BC University, which leads to certification by the BC Teachers' Council. This includes programs leading to a Developmental Standard Term Certificate in First Nations Language and Culture.

*Deadline Extension

Please be advised that due to ongoing COVID-19 impacts – including the ability of students to complete online applications and secure required references -  the deadline to apply for 2020 Indigenous Student Awards – all Programs – has been extended to May 29, 2020.

For applications and information regarding the One World, Pacific Horizons or Premiers International Scholarships, please visit the Irving K. Barber site.

W.L. Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships

Two classes of Mackenzie King Scholarships are available to graduates of Canadian universities to support graduate study.


Available to graduates of Canadian universities to pursue graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere.  One Open Scholarship is awarded each year. The value has recently been about $10,000 but it is subject to change.


Available to graduates of Canadian universities to pursue graduate study in the United States or the United Kingdom in areas of international relations or industrial relations. Recently four scholarships of $11,000 each have been awarded annually but the number and the amount are subject to change. 

For availability and deadlines of these scholarships, please check the Mackenzie King website

Additional External Scholarship & Award Links

Check out these popular award links for organizations in Canada.

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