What are Bursaries?

Bursaries are non-repayable, taxable grants issued to students who demonstrate financial need. They supplement other sources of funding such as OSAP, the student’s own resources, and/or those of the parents/spouse.

Who is Eligible?

  • Must be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada, or a Protected Person and;
  • Be registered full-time at Brescia University and;
  • Have shown satisfactory progress in the previous year’s work and;
  • Demonstrate financial need.

Types of Bursaries

General Bursary
Deadline to Apply: October 15th, annually. Students are encouraged to apply early though to assist in their academic year costs. Bursaries also remain available throughout the year.
Application: Coming Soon for 2020-2021
Named Bursaries/Awards/Scholarships
There are a number of additional bursaries/awards that look for more specific criteria and are made available through various Donors to Brescia. Check out the Upper Year Scholarship/Award page for more specific information.
Deadline to Apply: Varies depending on the award. Please check the link above for more information.
Application: Coming Summer 2020, please also refer to individual criteria as you may also need to submit a Personal Profile for some of these awards.
Eleanore Donnelly Award
This $2,000 per year needs-based award is for a mature woman:

  • Working towards her first degree
  • Is renewable for up to four years, provided that the student continues to demonstrate financial need and maintain a 60% average in a minimum of three courses, or 60% of a full course load for the academic year.
  • The recipient must be considered an Ontario resident, as set out in the OSAP residency criteria, and from London or surrounding area.

Deadline to Apply: August 2020
Application: Coming Summer 2020

Ontario First Generation Bursary
The Government of Ontario has allocated the funding to create a bursary fund for First Generation Students through the Ministry’s Access and Opportunities Strategy. This bursary opportunity will provide direct support to students with financial need who are the first in their families to attend post-secondary.
Deadline to Apply: October 15th, annually.
Application: Coming Soon for 2020-2021 
Indigenous Student Bursary
The Government of Ontario has allocated the funding to create a bursary fund to provide direct support to Aboriginal students in financial need to access support to assist in their participation in post-secondary education and training.
Deadline to Apply: October 15th, annually.
Application: Coming Soon for 2020-2021
Senior Citizen Bursary
This bursary is available to senior citizens (if you are 60 years of age of older) who are registered in an undergraduate program/courses at Brescia University. The value shall cover up to the cost of tuition and will be applied directly to outstanding tuition fees.
Deadline to Apply: The application should be submitted prior to the start of classes for the session in which the bursary is required.
Application: Senior Citizen Bursary Application. Please submit applications to The HIVE for review by the Brescia Business Office.
BUCSC Student Opportunity Grant
This grant fund provides assistance to students with fees that they incur throughout the year that are not covered by other scholarships or award initiatives, but still place a significant burden on students with constrained financial resources. There are specific initiatives that this fund supports, that are outlined in Section 2.4 of the BUCSC Student Opportunity Grant Fund Policy. Please read this before you apply.

Application: BUCSC Student Opportunity Grant Application. Please submit applications to the HIVE for review by the Financial Aid Office.

Bursary for Students with Disabilities
This bursary provides up to $2,000 per academic year for students with permanent or temporary disabilities who require education-related services or equipment, such as tutors, note-takers, interpreters, braillers or technical aids, that are directly related to their disability. If you qualify for this bursary program, please make an appointment with Western’s Student Development Centre for assistance with the application. For more information visit the BSWD page on the OSAP website.