Awards and scholarships

Each year ACAD connects students with hundreds of thousands of dollars in bursaries, awards, scholarships, and prizes to help fund their studies. Check out all the various awards available to help make your career dreams come true!

What awards can I apply for?

There are dozens of scholarships and awards you can apply for through ACAD’s Awards Advisory Committee, plus a number of external awards.

What are the different award types and what do they mean?

Automatic Awards don’t require an application form – you’re automatically entered based on your academic performance in the previous academic year, or merit of your work.

Competitive Awards require applications and are based on stated criteria and selected by faculty or award committees.

Bursaries are awards based primarily on financial need.

Prizes are awards in the form of books, supplies, medals, plaques, subscriptions or gift certificates.

Entrance Awards don’t require an application form. They are available to students entering ACAD for the first time and are applied as tuition credit. 

How do I apply?

To be eligible for most awards administered by ACAD’s Awards program, students must be enrolled as full-time (minimum 9 credit per semester) degree students at ACAD, unless otherwise stated. Exceptions are ACAD Entrance Scholarships. Students with documented disabilities that require a reduced course load may be considered full-time students when enrolled in 6 credits.

Recipients of all awards must maintain full-time enrollment at ACAD through the upcoming fall and winter semesters (unless award is for a 4th year graduating student).

External awards have their own criteria, requirements, and deadlines, so be sure to research these independently.

Applying for ACAD scholarships and awards

  1. Log into Slideroom and select the awards you would like to apply. 
  2. Begin application and upload all supporting documentation (images, statement, etc.) into Slideroom
  3. Awards and Scholarships are offered in both Fall and Winter semesters. Fall Deadline: Oct 1st  and Winter Deadline: Feb 1st. Fall Semester Awards and Scholarships cannot be applied until September 1st and Winter Semester Awards and Bursaries cannot be applied until December 22nd .  

Applying for ACAD bursaries

  1. Log into Slideroom and select the bursaries you would like to apply. 
  2. Begin application and upload all supporting documentation (images, statement, etc.) into Slideroom
  3. Bursaries are offered in both Fall and Winter semesters.  Fall Deadline: Oct 1st  and Winter Deadline: Feb 1st. Fall Semester Bursaries cannot be applied until September 1st and Winter Bursaries cannot be applied until December 22nd .  

Applying for ACAD entrance scholarships

Applications are now available for Fall 2016 Entrance Scholarships through SlideRoom. The ACAD Awards Committee will be notifying successful applicants after October 1.

Applying for external scholarships

Research and apply for any external awards you feel you may be eligible for, and follow the instructions for each award. Deadlines vary, so be sure to do your research.

What are some important things to know about applying for awards?

  • Government-based student funding could be affected by receipt of award money.
  • If you have outstanding fees owing to ACAD, these fees will be deducted from your award money.
  • The College assumes liability for the payment of scholarships, bursaries, prizes and awards only to the extent that gifts from donors or returns from investments for these purposes will permit.
  • ACAD reserves the right to make any changes to its awards program that circumstance may require, including the cancellation or addition of awards, or amendments to existing awards.
  • ACAD reserves the right to release pertinent information regarding award recipients to applicable funding bodies or award donors.
  • ACAD will issue a T-4A statement of other income to student award recipients.

Undergraduate

We have over a hundred awards, scholarships and bursaries available to students in all years and in all majors to help make your creative dreams become a reality.

Entrance

Available to students entering ACAD for the first time - these awards are applied as tuition credit.

External awards

Students are encouraged to explore other sources of funding to cover their expenses while attending ACAD. Check out the links to learn about award opportunities outside the College.

Graduate

All MFA in Craft Media applicants will automatically be considered for entrance scholarships, based on the merit of their applications. You do not need to apply for these awards.