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Financial awards for Black and African Nova Scotian students

Mashud Zebo, an NSCC graduate, stands in front of the green wall at Institute of Technology Campus and smiles.

Through the generosity of our donors and partners, NSCC offers more than $3 million in student awards, scholarships and bursaries each year to help with cost of living expenses, tuition, books and College fees. Some awards are specific to communities (such as Black and African Nova Scotian students), campuses and programs, and/or year of study. Many are open to both new and returning students.

How to find awards and apply

  • Current students and confirmed applicants can apply through our student awards portal.
  • To be matched with awards, applicants must complete the general application.
  • Apply just once through the portal to be matched with all the awards you’re eligible for. The more details you include in the portal's general application, the more accurate the matching process will be.
  • Award cycles (these are what we call the timeframes you can apply for the awards you’ve been matched with) take place in spring and fall, but it's totally okay to submit a general application outside of these cycles. The awards you’re eligible for will be put in your cart (so to speak) for you to apply for individually once the cycles open. Learn more about NSCC award cycles.
  • Prospective students can apply for a select number of awards before applying to NSCC.

Awards, scholarships and bursaries

There are seven dedicated awards, scholarships and bursaries for Black and African Nova Scotian students. Click on each award in the list below to learn more – if you’re starting/returning in fall 2023, you'll be able to apply once the spring award cycle opens in March.

Note that the awards in this list may have additional eligibility criteria such as program, academic load and/or year of study (to name a few).

Archy Beals Legacy Award
4 awards available at $1,000 each. (2 in spring, 2 in fall)

Black and African Nova Scotian Cost of Living Bursaries
30 awards available at $500 each.

Daurene Lewis Memorial Award
1 award available at $1,000.

The African Nova Scotian Music Association Award
1 award available at $1,500.

The Black Empowerment to Success Award
2 awards available at $1,000 each.

The Possibilities Award, presented by The PREP Academy
4 awards available at $4,000 each.

The Women Innovating in Nova Scotia (WINS) Bursary
2 awards available at $1,500 each.

There are many more awards open to equity seeking groups that Black and African Nova Scotian students are eligible for as well.


For information on NSCC scholarships, bursaries and awards, visit or contact us Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm: