Student awards, scholarships and bursaries
We offer scholarships, bursaries and awards that add up to over $2 million in student support each year.
Some awards are specific to a campus, program or year of study, and many are open to both new and returning students.
Awards are based on a variety of criteria:
- Financial need
- Demonstrated leadership
- Volunteer experience
- Career interests
- Academic standing
Awards for current students and confirmed applicants
Current students and those who have a confirmed seat in a program can apply for student awards through our Student Awards Portal.
Awards for prospective students
Financial support can play a big role in making the decision to apply for a program. We have student awards available for those who have an interest in attending NSCC, but haven't yet applied.
Below are several awards and bursaries available for prospective students to apply for prior to admission to NSCC. Follow the links to review eligibility criteria and application instructions.
- Arnold D. Johnson Sr. Award for Water Resources - $3,600 value (one award distributed annually)
The Arnold D. Johnson Sr. Award for Water Resources supports Indigenous African Nova Scotian students entering Environmental Engineering Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology programs at the Ivany campus.
- Children of Promise Bursary - full tuition value (one award distributed annually)
The Children of Promise Bursary has been established to support students who were children under the care of the former Children's Aid Society of Cape Breton-Victoria or the Nova Scotia Department of Community Service and any successor organizations.
- Donald R. Sobey Award - $5,000 value (50 awards distributed annually, including renewables)
The Donald R. Sobey Award supports individuals who are facing financial challenges and who, without this support, would not be able to attend College. The application includes a referral from a Nova Scotia community agency.
- jipuktuk etli apatua'timk Award - $4,000 value (one award distributed annually)
The jipuktuk etli apatua'timk Award supports First Nations, Métis and Inuit students entering the Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology, or Mechanical Engineering Technology Programs.
- Morton Simmonds Educational Scholarship - $3,000 value (one award annually)
The Morton Simmonds Educational Scholarship supports African Nova Scotian and Indigenous students interested in the Criminal Justice program.
- NSCC Post Care Free Tuition Bursary - $4,000 value (10 awards distributed annually)
The NSCC Post Care Free Tuition Bursary supports those who have lived in care in the Nova Scotia child welfare system — including Mi’kmaw Family and Children’s Services of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children — or have been in receipt of services through the Department of Community Services, Services for Youth Program.
Applications for prospective student awards/bursaries are open year-round and offers are made on an ongoing basis. Awards offered to prospective students are conditional on admission into an NSCC program within a specified time frame.
Jordan Bernard received the Marie J. Hayward Memorial Scholarship. He studies Pipe Trades at IT Campus.
Chrissy Crowley studies Business at Marconi Campus. She received the Verschuren Family Bursary, the COVID-19 Online Learning Internet Bursary and the CiCan Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary.
Margaret Crawley studies Early Childhood Education at Akerley Campus. She’s the recipient of the Donald R. Sobey Award, the BMO Change Maker Bursary, the Harrison McCain Foundation Bursary and the Gordon Latter Memorial Bursary.