Awards FAQs

About the Awards
Award Eligibility
The Application & Selection Process
About the Awards
  • Who funds these awards?
  • Most of the awards are established with the help of the NSCC Foundation. Donors include employees, current students, board members, service clubs, individuals, corporations, small businesses, foundations, alumni, and others.

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  • What is the difference between a scholarship and a bursary?
  • Scholarships are typically awarded based on academic merit while bursaries usually place an emphasis on student financial need. In both cases, however, other components may be included based on criteria set by the award donor such as community/volunteer involvement, career goals, etc.

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  • Are student awards taxable?
  • NSCC is required to issue T4As to all students who have received awards valued at $500 or more cumulatively within the calendar year. NSCC issues the T4A slips in mid-February each year. To comply with Canada Revenue Agency, all student award winners will be required to submit their Social Insurance Numbers to the NSCC Awards Office prior to the award being issued.

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Award Eligibility
  • I'm currently on a waitlist for a program. Can I still be considered for an award?
  • To be considered for an NSCC student award, you must meet all posted criteria of the award(s) that you have applied for on the date the award selection process takes place. If, on the date the selection committee meets, you are still waitlisted for your program, your application will be removed from consideration.

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  • I am registered for winter courses but wish to apply for awards posted in the fall. Am I eligible?
  • Yes, as long as you have paid your admissions confirmation fee and you are not on a waitlist.

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  • I have changed campuses/programs since I applied for my award. Am I still eligible?
  • You might be, but only if the program/campus you are now enrolled in still fits within the overall award criteria. If it does not, you will be deemed ineligible for the award. For further clarification in this situation, students are encouraged to consult with a representative from Student Services or email .

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  • I'm being sponsored by ENS and/or Dept of Community Services. How will a student award affect this sponsorship?
  • Students applying for student awards are encouraged to speak with their caseworker to determine what effect, if any, a financial award will have on your overall sponsorship. Students should also advise caseworkers on the distribution method for awards. Please refer to the question 'If I'm selected for an award, how are the funds distributed?' below.

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  • I am not from Nova Scotia. Can I apply for an award?
  • Yes, unless otherwise specified in the award criteria.

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  • I'm coming from a university. Am I eligible to be considered for entrance/first year awards?
  • Yes, if the award criteria states you can apply. Some entrance/first year awards are for students coming directly from high school only. Those awards will explicitly state this.

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  • I am registered in online courses. Am I eligible to apply for student awards?
  • If you are registered for online courses, you are eligible to apply as long as you meet the specified criteria for the award. When completing your application, you will be asked to select your campus. Online students are asked to indicate the campus administering your program. If you are unsure which campus to select, you can refer to your NSCC admissions letter which can be viewed through your 'MyNSCC' online portal. If you experience issues in determining this information, contact the Student Awards Office.

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  • I am a registered apprentice. Am I eligible to apply for student awards?
  • Most awards are open to students registered in full time NSCC programs only, which excludes students taking apprenticeship courses. However, new awards are created frequently so apprenticeship students are encouraged to check the list of awards from time to time to see whether there are any new opportunities listed for which they might be eligible.

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  • I changed my program and/or want to defer studies for a later date. Can I defer my award?
  • Unless otherwise specified, deferrals of awards won shall not be permitted. A student who changes a program and/or campus after being chosen for award(s) must advise the Student Awards Office immediately. Should the student no longer meet the award criteria, the award shall be forfeited. Awards may not be carried over from term to term should a student defer their studies.

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The Application & Selection Process
  • Why do I have to include my financial information with my application?
  • A large number of student awards are based on financial need. Providing a budget as part of your application allows our selections committees to better understand your financial need.

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  • Will providing additional information/documents help my awards application?
  • Unfortunately no. All awards postings clearly outline what you need to include in your application. As a means of providing a level playing field, any extra materials/forms will be removed from all applications before they are sent along to the selection committee.

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  • How are recipients chosen?
  • For the majority of student awards we form selections committees, made up of volunteers from amongst our staff and faculty, to review applications, assign a score based on pre-defined criteria and make recommendations on who should receive the award(s). If there is no consensus, the committee meets and decides on a unified recommendation. At that point, the recipient's student status is verified and the recipient(s) are notified.

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  • What is the timeline for the selection process?
  • Once the deadline for the award passes, the applications are assembled and distributed to the selections committees for review. In cases where there are a large number of applicants, the applications are pre-screened and shortlisted by Student Awards staff using the award criteria. Once the award recipient is selected, the student's status is verified and a credit note is placed on the student's account. In total, the process can take approximately 4-6 weeks.

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  • How will I be notified if I'm selected?
  • If you are selected as the recipient of an NSCC award, you will be notified by telephone at the contact number included on your application. We will also send a follow up email that will include all of the details you need to know.

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  • If I'm selected for an award, how are the funds distributed?
  • If you are selected as the recipient of an NSCC award, you will be asked to provide your social insurance number for tax purposes, submit a photo of yourself, and complete a student awards reporting form which includes a submission area to thank the donor for your award.  This will be used by the NSCC Foundation for stewardship and future fundraising initiatives. Once you have completed these requirements, the amount of the award will be placed directly on your student account to help cover tuition and College fees. If you do not have an outstanding balance on your account, the credit will remain until the end of the academic year in which it was issued for. At that point you can request a refund or transfer the credit to a future term of study. No refunds will be issued to students who withdraw from the College. Transfers will be considered on a case-by-case basis and requests must be made in writing to .

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  • Will I be notified if my application is unsuccessful?
  • All students applying for awards will be advised at specific points during the process as to the status of their application. This communication is done via email so students are encouraged to add to their list of contacts.

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  • How long should my answer(s) to the essay question(s) be?
  • There is no essay length requirement. It is recommended, however, that your answer(s) be as concise as possible and cover all points outlined in the question. Look at the 'Preparing Your Awards Application' page for hints about what you should include in your answer(s).

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  • Who should I ask to be a reference for my award application?
  • This will be stated in the award posting. Take careful note of who is required to complete the reference on your behalf and what type of reference is required. If completed by the incorrect party or the incorrect reference type is submitted, the application will be considered incomplete. For general references, it is up to you to select an individual who can complete the reference on your behalf. Please note, however, that references completed by family, friends, colleagues and/or peers will not be considered.

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  • Is there a cap on the number of awards I can win?
  • Generally, the value of award(s) any one student can receive is capped at the total value of that student’s program tuition expenses. Awards are also selected in stages with all awards based solely on financial need being selected last. Students are advised that, prior to short listing applications to be considered for financial need awards, Student Awards staff will amend financial need calculations to reflect any/all awards the applicant has won during the first round of the awards process.

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  • I have already submitted an application, but my financial situation has changed and I want to make changes to my application. What should I do?
  • The only way to make changes to your application is to re-submit a new application with the revised information. Anytime a new application is submitted it takes the place of the previous one. If awards are closed, you will not be able to apply any of the changes to your application.

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