The CICan Paul and Gerri Charette Bursary Program provides financial support to students who demonstrate financial need and often face greater challenges and barriers to participate and complete post-secondary education.
Note: This must be the first time that the student will be attending a post-secondary institution.
- The student is enrolled full time in the first or second year of a multi-year program at a CICan member institution.
- The student must be a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant, permanent resident, or a protected person.
- Students attending colleges or institutes in rural, remote, or northern areas will be given preference for the 10 bursaries of up to $5,000 each.
- Students must contact the registrar office of the college or institute where they are enrolled by September 22, 2023 in order to express their interest and justify their need for financial support.
Institutions must submit an application on behalf of their student by Friday, October 27, 2023.
- Endorsement letter: the endorsement letter presents a great opportunity to highlight the student.
- Application questions: supply data-driven responses when possible, and always keep the focus on the application to help the reviewer understand the key element(s) being highlighted.
- Testimonials: use these three opportunities to provide multiple points of view by requesting a testimonial from both campus and community leaders, and from different levels and/or departments within the campus.
- Student essay: This essay holds weight with reviewers so be specific, be clear, and be bold! Please remember to focus on the following:
- financial need;
- challenges and barriers to attending a college or institute;
- community involvement.
Each submission will be reviewed by a national committee of regional representatives from CICan member institutions whose positions are directly related to student services: e.g. registrars, academic counsellors, vice-presidents.
Bursary application reviews will be based on the demonstration of:
- financial need
- challenges and barriers to attending a college or institute
- impact that the bursary will have on the ability to attend a college or institute
- community involvement
Colleges and Institutes Canada will inform the President’s Office of the status of the application by Monday, November 27, 2023. The first bursary disbursement will be done by December 15, 2023.