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Greater Essex County District School Board
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Scholarships and Bursaries

Bursaries/Scholarships – Application for GECDSB Awards

Students use an online tool to apply for the Greater Essex County District School Board bursaries and scholarships:​

When the applicatio​n is completed online, students must still print the paper copy, have their parent/guardian add the household income and sign and date the application, then return it to Guidance. 

Below is a link to a video tutorial on how students use the scholarships and bursaries application:​

The online tool provides students with:

  • Easy application
  • Ability to save the application (and work on it again later)
  • Ability to print (parents/guardians will include household income, sign and date the paper copy)

Please note:

  • The Robert Little and Debra Deane Little Scholarship, most generously, is offered to 7 GECDSB graduating students at a value of $10,000 per year, for up to 4 years of post-secondary studies at a Canadian university
  • Students must include 2 letters of reference when applying for the Robert Little and Debra Deane Little Scholarship


  • The deadline for bursary/scholarship paper applications to be submitted to the Guidance office at the secondary school is: Friday, April 3, 2020 - by the end of the school day
  • Students need to ensure that their submission to Guidance is complete (i.e., printed paper copy of application form, includes household income, signed and dated by parent/guardian)

Need help? Contact Natalie Middleton Bondy, Teacher Consultant – Guidance/Student Success​, 519-255-3200 ext. 10211


The Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB) is committed to providing students with information on the many scholarships and bursaries for which they may apply. The financial aid provided through these scholarships and bursaries can help make post-secondary education more affordable.
  • Some awards are based on academic achievement. However, many awards are based on leadership ability, community involvement and a variety of other criteria.
  • A searchable database of scholarships and bursaries is available to GECDSB students. Some of these awards are national or provincial in nature, but many are local and available only to GECDSB students. 
  • Many secondary schools have awards, bursaries and scholarships that are unique to the specific school. That is, only students attending a given school may apply for certain school-specific awards. Check with your Guidance Counsellor for a list of such awards.
  • Please note that some of the applications require transcripts, letters of reference, etc. Many of these documents take a week or more to acquire, so please make the requests for transcripts and letters well before the scholarship or bursary application deadline.
  • Although the database is curated by the GECDSB, the Board is not responsible for content.
  • Scholarships and bursary organizations change requirements, deadlines, award amounts, criteria and websites periodically. In some cases, awards may be cancelled. Be sure to check that the organization's information is up-to-date.
Click below to access a list of some of the scholarships and bursaries available to students.
(Please note that this list of bursaries./scholarships is updated on an ongoing basis. Content expires and is revised periodically.)​
Scholarship & Financial Aid Resources