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Greater Essex County District School Board
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Scholarships and Bursaries
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 collection 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 or deadlines extended. Be sure to check that the organization's information is up-to-date.
Click below to access our collection 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

Application for GECDSB Internal Awards - 

Beginning in March, graduating students use an online tool to apply for the Greater Essex County District School Board bursaries and scholarships:​

How to apply: Application Tutorial Video

The online tool provides students with:

  • Easy application
  • Ability to save the application (and work on it again later)

Please note:

  • The Robert Little and Debra Deane Little Scholarship, most generously, is offered to 10 GECDSB graduating students at a value of $10,250 per year, for up to 4 years of post-secondary studies at a Canadian university - that's a total of $41,000
  • Students must include ONLY ONE letter of reference from a teacher when applying for the Robert Little and Debra Deane Little Scholarship
  • Students may message a teacher via Edsby to request a reference letter
  • Students will e-mail their letters of reference to [email protected]


  • The deadline for bursary/scholarship applications to be submitted online is: β€‹Friday, April 23rd, 2021 by 4pm 

Need help? 

Contact Natalie Middleton Bondy, Teacher Consultant – Guidance/Student Success​, via Edsby or email: [email protected]