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All you need to know about Scholarships from CCSAI

By Zainab Chunawala

Making plans to finance your education is challenging!
It is important to be informed and remain in the loop with financial aid that is available to Centennial students. There are multiple options for scholarships awarded to offset some of these costs and ease the stress that comes with tuition, books and living expenses.

Penny Kirlik, Executive Director of the CCSAI, explains the different scholarships offered from the Student Association.

“Each year, 6 different kinds of scholarships are offered by the CCSAI adding up to the amount of $75,000 for domestic students and $30,000 for international students. These awards are distributed based on certain criteria in the amount of $1000 to $2000 each.”

All students-both domestic and international are encouraged to fill out the Doorway to Dollars Questionnaire each semester. This survey is available on your home page of MyCentennial. It is important to fill in the information correctly since that determines your eligibility. You will then receive an invitation to apply for these scholarships.

Kirlik explains the criteria for receiving these scholarships, “The eligibility differs depending on the scholarship, but the basic requirement for all is a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 while some also require a GPA of 4.0 and above. Most scholarships are open to all students, whereas some are specific to international students, citizens, permanent residents, and protected persons. It is important to note that recipients cannot receive more than one CCSAI scholarship within each academic year.”

In addition to these endowments by CCSAI, the college also has a completely different set of scholarships that are awarded each year. The schools that your program of study falls under, such as the School of Business, School of Communications, Media, etc, also have their own donors that issue multiple scholarships worth $1000 to $3000 each. Overall, there are over 50 scholarships and many have up to eight awards given through each of these scholarships. It is therefore very important that you fill out the Doorway to Dollars Questionnaire each semester accurately and keep an eye out in your MyCentennial inbox for your invitation to apply for the scholarships you get shortlisted for. The deadline for Summer is June 15, 2019.

More information about the college scholarships can be found at www.centennialcollege.ca/financial-aid/application-scholarships-and-awards

For any further any questions you may have, you can reach out to the Financial Aid office financialaidquestions@centennialcollege.ca.

Name

Awarded Amount

No. of scholarships
awarded each year

Eligibility

CCSAI Excellence in Academics and Leadership

$2000 each

5 scholarships
for domestic students

5 scholarships
for international students

• Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.8
• Must be enrolled full-time
• Must demonstrate financial need (Domestic students only) Tell us, giving at least 2 examples, how you have demonstrated leadership in your community and/or in your program.
(250-450 words)

CCSAI Academic and Leadership Scholarship

$1000 each

5 scholarships
for domestic students

5 scholarships
for international students

• Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.8
• Must be enrolled full-time
• Must demonstrate financial need (Domestic students only) Tell us, giving at least 2 examples, how you have demonstrated leadership in your community and/or in your program.
(250-450 words)

CCSAI Academic Merit Scholarship

$1000 each

5 scholarships
for domestic students

5 scholarships
for international students

• Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 4.0
• Must be enrolled full-time
• Must demonstrate financial need (Domestic students only)

CCSAI Achievement Scholarship

$1000 each

5 scholarships
for domestic students

5 scholarships
for international students

• Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
• Must be enrolled full-time
• Must demonstrate financial need (Domestic students only)

Tell us, giving at least 2 examples, what you have learned about yourself since beginning your program at Centennial College, and how you are using knowledge/information this to help you achieve your educational or career goals.

CCSAI Scholarship

$1000 each

50 scholarships
for domestic students only

• Scholarships will be distributed equally across the groups identified below:
• Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
• Must be enrolled full-time Must demonstrate financial need
• Must self identify as sole-support parent, Indigenous,
First Generation, or CSD

CCSAI Scholarship

$1000 each

5 scholarships
for international students only

• Sole-support parent
• Registered with CAL (Previously CSD)
• Women in skilled trades (non-traditional career)
• LGBTQ+
• Live in a designated priority neighborhood
• No financial need required

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