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TD Scholarships for Community Leadership

Are you making a difference? You may qualify for a scholarship.

Applications are now closed for this year. Applications for 2015 will be available in September 2014.

Community heroes do good work because they are inspired to, not for the recognition

Unique in Canada, the TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are designed to recognize the achievements of youth who are making a difference and help them realize their educational goals. After all, today’s community-minded students are tomorrow’s leaders.

Have you made your community a better place? Then we want to hear from you. You may qualify for one of our Community Scholarships.

What are the TD Scholarships?

Twenty TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are awarded to students in their last year of high school or CEGEP (in Quebec) who have demonstrated leadership in improving their community. Each scholarship has a value of up to $70,000 and includes:

  • Up to $10,000 for tuition per year
  • $7,500 a year for living expenses

Helping you build connections

But that’s not all. These scholarships also help you make connections that could last a lifetime, including:

  • Offers paid summer employment
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Annual gatherings, networking opportunities and more

What is “community leadership”?

We’re interested in hearing from students who have demonstrated consistent and outstanding dedication to solving a community problem or making their community a better place. For example, you may be cleaning up the environment, promoting social justice, or fighting child poverty. Check out what some of the past scholarship recipients have done to improve their community.

How are the winners chosen?

We carefully review all applications, taking into consideration not only each applicant’s contributions to the community but also their personal circumstances and any special challenges they may have faced along the way.

We then select up to 80 finalists from across five regions:

  • Atlantic Canada
  • Quebec
  • Ontario
  • Prairie Provinces/Northwest Territories/Nunavut
  • British Columbia/Yukon

Regional selection panels (made up of prominent community members) then interview the finalists. Each region will have at least two scholarship recipients and 20 scholarships will be awarded across Canada (provided there are qualified applicants)

TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are open to students across Canada who:

  • Have demonstrated community leadership
  • Are in final year of high school or CEGEP (in Quebec)
  • Have a miniumum overall grade average of 75% in their most recently completed school year

Deadline
(2014/2015 school year): Early December 2014


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Past Recipients

Young Canadians like those seen here have made a meaningful impact in their communities. Learn more about how they have improved their communities.

Crystal Gao

Crystal Gao

Commited to gender equality.

Daniel Skanes

Daniel Skanes

Delivered leadership training to youth.

Hoda Mahdi

Hoda Mahdi

Founded club to help youth overcome bullying.

Nike Valeus

Nike Valeus

Developed support network for students of African descent.

Alex Vandal-Milette

Alex Vandal-Milette

Launched a fair trade project.

Anne-Lou McNeil Gauthier

Anne-Lou McNeil Gauthier

Mentored an immigrant child.

Hailey Samm Laxer

Hailey Samm Laxer

Promoted political awareness and voting among students.

Innosar Issakiark

Innosar Issakiark

Shared positive messages with youth through the arts.

Jessica Peters

Jessica Peters

Founded a club centered on helping others.

Jocelyn Davis

Jocelyn Davis

Founded a youth group dedicated to social justice.

Kathleen Irwin

Kathleen Irwin

Organized club to promote inclusion of students with developmental disabilities.

Kush Thaker

Kush Thaker

Created an online forum for young writers.

Mackenzie Martin

Mackenzie Martin

Organized a conference for the first International Day of the Girl.

Madlen Nash

Madlen Nash

Formed an educational change task force.

Niyousha Bastani

Niyousha Bastani

Co-founded a social justice and environmental club.

Rita Steele

Rita Steele

Co-facilitated workshops on issues such as racism, homophobia and classism.

Sarah “Maddie” Hughes

Sarah “Maddie” Hughes

Developed a sports program dedicated to children with special needs.

Selin Jessa

Selin Jessa

Co-organized TEDxKidsBC youth conference series.

Shannon Wong

Shannon Wong

Founded initiatives based around “helping youth help others”.

Zachary Julian

Zachary Julian

Revived local youth programs in community.

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There are two ways to apply

TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are open to students across Canada who are in their final year of high school or CEGEP (in Quebec); have a minimum overall grade average of 75% in their most recently completed school year and have demonstrated community leadership.

Read the terms and conditions

Along with your completed application, you’ll need to include:

1. A 600-word essay (three copies) describing your community leadership experience.
Tell us:

  • Why you got involved.
  • How your involvement shows initiative and innovation.
  • The ways your efforts have strengthened others.
  • How long you have been involved.
  • What you think the long-term impact will be.
  • How your community has affected you.
  • In addition, include a brief description of the range of your other community activities.

2. A letter of recommendation from your school.

3. Two letters of support from community groups.

4. Your academic transcript

You also have the option of including:

  • A 250-word essay (three copies) describing your family and personal life, for example your family’s employment or economic situation.
  • A 250-word essay about your life experiences if you have taken a year or more away from high school or CEGEP.