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TD Scholarships for Community Leadership

Twenty years of Leadership!

Every year, over the last 20 years, 20 amazing young Canadians receive scholarships for 4 years of university or college studies, worth up to $70,000. And the recipients of these scholarships have used this support to go on to do fantastic things in Canadian society and around the world.

Where are they now?

There are TD Scholars working to increase youth engagement in the political process, to strengthen human rights, to advance palliative care for the homeless, to increase the understanding of people with disabilities, to develop the connections between Canadian and Indigenous legal traditions, and to find venture capital support for start-ups, to name just a few.

TD Scholars demonstrate the same commitment that TD does – to strengthen the communities where we live and work. By investing in the education and personal development of these outstanding leaders, we support the future of Canada.

20 Faces of TD Scholars

To mark the 20th anniversary of the program, we have selected twenty TD Scholars to profile, to share their achievements and to inspire other young people to show their community spirit, get involved and strengthen their own communities.

Meet 20 Faces of TD Scholars and read their inspiring stories

What are the TD Scholarships?

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.

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 (for up to a maximum of four years)
  • $7,500 a year for living expenses (for up to a maximum of four years)

Helping you build connections

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

  • Offers of 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)

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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

Applications are now closed for the year
Applications for 2016 will be available in September 2015


Feel free to call us if you have any questions about scholarship eligibility or the application process. We’re here for you.
1-800-308-8306

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Recipients

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

Zeinab Abugrga

Zeinab Abugrga

Sorcha Beirne

Sorcha Beirne

Fei Ya Chen

Fei Ya Chen

Clement Cheng

Clement Cheng

Jaxson Creasey

Jaxson Creasey

Mahtab Dhaliwal

Mahtab Dhaliwal

Vanessa Djumo Tchokothé

Vanessa Djumo Tchokothé

Mélanie-Rose Frappier

Mélanie-Rose Frappier

Jonathan Grignon

Jonathan Grignon

Morgan Hanson-Oliveira

Morgan Hanson-Oliveira

Olivia Helmer

Olivia Helmer

Anojen Jeyapalan

Anojen Jeyapalan

Duva Karunakaran

Duva Karunakaran

Jihyun (Gina) Kwon

Jihyun (Gina) Kwon

Michael Lay

Michael Lay

Annaliese Meyer

Annaliese Meyer

Gula Osman

Gula Osman

Maclite Tesfaye

Maclite Tesfaye

Hailey Thomas

Hailey Thomas

Lucas Walters

Lucas Walters

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Are you eligible? Find out.

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

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Here’s more about the application process:

You can apply directly online using our digital application form, or print your application and mail it to us by the application deadline. As well, we require:

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.