TD Scholarship for Leadership rewards students showing leadership in their community

Pack something extra for school…Up to $70,000 to be precise! If you’re a young Canadian who has made a difference in your community, we want to hear from you.

The TD Scholarship for Community Leadership rewards students who have shown leadership in many areas including environmental cleanup, the promotion of social justice, and the fight against child poverty, to name just a few.

Your outstanding and consistent concerns for the improvement of your community, could make you eligible for a scholarship to cover the cost of your post-secondary education.

You may have found a new way to solve a community problem working within an existing group or organization; you may have started something brand new. Either way, we are eager to hear from you.

Each scholarship is valued at up to $70,000 and includes :

•Up to $10,000 for tuition per year

•$7,500 a year toward living expenses

Plus :

•An offer of paid summer employment

•Mentorship Opportunities

•Invitations to annual gatherings, networking opportunities and events

Who is eligible?

TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are intended to serve the needs of all Canadian families and communities.

Scholarships are open to students across Canada who :

•Are in their final year of high school, or CEGEP (in Quebec)

•Have demonstrated outstanding community leadership

•Obtain a minimum overall average in their most recently completed full year of school of 75%

Doing good for others during difficult times in one’s own life requires particularly outstanding commitment. This is why, as part of the selection process, the personal circumstances and/or challenges of each applicant will be considered.

Apply yourself here

Apply yourself in your community and then apply to us

By tackling local challenges and working hard to make a difference, you’re already demonstrating characteristics essential to leadership at all levels of the community, industry and government.

How you apply yourself is up to you. What matters most is that you care about the community that you live in and are willing to make it a better place for everyone.

Need an application? No problem.

•Visit your high school or CEGEP (in Quebec) after September 12, 2011

•Access our online application

•Print the application form (PDF document) and complete.

•Call 1-800-308-8306 or sending a fax requesting an application to 613-563-9745

Please do not send applications by fax. Faxed applications will not be considered.

Note: You will require Acrobat Reader to view PDF documents.

What you’ll need;

To be eligible for consideration, every application must include :

•A fully completed and signed application

•Three copies of an essay of up to 600 words by you describing the community leadership involvement that is the basis of the application

•Three letters of support or confirmation from the community group, groups, or individuals who have been the focus of the student’s involvement

•A letter of recommendation from your school

•A transcript of your academic record

You may also include one or both of the following (but it is not required)

•Three copies of an essay of up to 250 words describing your personal circumstances (family employment, economic situation, etc.) or other extenuating circumstances that may be relevant to your application

•One essay of up to 250 words detailing your activities if you have taken a year or more away from high school or CEGEP

How do we decide?

Each application is reviewed and finalists who appear to most closely meet the selection criteria are chose from five regions (Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Prairie provinces/Northwest Territories/Nunavut and British Columbia/Yukon). Up to 80 finalists will be interviewed by regional selection panels comprised of prominent community members.

A total of up to 20 scholarships will be awarded across Canada. Each region will have a minimum of two full scholarship recipients, provided there are suitable, qualified applicants.

Where to send your application

All completed applications and any correspondence should be sent, by registered mail, to:

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

Ref: TD Scholarships for Community Leadership

350 Albert Street, Suite 600

Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B1


Completed applications and supporting materials must be received (at the address above) no later than October 31, 2011 for those students currently in their final year of high school or CEGEP (in Quebec).

Applicants selected as finalists will be notified by the end of December 2011 and interviewed by a selection panel in mid-January or early February. Scholarship recipients will be notified soon after.

All applicants will be notified in writing by the end of March 2012 as to their status.

Best of Luck and keep up the good work!

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