Important Information in Response to COVID-19

National Scholarship Program

Supporting education for military family members

Due to the unique circumstances of military life funds for pursuing post-secondary education are a significant barrier for many Canadian Forces families. The National Scholarship Program works to remove some of those barriers.

Last year, more than $72,000 was awarded to military family members through 42 scholarships, with winners selected from over 400 competitive applications.

Entering its 6th year, the National Scholarship Program, funded by donations, continues to create opportunities for military family members to pursue their continuing and post-secondary education.

Given current uncertainties related to the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Canada, Support Our Troops has made the difficult decision temporarily suspended the National Scholarship Program and National Summer Camps Program until further notice.

As new information becomes available, we will share further updates on our website. The safety of military families, and all Canadians, remains our top priority. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

69 scholarships available this year ranging from $500 to $2,500.
  • You are a dependent (includes spouse) of a serving or former member of the Canadian Armed Forces;
  • You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • You are enrolled in an undergraduate program leading to a degree, diploma or certificate at an accredited Canadian college or university.  Post graduate and career college students are also welcome to apply.
Instructions for applicants:
  • Please read eligibility requirements carefully prior to submitting an application, in order to ensure you qualify as a candidate
  • Please note that the format of the 2019 bursary application will consist of the following components:
    • A three-part essay
    • A letter of reference
    • Most recent academic transcript
    • Proof of enrollment from academic institution
    • A point form list of volunteer/civic engagement activities
Instructions for three-part essay:

Paying close attention to grammar and spelling, please submit a three-part typed essay consisting of the following:

Part 1: In 250-300 words, describe how your connection to military life has helped to shape and prepare you for the future.

Part 2: In 500-600 words, discuss your academic and career goals and explain how you plan to achieve them.

Part 3: In 50-100 words, clarify the personal impact a Support Our Troops bursary would have if you were a chosen recipient.

Scoring Rubric:
Excellent | Proficient | Adequate | Limited | Poor
Part 1: Describe how your connection to military life has helped to shape and prepare you for the future Applicant describes connection to military and how it has helped to shape and prepare them for future in 250-300 words
Part 2: Discuss your academic and career goals and explain how you plan to achieve them Applicant discusses academic and career goals and how they plan to achieve them in 500-600 words
Part 3: Clarify the personal impact a Support Our Troops Scholarship would have if you were a chosen recipient Applicant clarifies the personal impact a Support Our Troops Scholarship would have on them if chosen in 50-100 words

Essay Structure
Excellent | Proficient | Adequate | Limited | Poor
Writing Style, sentence structure and word choice Applicant’s use of sentence structure, control of word choice and writing style
Grammar, spelling and punctuation Applicant’s use of grammar, spelling and punctuation

Instructions for proof of enrollment:

Proof of enrollment (Letter of acceptance may also be considered) must contain:
  • Institution name
  • Student name
  • Program name and length of program
  • Program start date
Instructions for recent academic transcript:

Official or unofficial is acceptable. If taken from online student portal, it must contain your name, date, program and institution name. If your transcript is not available at the time of submission, please upload a word document stating that you will send it via email as soon as it is available. Send your transcript, once you receive it to (Subject line: Student Name – Transcript) and it will be filed accordingly.

Instructions for letter of reference:

Select a referee* whom you feel can most accurately and wholly attest to: 
  • your character
  • your volunteer service 
  • your academic commitment
If your referee agrees, please ask them to write a maximum one-page letter of reference addressed to the Support Our Troops 2019 Bursary Application Committee and to include their name and current contact information for reference, if required. 

*Please note that for the purpose of this bursary application, your selected referee may not be a family member.

Instructions for civic engagement/volunteerism:

Provide a point form document listing your civic engagement and volunteer work with a short description of each.

Best Practices:
  • Read the writing questions/prompts and be sure you understand them before you start writing.
  • Think about what you are going to write and organize your thoughts before you start writing.
  • Use clear, concise and simple language throughout the essay. Write how you speak.
  • Check your spelling and grammar. Spell check is not going to let you know that you spelled form instead of from!
  • Read the questions/prompts again and then read your essay thoroughly to be certain that you have addressed every point.
  • Have someone proof read your writing before you submit it.
Accuracy counts! If your information is not entered correctly during the application process, we may not be able to contact you.
  • Ensure that you double check the spelling of your name and email and that your phone number is correct


Applications are now closed, good luck to all!
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and recipients of a Support Our Troops Scholarship will be announced by 15 July 2019.

  • If you plan to participate in a study abroad program you are eligible to apply provided it is included in the course curriculum of your school.

  • If you or a member of your family (parent, guardian, or spouse) is an employee, director, or officer of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) or its subsidiaries, you are not eligible for a scholarship.

  • Currently serving Canadian Armed Forces members are not eligible, except for Primary Reserve members of Manitoba. 

There are also a variety of additional scholarships and bursaries available to serving and former Canadian Armed Forces members and their families that are not administered by Support Our Troops. We would like to acknowledge the generosity of the educational institutions, government partners and charitable organizations who provide these programs.
Other scholarship opportunities
If you know of a military community-oriented bursary or scholarship offered by a post-secondary institution that is not included on the list, please contact

Military Family Services Family Programs Coordinator

Phone: 613-947-3839