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Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions
Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions
First, complete and submit the Doorway to Dollars Questionnaire at least once per academic year. Once the questionnaire is completed and submitted, you will receive notifications of scholarships through your myCentennial email. You’ll receive a notification email 10 business days before to the launch of the scholarship or bursary, and a reminder email three days before it becomes available online. Students who do not complete the Doorway to Dollars Questionnaire will lose out on these opportunities.
You can locate the questionnaire by logging into myCentennial with your student number and password. Click on "Student," found on the left side of the screen. Then Click on "Financial Services." The "Doorway to Dollars Questionnaire" link can be found on the new page.
Scholarships are available to both International and Domestic Students. Once you have completed the Doorway to Dollars Questionnaire, you will receive notifications about scholarships you can apply for. This means that if you are an International student and you received notification of an upcoming scholarship, you are eligible to apply for that scholarship.
No. Centennial College also provides scholarships to students that require a 250 – 450-word outline. For these scholarships, it’s strongly recommended that you take the time to respond to the question(s) being asked, and make sure you have at least the minimum number of words required in order to be considered for the scholarship.
Once you have completed and submitted the Doorway to Dollars Questionnaire, you’ll get an email inviting you to apply for scholarships you’re eligible for. Once the scholarship is open for applications, log into myCentennial with your student number and password, then click on the "Student Awards and Financial Aid" link to start applying for the scholarship.
The email you receive through myCentennial will advise you of the start date of the scholarship, as well as the end date. Please ensure that you complete and submit your online application prior to the deadline date.
Your application will say that it is "Expired" once you have successfully submitted your online application. The "Expired" status simply means that you can no longer make changes to the application, and neither can the Student Financial Services department. That’s why we strongly recommend that you review your entire application before submitting.
The majority of our application scholarships are First Come, First Serve and this is noted on the application. The application link will no longer be available once the application deadline has passed or all funds have been expended. This includes applications that have been started but were not submitted prior to the scholarship deadline.
Scholarships requiring the completion of a budget are those that require you to demonstrate a financial need equal to or greater than the value of the scholarship. Students are asked to enter their living expenses and resources for their current semester (four months) to determine if they have a financial need. Examples of resources are OSAP received for the current semester, employment income received during the current semester, the cashed-in portion of RRSP, RESP or Mutual Funds during the semester, Income from EI, OW or ODSP during the semester or contributions from parents or spouse towards your education. A student who has a financial need will have more expenses than resources. Applications containing a $0 resource will not be considered, as students are required to have some form of contribution towards their education.
Students are notified 14 business days from the deadline of the bursary via their myCentennial email.
Students are approved for scholarships when they meet the scholarship criteria. If you withdraw from studies or reduce your course load to part-time before you’re given your scholarship cheque, you will no longer be eligible to receive the scholarship.
Centennial hosts a formal award ceremony each year to acknowledge students who have done exceptionally well in their studies. All recipients are sent an invitation to attend this grand event where they are able to sit with the donor of their award, and be congratulated in front of a large audience for their academic achievement. At this event, students are awarded their cheques by the respective donor(s). A formal dinner and entertainment is provided for recipients and their families at this grand event.
You will be contacted a week after the ceremony to pick up your cheque at your campus. If you can’t pick up your cheque from your campus, we’ll mail it to the address on your student account when we receive written authorization from you to do so.
All cheques are valid for a period of six months from the date of issue. Cheques not cashed within this six months period become stale-dated and will not be honored by any financial institution. The Student Financial Services Office can’t issue cheques to students after their last study period end date, so we strongly recommend that you cash your cheque as soon as it’s received.
Your scholarship cheque can be replaced, provided six months have not passed since it was issued. Visit the Student Financial Services Office on your campus with two pieces of Valid photo ID and complete the Cheque Replacement form. The process can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks, because an investigation is done before a new cheque is re-issued.
Yes. Students will receive a T4A for scholarships received within the calendar year (January - December).