Applications are submitted through an online application portal. While the specific requirements may change each year, the core components of an application always include:

  • Transcript from most recent post-secondary education program

  • Admission decision letter (when available) from an eligible post-secondary institution showing acceptance to the school for the following academic year

  • A personal statement about the applicant’s financial need 

  • One reference letter, addressed to the CST Foundation* 

  • One short essay question 

*Your letter must come from an individual who is not related to you (i.e. not a family member) but who knows you and can speak to your character and abilities. The reference letter must:

  • be addressed to the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation
  • explain how the referee knows you, and for how long the referee has known you
  • explain why the referee believes you are a strong candidate for the Founders’ Award (referencing your character traits, values, circumstances and/or personal qualities).  Note that we are particularly interested in supporting students who show resiliency, community-mindedness, and commitment to excellence.
  • provide contact information for the referee