Scholarships

Scholarships

Scholarships for post-secondary students. In all programs of study.

Are you a student at a vocational school, college/CEGEP or university? At the Desjardins Foundation, we know it's important to be able to study with a clear head, free of financial stress.

That's why we award hundreds of scholarships to post-secondary students every year.

Eligibility for Desjardins Foundation scholarships

Vocational training
or college/CEGEP

$1,000 scholarships

  • Be no more than 30 years old (you must be 30 or younger on December 31 of the current year).
  • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status.
  • Have a primary residence in one of the 13 provinces or territories of Canada.
  • Be a member of a Desjardins caisse in Quebec or Ontario.
  • Have completed and sent the online form and provided all required documentation by April 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Vocational students: you must be registered in the fall of 2020 in a vocational program at a recognized academic institution.
  • College or CEGEP students: you must be registered in the fall of 2020 in a college or CEGEP program for at least 6 months at a recognized academic institution.
  • Not have received a multi-year scholarship from the Desjardins Foundation already covering the fall 2020 semester.

University Bachelor's degree program

$1,500 scholarships

  • Be no more than 30 years old (you must be 30 or younger on December 31 of the current year).
  • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status.
  • Have a primary residence in one of the 13 provinces or territories of Canada.
  • Be a member of a Desjardins caisse in Quebec or Ontario.
  • Have completed and sent the online form and provided all required documentation by April 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
  • As of October 2020, be enrolled in a bachelor's degree or undergraduate certificate program of study of at least 6 months at a recognized educational institution.
  • Not have received a multi-year scholarship from the Desjardins Foundation already covering the fall 2020 semester.

University Master's degree program

$3,000 scholarships

  • Be no more than 30 years old (you must be 30 or younger on December 31 of the current year).
  • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status.
  • Have a primary residence in one of the 13 provinces or territories of Canada.
  • Be a member of a Desjardins caisse in Quebec or Ontario.
  • Have completed and sent the online form and provided all required documentation by April 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
  • As of October 2020, be enrolled in a master's degree or graduate certificate program of study of at least 6 months at a recognized educational institution.
  • Not have received a multi-year scholarship from the Desjardins Foundation already covering the fall 2020 semester.
  • Not have received a scholarship from any funding agency for the fall 2020 and winter 2021 semesters.

University Doctoral degree program

$10,000 scholarships

  • Be no more than 30 years old (you must be 30 or younger on December 31 of the current year.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status.
  • Have a primary residence in one of the 13 provinces or territories of Canada.
  • Be a member of a Desjardins caisse in Quebec or Ontario.
  • Have completed and sent the online form and provided all required documentation by April 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
  • As of October 2020 and February 2021, be enrolled in a university PhD program of study of at least 6 months at a recognized educational institution.
  • Not have received a multi-year scholarship from the Desjardins Foundation already covering the fall 2020 semester.
  • Not have received a scholarship from any funding agency for the fall 2020 and winter 2021 semesters.
  • Not have received a Desjardins Foundation scholarship at this level of study.

Create a profile today

You can apply between March 1 and March 31 every year. Until then, you can create a profile in the Desjardins Group scholarship section and you'll automatically be notified when we start accepting applications.

Create a profile

You don't meet the Desjardins Foundation eligibility criteria? No worries.

Once you've filled out and submitted your form, you'll have access to several scholarships. Your application will be automatically forwarded to the scholarship programs you're eligible for. This means more chances for you to get a scholarship!

Important dates

2020

March 1 to April 15

Call for applications extended as a result of the events related to COVID-19

2020

April and May

Processing of applications

2020

June

Announcement of Desjardins Foundation scholarship recipients

2020

September and October

Awarding of the Desjardins Foundation scholarships

Candidates are selected according to the following criteria:

  • Financial need
  • Commitment to their studies
  • Community involvement (cooperative, sports, community, cultural, student, and business activities, etc.)

The selection committee also assesses the following in their overall evaluation of candidates:

  • Educational and career goals
  • Steps taken to reach these goals
  • Determination and perseverance
  • Writing skills
  • Personal circumstances
Desjardins Foundation employees and managers, and directors and members of the Desjardins Foundation's volunteer scholarship selection committees, as well as their immediate family members (brothers, sisters, children, mother and father), their legal or common-law spouse and persons who reside with them, are not eligible for Desjardins Foundation scholarships.

Provincial tax return

In Quebec, scholarships are generally not taxable. However, scholarship amounts must be added into net income and deducted from taxable income.

This means that including income derived from scholarships on a Quebec tax return has an impact on some tax deductions and social welfare benefits, such as:

  • child support payments
  • non-refundable tax credit for medical expenses
  • non-refundable tax credit for persons living alone
  • refundable tax credit for non-subsidized childcare
  • additional contribution for subsidized childcare
  • refundable solidarity tax credit

Federal tax return

At the federal level, the scholarship amount is not taxable if you're considered a "qualifying student." Otherwise, amounts over $500 must be added to your income.

Learn more about student qualification

Including scholarship-related income on a federal tax return has an impact on some tax deductions and social welfare benefits, such as:

  • Canada child benefit
  • GST/HST credit
  • non-refundable Medical Expense Tax Credit

Frequently asked questions

  1. In Ontario, any program at a college of applied arts and technology.
  2. Students in Quebec must be enrolled in a program of study and educational institution that are recognized by the Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur and appear on the list of recognized educational institutions (in French only). Students outside Quebec must be enrolled in the Government of Canada's Master List of designated educational institutions.
  3. A multi-year scholarship is a scholarship awarded during a previous year's program that is automatically renewed for the duration of the student's current program of study.
  4. Examples of funding agencies: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQ-NT), Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQ-S), Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQ-SC), etc.