Financial Aid & Scholarships

General Guidelines for Scholarships



Scholarship Providers use Education Canada College more like a hub to connect to their applicants to provide their awards. Scholarships provided to Education Canada College students and applicants are Tax Deductible in the United States and Canada, and help in educational growth of our North American society. Scholarship awards are based on academic achievement, financial need or specific interests such as clubs, athletics, and service. Funding for our scholarships comes from contributions to TESOL Canada Foundation. Contributions to the Foundation are received from many sources: individuals, businesses, civic groups, community organizations, and other foundations.

As numbers of scholarships grow annually, different sponsors vary in their parameters for granting their awards.  It is advised that applicants check the following description of each scholarship before completing an application. Once an application is submitted it cannot be changed or revised. Each applicant can only apply to One Scholarship (multiple applications can be rejected). 

‘The award entitlement’ – Some scholarships are very generous and would cover all the costs while others would help with 40 % to 70 % of expenses but you would need to have some further funding of your own to be able to afford the TESOL Course or a Conference as well as other programs at ECC. Awards are listed on fixed amounts and cannot be increased.

‘The award qualifications’ – If you don’t meet the qualifications your application will not be considered. Rules vary from one scholarship to the other. Some require former teaching experience while others may not. Some require being a native speaker while others require a fluency and proficiency level from a non-native speaker. Being a North American resident (Canada, USA & Mexico) is a requirement in some cases and some scholarships are available for all international applicants from South America to Middle East, Europe and Asia. However, almost all Scholarship programs require applicants to be an individual member of TESOL USATESOL CanadaTESOL Asia, or IATEFL organization or to be a program applicant at Education Canada College.

‘The award considerations’ – Applications must be received before their applicable deadlines listed in each program. To apply to any award one single application is used at ‘Scholarship Application’.  You will be asked to upload an I.D Card such as a Driver’s License or Passport and your Resume/ CV which shall include work experience, educational experience, a cover motivational letter for inclusion in the program, identification and scholarship nominations.

Frequently Asked Questions about Scholarships:

When is the application deadline? 

Although each award has it’s own set of requirement generally TESOL Canada has four scholarship deadlines per year for four seasonal programs. Students applying for educational programs such as TESOL, TFSOL, TSSOL, TASOL, TCSOL, TEC, TBE, TCE, TPE & CIT Certificates or Post Graduate Diplomas should apply for scholarships at least two months prior to the start date of the program. Tentative Scholarship Application Deadlines are June 30th for September (Fall) programs, October 30th for January (Winter) programs, January 30th for April (Spring) programs and March 30th for June (Summer) programs.  Please see the Scholarship Application Guide for each program.

Applicants and teachers applying for a grant to attend a TESOL Conference may apply for Conference Grants at least two months before the conference commencement.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

No, You can only submit One scholarship application to One available funding.

Is the TESOL Canada or TESOL USA membership a requirement for scholarship?

Although TESOL Canada Membership is required to apply, but applicants of Education Canada College programs can also apply prior to become a member of TESOL Canada or TESOL USA. One can apply for membership after the approval of a certain scholarship. In such a case a TESOL USA or TESOL Canada Honorary Membership will be granted and membership fee will be waved.

Is there a presentation or a research paper required to get a scholarship?

Some scholarships may require a presentation, some may require completion of an online lesson project (Such as a Lesson Plan), some may require writing a research paper or submitting a formerly published research paper and some may require no work at all.  TESOL USA & TESOL Canada will have full permission and rights to publish all provided papers, assignments and online projects on TESOL USA & TESOL Canada Journals for educational purposes.

How often can one be considered for a scholarship?

Only once, winning a scholarship is one chance for each qualified applicant. Applicants will not be permitted to apply twice in two different years.

When will I be notified?

Perspective candidates will be notified of their acceptance between two to four weeks after their application deadlines. As scholarships acceptances are emailed, an email confirmation of your acceptance and participation will be required. Rejected applicants will also be notified within four weeks after the application deadlines.

After winning, when and where would I receive my scholarship? 

  • Part One will be paid in advance to arrange your travel costs to attend the conference. Part Two will be granted on the opening ceremony of the conference directly by TESOL Canada representative and the Scholarship Sponsor.
  • For applicants undertaking a TESOL Canada approved study program, Scholarship will be forwarded to their institutions which in this case is Education Canada College.

Note:  GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM is attached as a separate form, this form must be available both for download, and for online submission as a form generated by your team.  

List of Scholarships

Following Scholarships can be applied through General Scholarship Application.



TESOL Canada Scholarship is supporting funds toward completion of TESOL Studies at an approved TESOL Canada or TESOL USA institution across North America. Provided Scholarship is between 40 to 70 percent of tuition fees and can dramatically reduce financial costs of a TESOL program.  Application is open to all applicants from all countries. To apply please complete the General Scholarship Application Form below or directly at

African Applicants Scholarship

Established in 2002 African Teachers Scholarship award is for language teachers from African countries to attend Joint Conference of TESOL USA & TESOL Canada for the first time and to be published in TESOL USA Journal.

This award may be used either toward Online TESOL USA Certificate Courses or TESOL USA Conference attendance. This award is not for In-Class course participations within the United States of America or Canada. 

This award qualifies for:

  • Registration for a Pre-Conference Networking Event
  • Registration for the TESOL USA Annual Conference
  • One year TESOL USA free membership
  • Economy round trip flight ticket from home country
  • Accommodation costs during the conference
  • $200 to cover daily expenses for 6 days (total of $1200) plus Hotel and Flight costs.


  • To be native and resident in an African country
  • To be a teacher of languages teaching English, French or Arabic in public or private schools/ colleges.
  • To participate in preparation of an online blog page of 1000 word reporting about language education in Africa. Directions for this activity and writing will be provided upon award application.


General Scholarship Application Form is used for registration in this award.

Latin American Applicants Scholarship

This scholarship aims to help teachers or trainer from a Latin American country to attend the TESOL USA Annual Conference for the first time. This ward it also helps for fresh TESOL students that are willing to become certified language teachers in English or Spanish and to build a future career in teaching.

This award may be used either toward Online TESOL USA Certificate Courses or TESOL USA Conference attendance. This award is not for In-Class course participations within the United States of America or Canada. 

This award qualifies for:

  • Registration for a Pre-Conference Networking Event
  • Registration for the TESOL USA Annual Conference
  • One year TESOL USA free membership
  • Economy round trip flight ticket from home country
  • Accommodation costs during the conference
  • $3000 to cover daily expenses for 6 days, Hotel and Flight costs.
  • Registration in Online Courses of TESOL USA in TESOL, TSSOL, TPSOL, TEC or EESN.


  • To be native and resident in a South or Central American country
  • To be a teacher of languages teaching English, Portuguese or Spanish in public or private schools/ colleges.
  • To have minimum of a Bachelor Degree from a University in Latin America.
  • To participate in preparation of an online blog page of 1000 word reporting about language education in your country or to submit a research paper about language education in vocational training in Latin America. Directions for this activity and research will be provided upon award application.


General Scholarship Application Form is used for registration in this award.

Confucius Institute Scholarships

The Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester is now accepting applications for the 2015 Confucius Institute Scholarship. Deadline 7 May 2015.

The information below sets out the criteria for the 2015 awards. Please read all of the information carefully before beginning your application. If you have questions please check the FAQs section before you get in touch to see if we can answer your query. If you do not find what you are looking for, you can contact us for more information.

About the Scholarship program:

The Confucius Institute Scholarship program provides financial aid for students, scholars and Chinese language teachers to study in a Chinese university for a limited period. Each year there are a limited number of scholarships available.

For 2015, applications are invited from the following groups:

  • Confucius Institute students at the University of Manchester.
  • Chinese Studies students at the University of Manchester.
  • Study China Program Alumni.
  • Other individuals who meet all the eligibility criteria. 
  • TCSOL students from TESOL USA or TESOL Canada.

Each year the Confucius Institute scholarship selection panel reviews all applications and those that are judged to be of a sufficiently high standard are recommended to the current selection of Chinese universities (approved by Hanban). Applications are then made directly to the host universities in China, and the final decision rests with them and not with the Confucius Institute. 

Please make sure that you read the eligibility criteria and application procedure carefully before submitting your application.

Scholarship winners are exempt from the following:

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Fees for basic learning materials
  • Accommodation fees on campus.

They are also provided with the following resources:

  • A one-off resettlement subsidy*
  • A monthly allowance
  • Outpatient medical services
  • Comprehensive insurance for foreign students studying in China.

*Students who are already in China and have been studying there for more than six months will not be eligible for the one-off resettlement subsidy.

Please note that the scholarship does not cover any year abroad fees payable to the University of Manchester.


General Scholarship Application Form may be used for registration in this award.


Additional Scholarship Opportunities for Canadian applicants & US Citizens.

  • See list of opportunities for Non-U.S. Citizens. Published by the National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA); includes applications for an array of nationally competitive and merit-based scholarships.
  • Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) – List of scholarships that don’t require proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residence.This carefully researched list contains 52 pages of up-to-date information about scholarships available for immigrant students that don’t have U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency as well as advice and tips for writing winning scholarship applications.
  • com/Scholarships– a comprehensive database of scholarships for anyone interested in pursuing an engineering degree
  • Scholarships for California Students – Since 2003,org has been providing scholarship management services for companies, as well as a comprehensive database of scholarships for students.
  • MALDEF – Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund Scholarship List  – A list of scholarships for all students regardless of immigration status.
  • Latino College Dollars, Scholarships for California’s Latino Students Directory (current) – The Latino College Dollars Scholarship Directory contains clear information on more than 300 scholarships targeting Latino high school, undergraduate, and graduate students across the United States. A guide on how to apply for scholarships in both Spanish and English is included in the directory. For the ease of students and parents, scholarship listings are categorized by education level, deadline, minimum GPA, by whether citizenship is required as well as by region. The online directory is searchable by key categories such as grade level, grade point average (GPA) and citizenship at

2015 Bay Area Gardeners Foundation Scholarship

The BAGF Scholarship program was created to provide financial resources to deserving graduating high school seniors and current college and university students committed to achieving a college degree. Education prepares students to be competitive and contributing members of their community. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, demonstrated financial need and have completed at least 25 hours of community service or volunteering at BAGF and live in San Francisco, San Mateo or Santa Clara counties. Apply

2015 Silicon Valley Community Foundation Scholarships – Several opportunities for new continuing and transferring students! 

SVCF’s believes that a good education is key to a bright future. Each year we offer more than 40 different scholarships, with awards up to $40,000.  Scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors and undergraduates, graduates, re-entry and non-traditional students. Some awards are renewable and you may be eligible to receive multiple scholarships.

Online application opens on January 5, 2015, and most program applications have a February 25, 2015, deadline. Visit to learn more about the 2015 scholarship opportunities, their eligibility requirements and application instructions.

2015 Marie Calderilla Scholarship, for female students attending Skyline, CSM or Cañada with awards up to $20,000. 

Established in 2007 through a generous gift from Marie A. Calderilla, who believed deeply in the importance of education, this scholarship is to enable women to pursue courses of study that they would otherwise be unable to follow due to limited financial means. The selection committee looks for academic promise, women who have demonstrated a commitment to completing a degree or certificate program or to increasing their work skills, and personal characteristics such as honesty, good judgment and perseverance. Up to 20 awards will be provided. See

$20,000 Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award Program at UC Santa Cruz for 2015-16

This scholarship is for outstanding UC-qualified junior-level community college students to complete their undergraduate studies at UC Santa Cruz. The program provides a $20,000 scholarship distributed over two years, mentoring and academic support, and assistance finding paid or volunteer summer work experience.

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • All official college transcripts (unopened)

Applicants must have applied to UCSC by November 30, 2014
Applicants must apply for financial aid by submitting the FAFSA or California Dream Act application by March 2, 2015

Contact:  Soraya Sohrabi, Transfer Services Coordinator

The Achievement Award Program (TAAP) Scholarship at UC Berkeley

This is a scholarship opportunity offered through the Cal Alumni Association. The scholarship is available to incoming freshmen and community college transfer students, including AB 540 Students. TAAP seeks high-achieving, community service-oriented students and provides them with the financial capital necessary to fund their higher education. In addition, the program fosters a strong support network with Berkeley alumni and provides academic, professional, and personal guidance as students pursue their individual academic journeys at the university.

For more information, please see

For prospective Cal Junior Transfers:
• November: Prospective students file UC Berkeley application
• December 15: TAAP application opens
• December–February: Students apply online for The Achievement Award Program (TAAP)
• April–May: Finalists interview with alumni for the award
• June: Recipients are notified

Should you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns, please email:

2015 180 Medical Scholarship Program – 5 each $1,000 scholarships – Deadline- June 1 each year

Students attending a two-year, four year, or graduate school fulltime in the fall are eligible to apply. Applicants must be under a physician’s care for a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, or neurogenic bladder. For more information and to apply, see

Kay Ellis Nursing Scholarship for Women

This scholarship opportunity is for student nurses in honor of Kay Ellis, who dedicated her life to helping others and the nursing profession. Three to five scholarships of up to $2,500 per semester will be offered. This scholarship is intended to help low-income female students with preference given to single parents, recent immigrants and students of color in their pursuit of an Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.  

Female students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and be enrolled in or planning to enroll in an accredited undergraduate nursing program.

  • If selected for a scholarship, recipients must be enrolled at least half time (6 or more units) in degree-applicable units for program.
  • Applicants must be attending a nursing program in San Mateo, San Francisco and/or Santa Clara counties.  Applicants need not be a citizen of the United States to apply.

Check back in January for application.

2015 National Association of Women of Construction Founder’s Scholarship

The Santa Clara Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction will be awarding a scholarship through the NAWIC Founders Scholarship Foundation. All students enrolled in a construction-related program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply.

All applications, with supporting material, must be submitted online at

2015 Chen Foundation Scholarship Program

The Chen Foundation is focused on helping economically-challenged youth fulfill their dreams of obtaining higher education. The scholarship is renewable, allowing scholarship recipients to receive an additional $2,000 award for the Fall quarter/semester of their 2nd year of college if they maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and active service in the community.

For eligibility requirements and further information please see application flyer.

TASF Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund

The Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund is focused on helping economically-challenged Taiwanese American Youth fulfill their dreams of obtaining a high education. The scholarship is open to high school seniors planning to attend college in the Fall of 2015 and 1st year college students continuing with their education in the Fall of 2015.

For eligibility requirements and further information please see application flyer.

2015 – 2016 Palo Alto Rotary Club Robert Smithwick Vocational Scholarship

The Rotary Club of Palo Alto vocational scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance to students who will enroll in an accredited career program or vocational program at a community college in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  These scholarships are named in honor of Dr. Robert Smithwick, a founder of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District and long-time Rotarian. Dr. Smithwick was active in community service and devoted to improving health and education locally and abroad.

Eligible students will enroll in a program leading to a certificate or degree, and will plan to go directly into employment in that field upon completion of the program. Examples of vocational programs include but are not limited to: automotive technology, accounting, child development, dental hygiene, fashion design, graphic design, medical assisting, and many others. The scholarships are primarily need-based rather than grade-based. The scholarships are not intended for general academic pursuits, for students intending to transfer to four-year colleges, or for graduate degrees.

Eligible applicants include:

  • High school seniors who will graduate in June, 2015 and will enroll in a career/vocational program in fall of 2015
  • Students currently enrolled in an accredited career/vocational program described above, and continuing in that program in fall of 2015
  • Returning students: individuals with high school degrees who have been out of school and are returning to pursue a career/vocational education
  • All applicants must enroll in no fewer than 6 units in an accredited career/vocational program in fall of 2015, and must intend to remain enrolled in 6 units or more for the full 2015-2016 academic year.

Instructions for Submission of Application:

  • E-mail your completed application as an attachment In the subject line, please type: Vocational Scholarship Application (add your last name)
  • If e-mail is not possible, please mail to the address below:

                         Rotary Club of Palo Alto
                         Vocational Scholarship Committee
                         P.O. Box 592
                         Palo Alto, CA 94302

If you wish to apply or know someone who wishes to apply for a Vocational Scholarship, please download the application here

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline to apply: March 31, 2015

The purpose of the Chicana/Latina Foundation (CLF) Scholarship Program is to assist Chicana/Latina students in completing their undergraduate and graduate college education.

Toward this end, the CLF awards $1,500 scholarships and the accompanying leadership training on a competitive-basis to continuing full-time undergraduate and graduate college students of Chicana/Latina heritage.


Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible for the CLF Scholarship.

  • Be a woman of Chicana/Latina heritage
  • Be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or community college in one of the listed Northern California counties
  • Have lived at least two years in one of the listed Northern California counties at the time of application
  • Community College and Undergraduate students must:
    • Be enrolled as a full-time college student (as defined by your institution) when applying and for the following academic year and
    • Have completed 12 college units after high school graduation, and
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 of college course work
  • Commit to attending the CLF Leadership Institute (one weekend in August after being selected and one weekend the following year in February)
  • Commit to volunteering ten (10) hours for CLF before March the year after being selected
  • Past CLF awardees may not re-apply until four years after receiving the award.

Additional information, instructions and the application can be found here For any questions regarding this scholarshi please email

2015 AFCOE Symposium Student Scholarship

Deadline to apply: September 11, 2015

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time students enrolled in personal finance, financial counseling, personal financial planning and consumer science majors.
  • Students who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to the field either through service or research.

Submission Process:

  • Applicant must complete, sign and submit the Student Scholarship application form.
  • Applicant must submit one major financial project from 2015 (examples include, but are not limited to, video, research paper, factsheets, case studies, etc.). While the project should be professional, it does not need to be purely academic. A creative project to get people interested or excited about personal finance (example: writing and performing a song on a financial topic or instituting a marketing campaign or competition on a personal finance topic) would also be appropriate.
  • Applicant must submit a formal resume. (PDF format preferred)
  • Applicant must include a letter of recommendation from a University professor. Letter must be on formal letterhead or from the professor’s email clearly stating his/her name, position and contact information.
  • All materials required for the Student Scholarship must be received no later thanSeptember 11, 2015.
  • Applicant is responsible for reviewing and following all Symposium Student Scholarship guidelines for submission.

Contact Info:

  • ECC contact information phone and address is:
  • Education Canada College
  • 1200 McGill College Street, Suite 1100
  • Montreal, QC, H3B4G7 – Canada
  • Tel: 1 (514) 500-0522

Complete the following application form and submit it with supporting material.

Personal Info

Full Name/Nom:

Gender:  Male Female

Date of birth/Date de naissance:


Mother tongue/Langue maternelle:

Other languages spoken/Autres langues parlées:

Address/Adresse: Street/Rue





Postal- Zip Code:


Téléphone: (home/domicile):

Nationality & Residence

If you wish to work and travel overseas, when can you start and what country are you interested in?

Highest degree obtained/Dernier diplôme obtenu:

Related Experience to the field / Expérience reliée :

How did you hear about Education Canada College?
Comment avez-vous entendu parler du centre d’ Education Canada et TESOL?

Scholarship request info/Info de bourse

What Program are you applying to?

Starting date/Date de début

Total Cost/Coût total:

Scholarship Requested Fee/ Frais de bourse demandée

Please explain in few lines your reasons of applying for scholarship:

Will you consider to Study TESOL Certificate Program if you will not receive a scholarship?

What are your reasons of becoming a teacher or a translator?

What are your future career goals related to the field of education and translation?

As your employment destiny, in which country would you like to work and what status would you like to have after finishing this course?

Do you have a friend or a family member that you wish to refer to this program and if so would you like TESOL Canada to contact this person in providing additional information? Yes (If Yes Complete below)





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