How it Works

  1. Determine Eligibility & Apply
  2. Craft Essay Responses
  3. Connect with Counsellor
  4. Connect with Support Form Provider
  5. Submit Documents

Determine Eligibility & Apply

  • Review the section below to determine the scholarships for which you are eligible.
  • By filling out one application, you will be considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible.
  • Click the Apply Now button to start your application.

Craft Essay Responses

  • Describe your Horatio Alger story.
  • Share your Canadian journey.
  • Choose a Horatio Alger Member whom you admire and reflect on the opportunities they were presented in order to succeed.

Connect with Counsellor

  • Enter your Counsellor’s email address so that they will receive a request to submit the Counsellor Certification Form on your behalf.
  • Contact your Counsellor to ensure that they have received the request (sometimes school accounts block emails, so you may need to resend).

Connect with Support Form Provider

  • Enter the email address of an adult over the age of 21 who is not related to you and is familiar with the adversities you have written about in your short responses (e.g. neighbor, family friend, counsellor, pastor, teacher, etc.). This individual will serve as your Support Form Provider and will receive a request to review and confirm the accuracy of the information you provided in your adversity section. 
  • Contact your Support Form Provider to ensure that they received the request. Once your Support Form Provider completes their review, you will not be able to edit your adversity section.

Submit Documents

  • High School Transcript (must include your Fall grades)
  • Income Verification (most often your parents’ tax form: if you have a unique situation and a tax form is unavailable, please refer to our FAQ section to determine alternative documentation)

By receiving a Horatio Alger Association of Canada scholarship, it felt as if a weight was lifted off of my shoulders so I was able to study without worry and reach my full potential as a student. Using my Chemical Engineering degree, I aim to contribute to reimagining issues faced by Indigenous people and those in Northern communities. I am very grateful for the support from Horatio Alger Association of Canada who has helped make my aspirations possible.

Allana Nakashook-Zettler
2020 Horatio Alger Indigenous Achievement Scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

Horatio Alger National Entrepreneurial Scholarships 

Award Amount: 10 Scholarships at $10,000 each

The National Entrepreneurial Scholarships are awarded to eligible students across all provinces and territories in Canada. 

  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and begin a Bachelor’s degree program at an accredited university starting Fall 2024
  • Prove critical financial need ($65,000 or less annual net income per family is required) 
  • Demonstrate desire and ability to be entrepreneurial in a chosen field 
  • Be involved in co-curricular activities and community service 
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity 
  • Maintain a minimum grade percentage of 70% 
  • Be a Canadian citizen 
  • Applicants for both the Entrepreneurial and Canadian Scholarships are required to fill out only ONE application. The Association will use one application to consider you for all programs for which you are eligible.
  • The university application for current Grade 11 students is now closed and will open for Grade 11 students on December 1, 2024.

Canadian Scholarships 

Award Amount: 160 Scholarships at $5,000 each

Canadian scholarships are available for students in all provinces and territories in Canada interested in pursuing post-secondary education.

  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and begin a Bachelor’s degree program at an accredited university starting Fall 2024
  • Prove critical financial need ($65,000 or less annual net income per family is required)
  • Demonstrate desire and ability to be entrepreneurial in a chosen field
  • Be involved in co-curricular activities and community service
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade percentage of 70%
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Applicants for both the Entrepreneurial and Canadian Scholarships are required to fill out only ONE application. The Association will use one application to consider you for all programs for which you are eligible. 
  • The university application for current Grade 11 students is now closed and will open for Grade 11 students on December 1, 2024.

Fairfax Financial Entrance Awards 

  • Plan to enroll full-time at one of the eligible colleges/universities* 
  • Have graduated from high school or CEGEP within 18 months prior to applying 
  • Demonstrate financial need based on government student loan assessment from their home province 
  • Demonstrate academic readiness: minimum grade percentage of 80%
  • Canadian citizenship or permanent residency
  • *Eligible colleges and universities are: 
    • Alberta: University of Calgary, SAIT Polytechnic 
    • British Columbia: Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, Capilano University, Douglas College 
    • Manitoba: University of Manitoba, Red River College, Assiniboine Community College 
    • Newfoundland and Labrador: Memorial University, College of the North Atlantic 
    • Nova Scotia: Dalhousie University 
    • Ontario: University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Georgian College, Seneca College, Sheridan College 
    • Quebec: McGill University, Laval University, O’Sullivan College of Montreal 

Please contact your specific institution to find out how to apply for these awards. 

Horatio Alger Indigenous Achievement Scholarships

Award Amount: 5 Scholarships at $10,000 each

  • First Nation (status and non-status), Inuit and Métis high school students must be in their final year of high school
  • Students whose home Indigenous community are in the Northwest or Yukon Territories or Nunavut
  • Enrolled full-time in a high school within Canada at time of application
  • Must be starting in a four-year post-secondary program within Canada full-time in September
  • Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average and a full-time course load to receive renewed support each year
  • Valid Social Insurance Number 

Deadline: August 1, 2024

Horatio Alger Québec Scholarship 

Award Amount: 10 Scholarships at $5,000 each

  • Be in their final year of CEGEP and plan to enter university in the Fall 2024
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a Bachelor’s degree program at an accredited university (Horatio Alger only supports not-for-profit universities) 
  • Prove critical financial need ($65,000 or less annual net income per family is required) 
  • Demonstrate desire and ability to be entrepreneurial in a chosen field 
  • Be involved in co-curricular activities and community service 
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity 
  • Maintain a minimum grade percentage of 70% 
  • Reside and attend school in Québec 
  • Be a Canadian citizen