General Information

VTE scholarships are valued at up to $3,000. The maximum amount is based on program length. Scholars are required to fill out an online disbursement request each eligible semester.

**Seaspan Vocational and Technical Scholarships are valued at up to $3,400.**

No, this scholarship will not be awarded for online programs.

No, you can save your progress and return to your application at any time.

 The scholarship cannot be used towards a university program or towards a Bachelor degree.

You must pursue the program for which you were awarded the scholarship in order to receive the scholarship. If you are considering changing your program, please contact us to avoid forfeiting your funds.

We encourage you to review the FAQ, eligibility requirements, and required forms listed on our website to find answers to any questions you may have. If you need additional help, please email [email protected] or call toll‐free at (844) HAA‐4200 (Monday‐Friday, 9:00 a.m.‐5:00 p.m. E.T.).


The VTE scholarship application will open on March 15th with a rolling selection process. The priority deadline is June 15. Should spaces remain, the application will remain open until all scholarships are awarded.

Check the application page to verify if there are scholarships still available past the deadline.


To be eligible for the Horatio Alger Vocational and Technical Education Scholarship Program, an applicant must:

  • Have completed high school (or earned high school equivalency credential) by July 1
  • Applying or enrolled for Fall 2024 in a vocational or technical certificate program at a government or not-for-profit institution with direct pathways to employment
  • Demonstrated critical financial need ($65,000 or less annual net income per family is required)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be under the age of 35
  • Be a Canadian citizen

No, eligible recipients must enroll in a vocational or technical degree, certificate, or diploma program at a government or not-for-profit institution, such as a community college or technical school. The scholarship cannot be used at a for-profit institution.

No, this scholarship is for scholars pursuing a vocational or technical certificate, or diploma program that will lead to employment.

Notification & Award Information

Only applicants who have been awarded a scholarship will be notified. The notifications will be sent via email in July/August.

Disbursement information will be sent to you in the Spring and Fall of every year. You will be required to request your funds online for the upcoming semester at that time. Funds will be sent directly to your college to be credited to your student account. Scholarship funds may be applied to any expenses calculated as part of the student’s programmatic cost.

These requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and the decision will depend on the new institution, changes to your program, and the amount previously disbursed before the transfer.

Once your request for funds has been approved online, you can download/print an approval letter to share with your school. The letter will state you were awarded a scholarship, and a cheque will be issued to the school in the coming weeks. The Association will not expedite the disbursement of funds to your school.

No, the amount you are allowed to request each term depends on your program length.

The Horatio Alger Association will review each request before approving it. Once approved, it may take 6-8 weeks for a cheque to be sent to your school.