For high school students

Canadian Parents for French  - Concours d’art oratoire

 Canadian Parents for French.

Canadian Parents for French is a not-for-profit organization that promotes French-as-a-second-language learning opportunities in Canada. It holds a public speaking contest that offers up to 40 scholarships worth between $1,000 and $12,000. It's a great opportunity to demonstrate that you can be witty and persuasive in both official languages - and make some spare cash for your studies to boot! 

Click for the details and read about previous winners.

 Français pour l'avenir / French Future

French for the Future - National Essay Contest

French for the Future, a not-for-profit organization that encourages bilingualism among high-school students, runs an essay-writing contest every year. The winners can score one of 46 scholarships worth between $1,000 and $12,000.

Learn more about the contest and winning entries.

Association canadienne des professionnels de l'immersion - Immersion Clip Contest

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The Association canadienne des professionnels de l'immersion (Canadian Association of Immersion Professionals) holds a video contest for individual students. Record a video clip on a yearly theme for your shot at one of 18 scholarships worth between $1,000 and $12,000.

Learn more and view the winning videos.

uOttawa’s French Studies Bursary


$ 4 000 ($ 1 000 per year)


The French Studies Bursary is an admission bursary awarded to full-time students in the French Immersion Stream who are taking at least 2 courses (6 units) each term that are taught in French (including French-as-a-second-language courses). This bursary can be renewed for the three following years provided the student maintains those conditions and maintains a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 5.5 at the end of each academic year. If a student does not meet all of those conditions, the French Studies Bursary will be lost irrevocably

Some exceptions to the conditions may apply to students participating in an international exchange or in a program where they cannot take the required number of credits in French. Contact Financial Aid and Awards for more details. 

There is no application for this award. This bursary is awarded automatically to eligible students and recipients will be informed. 

For the complete details, consult the Terms of Reference or visit the Financial Aid and Awards online portal.

Marjorie Wesche Scholarship

Marjorie Wesche was a professor and the director of the Second Language Institute at the University of Ottawa when the helper courses were created in the 1980's, which are one of the foundations of French Immersion Studies. We wish to acknowledge the impact that Mrs. Wesche had on immersion at the university level in Canada by granting an award in her name to two students who pursue their studies in French Immersion Studies at the University of Ottawa and have reached an advanced level of French.

 Two $ 500 scholarships are offered.

 Eligibility criteria:

- student enrolled in French Immersion Studies;

- student who is at least in his/her second year;

- student who has successfully passed at least one of the following courses : FLS 3581, FLS 4581 or FLS 4781;

- student who has obtained the highest GPA for all of his French courses (content and language courses).

See your uOttawa emails to know when the application period starts and to learn more about the application process. Scholarships are awarded during the Mois de la Francophonie (March).

Alysse Weinberg Scholarship

Alysse Weinberg, a professor at the University of Ottawa’s Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), created this award as part of her commitment to supporting the University’s French Immersion Studies, the Institute and the Faculty of Arts.

Professor Weinberg began her career in modern languages in 1980 and then worked as a part-time professor at OLBI, eventually becoming a full-time permanent faculty member. As a language professor, she strives to motivate her students to broaden their horizons, develop a love of the language of Molière and deepen their French cultural knowledge.

Professor Weinberg was involved with the French Immersion Studies since its introduction in 2006. She went on to specialize in teaching the accompanying language courses for immersion, usually for history content courses. She has also conducted research and published on various aspects of immersion education at the university level.

Eligibility criteria

The applicant must:

  1. be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, a person with the protected/refugee status or an international student;
  2. be registered as a full-time student in the third year of an undergraduate program at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ottawa;
  3. be registered in French Immersion Studies; and
  4. demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid and Awards Service of the University of Ottawa.

Value of the award: Minimum $1,000

Number of awards: Variable

Frequency of the award:              Annual

Level or program of study: Undergraduate

Application contact:                      Financial Aid and Awards Service

Application deadline:                    October 31

Application procedure

Applications must be made through Online Scholarships and Bursaries, which can be accessed through, and should include:

  1. the Financial Questionnaire; and
  2. a non-official copy of the applicant’s transcript.

Provincial scholarships

Many provinces offer special scholarships or fellowships for students studying in French.

(updated September, 202)


Alberta Student Aid

British Columbia

Learn in French - Post-secondary Education

Newfoundland and Labrador

Student Fellowship Program (French second language) 

Northwest Territories

Student Financial Assistance - Scholarships and Bursaries
see: French Post-secondary Bursary

Nova Scotia

Bursary and Language Assistant Programs


Scholarships and Awards


French Immersion Studies Bursary


Fellowship and Travel Scholarships to Study in French


French for the Future 2021-2022 National Essay Contest Winners

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