Contests and scholarships
Contests for high school students
Canadian Parents for French : concours d’art oratoire
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 $2,000 and $20,000. 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!
French for the Future's 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 $2,000 and $20,000.
Learn more about the essay contest by French for the Future.
Association canadienne des professionnels de l'immersion - Immersion Clip Contest
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 three $20,000 scholarships, and another fifteen $2,000 scholarships, to attend uOttawa.
Learn more about the contest by the Association canadienne des professionnels de l'immersion.
Many provinces offer special scholarships or fellowships for students studying in French.
(information up to date as of September 24, 2018)
Newfoundland and Labrador
Student Financial Assistance - Scholarships and Bursaries
French Studies Bursary
$ 4 000 ($ 1 000 per year)
The French Studies Bursary is awarded to full-time students enrolled in a direct-entry faculty or at the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, and in the French Immersion Studies program who are taking each term at least 2 courses (6 units) taught in French or in French-as-a-second-language (FLS). This bursary can be renewed for the three following years provided the student maintains full-time enrolment in a direct-entry faculty or at the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, and in the French Immersion Studies program, and is enrolled each term in at least 2 courses (6 units) taught in French or in French-as-a-second-language (FLS), and maintains a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 5.5 at the end of each academic year. There is no application for this award. This bursary is awarded automatically to eligible students and recipients will be informed.
Some exceptions may apply to students participating in an international exchange or in a program where they cannot take the required number of credits in French.
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 ar offered.
- 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, associate 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 has been involved with the French Immersion Studies since it was first introduced 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.
The applicant must:
- be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, a person with the protected/refugee status or an international student;
- 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;
- be registered in French Immersion Studies; and
- 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
Applications must be made through Online Scholarships and Bursaries, which can be accessed through https://scholarships.uottawa.ca, and should include:
- the Financial Questionnaire; and
- a non-official copy of the applicant’s transcript.