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TD Scholarships for Community Leadership
Applications for the 2022/2023 year are now closed. Applications for students starting college or university in September 2024 will open in September 2023.
Helping to open doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow
About TD Scholarships
What are the TD Scholarships for Community Leadership?
Since 1995, TD has awarded millions in scholarships to recognize students who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community leadership. TD Scholarships for Community Leadership recipients receive up to $70,000 for tuition and living expenses as well as opportunities for paid summer employment, peer networking and mentorship. Supporting young community leaders is one way TD is helping build a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow.
Have you shown exceptional leadership in helping to make a meaningful and lasting difference in your community? We’d love to hear about your community leadership efforts and what inspired you to get involved. We’re more interested in the mark you’re making in the world than the marks you’re getting in the classroom. The program is open to students with an average of 75% and up (outside Quebec), or a minimum R score of 26 (in Quebec), who are supporting positive change in their communities.
TD is committed to helping create the conditions where everyone has a chance to succeed in a changing world. The TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are awarded to students who are helping to support change, nurture progress and contribute to making the world a better place.
What is community leadership?
We’re interested in hearing from students who have demonstrated consistent and outstanding dedication to solving a community problem or making their community a better place. For example, you may be helping to clean up the environment, promote social justice, or fight child poverty. Check out what some of the past scholarship recipients have done to improve their community.
How are the recipients chosen?
Up to 80 finalists are interviewed by regional selection panels. From there, at least two scholarship recipients are chosen from each of the five regions:
- Atlantic Canada
- Prairies/Northwest Territories/Nunavut
- British Columbia/Yukon
TD Scholarships Eligibility
TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are open to students across Canada who:
- Have demonstrated community leadership
- Are in the final year of high school (outside Quebec) or CEGEP (in Quebec)
- Have a minimum overall grade average of 75% (outside Quebec), or a minimum R score of 26 (in Quebec), in their most recently completed school year
For details, review our Terms and Conditions
Applications for the 2022/2023 year are now closed. Applications for students starting college or university in September 2024 will open in September 2023. 1-800-308-8306.
Recipients of the TD Scholarships for Community Leadership
We see TD Scholarship recipients as community heroes. They’re doing good work not for the recognition but because they’re inspired to help create a better world.
These young Canadians from across the country have made a meaningful and lasting difference in their communities. All of these extraordinary young people share one common belief: One person can make a difference! Scroll below to learn about the recipients' community work, in their own words.
TD Scholarship alumni continue to demonstrate a shared purpose with TD: to enrich the communities where we live and work.
Alannis McKee – 2014
Yellowknife, NWT. For years, Alannis has helped people living with disabilities become more connected with their communities, opening doors to vibrant experiences and opportunities. As Director of Programs with the Northwest Territories Disabilities Council, she advocates for persons with disabilities, so they can enjoy self-determined, fulfilling lives, with equal access to services. She joined the Council while finishing her studies, including a psychology degree at University of Alberta and an M.A. in critical disability studies from York University. Alannis was named an Arctic Emerging Leader in Norway in 2019.
Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko – 2001
Mississauga, ON. By helping girls build an interest in science – and realize the career opportunities in STEM fields – Larissa contributes to the financial security of the next generation of women. As President of the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS) – a group she first founded at age nine – Larissa leads a network of chapters where girls aged 7 to 16 enjoy fun, hands-on learning with inspiring experts, debunking stereotypes about female career options. Larissa earned a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.
Dr. Naheed Dosani – 2004
Toronto, ON. As a palliative care physician and health and human rights activist, Naheed Dosani is dedicated to advancing equitable access to health care for people experiencing homelessness. These efforts include founding Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless (PEACH) and serving as medical director for the Peel Regional COVID-homeless response.
As a palliative care physician and health and human rights activist, Naheed Dosani is dedicated to advancing equitable access to health care for people experiencing homelessness. These efforts include founding Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless (PEACH) and serving as medical director for the Peel Regional COVID-homeless response.
Simon Jackson - 2000
Calgary, AB. Simon is creating a vibrant planet by helping young people appreciate green spaces and begin tackling today’s environmental challenges. As Co-Founder of the Ghost Bear Institute’s Nature Labs, he created a ‘virtual high school textbook,’ a storytelling-based, curriculum resource for urbanized youth to discover and champion nature. Simon’s vision dates back to age 13 when he created the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, successfully saving the last intact habitat of BC’s white Kermode bear. Simon was named among UNESCO’s 100 Angels of the Earth and one of Time Magazine’s 60 Heroes for the Planet.
The TD Scholarship for Indigenous Peoples
Together with AFOA Canada, a not-for-profit led by Indigenous Peoples, we’ve created a scholarship customized to meet the needs of students from the Indigenous community. One that works to break down systemic barriers and open doors. There are 25 scholarships available to be awarded annually, worth up to $60K over 4 years. Learn more
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