Opening doors to a brighter future

TELUS Student Bursaries are awarded annually to more than 400 students experiencing critical financial need who are committed to making a difference in their communities.

Group photo of 2023 TELUS Student Bursary recipients

Investing in tomorrow’s leaders

Post-secondary education opens doors to a brighter future for youth and their families. Unfortunately, for too many young people in Canada, the milestone of starting college or university is also a time marked by financial stress, with the average Canadian undergraduate leaving post-secondary school heavily in debt.

About the Bursary

The TELUS Student Bursary provides financial assistance to deserving young people across the country who are committed to giving back in their local communities by taking on a social impact project. 

Recipients receive a bursary valued at $3,000 (college) or $5,000 (university) to put toward tuition fees at Canadian post-secondary institutions.

In their own words

Voices of TELUS Student Bursary recipients
We award bursaries to hundreds of deserving students across the country who are creating change in their communities.
TELUS Student Bursary Recipient, Nebiyou, smiling outside with his backpack

Post-secondary institution: York University

Studying: Criminology and Business  

Goal: Become a lawyer and advocate for social justice

Founded a mentorship and mental health project for male youth in his community.

“As someone who escaped a challenging life, I understand what it is like to feel voiceless. I am dedicated to advocating for social justice and to being a voice for the neglected.”

TELUS Student Bursary Recipient, Tiya, standing in front of an indigenous cultural artifact.

Post-secondary institution: UBC Okanagan
Studying: Indigenous studies
Goal: Become a teacher

Supports cultural and language revitalization in her community.

“I hope to teach future generations of First Nations youth and show them that we’re valued. My ultimate goal is to someday become a Nsyilxcen language speaker, knowledge keeper and educator.”

Help more students pursue their dreams

By supporting TELUS Future Friendly Foundation®, you can help youth facing financial barriers pursue their dreams of making the world a better place.

How is this Bursary reaching students who need it?

  • Based on need, not merit: Once financial barriers are removed, anyone can change the world

  • Flexible: Any year of study and any program is eligible for $5,000 (university) or $3,000 (college)

  • Social impact: Bursary recipients are committed to making a difference in their communities by taking on a social impact initiative over the course of their studies

  • More than money alone: We’re offering additional support, including learning and mentorship opportunities, and free mobility and low cost internet plans to keep students connected and thriving

  • Building community: Our alumni are like-minded individuals who want to lift up those around them. This community can further their careers and help them achieve financial and social impact success.

We are no longer accepting applications for 2023 bursaries. The next TELUS Student Bursary application period will be in Spring, 2024.

Participating partners

TELUS Student Bursary is also available to students directly through the financial aid offices at our partners below.

Bursaries in action

See how TELUS Student Bursaries are empowering young changemakers across Canada.
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