Opening doors to a brighter future

TELUS Student Bursaries are awarded annually to more than 400 students who are experiencing critical financial need and 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, attending 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 post-secondary institutions in Canada.
Who is eligible to apply: 
  • Youth between the ages of 17 and 29 in critical financial need 
  • Accepted into, or attending, a first undergraduate degree or diploma program at a college, university or polytechnic institute in Canada
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Commitment to delivering a social impact initiative during the course of their studies that will have a positive social or environmental impact in their community.
Bursaries for the academic year
Students can check back annually to apply for the upcoming academic year.

How is the TELUS Student 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.

In their own words

Voices of TELUS Student Bursary recipients
We award bursaries to hundreds of hardworking 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.

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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