Local Bursaries & Scholarship Opportunities

SPEC Bursary

Every year, SPEC gives out one bursary of $500 to the high school graduate showing the greatest academic improvement from Secondary 3 to Secondary 5 who will be going on to post secondary studies. The applicant must send proof of their involvement in the community volunteer activities, a copy of Secondary 3 to Secondary 5 marks, and two letters from community leaders attesting to their community volunteer work. Students from Escuminac, NCHS, Chandler Evergreen, and the Gaspé Polyvalente can apply.

The ad appears in SPEC several times during the month of April.
Frederic James & Muriel Richmond Trust Fund Bursary
Every September, the C. E. Pouliot Polyvalente accepts applications from former students, who are now attending university, for this bursary. The amount varies depending on the number of applications received. 
An ad appears in the SPEC for this bursary.
The Cornélius Brotherton Foundation (CEGEP)

The purpose of this program is to encourage as many young people as possible to enroll at the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles. It has two components: helping young people from the Gaspé Peninsula and Magdalen Islands study close to home and welcoming students from outside the region.

  1. Helping young people from the area study close to home: Students from any of the secondary schools or adult education centres in the area from Sainte-Anne-des-Monts to Matapédia as well as those on the Magdalen Islands are eligible for three bursaries (excellence, leadership, and immersion). 
  2. Welcoming students from outside the region: Any students from outside the areas identified in paragraph 1 who wish to study at a Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles campus are eligible for the bursary of excellence and the immersion bursary.

Eligibility criteria

  • Students completing their secondary school Year 5 in the year they submit their application.


  • Students who already hold secondary school graduation diplomas (DES) and who are enrolling in a college program for the first time.

Students must submit an application for admission to a program of studies at a Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles campus during the first round of applications via SRACQ . To receive a bursary, payable over two semesters, students must remain enrolled for full-time studies in a program at the college after the end of each semester’s course cancellation period.

Welcome bursary  ($500 per bursary)

College admission bursaries for new students admitted in one of the four campuses.

These bursaries will be awarded by random draw from all eligible students.

By secondary school:

  • At least one bursary will be awarded per secondary school located within the designated area (unless there are no students who meet eligibility criteria at a given school).

By campus:

  • In each campus, if no student is favored by the first random draw (by secondary school), the Foundation will proceed to another random draw between eligible students.

Leadership bursary ($500)

At least one bursary will be awarded to a graduate of a secondary school in the area for his or her involvement and/or remarkable leadership in extracurricular activities at school, while maintaining a good academic record. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of a personal composition and the recommendation of the student activities adviser at their school.


Immersion bursary ($500)

At least two bursaries (1 for French immersion and 1 for English immersion) will be available to students who wish to pursue their studies in their second language (total or partial immersion – at least two courses in their field of concentration or general training). The bursaries will be awarded by random draw; application is automatic.


Other bursaries and financial support available through the Cornélius Brotherton Foundation
Desjardins Academic Scholarships


To be eligible for a Desjardins Foundation scholarship, students must be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status and meet the following basic requirements:

  • Have a primary residence in Quebec or Ontario
  • Be enrolled full-time (except in the cases stated below) in a vocational program of study, CEGEP, college, or university program of study at a recognized educational institution at the time they receive their scholarship and be able to prove an average grade of 60% or equivalent.

Scholarship amounts vary. Call for applications is January to March on an annual basis. Click the following link for more information about the Desjardins Academic Scholarships.