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CANASA National Scholarship Program 2019

The 2019 Scholarship winners have been chosen. Click here to view the Scholarship winners.

Program Details (stay tuned for the 2020 scholarship details)

Key Dates for 2019 Scholarship

  • Applications accepted as of January 1, 2019
  • Application deadline April 1, 2019
  • Awardees announced April 24, 2019
The Canadian Security Association (CANASA) recognizes the importance of a post-secondary education to both the security industry and to society in general. CANASA understands that tuition fees can sometimes be a financial burden, which is why the Scholarship Program was created.

The goal of the Scholarship Program is to benefit students and members who wish to fund their education and careers in the security industry in Canada.

Thirteen (13) $1,000 scholarships are available. Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria.

Eligibility and Criteria

  1. The Scholarship Program is open to the dependents of individuals that are employees of a CANASA member at the time of application. Members must be in good standing. Applicants must meet all admission requirements for the College, University, or post-secondary institution.
    • Scholarships are available to post-secondary students that are working towards obtaining a degree, diploma, or certification at any University, College, or post-secondary institution.
  2. The Scholarship Program is also open to those members who are working and continuing their education.
    • Applicants must be registered for a recognized course which is longer than 1 week in duration, and must provide a letter of registration;
    • Applicants must submit a letter of approval to take the course signed by their supervisor. The letter must also confirm that the applicant’s company is not covering the cost of the course and;
    • As some courses may be less than the scholarship amount, only the cost of the course will be covered.
  3. Scholarships are also available to students enrolled in approved security programs at schools in the provinces of British Columbia, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
    • One scholarship awarded per province to students enrolled in approved security programs at schools in the provinces of British Columbia, Quebec and Nova Scotia. Here are the specific criteria for these scholarships:
      For BCIT Students:
      The Scholarship Program is open to all students enrolled in or who have received acceptance to the Security Systems Technician (certificate program) at BCIT. Students must be active participants in the program between the dates of December 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019.
      For NSCC students:
      The Scholarship Program is open to all students enrolled in Electronic Engineering Technician program at Nova Scotia Community College in 2019 who have selected residential electronic as their speciality. Students’ program start date must be no later than December 1, 2019. Students’ program completion date must be no earlier than December 30, 2019.
      For QC Student:
      The Scholarship Program reserved exclusively for students enrolled in the Security Systems Installation and Maintenance program is open to students enrolled in 2018. Students’ program end date must be no later than December 30, 2019.

Written Submission*
Applicants must complete a written academic paper on the topic of electronic security in daily life, while adhering to the following criteria:

  • 500 to 1000 words, not including appendices or attachments. Please note: While papers may include illustrations, charts, tables, and graphs, these will not apply towards the word count requirements.
  • Must be written in English or French, using one-and-a-half or double spacing in Arial 12-point font.
  • Applicants must conduct research and engage in thoughtful deliberation.

Application Process
Applications and written submissions may be submitted until April 1, 2019 for the upcoming academic year. Submissions must include:

  • Completed application (No late or incomplete applications will be accepted)
  • Written academic paper
  • Official school transcripts (must show last two years, student applicants only)
  • Participation in volunteer activities
  • If a high school student, proof of acceptance into a post-secondary institution
  • Letter of recommendation (from teacher, colleague or employer) – should include details about their relationship to the applicant, the length of time they have known them, and a strong case for why the program they wish to pursue is the best way for them to achieve their career goals.
  • Photo of yourself
  • Funds will be paid directly to the winner.
  • Submissions will be disqualified if all documentation is not provided, by the deadline.
  • Dependents of Scholarship Selection Committee members are not eligible for the program.
  • If a region does not receive any submissions, no scholarship will be awarded for that region.
  • Applicants may be attending schools outside of Canada.
  • Applications will be accepted from previous winners. However, past winners are only eligible if they are the only applicant in their corresponding region.
  • For the purposes of this program, a “dependent” refers to a student for whom a member is the legal guardian.
  • Should a region not award a winner, those funds will be divided by the winners in all the other regions. For example, if there are 10 winners across Canada, the winners will split the $13,000 CDN of scholarship funds available with each receiving $1,300 CDN.

Submission Process
The Scholarship Selection Committee will be comprised of a representative from CANASA Regional Councils across Canada. The Committee will review applications, grade written submissions and select up to 13 scholarship recipients per year. Awardees will be announced on April 24, 2019. Please submit your full application by email to scholarship@canasa.org

Grading Structure
The Scholarship Selection Committee will grade all submissions based on the chart below.

Grading Component           Students/Dependents  Members
Written submission              
(Academic paper)
70% 90%
(Average of last two years grades)
20% N/A
Volunteer participation
10% 10%
100% 100%

Regional Breakdown
CANASA can award one scholarship in each region as indicated by the boundaries below. If a region does not receive any submissions, no scholarship will be awarded for that region.

Region Geographical boundaries
British Columbia British Columbia
Southern Alberta Southern Alberta to Penhold
Northern Alberta Northern Alberta to Red Deer
Prairies Manitoba, Saskatchewan to Thunder Bay, Ontario
Central Ontario Toronto (East to Peterborough, North to Penetanguishene, West to Orangeville)
Golden Horseshoe Port Dover Northwest to Kitchener, East to Oakville and Lake Ontario, South to the US border (includes Guelph, Kitchener, Niagara, St. Catharines and Burlington)
Eastern Ontario Belleville East to Quebec border, North to Ottawa and Pembroke
Southwestern Ontario Southwestern Ontario (East including Woodstock, South to Brantford, North to Hanover, West to the Windsor-Detroit border)
Quebec Quebec
Atlantic Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, NewBrunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador

Program ExpansionBC/QC/NS

As part of our commitment to attract high quality individuals and companies to our industry we are Security offering a $1000 scholarship to students enrolled in approved security programs at schools in these provinces

* Please note that your photo and all or an excerpt of your written submission may be used for promotional purposes.

Please submit your full application by email to