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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
July 26, 2016

Canadian Excellence

First Generation Bursary

In an August 2006 press release from Premier Dalton McGuinty, the provincial government "announced new investments to build opportunity for young people by helping students become the first in their family to attend college or university or become an apprentice". The definition of a first generation student refers to "young people whose parents did not attend college or university". If either parent completed a program, the student is not considered as first generation; if either parent took courses from a college or university, but did not complete a program, then the student would still be considered as first generation.

First Generation does not mean that the individual must be a new or first generation Canadian, or that new or First Generation Canadians automatically qualify for the bursary. Typically, a student whose parents have a postsecondary degree, diploma, or certificate from another country would not be considered a First Generation student for the purposes of this bursary, however discretion must be exercised in these cases, for example, in situations where the parents have been unable to use their educational qualifications in Canada.

For 2016/2017, the General Student profile for all students will be available on LORIS as ofearly August, and the submission deadlinewill be late September 2016.Specific deadlines will be posted in early summer 2016.

For 2016/2017 if you complete thegeneral student profile (by the deadline at the end of September 2016), and indicated that you are a "First Generation" student, the applicationwill be automatically listed on your "Student Awards/View My Applications" tabonLORISstarting early November. An email notification will be sent once this has been added to LORIS.

The submission deadline for the First Generation bursary applicationwill be lateJanuary 2017.

If you do not see this application on your account on LORISasofthis date, or if you do not complete the student profile, youcan e-mail the Student Awards Office ( request that the First Generation Bursary application is added to youraccount under LORIS.

All requests to have this application added to LORIS accounts had to be submitted to by4:30 pmon the deadline day. No exceptions.

Recipients will be notified by email by the end ofFebruary 2017.

The First Generation Bursary program requires a separate application from the Laurier Tuition Bursary program. If eligible, it is possible to receive both a Laurier Tuition Bursary, as well as a First Generation Bursary.

This program is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.The average amount which has been granted in previous years, per student through the First Generationprogram, was $1,000 per year. In 2015/2016, the Ministry provided fundingto grant77 students a First Generation Bursary.

We receive an average of 500 applications for this program, as a result, not all eligible studentsmay be granted a First Generation bursary.

All full and part time undergraduate students are eligible to apply for a First Generation bursary, and are NOT required to complete an OSAP application for the First Generationprogram. In order to be eligible for a First Generation bursary, applicants must also be long term residents of Ontario. To be eligible for this program, candidates must be registered (full or part time) in a minimum of 2 academic terms per year (fall, winter and or spring terms).

The completion of anonline student budget form/financial statementis required for this program. If it was not completed when theGeneral Student profile(s) was completed, the link to this form will be available through the First Generation Bursary Application.

Program Requirements:

1) completion of the online application form on LORIS by the deadline (for 2016/2017, the deadlinewill be late January2017.

2) completion of the First Generation essay question (includedonapplication on LORIS) by the deadline

3) completion of an online student budget form/financialstatementfor the current 2016/17 academic year by the deadline (included in the online student profile AND/OR the First Generation Bursary application)