The Garfield Weston Merit Scholarship for Colleges (GWMSC) program will distribute the following awards to students entering their 1st year of college studies in Canada for use during the 2006-07 academic year:

  • Up to 25 GWMSC National Awards which comprise: a tuition waiver from a consortium college renewable for one or two additional years; an $8,000 stipend renewable for one or two additional years; and access to summer program funding.
  • Up to 18 GWMSC Regional Awards which comprise:a $4,000 one-year scholarship.
  • Up to 15 GWMSC Provincial Awards which comprise:a $2,500 one-year scholarship.


In order to be eligible for a GWMSC entrance award, a student must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • be presently completing secondary school diploma/credentials or have been out of school for a minimum of three years (students presently enrolled in colleges doing their high school equivalency are eligible to apply);
  • be entering his or her first year of full-time college studies leading to a certificate, diploma or applied degree in the fall of 2006 (university transfer program or pre-university DEC students are not eligible);
  • be entering college studies of at least two years’ duration; and
  • have a minimum average of 75% in courses required for college program of choice.


A GWMSC Scholar is an outstanding college student who is:

  • passionate about his or her field of study, curious, and willing to try new things;
  • caring about his or her family, neighbourhood and community; and
  • truly interested in becoming involved and making a difference in society


The $1000 National School Leadership Award, initiated in 2003 and funded by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, is awarded to every high school which nominates a GWMSC National Award recipient. This award recognizes the essential contributions schools make in the development of young leaders and is intended to be used in the continuing development of leadership-based programs in your school.