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Program Overview

We rely on skilled trades to build and maintain the infrastructure of our cities and towns. Our challenge is not having enough of these talented people to meet the demands fueled by our growth.

The Schulich Builders program will combat the shortage of skilled trades in Ontario and amplify their importance and value to our community by awarding 100 annual scholarships to the most promising candidates across colleges in Ontario including Humber.

Schulich Builders are scholarships for students enrolling in an eligible, full-time skilled trades program at a participating college in Ontario. Ten colleges award a total of 100 scholarships annually. Each college will award ten scholarships:

  • Five for one-year certificate programs — Valued at $20,000, these scholarships support the costs of tuition, tools and living expenses.
  • Five for two-year diploma programs — Valued at $40,000 ($20,000 per academic year), these scholarships support the costs of tuition, tools and living expenses.

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Eligibility Criteria

Schulich Builders are responsible, hardworking, dedicated people who:

  • Are enrolled in a full-time, eligible skilled trade one-year certificate or two-year diploma program starting in Fall (September 2024) (see list of eligible programs above)
  • Are Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • Demonstrates financial need

Renewal Criteria: Scholarship recipients must pass each semester and stay in their chosen program in order to keep their scholarship.

Selection Criteria

Students must meet the following criteria to be considered for the scholarship:

  • Strong work ethic and character, as evidenced by one letter of recommendation by someone directly connected to the student, preferably:
    • High school staff member
    • Employer
    • Co-worker
    • Community service organization
  • Demonstrates Financial Need
  • Willingness to act as an ambassador and promote their career choice in the skilled trades and the Schulich Builders program in high schools and community outreach.
  • Preference for students applying directly from high school, although all students are welcome.
  • Your most recent transcripts, either from high school or college/university if you are a transfer student.

Contact: Please contact Marlene Valerio at with any questions.

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Schulich Builders: Scholarships for Skilled Trades

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