The Importance of Scholarships & Bursaries

"A scholarship or bursary created by supporters provides an encouraging message to students that someone is supporting their pursuits."

Scholarships and bursaries are integral in breaking down the barriers for studying in higher education. Many times, figuring out how to finance their education is the biggest cause of stress for a student, which in turn distracts students from focusing on their studies.

I’ve seen students in my office who are so stressed about their finances that they break down and weep. When I’m able to help them find a scholarship or bursary they are eligible for, the student can finally say, I can do this (pay for school). It’s a very rewarding part of my job.

Although it is a factor, figuring out how to pay for school should not be a student’s number one concern in determining if they can study or not. If they have the will to study, they should have access to education. Scholarships and bursaries can make that possible for a student.

A scholarship or bursary created by supporters also provides an encouraging message to students that someone is supporting their pursuits. With the appreciation for the assistance they receive, students are inspired to give back to the community.

Bryan Tai
Student Financial Resources Coordinator
Tyndale University College & Seminary

Here is what some students had to say this year to their Scholarship and Bursary supporters…

I greatly appreciate your gift and your willingness to give financially. It has not only helped me financially, but also encouraged me to study more diligently, and I thank the Lord for you. You have sacrificed your own resources to help someone else you have not met before. This is truly the work of the Kingdom, and I pray that God blesses you just as you’ve blessed me and other students like me.

Adrian Benedict Lo
Master of Divinity – Pastoral Ministry
Y.C. Kwok Bursary

I am overjoyed by your generosity towards Tyndale and towards me. This gift is such a blessing to my family and me. This scholarship is more than just a monetary blessing; it is a reminder that I am where God wants me to be. Thank you for blessing my family and me through supporting me in this way. I always thank God for His provision and I thank you for your obedience to His call in this way.

Rebecca Leyenaar
BA Philosophy with a minor in Psychology
Joseph McDermott Scholarship in Evangelism

Through your generosity, your hands are extending to the people that I am carrying the Gospel to. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for assisting me financially and for your faithfulness in bringing God’s love to the world.

Sarah Parlee
Master of Divinity – Global Mission and Intercultural Studies
New Hope Missions Bursary

I cannot thank you enough for this scholarship. Your generosity and desire to bless students like myself are incredibly inspiring and motivating. Thank you for all that you have done and will continue to do. I will always be encouraged to share this story of God’s sovereignty and your generosity with those around me. Thank you again, and God bless you.

Graziella Siracusa
BA Biblical Studies and Theology
Weston Family Scholarship

The bursary is very important to me because it enables me to study at one of the best seminaries in Canada. It is because of the generosity of people like you, with a heart to support people in need like me, (that I can) study and pursue God’s calling in my life. I feel blessed and encouraged by your kindness and support.

Tatenda Gapara
Master of Divinity – Spiritual Formation
Jireh Bursary