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U of T is committed to providing a learning experience which benefits from both a scale almost unparalleled in North America and from the close-knit learning communities made possible through its college system and academic divisions. U of T has 700 undergraduate programs in Humanities & Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Commerce & Management, Computer Science, Engineering, Kinesiology & Physical Education, Music, and Architecture.

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Students who have been nominated by their schools as National Book Award recipients may submit applications to the National Scholarship Program. In addition, students who identify themselves as meeting the scholarship criteria are invited to apply directly for the National Scholarship, without having been nominated for the Book Award. The National Scholarship rewards original, creative and committed Canadian secondary school students. These are students who demonstrate superior academic performance, original and creative thought, and exceptional achievement in a broad context. They excel in academic pursuits, demonstrate enthusiasm for intellectual exploration and have a strong involvement in the lives of their schools and communities. Approximately fifteen students are selected as National Scholars (winners) and ten are named Arbor Scholars (runners-up).

To learn more about the awards, visit the Award Explorer.

Eligibility

Students who have been nominated by their schools as National Book Award recipients may submit applications to the National Scholarship Program. In addition, students who identify themselves as meeting the scholarship criteria are invited to apply directly for the National Scholarship, without having been nominated for the Book Award.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • an original and creative thinker
  • committed to school and community
  • a high achiever in academic and creative pursuits
  • enthusiastic about learning and intellectual exploration
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person
  • currently in your final year of Canadian secondary school or first-year CEGEP
  • intending to begin university the following academic year
  • a National Book Award nominee or self-identify as meeting the criteria above

Award Value:

The National Scholarship covers tuition, incidental and residence fees for up to four years of study. Finalists not designated as National Scholars receive Arbor Scholarships at a value of $7,500 in the first year and $1,500 per year for three additional years of undergraduate study. The scholarship is tenable only at the University of Toronto. Application Process

Students must submit an online application form in order to be considered for the National Scholarship. The National Scholarship application is now closed for the 2021-2022 admission cycle. Each September, the link to the online application form is posted here.

National Scholarship Deadline

The deadline to apply for the 2021 National Scholarship was October 22, 2020 (11:59pm EDT).

Resources for Guidance Counsellors, Principals & Headmasters

We value our relationships with guidance counsellors, principals and headmasters across Canada. We’ve prepared resources and answers to commonly asked questions about the National Book Award to help you advise your students.

How do I nominate a student for the National Book Award?

Canadian high schools that have previously participated in the National Book Award program are contacted annually by email with a personalized, secure nomination form. These schools are contacted by mid-September of each year. If you are a school official, and your school has not received the link for the 2021 Book Award, please contact us at national.enquiry@utoronto.ca. If you are a student, please contact your guidance counsellor to ask if you may be considered and/or for additional information.

When can I nominate a student for the National Book Award?

We are now accepting nominations for the 2021-2022 admission cycle. Although the 2021 Book Award nomination deadline has passed (Oct 15, 2020), we are continuing to accept online nomination forms. We understand that schools are overwhelmed with new processes during the pandemic, so we have left the nomination form open passed the deadline this year. However, the scholarship deadline for students remains October 22, 2020.

Please check your email for the link to your school’s customized nomination form. Note that each school has a customized link to the nomination form — please do not share it with other schools, or if you are a teacher who has moved schools, please request a new link for your new school.

If you are a school official and your school has not previously participated in the National Book Award program, please email us at national.enquiry@utoronto.ca to obtain the link to you school’s customized nomination form.

Can I nominate more than one student for the National Book Award?

Schools can nominate one student per year. The National Book Award is designed to recognize outstanding students from across Canada.  Part of the selection process involves your school choosing your top candidate for nomination. We encourage schools to nominate the student that best exemplifies the qualities of the National Book Award. Keep in mind that students who identify themselves as meeting the scholarship criteria are also eligible to apply directly to the National Scholarship, without being nominated by their school for the National Book Award.

When will my Book Award nominee be notified?

National Book Award nominees are notified immediately via email and are invited to apply for the National Scholarship.

When do we receive the National Book Award?

The National Book Award will be mailed to your school in April, for presentation to the student at your school’s graduation or awards ceremony.

When are National Scholarship applicants notified?

In order to be considered for the National Scholarship, students must submit a National Scholarship application form by the posted deadline (i.e. nominees are not automatically considered for the scholarship). The selection committee will select approximately twenty-five finalists to participate in selection interviews, which are normally held in late February or early March. For the 2021 competition, finalist interviews will be conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual interviews will take place in March 2021. National Scholarship finalists will be notified by January 2021. Only successful candidates are notified.

When do students receive the National Scholarship?

Approximately fifteen finalists will be designated as National Scholars. Payment of the National Scholarship is conditional upon full-time registration in September in a first-entry undergraduate program at the University of Toronto.

Can I nominate a student even if they haven’t applied to U of T?

Yes, you can nominate a student who has not applied for admission to U of T. Students do not need to attend U of T in order to receive the National Book Award. However, in order to submit the scholarship application, students must apply for admission to U of T.

I have more questions—whom can I contact?

Please direct all your U of T National Book Award and Scholarship Program enquiries to national.enquiry@utoronto.ca.

Questions

We’re here to help! Questions about applying to the University of Toronto National Scholarship can be sent to: national.enquiry@utoronto.ca