Youth Education Program
Through the Youth Education Program, EDC helps build the capacity of the next generation of business leaders by awarding scholarships to Canadian students with a demonstrated interest in international business.
International Business Scholarships
EDC created the International Business Scholarships because international trade is critical to Canada’s economic prosperity and we’re dedicated to helping students – the next generation of business leaders – to succeed.
We award up to 30 scholarships annually, 25 of which go to undergraduate university or college students interested in pursuing a career or furthering their studies in international business, with up to five additional scholarships for students in programs which combine business with environmental or sustainability studies. An EDC scholarship is worth a $4,000 cash award.
The application process starts in November and ends in February. Scholarships are awarded in spring, and issued in autumn at the start of each academic year.
Check Your Eligibility
To qualify you must be:
- A Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.
- Enrolled in a full-time accredited bachelor’s degree at a Canadian university or college.
- Studying business (international business, commerce, finance, economics, accounting, etc.) or business combined with environmental or sustainability courses.
- Returning to full-time studies for the 2016-2017 academic year.
- In excellent academic standing.
Assets: Study or work experience outside of Canada is considered an asset.
Note: EDC employees and their dependents are not eligible.
Key Selection Criteria
Scholarships are awarded by a selection committee who evaluates applications based on the following:
- Demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in international business
- Academic achievement (as reflected in the transcripts and/or honours)
- Experience in Canada and abroad (work, internships, volunteering, study exchanges) during the current program
- Leadership potential (as reflected in extracurricular activities)
- Strength of letters of reference
- Language skills
What's the Process?
- Complete the online application (student programs) by February 5, 2016. No documents are accepted by mail, email or fax.
- Eligible applications will be reviewed during the month of March by an EDC selection committee.
- Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by early April.
- The funds will be disbursed in the fall after successful applicants submit proof of enrolment.
All documents must be submitted electronically using the online application.
The following supporting documents are required:
- Letter of intent
Please describe your main areas of interest and your proposed career path highlighting any current or past activities that demonstrate your motivation and potential in international business or in international business with an environmental or sustainability focus. (Maximum 600 words)
A clear, scanned copy of your official transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions (e.g. university, college, cégep) attended, including the most recent academic term.
Transcripts must include detailed information on the grading system specific to your institution. We reserve the right to request the original, hardcopy transcript.
We strongly recommend applicants order a recent transcript from their institution well in advance of the application deadline.
Your resume must include any experience abroad (work, study, internship), as well as any professional experience, volunteer work and extracurricular activities and memberships which demonstrate your interest for international business or in international business with an environmental or sustainability focus.
- Academic or employer reference letter
You must include a reference letter from either a professor/ instructor at your current educational institution or from your employer.
Frequently Asked Questions
- I am a second (or third) year undergraduate university student in Natural Resources Management or Environmental Studies. Am I eligible to apply for one of the scholarships for business studies combined with environment or sustainability studies?
If, in addition to natural resources or environmental studies courses, your program includes courses in business then you are eligible to apply.
- I am only taking one international business course. Am I eligible to apply?
If you are in a business or economics program, and applying in the international business category, you must show evidence of interest in international business either through your curriculum (courses taken or that you are planning to take) or your extracurricular activities. However, if you are in a combined environment and business program, you do not need to be taking international business courses.
- I am a CEGEP graduate and I was admitted directly to the second year of a bachelor’s degree program. Am I eligible to apply?
CEGEP and International Baccalaureate graduates sometimes enter their bachelor’s degree program in second year, and complete their degree requirements in three years. In this case, you are eligible to apply in your second and third year (which are in fact your first and second year at university). If in doubt, contact us.
- I am a college student in a university transfer program. Am I eligible to apply?
If you are a college student in the second year of a four-year degree transfer program (that is, two years at college followed by two years at university to obtain a bachelor’s degree) and have already been accepted into the third year of the university program, you are eligible to apply.
- How do I know if my college has degree granting authority?
Degree granting authority is regulated by provincial governments. To the best of our knowledge the following colleges are the ones with degree granting authority for business bachelor programs; if your college is not listed and has recently acquired this authority you would still be eligible. These colleges are:
- Algonquin College
- British Columbia Institute of Technology
- Camosun College
- College of the Rockies
- Conestoga College
- Douglas College
- George Brown College
- Georgian College
- Humber College
- Langara College
- Niagara College
- North Island College
- Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
- Okanagan College
- Olds College
- Red Deer College
- Seneca College
- Sheridan College
- Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
If your college is not listed and has recently acquired this authority you may still be eligible.
I am a college student completing a diploma program, am I eligible to apply?
No. The Scholarships Program is only available for students completing a bachelor’s degree program.I am currently in my second or third year of my second bachelor’s degree program. Am I eligible to apply?
Applicants with previous degrees are eligible to apply as long as the previous studies were in a different area of study.I am an international student at a Canadian university or college completing a bachelor’s degree program. Am I eligible?
The Scholarships Program is open only to Canadian students who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada.9. I am a Canadian bachelor’s degree student studying international trade at a university in Ottawa but I am currently on a co-op work term in Toronto. May I apply for the scholarship even though I am not taking courses at the moment?
Yes, you are eligible to apply.I am a student in an MBA or other related graduate studies program. Am I eligible to apply?
The Scholarships Program is only available for students completing bachelor’s degree programs. EDC does not offer any graduate scholarships. We recommend you consult the Government of Canada’s International Scholarships website
.I already received an EDC International Business Scholarship. Can I apply again?
Yes, you can apply provided you still meet the program’s eligibility requirements.
Application Form & Supporting Documents
I am currently on an exchange outside of Canada. Can I have an extension on the deadline for supporting documents?
We must receive your online application, including all supporting documents, on or before the deadline. If you have extenuating circumstances, please contact us regarding an extension for supporting documents.Can I submit supporting documents by mail?
No. All supporting documents must be submitted online as part of your application form.Are high school transcripts required?
No, high school transcripts are not required.Are CEGEP transcripts required?
Yes, CEGEP transcripts are required.I cannot obtain an official transcript (with the most recent semester) from my university or college before the deadline. What should I do?
Please contact us regarding an extension for official transcripts.Can I ask a professor to be an employer reference?
If you have completed paid work for the professor (research, teaching assistant, etc.) then a professor can provide an employer reference.Can I use a reference for volunteer work as my employer reference?
Yes, the employer reference can be for either paid or volunteer work.I have completed work experience outside of Canada. How does the selection committee recognize this experience?
Work experience outside of Canada (i.e. a paid/unpaid internship abroad or any type of paid employment overseas, within the timeframe of your current degree and for at least a minimum of three months) is valued by the selection committee. In order to demonstrate your experience abroad, you must have your foreign employer complete a reference letter.What is considered strong academic standing for this program?
Most applicants have a minimum B average.Are scholarship applicants considered for internships?
Recruitment for internships is independent from the EDC Scholarships Program. To ensure you are considered for internship opportunities, you must apply separately for specific positions posted on EDC's Careers page
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Hear from some of our past scholarship winners
Isabelle Bouchard, 2014
Undergraduate Program: Baccalauréat, Administration des affaires, HEC Montréal
Isabelle completed an exchange in San Diego California where she took international entrepreneurship courses. She has been a member of the local AIESEC chapter and HEC’s management consulting club.
« Je suis passionnée d’international, l’analyse des marchés étrangers et des cultures et leur interprétation. Cette bourse me permettra de persévérer dans l’atteinte de mes objectifs, aussi bien ceux liés à ma performance scolaire et à mon implication au sein de ma communauté que ceux qui sont liés mon cheminement professionnel. »
Viktor Holicek, 2014
Undergraduate Program: Bachelor of Business Administration, Concentration in International Business, Simon Fraser University
Viktor has completed study exchanges in Taiwan and China, as well as an internship in Mexico. He started his own distribution company for aquatics supplies and swimming computers, developing relationships with manufacturers in Asia and the UK, and concurrently worked on sourcing organic products from South America. Viktor is a member of the YMCA’s Youth Mean Business Program in Vancouver. Upon graduation he plans to further his education with an MBA geared towards International Business.
“It is organizations like EDC that help encourage students to expand their potential and promote international endeavours at a critical time in their lives. As a recipient, I will deliver my best efforts to continue gaining exposure to new cultures, studying languages, and building business networks and opportunities.”
Rohith Manhas, 2014
Undergraduate Program: Bachelor of Business Administration, Simon Fraser University
Rohith was the Vice President of the University’s International Business Association and completed an internship with the Canada-India Business Counsel in Mumbai. He has been member of the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Regional Transportation and Logistics Committee and received the 2013 Surrey Board of Trade top 25 under 25 Award.
“Receiving this scholarship will allow me to best fulfill my role as Commissioner for the District of Maple Ridge while in Europe. This scholarship will also allow me to further explore my international business career ambitions by supporting my experiential learning while abroad.”
Deanna Mirlycourtois, 2014
Undergraduate Program: Bachelor of Commerce in International Business and Human Resource Management, University of Manitoba/p>
Deanna has participated in sustainable economic development projects in El Salvador, Ecuador and Brazil. In Brazil, she made recommendations on sustainable small business practices in indigenous communities. Her aspiration is to promote sustainable economic development and capacity building.
“It is an immense honour to be recognized as an EDC scholarship recipient! The award helped me finance an exchange in Spain where I improved my fluency in Spanish. It also served as personal motivation to pursue further education in the field of international business and economic development. The emphasis the award places on the value of international experience, and the role business can play in bridging cultures and developing societies has helped reaffirm my desired career path.”
Caleb Park, 2014
Undergraduate Program: International Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in International Business, York University
Caleb is passionate about the global marketplace and aspires to strengthen Canada’s trade relationships with East Asian countries, particularly China, South Korea and Japan. He has served as Vice President at the Korean Students Association of Canada, he also holds a certificate from the World Federation of Overseas Korean Traders Associations, has been member of the local AIESEC chapter and completed an internship in South Korea.
“The EDC award means a lot to me. It not only allows me to pursue and explore different areas of study in international business, but also encourages me to push myself further in all areas of my life. I feel much more confident and excited to strive for my vision of strengthening Canada’s trade relationships with East Asia. This recognition will tremendously help my professional development both in short and long-run. Thank you, EDC!
Logan Pizzey, 2014
Undergraduate Program: Bachelor of Science, Agribusiness, University of Saskatchewan
Logan is passionate about the intersection of business with sustainable practices and has put sustainable approaches to work on a family owned farm, utilizing practices such as zero-tillage, sustainable crop-rotations and maintaining wildlife habitat. He has also been part of seed export deals to several US states, as well as export transactions of wheat planting seed to the UK.
“The more time I spend as a small piece of the agriculture community, the more I realize how I am also a piece of the international business community. I am extremely grateful to be one of the EDC scholarship award winners. My interest is to ensure that our future food production is focused on maintaining community, economic and environmental sustainability. As Canadian agriculture continues to evolve, it is important to enter the industry with a quality education and I would like to thank EDC for the opportunity to do so.”
Sebastian Toplician, 2014
Undergraduate Program: Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business Management, Conestoga College
Sebastian was the first student to go abroad as part of his program at Conestoga College, and is interested in various fields within business including supply chain, operations and human resource management.
“The EDC scholarship greatly assisted me with my tuition costs and gave me the safety net of being able to pursue more global adventures taking me one step closer to becoming a global citizen. This award is also very prestigious and I hope that it will shine a brighter light on Conestoga College and other potential college recipients around Canada.”
EDC International Business Scholarship Winners
- Seyedeh Hedieh Ahmari, Capilano University *
- Tiffany Bennett, Simon Fraser University
- Isabelle Bouchard, HEC Montréal
- Samantha Chan, Simon Fraser University
- Cassie Doucette, Mount Royal University
- Peter Casper III Sy Dyloco, Queen's University
- Malak El Allaki, York University
- Nicholas Fraser, Brock University
- Kyle Gough, University of Alberta
- Xavier Hegetschweiler, Université Laval
- Qinran Huang, Wilfrid Laurier University
- Shelby Jamieson, Dalhousie University *
- Daniel Shinun Kang, McGill University
- Brittany Lightheart, Niagara College
- Jessica Lomazzo, Western University
- William McFetridge, University of Manitoba *
- Madeline Millsip, Simon Fraser University *
- Valérie Moreau, HEC Montréal
- Yuen-ki Ngan, Wilfrid Laurier University
- Caroline Pogue, Carleton University
- Carissa Rysko, University of Alberta
- Jabir Sandhu, Carleton University
- Mark Scorgie, Grant MacEwan University
- Emily Sheard, University of Manitoba
- Samuel Tersigni, Carleton University
- Joseph Watson-MacKay, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- Tyler Wedekamm, Queen's University
- Alysha-Rae Weekes, University of New Brunswick
- Andrew West, University of Alberta
- Megan Wylie, University of Waterloo *
* Recipients of the scholarship in international business combined with environmental or sustainability studies.
- Ryan Amsden, Concordia University
- Anvita Akkur, McGill University*
- Isabelle Bouchard, HEC Montréal
- Mackenzie Chapman, Carleton University
- Rochelle Comte, Université de Saint-Boniface
- Sam Cui, Western University*
- Jacob Dancyger, Queen’s University*
- Jens Deppe, Grant MacEwan University
- Nigel Figueiredo, University of Victoria
- Wan Yi Gong, Queen's University
- Viktor Holicek, Simon Fraser University
- Ann Karamysh, Capilano University
- Kashmir Kaur, University of British Columbia
- Eva Ko, University of British Columbia
- Felicia Liang, University of Alberta
- Charles Ma, Grant MacEwan University
- Gaelle Madevon, University of Victoria
- David Maher, Memorial University of Newfoundland
- Anastasia Manannikova, Concordia University
- Rohith Manhas, Simon Fraser University
- Christopher Matthew, University of British Columbia
- Deanna Mirlycourtois, University of Manitoba
- Melissa Morgan, University of Waterloo
- Sophie Paradis, Carleton University
- Caleb Chan-Young Park, York University
- Nam Pham, University of Victoria*
- Logan Pizzey, University of Saskatchewan*
- Anil Sengupta, Brock University
- Jeffrey Shalagan, University of Alberta
- Sebastian Toplician, Conestoga College
* Recipients of the scholarship in international business combined with environmental or sustainability studies.
- Eric Agyemang - University of Ottawa
- Shireen Ali - Wilfrid Laurier University
- Leyla Alizada - Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
- Alison Carlyle - Univeristy of Waterloo
- Kyle Collison - University of Alberta
- Aurelie Dahoo - University of Ottawa
- Saliya de Zoysa Jagamuni - Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
- Breagh Farquharson - Thompson Rivers University
- Kathryn Grant - University of Victoria
- Melissa Haines – University of Waterloo
- Scott Hirsch – Simon Fraser University
- Ray Howard – Ryerson University
- Christopher Kropp - Carleton University
- Mimi Lam - Carleton University
- Anita Lee - Western University
- Brett Lindquist - University of Alberta
- Darrin Mah University of Victoria
- Shaun McGeough - Carleton University
- Ross Park - Carleton University
- Sara Pelaez Restrepo - Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
- Leah Perry - Carleton University
- Asha Rajak - Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
- Jason Rondeau - Saint Mary’s University
- Karine Sabourin - University of Manitoba
- Nathan Shantz - Wilfrid Laurier University
- Vincent Song - Simon Fraser University
- Myra Tremblay - Université Laval
- Cameron Turnbull - Saint Mary’s University
- Cameron York - University of Victoria
- Cedric Zhang - Wilfrid Laurier University
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