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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.

 

Applications for 2019 scholarships will be open as of November 5, 2018.

 

 

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 2018-2019 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
  • Clear expression of how scholarship will help pursue field of study
  • Academic achievement (as reflected in the transcripts and/or honours)
  • Experience in Canada and abroad (work, internships, volunteering, study exchanges) during the current degree program
  • Leadership potential (as reflected in extracurricular activities)
  • Strength of letters of reference
  • Language skills

What's the Process?

  1. Complete the online application via EDC’s Careers Portal (Select “EDC International Business Scholarships 2018-2019”)  by February 9, 2018. No documents are accepted by mail, email or fax.
  2. Eligible applications will be reviewed during the month of March by an EDC selection committee.
  3. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by early April.
  4. The funds will be disbursed in the fall after successful applicants submit proof of enrolment.

Supporting documents

All documents must be submitted electronically using the online application.

The following supporting documents are required:

  1. 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)

  2. Transcripts

    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.

  3. Resume

    Your resume should 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.

  4. 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

Eligibility
  1. 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?

  2. If, in addition to natural resources or environmental studies courses, your program includes courses in business then you are eligible to apply.

  3. I am only taking one international business course. Am I eligible to apply?

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. I am a college student in a university transfer program. Am I eligible to apply?

  8. 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.

  9. How do I know if my college has degree granting authority?

  10. 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
    • Keyano College
    • Langara College
    • Medicine Hat 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
    • St. Lawrence College

    If your college is not listed and has recently acquired this authority you may still be eligible.

  11. I am a college student completing a diploma program, am I eligible to apply?

  12. No. The Scholarships Program is only available for students completing a bachelor’s degree program.

  13. I am currently in my second or third year of my second bachelor’s degree program. Am I eligible to apply?

  14. Applicants with previous degrees are eligible to apply as long as the previous studies were in a different area of study.

  15. I am an international student at a Canadian university or college completing a bachelor’s degree program. Am I eligible?

  16. The Scholarships Program is open only to Canadian students who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

  17. 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?

  18. Yes, you are eligible to apply.

  19. I am a student in an MBA or other related graduate studies program. Am I eligible to apply?

  20. 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.

  21. I already received an EDC International Business Scholarship. Can I apply again?

  22. Yes, you can apply provided you still meet the program’s eligibility requirements.

    Application Form & Supporting Documents

  23. I am currently on an exchange outside of Canada. Can I have an extension on the deadline for supporting documents?

  24. 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.

  25. Can I submit supporting documents by mail?

  26. No. All supporting documents must be submitted online as part of your application form.

  27. Are high school transcripts required?

  28. No, high school transcripts are not required.

  29. Are CEGEP transcripts required?

  30. Yes, CEGEP transcripts are required.

  31. I cannot obtain an official transcript (with the most recent semester) from my university or college before the deadline. What should I do?

  32. Please contact us regarding an extension for official transcripts.

  33. Can I ask a professor to be an employer reference?

  34. If you have completed paid work for the professor (research, teaching assistant, etc.) then a professor can provide an employer reference.

  35. Can I use a reference for volunteer work as my employer reference?

  36. Yes, the employer reference can be for either paid or volunteer work.

  37. I have completed work experience outside of Canada. How does the selection committee recognize this experience?

  38. 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.

  39. What is considered strong academic standing for this program?

  40. Most applicants have a minimum B average.

  41. Are scholarship applicants considered for internships?

  42. 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.

Who to Contact

For inquiries and additional information, please contact: scholarships.bourses@edc.ca
 

Hear from some of our scholarship winners

Emma Logan, 2017

Emma LoganUndergraduate Program: : Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, St. Francis-Xavier University – Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Emma is currently pursuing an international exchange in Australia, studying international business. She is involved with the Deaf Youth Association of Nova Scotia, which has given her the opportunity to be the ambassador for the Rick Hansen Foundation and to attend the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association's national conference this year. Emma’s ultimate career goal is to start her own social enterprise, and she hopes to find inspiration in her travels.

"It is truly an honour to have been selected as one of EDC’s 2017 scholarship recipients! This scholarship will open doors for me, as I now have incredible financial support to make the most of my experience abroad. Having my academic efforts recognized by EDC has further motivated me to pursue my interest in international business."

Jeff Zhang, 2017

Jeff ZhangUndergraduate Program: Bachelor of Commerce, Finance, Queen’s University – Kingston, Ontario

During Jeff’s recent study exchange in Glasgow, Scotland, he took part in a consulting course, where he worked with students from across Europe to develop business strategies for a London-based company. He’s also had the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong to compete in a global business plan competition. After graduation, Jeff hopes to pursue a career that involves working on global projects and interacting with people from around the world.

"It is a privilege to have received the EDC scholarship. Personally, this scholarship will support my education in my final year and motivate me towards achieving my career aspirations. I hope that my award will inspire my peers who are interested in international business to also apply for the EDC scholarship and to never give up on their career goals."

Colin Donahoe, 2017

Colin DonahoeUndergraduate Program: Bachelor of Commerce, McGill University - Montreal, Quebec

Colin has volunteered in Colombia developing an entrepreneurship-focused summer program for children in Bogota’s underprivileged neighbourhoods, and at the Rio Olympic Games in the summer of 2016. At school, he currently serves as the VP of Academic Affairs of the Management Undergraduate Society at McGill. Following graduation, he plans to explore international strategy through further studies or pursuing a career in consulting.

"I am incredibly grateful to EDC and honoured to have been chosen as a recipient of this award. This scholarship validates much of the work I have done over the past few years and will allow me to continue to pursue opportunities both inside and beyond the classroom. Thank you for the support furthering my development towards an international career."

Irene Lai, 2017

Irene LaiUndergraduate Program: Bachelor of Arts, Arts and Business, University of Waterloo – Waterloo, Ontario

Irene has completed an exchange term in the UK, which allowed her to broaden her understanding of business in international and cross-cultural contexts. She is an active member in her community and was part of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Youth Advisory Council. At school, Irene is a senior executive of DECA, the VP of the Arts and Business Society, a teaching assistant, and an athlete on Waterloo’s competitive dragon boat team. Her aspirations are to pursue graduate school and gain experience working abroad.

"I am incredibly honoured to be awarded the EDC international business scholarship and I am thankful for EDC’s tremendous support in developing the next generation of business leaders. I look forward to pursuing opportunities that expand my global perspective and to make a positive contribution to Canada on the world stage."

Aser Hailu, 2017

Aser HailuUndergraduate Program: Bachelor of Commerce, Finance, University of Manitoba – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Aser has recently completed a study exchange in Munich, where he gained a new perspective and greater understanding of global business. He has also completed a two-month program in Ethiopia, where he was able to engage in a cultural exchange and build strong friendships and connections. In the future, Aser hopes to continue his studies overseas, and to use the experience he has gained to eventually open an international business with a social aspect to support developing communities.

"It’s an honour to receive the EDC scholarship, as it will allow me to gain international experiences and study in a foreign language. As our world is becoming interconnected, giving young people such as myself this knowledge and experience will be crucial in helping Canada succeed on the international stage."

Kathleen Cadungog, 2017

Kathleen CadungogUndergraduate Program: Bachelor of Commerce, International Business, University of Calgary – Calgary, Alberta

Kathleen aspires to help industries move towards sustainable and ethical practices. She completed a seven-month exchange program in the Netherlands where she studied management of international social challenges and the complex nature of politics and society. Alongside her academic achievements, she volunteered to help combat homelessness and break the cycle of poverty. She hopes to pursue graduate studies to further her knowledge on sustainability.

"I am incredibly grateful and honoured to receive this International Business Scholarship and am excited that Export Development Canada has created this great program to encourage a global consciousness. Unmistakably, this not only financially supports my education, but motivates me to apply my learning on an international scale. With this, I am inspired to work towards a sustainable future.

Kevin Horak, 2017

Kevin HorakUndergraduate Program: Bachelor of International Business, Spanish, Carleton University – Ottawa, Ontario

Kevin has completed a year-long academic exchange in Santiago, Chile. While abroad, he worked with a Chilean NGO that focuses on the social reinsertion of young offenders through work placements. Along with this, Kevin has also served as the President for Carleton’s largest undergraduate business club, Carleton DECA. In the future, he hopes to work on an international level in a position where he can leverage his unique experiences to impact the world in a positive way.

"It is an absolute honour to receive this award. Because of EDC, I can finish my academic exchange in South America without worrying about its financial burden, leaving me free to completely immerse myself in a new culture and language. This scholarship initiative demonstrates perfectly not only EDC’s support of young professionals, but also its support of the belief that, due to the increasingly globalized nature of the world, the key to future success lies in international business activities. Thanks, EDC!"

Roman Celac, 2017

Roman CelacUndergraduate Program: Bachelor of Commerce, McGill University – Montreal, Quebec

During his time at McGill, Roman has conducted research at McGill’s Institute for Integrative Management, worked as a teaching assistant in International Business and contributed to business initiatives, Model United Nations conferences and other organizations. Recently, Roman took part in an exchange to China, where he developed a broader understanding of developing economies. He aspires to obtain a graduate degree and pursue a career in a challenging environment.

"It is an immense privilege to receive the International Business Scholarship from EDC. This award supports my passion to work towards sustainable business development and the creation of synergistic international relationships. The scholarship encourages my educational pursuit and allows me to channel more efforts to undertake leadership roles where I can create further value for my community."

EDC International Business Scholarship Winners ​

2018 

  • Jasmine Wang, Western University
  • Yulianna Zan, University of Manitoba
  • Caitlin Ladd, Dalhousie University
  • Eva Li, Queen's University
  • Melanie Meng Liu, University of Alberta
  • Alida Burke, University of Ottawa
  • Diva Astinova, University of Ottawa
  • Sergio Rios, Algonquin College
  • Devon Haye, McGill University
  • Dolapo Fadare, University of Saskatchewan
  • Narinder Pal Singh, Seneca College
  • Charly Bax, Carleton University
  • Eva Ren, McGill University
  • Nayaelah Siddiqui, University of Ottawa
  • Leizl Pineda, University of Ottawa
  • Lorianne Dueck, Carleton University
  • Emily Kate Gray, Carleton University
  • ElizabethTkach, McGill University
  • Erin Ball, Conestoga College
  • Benjamin Corbeil, Université du Québec a Trois-Rivières
  • Victoria Farrell, Carleton University
  • Sahil Bablani, Queen's University
  • Melissa Blimkie, Simon Fraser University
  • Zheng-Yi Ong, Queen's University
  • Mishael Liu, University of Alberta
  • Denis Boily Ortega, Concordia University
  • Stefanie Huffman, Simon Fraser University
  • Ali Wicklum, University of Alberta
  • Julianne Nieh, University of British Columbia
  • Serinda Kong, University of British Columbia

2017

  • Adeline Saive, McGill University *
  • Alexander Cardoso, University of Waterloo *
  • Alexandre Dussault, McGill University *
  • Alexandru Gheorghe, York University
  • Aser Hailu, University of Manitoba
  • Colin Donahoe, McGill University
  • Emma Logan, St. Francis Xavier University
  • Emmanuelle Alcindor, HEC Montréal
  • Hien Nguyen, University of Regina
  • Irene Lai, University of Waterloo
  • Isabela Murillo, Carleton University
  • Isabella An, Western University
  • Isabelle Hupé-Côté, McGill University
  • Jeff Zhang, Queen’s University
  • Jennifer Seo, University of Manitoba
  • Jenny Jingyi Li, University of Waterloo
  • Kaila Shatosky, Carleton University
  • Karina Latcu, Brock University
  • Kathleen Cadungog, University of Calgary
  • Kevin Horak, Carleton University
  • Kimberly Ng, Simon Fraser University *
  • Liam Grigg, University of Victoria
  • Linda Du, Queen’s University
  • Maria Chiara Paoli, McGill University *
  • Nikolas Shymko, Saint Mary’s University
  • Peter Behncke, Simon Fraser University
  • Réanne Cooper, Université Sainte-Anne
  • Roman Celac, McGill University
  • Ryan Sungjin Chang, Simon Fraser University
  • Sarah McKinnon, Carleton University * Recipients of the scholarship in international business combined with environmental or sustainability studies.

* Recipients of the scholarship in international business combined with environmental or sustainability studies.

2016

  • Sanziana Andreica, Queen’s University
  • Darren Chin, University of Alberta
  • Stephanie Grace Chow, Simon Fraser University *
  • Bruce Andrew Chudley, University of Manitoba
  • Nicola Wendy Craig, Queen’s University
  • Corinna Ha, McGill University
  • Anna Malgorzata Halawa, University of Ottawa
  • Luke James Harrison, University of Waterloo *
  • Danica Rae Jorgenson, University of Calgary
  • Eric Lam, University of Waterloo *
  • Guillaume Lange, HEC Montréal
  • Nataliya Leshko, University of Toronto
  • Dina Lu, University of British Columbia
  • Edyta Maciejowski, University of Calgary
  • Danielle Marquis, University of Ottawa
  • Jennifer Rhetta Mattinson, Acadia University
  • Isabela Murillo, Carleton University
  • Jordan Murray, University of Ottawa
  • Andrea Ort, Carleton University
  • Daniel Adam Piechnik, University of British Columbia
  • Caroline Suzanne Pogue, Carleton University
  • Emily Potvin, University of Ottawa
  • Mark Ren, Western University
  • James Russell, Saint Mary’s University
  • Chris Seo, University of British Columbia
  • Kaitlin Thompson, University of Waterloo *
  • Iris Wu, Western University
  • Yangping Xing, Algonquin College *
  • Courtney Young, Western University
  • Laura Zubick, University of Alberta

* Recipients of the scholarship in international business combined with environmental or sustainability studies.

2015

  • 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.

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