Northern Savings’ INSPIRE Bursaries provide financial assistance to students making a difference in our communities.

INSPIRE Bursaries are available to Northern Savings members, who are residents of the communities served by our branches, and have been accepted into a recognized post-secondary institution.

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When you inspire others to make a difference, you open opportunities for positive change.


Win one of three Northern Savings’ INSPIRE Bursaries:

  • one $1,500 bursary
  • one $1,000 bursary
  • one $500 bursary

How to Apply

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Terms & Conditions

  • Applicants must be a Northern Savings member prior to applying for the bursary.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older. Mature students are welcome to apply. Applicants under the age of 18 must get their parent/legal guardian to co-sign the application form.
  • Only one application per member is permitted.
  • Applicants must not have received an INSPIRE Bursary in the past.
  • Application forms must be completed fully; failure to do so may result in the application being excluded for consideration.
  • Applicants must be residents of the communities served by our branches, but may attend a university or college anywhere within Canada.
  • The bursary awards are for full-time and part-time studies at a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • INSPIRE bursary winners will need to provide proof of enrollment before receiving funds.
  • There will be three INSPIRE bursaries awarded for the following amounts: one (1) = $1,500, one (1) = $1,000, and one (1) = $500.
  • The opening date to receive applications is Monday, May 17, 2021. The closing date for application forms to be returned is Wednesday, June 30, 2021 no later than 5:00pm.
  • By completing the application form, the applicant agrees to Northern Savings Credit Union using their essay or video for promotional purposes and consent to allow Northern Savings to use and publicly display their image in photographs and/or videos in any written, electronic or visual publication in any type of media and release Northern Savings from all claims, obligations and liabilities of every nature in kind arising out of or related to such use or public display or depiction of their image.
  • All application forms will be checked before they are entered into the draw to ensure that they have been filled out correctly.
  • The winning applicants will be chosen by a Bursary Committee and their decision is final.
  • Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by phone, mail, or email following the selection.
  • In order to qualify for the INSPIRE bursary award you must submit an essay (750 words or less, or a two minute or less video on the topic:  “What made you select your major or focus of study? What INSPIRED you to achieve this path? If you haven’t decided on a focus, what courses of interest are you taking to help decide?”