The National and Arbor Scholarship Program
The National Book Awards
The University of Toronto National Book Award Program is intended to recognize and reward the very best Canadian secondary school students, regardless of which university those students choose to attend. 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.
Each secondary school in Canada is invited to nominate one student on the basis of these criteria. The deadline for nominations for the 2015 National Book Awards was November 7, 2014.
Updated application information for the 2016 National Book Award program will be posted on this site in late August 2015.
The National and Arbor Scholarships
Students selected as National Book Award winners have the opportunity to 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. Please refer to the composite profiles (pdf file) which illustrate attributes of successful candidates.
On the basis of application criteria, about 20 students are selected as finalists. The finalists are invited to be the guests of the University during the selection interviews held in the early spring following application. The University expects to award approximately 10 National Scholarships annually. The National Scholarship will cover tuition and incidental fees for four years, will provide full residence support in first year, and will include an additional, renewable monetary award. The monetary award will be determined on the basis of individual financial circumstances. The scholarship is tenable only at the University of Toronto.
Those finalists not designated as National Scholars will receive Arbor Scholarships. These scholarships are renewable and have a value of $6,000 in the first year and $1,500 per year for three additional years of undergraduate study.
The application for the 2015 National and Arbor Scholarships closed on November 7, 2014. Applications for the 2016 awards will be available from this site beginning in late August 2015.
For information only, you may still review the 2015 application materials below:
Download Instructions for Students (pdf)
Download Part A of the National Scholarship Application (pdf)
Download Part B of the National Scholarship Application (pdf)