Student Voice Champion Scholarships


Leaders, advocates, and visionaries…
Being a champion for Student Voice means that you are all this and more!


Online Application

The Student Voice Champion Scholarships (SVCS) will not be offered during the 2019-2020 year as we undergo a review of the program. Please stay tuned for information regarding the 2020-2021 year.

Student Voice is a fundamental part of the FCSS-FESC's work and we believe strongly in recognizing those students who help further student voice in their schools, communities, provinces, and right across Canada. Students across the country are leaders, advocates, and visionaries through their everyday actions that bring attention to issues, take up causes for others, and work for the betterment of their fellow students, schools, and communities. Supporting these students is our goal.

We believe that all students, regardless of academics, contribute in meaningful ways to their peers and communities. For this, we recognize the incredible diversity of students and the various forms their contributions can take.

Whether advocating for marginalized students, starting an arts program, or taking the time to help a friend in need, everyday actions make Student Voice Champions and we appreciate all the skill, talent, love, energy, and emotional labour that students put into their projects. Our scholarship program values more than just academics and we’re thrilled to support students on their journeys through post-secondary whether in university or college.

All students, regardless of where they reside or where they go to school are encouraged to apply to the Student Voice Champion Scholarships. We wish all candidates the very best of luck with their applications!



$10,000 Academic Merit Scholarship

The Academic Merit Scholarship is open to all Canadian secondary students who have:

1. A cumulative academic average of 90%; and
2. Shown a commitment to student voice.


$10,000 Community Service Scholarship

The Community Service Scholarship is open to all Canadian secondary students who have:

1. A cumulative academic average of 60%;
2. An outstanding record of community service; and
3. Shown a commitment to student voice.

General FAQs

+ Past Recipients

Fall 2018

Academic Merit Award - $10,000

  • Lauren Warchelowski | Thunder Bay, Ontario

Academic Merit Honourable Mention - $500

  • Victoria Zhou | North Bay, Ontario

Community Service Award - $10,000

  • McKayla Coutts | Burnaby, British Columbia

Community Service Honourable Mention - $500

  • Le Khanh Nguyen | Markham, Ontario

Fall 2017

Academic Merit Award - $10,000

  • Cynthia Francis | Halifax, Nova Scotia

Community Service Award - $10,000

  • Meena Rahmani | Calgary, Alberta

+ What is Student Voice?

Student Voice in its most basic form is the assurance that the beliefs, opinions, and concerns of students will be considered by those in a position to make decisions within education, including teachers, school administrators, the Board of Education, and the provincial/territorial Ministry of Education.

— Ontario Ministry of Education, 2015

Any student who has made an impact to help further their own voice in the education system or the voices of others is eligible to apply to the Student Voice Champion Scholarships. This could include establishment of a club to include marginalised students, working with a local school board to enact a change in policy, or taking steps to address other areas in education that the student believes to be important.

+ Scholarship Timeline

Please see sec. 4.1 in the Scholarship Regulations below for information on the scholarship timeline.

Technical Tips

+ Use a laptop or desktop

The application is best viewed on a laptop or desktop computer. While tablets and phones may display the application, you may not have the best experience when interacting with the form or inputting information.

+ Plan responses in advance

Make use of the sample application to plan your responses in a word processor and then paste them into the application form. This also ensures that you do not lose any of your work.

+ Be aware of the deadline

The scholarship application will automatically close on the deadline indicated in the Scholarship Regulations. If you submit the form after the deadline, your application will not be accepted even if you have text written in the form.

+ Scholarship Regulations

For detailed information on the scholarship timeline, eligibility criteria, and judging of applications, applicants should consult the Scholarship Regulations (Administrative Procedure 8021)

Administrative Procedure 8021 - SVCS Regulations (January 2019)

+ Sample Application

The Sample Application contains all questions you will be asked when completing your application. You should review it prior to beginning to see the information you will require and the questions you will be asked.

We advise that you write your responses in a word processor and then paste them into the application form.

SVCS 2018/19 Cohort Sample Application

+ Questions and Accommodations

If you have any questions about the SVC Scholarship, the Scholarship Regulations, or require accommodations in completing the form, send an email to Please do not contact us via other means as this will disqualify your application.