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Durham College is proud to partner with the Schulich Foundation to award Schulich Builders Scholarships to students enrolling in full-time certificate and diploma programs in some of the most in-demand skilled trades fields.

Scholarships are valued at up to $40,000 -- $20,000 per academic year – and support the cost of tuition, living expenses and tools. Schulich Builders will also benefit from opportunities at DC that enhance their experience and assist with their employability after graduation.

Students starting in September can apply now! See the application below.


  • March 14, 2024 – Deadline for Nominations from High Schools
  • May 31, 2024 – Applications close
  • July 31, 2024  - Successful recipients contacted

Eligible Programs

  • Automotive Technician - Service and Management (Motive Power Technician) and the co-op option
  • Building Construction Technician and the co-op option
  • Carpentry and Renovation Technician and the co-op option
  • Crane Operation, Rigging and Construction Techniques
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Techniques
  • Gas Technician 2
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Techniques
  • Mechanical Technician - Elevating Devices and the co-op option
  • Mechanical Technician – Millwright and the co-op option
  • Mechanical Technician – Plumbing    
  • Power Engineering Techniques - Fourth Class
  • Trades Fundamentals
  • Welding Engineering Technician and the co-op option

Eligibility Criteria

Schulich Builders Scholarships are looking for responsible, hardworking, dedicated people who:

  • Are Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • Meet college admission requirements
  • Are enrolling in a full-time, eligible skilled trades towards a one-year certificate or two-year diploma program starting in Fall 2024

Renewal criteria: The only requirement for recipients to keep their scholarship is that they pass each semester (no minimum average is required), do not drop out of the program or college during full-time study.

Selection Criteria

You must meet the following criteria to be in contention for the scholarship:

  • Strong work ethic and character, as evidenced by one letter of recommendation by someone directly connected to you, preferably:
    • High school staff member
    • Employer
    • Co-worker
    • Community service organization
  • Financial need as determined by the college admission department
  • Willingness to act as an ambassador and promote their career choice in the skilled trades and the Schulich Builders program in high schools and community outreach

For more information about Schulich Builders Scholarships, visit

If you have questions, please contact:

Donna Chisholm
Skilled Trades Coordinator

Application form

Thank you for your interest, applications are now closed. Please contact for questions or concerns.