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The Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation’s National Citizenship Award and Scholarship Program provides merit-based scholarships to secondary students across Canada who exhibit exemplary citizenship qualities in their communities through extensive community service, volunteerism and humanitarian causes. The National Citizenship Award and Scholarship Program is open to every graduating high school or CEGEP student from coast-to-coast-to-coast.  This non-renewable scholarship is valued at $1000 and tenable at any post-secondary institution. We’ve awarded over $700,000 to Canada’s best and brightest students, and we’re not going to stop now!

Applications are now closed for 2018.


Thank you to all of the students who completed their applications.  We are still accumulating letters of recommendation until February 11th, 2018.

Our 2019 Scholarship and Citizenship Award will be available for graduating secondary/CEGEP students in December 2018.  Preliminary questions and information can be found below.

Questions can be directed to info@futureaces.org

English Addendum Form (Word Doc) English FAQ (PDF)
French Addendum Form (Word Doc) French FAQ (PDF)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Hold Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status, landed immigrant or refuge status
  • Be in the graduating year of uninterrupted full-time studies in high school or CEGEP.  Exceptions may be considered for those who have undertaken a gap year for academic pursuits or community service-based activities
  • Be between the ages of 16 to 24
  • Financial need is taken into consideration

Selection Process

The Future Aces’ National Citizenship Award and Scholarship Program selection process is one of the most rigorous scholarship programs in Canada.  We rely on a network of over 40  volunteers  to assist us in making our selections each year.

The following is a breakdown of the selection process for the Citizenship Award and Scholarship:

  • Applications are received in the office and ranked by quantifiable measurements
  • Preliminary Selection Committee volunteers vet applications
  • Advanced applications are distributed to Selection Committee readers
  • On Selection Day, readers come together in their teams to discuss their applicants and make final selections

Other Scholarships 

  • Matching Grant for Scholarship Recipients at University of Toronto’s Victoria College
  • The Herbert H. Carnegie Scholarship at York University


  • Successful applicants will have demonstrated their contribution to society by having exhibited good citizenship through extensive volunteerism, community service or character-building initiatives and by participating in humanitarian causes (minimum 350 hours).
  • Applicants are graduating either secondary school or CEGEP in the current academic year.
  • Applicants must be Canadian Residents between the ages of 16-24.
    • Applicants can be applying for post-secondary education in a non-Canadian institution.

No.  Current post-secondary students are not eligible for the scholarship program.

Yes, but only if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident graduating from secondary school.

Yes, our scholarship is tenable at any accredited tertiary institution.

No, reference letters must be written by a member of a charity, non-profit, religious or other community organization who has knowledge of your activities with the organization and the authority to sign letters on behalf of the organization.  The reference signer should be a non-family member.

Within one month of the application deadline, applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail.

All applicants will receive final notification of the status of their applications within 60 days of the application deadline.

Please note that we notify the school contact/Principal of all successful applicants.


As a charitable organization, we rely on the generosity of philanthropic individuals and corporations to fund our Citizenship Award and Scholarship Program.  Unlike other national scholarship programs, we do not have an endowment or receive public funding.

We are fortunate to have the support of hundreds of Canadians who believe in the power of education in shaping Canada’s future leaders.  With their support, we have awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships!

Thank you to the 2016 Scholarship Donors and Sponsors:


Don Mills Lodge B’Nai Brith Canada

Durham Regional Police Services

Easy Pack Corporation

Investors Group Financial Services

Enercare – Mississauga North

Macs Convenience Stores


Rotary Club of East York

Sterling Dental

The Bennett Family Foundation

The Trotter Family Foundation

York Regional Police

Braithwaite, Paul

Ferguson, Cam

Fingerhut, Amanda

Kane, Gwen

Leggatt, Dianne

Searles, Rt Rev Dr Chester & Janice

Shapiro, Vivian

Thomas, Jerry & Amanda


Scholarships are sponsored at $1200 with $1000 awarded to the student.

The $200 helps us cover the following costs:

  • Scholarship Reception attended by recipients, their families and donors at no additional cost
  • Production of the Citizenship Award given to recipients
  • Shipping of Citizenship Award to out-of-province recipients who are unable to attend the Reception

Yes, your donation of $1200 is tax deductible.

Yes, you can donate more than $1200 to our Scholarship Program, noting that the students will receive  a $1000 scholarship.  Anything in excess of $1200 will be combined with another donor to make a full scholarship.  Please contact our office for special consideration.

We encourage scholarship sponsors to invest the full amount per student.   For donations $500 and more, the scholarship will be jointly named in your honour and that of another partial donor of the same value.  Donations less than $500 will support awards and scholarships given in the names of our co-founders: Dr. Herb Carnegie, Audrey Carnegie and Bernice Carnegie.  We are grateful for any amount you can donate.

Yes, each scholarship is named according to your request.

Yes, each scholarship sponsor (and their family and friends) are invited to the Scholarship Reception to present their award to the scholarship recipient.