Youth Foster Support Program

Memorial University’s Youth Foster Support Program is a new bursary for students who have been in foster care in Newfoundland and Labrador for a minimum of 12 months. The bursaries will cover full time undergraduate tuition and required fees. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the amount covered is $3,760; each academic year this amount will be adjusted as fees change. The bursary will cover the four years (or eight semesters) of undergraduate study, including Marine Institute diploma programs where tuition/fees and program duration may be less than noted above.

Application Process/Timeline

  • Applications will close March 1 and bursary offers will be made before April 30. The application is for entry into Memorial in the academic year following the application submission date.
  • While the program is available to students starting in the first semester of each academic year, Memorial will accept up to 10 students in spring semester 2021. The remaining 10 (or higher) will be awarded for the September 2021 intake.
  • To be considered for this bursary, students must complete the application and include a letter of support from the department responsible for the foster care program or from a recognized community organization that can verify that the individual spent time in care.


To be eligible for this bursary, an applicant must:

  • have been in foster care in Newfoundland and Labrador for a minimum of 12 months.
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and typically would be a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • be working towards their first undergraduate credential as per the definition of undergraduate studies at Memorial for this initiative.
  • demonstrate financial need. In instances where there are more than 20 eligible applicants, those with the greatest demonstrated financial need will be chosen.

Students who have been awarded funding/bursaries from other sources that cover tuition and required fees (e.g. Joyce Foundation Bursary) will not be considered for this bursary. This includes students who already receive support through the provincial foster care support program.

Bursary Renewal/Disbursement

  • The recipient must be enrolled full time and eligible to register for the following semester in order to renew the bursary each year.
  • For students attending the St. John’s and Grenfell Campuses, the bursary will be granted by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards.
  • For students attending the Marine Institute, the bursary will be granted by the Scholarship Committee of the Marine Institute.
  • All bursaries and renewals will be based on the recommendation of Memorial University’s Youth Foster Support Program.

For more information, email


Scholarships / Bursaries / Awards and other Financial Aid

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000