Youth Foster Support Program


Memorial University’s Youth Foster Support Program is a bursary for students who have been in foster care in Newfoundland and Labrador for a minimum of 12 months. This bursary is valued at the cost of tuition and required fees for fulltime undergraduate students – based on NL tuition rates for the 2022-2023 academic year. Each academic year this amount will be adjusted as fees change. The bursary will cover 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

  • Bursary applications are currently being accepted for 2022/23 and the deadline to submit has been extended to August 1, 2022. 
  • While the program is available to students starting in the first semester of each academic year, Memorial will accept up to 20 students in each academic year. 
  • To be considered for this bursary, students must complete the bursary application and include a letter of support to be completed by the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development. To obtain this confirmation, you must email the Department at to request confirmation.   


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 committee.

For more information, email