National ACL Bursaries & Scholarships

OVERVIEW - Air Cadet League of Canada - 2019 Post-Secondary Education Scholarships

DEADLINE - April 1st, 2019

**Applications and supporting documents for all ACL National Scholarships must be received in digital form
(one PDF file) no later than April 1st , 2019 at the National Office of the Air Cadet League of Canada.  Please see details in the link below.

**An application requires a letter of recommendation from the SSC Chair and the Commanding Officer.  Please advise via email if you are intending to submit an application so a letter can be prepared in advance of the submission date.

The Air Cadet League of Canada is pleased to offer eight post-secondary education scholarships to Royal Canadian Air Cadets. They are:

  • The Birchall Scholarship;
  • The Dale Scholarship;
  • The Young Citizen Foundation Scholarship;
  • The Alex Venebles Scolarship in Engineering;
  • The Air Cadet League of Canada Foundation Scholarships (2);
  • The Jazz Scholarships (2)

The awards are open to students that are members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets during the year of application, and they are awarded on the basis of secondary school scholastic achievement, combined with outstanding performance as an Air Cadet.

  • Each applicant will be considered for the Birchall, Dale, and Young Citizen's awards
  • Cadets who indicate that they will be attending one of the Jazz APP programs and have completed the pilot program will also be considered for the Jazz Scholarships.
  • Applicants indicating that they will be enrolled in an Engineering Program will also be considered for the Alex Venebles Scholarship in Engineering.
  • Applicants indicating that they will be entering a vocational training program or a technical program will also be considered for the Air Cadet League Foundation Scholarships.

Applicants must be graduates of the secondary school (or equivalent) system of any Province or Territory, in the year of application, and who are entering directly into a full program of studies at a full accredited post- secondary education facility (university, college, cegep or technical institute) where the program undertaken leads to a degree, diploma, or professional or technical qualification.

Please see the link below for further history about these scholarships, the application, a list of required information to be provided as well as the submission details.  There is also an example of a completed application package included below.

Birchall Scholarship / Dale Scholarship

Birchall Scholarship 

Air Commodore Leonard J. Birchall, CM, OBE, DFC, O.Ont, CD, LL.D, D.Sc.M, and Mrs. Kathleen Birchall, have been long-time generous supporters of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet movement across Canada, but especially of Air Cadets enrolled in squadrons of the "Birchall Wing" in the Eastern Ontario Area.

The amount of the award will be determined annually, and it will be dependent upon the earnings of the investment trust. In 2018, the award consisted of a $5,000 scholarship.

Dale Scholarship

Robert Gordon Dale, DSO, DFC, CD, and Mrs. Mary Dale, have given exceptional service to Canada in times of both war and peace. This has been especially so in their support of Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Robert Dale served as the National President of the Air Cadet League of Canada in 1972-1973, and as the Honorary President of the Air Cadet League of Canada from 1983 to 2013.

The amount of the award will be determined annually, and it will be dependent upon the earnings of the investment trust. In 2018, the award consisted of a $2,000 scholarship.

Air Cadet League of Canada Foundation Scholarships

The primary mandate of the Foundation of the Air Cadet League of Canada is to provide graduating Air Cadets with assistance for post-secondary education. The Foundation also supports other Air Cadet programs from time to time and in response to specific requests.

The applicants must have completed high school and enrolled in a college or CEGEP technical program or in a vocational program of at least 6 months at a recognized educational institution or be deemed a full-time student even if studying part-time.

The awards consist of two $1,000 Scholarships.

Young Citizens Foundation Scholarship

The fundamental purpose and goal of The Young Citizens Foundation is to assist young Canadians to grow and mature as committed, knowledgeable and contributing Canadian citizens. The Foundation will pursue this objective by assisting young Canadians to join or participate in qualified citizenship development programs as operated by nationally recognized organizations that provide life-learning experiences and opportunities for young persons which will significantly influence and benefit their development and education as caring Canadian citizens.

The Young Citizens Foundation recognizes the outstanding success achieved by the Air Cadet League in fostering the citizenship development of Young Canadians. As such, the Foundation wishes to support the League by providing a University/College entrance scholarship award to a deserving Air Cadet. The award shall be known as "The Young Citizens Foundation Scholarship Award". The Foundation's goals are to promote the Air Cadet Program, to encourage young Canadians to join the Air Cadets and to enable worthy Cadets to pursue a post-secondary education so that they have the opportunity to become future leaders in our country. The award consists of a $5,000 scholarship.

Alex Venebles Scholarship in Engineering

Presented in recognition of Gerald Gilroy's generous contribution made to the Air Cadet League of Canada, in trust, for the annual National Educational Scholarship that will be known as the "Alex Venebles Scholarship in Engineering". Students must be entering directly into a full time program of study in the field of engineering. The award consists of a $2,500 scholarship.

Jazz Scholarships

1) The Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism
Awarded to a full-time student accepted and enrolled in a Jazz APP-affiliated aviation program for outstanding contributions to safety, leadership and professionalism. The Award consists of a $3,000 scholarship.

2) The Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism and Diversity
Awarded to a full-time student accepted and enrolled in a Jazz APP affiliated aviation program who has self-identified as aboriginal, a person with a disability, a visible minority or female; for outstanding contributions to safety, leadership and professionalism. The Award consists of a $3,000 scholarship.

The Jazz APP program is offered through affiliated schools.

All Cadets who have graduated from the Power program and meet the eligibility requirements can apply for the Jazz Aviation Pathways award for Professionalism. Any Cadet who has graduated from the Power program and identifies themselves in one of the categories of aboriginal, a person with disability, a visible minority, or female can apply for the Jazz Aviation Pathways award for Professionalism and diversity. The National Education Scholarship Committee will review all applications and may consider Cadets applying to the second award as candidates for the first award if warranted. Award recipients will meet with Jazz representatives during a visit to the Jazz training facility.