Scholarships and Bursaries

At Saint Elizabeth, our vision to honour the human face of health care inspires us to help the next generation of health care leaders achieve their goals. Each year, to support new talent, we offer scholarships and bursaries to students and graduates in the health care field.

Saint Elizabeth Health Care Community Nursing Scholarship

The Community Nursing Scholarship is offered in conjunction with the Register Nurses Foundation of Ontario, and provides $2,500 to a registered nurse who wishes to pursue education at the baccalaureate or graduate level in the field of community nursing.

Past Winners

Michael Decter Scholarship for Health Leadership and Policy Studies

Saint Elizabeth is pleased to present the 4th annual Michael Decter Scholarship, awarded annually to a high-performing student entering a graduate health leadership and/or policy program. While it will support students across the country, it will also aptly reflect Michael Decter’s legacy and honour his name and health leadership contributions.

Students aspiring for a health leadership, executive, or board role in the Canadian Health Care system or a Canadian Health Organization are ideal candidates for this scholarship of $5000.

About Michael Decter

The Michael Decter Scholarship is named in honour of Michael Decter, President and CEO of LDIC Inc., in recognition of his many years of dedicated service as Chair of the Saint Elizabeth Board of Directors. Michael is a renowned economist, author and speaker, with over 25 years of service in the public and private health sectors. He has served as Deputy Minister of Health for Ontario and is the former chair of the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Health Council of Canada. In 2004, Michael was awarded the Order of Canada.

Application Process

Saint Elizabeth is proud to present the 5th Annual Michael Decter Scholarship. We are seeking high-performing students entering first year graduate health leadership/policy program who are passionate about making a difference in the Canadian health care landscape. 
All applications must be posted marked and received by midnight on November 6th, 2017. For more information on how to apply, please click here.


Personal Support Worker Professional Development Scholarship

Saint Elizabeth, in partnership with the Personal Support Network of Ontario and the Ontario Community Support Association, awards an annual Professional Development Scholarship to a personal support worker in the province of Ontario who is seeking to advance his or her expertise and leadership in personal support by taking courses at a recognized educational institution in Ontario.

Past Winners

Dr. Joan Lesmond Memorial Scholarship

Saint Elizabeth, in conjunction with the Registered Nurses Foundation of Ontario, is paying tribute to the life and work of Dr. Joan Lesmond with a memorial scholarship in her honour.

A nurse, educator, mentor, and health care leader, Joan had a significant impact on the history and success of Saint Elizabeth during her 20 years with the organization. She was the Executive Director of Community Engagement and the Executive Director of the Saint Elizabeth Health Care Foundation. Joan touched the lives of thousands of people, sharing her trademark smile and humour with staff, volunteers, donors, patients and the community.

Joan was passionate about increasing diversity within the nursing profession. As a professor at Ryerson University for almost 15 years, she took an active role in the education and mentorship of hundreds of nursing students. Joan also actively campaigned for the rights of women from diverse backgrounds in the health care system, and advocated for African and Caribbean women affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 2011, Joan's was awarded the YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction Health Leadership Award.

Saint Elizabeth is proud to be supporting this scholarship in honour of Joan and her contributions and we encourage the nursing community to apply. The scholarship will be granted to a registered nurse studying at the graduate level who demonstrates passion and drive to improve diversity in health care. For more information and to access the application, visit

Saint Elizabeth Health Career College HCA & PSW Student Scholarship Program

At Saint Elizabeth Health Career College, we are preparing a new generation of health care providers to support the aging population and find a career they love. SEHCC is proud to support a new generation of students – Health Care Assistants in British Columbia, and Personal Support Workers in Ontario – with financial awards. Powered by Saint Elizabeth Health Care, a national not-for-profit health care provider, our scholarships represent our commitment to educating for excellence.

Eligible Programs

Saint Elizabeth Health Career College – BC (Vancouver and Victoria Campus Locations)
Health Care Assistant (HCA) Diploma Program (Full-Time Program) (Part-Time Program)
Health Care Assistant (HCA) –Blended Delivery Diploma Program
Heath Care Assistant –ESL Diploma Program (Full-Time Program) (Part-Time Program)

Saint Elizabeth Health Career College – Ontario (Barrie and Ottawa Campus Locations)
Personal Support Worker Certificate Program (Full-Time Program) (Part-Time Program)

Number of Awards:

One award per campus, per program intake

Scholarship Value


Deadline for application:

Scholarship applications must be received one month prior to a course start date.


To be considered for the SEHCC Student Scholarship, applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Must be a legal / permanent resident of Canada;
  • Must meet all entrance requirements or course prerequisites for the HCA Diploma or HCA-ESL Diploma or PSW Certificate
  • Be enrolled and accepted into Saint Elizabeth Health Career College HCA Diploma or HCA-ESL Diploma or PSW Certificate
  • Complete and submit the Student Scholarship Application Form
  • Students must submit a short essay which describes how the completion of their career training will support their commitment to Saint Elizabeth’s mission to “Spread Hope and Happiness” through a spirit of caring and creative acts of kindness that will bring positive change to people’s lives and the health care system.
    • Minimum of 250 words, maximum of 500 words
    • All essays should be written in English using correct grammar and punctuation
    • All personal information needs to be accurate and truthful
    • Pictures, audio, and video are accepted as part of the submission
    • No client names or personal health information should be shared

General Provisions:

  • Scholarships are non-transferable and are not convertible into cash
  • The scholarship amount can only be put towards tuition, books and other student-related fees
  • The scholarship must be applied to the course date applied for and may not be transferred to another session or year
  • Recipients must agree to participate in a follow-up interview six months after graduation, which will be profiled in media including; web-based, Facebook and other social media and printed materials. The interview will focus on how the recipient is spreading hope and happiness.

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