Bursary Fund Guidelines 2017

The Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund (RCNBF) Bursary Program has been established to assist students in financial need with the cost of attending either a University or Community College. This fund will provide two x $2,000.00 and up to 20 x $1,000.00 bursaries annually. This program will be in addition to the Navy League of Canada Sea Cadet Scholarship Fund. The RCNBF Bursary Fund is intended to provide assistance and encouragement to promising students severely challenged by the costs of education. Funds will be distributed directly to the institution on behalf of the student. Applicants for this bursary need to demonstrate the aptitude for achievement in higher learning.

Applicants will be required to provide the following details:

  • list of awards and achievements,

  • proof of full-time attendance from the university/college etc.;

  • list of academic, volunteer, military or work experience;

  • transcript of previous year marks;

  • details of father/mother/grandparents military service.

The RCNBF Bursary Fund will not provide educational assistance outside of Canada unless it can be shown that the course/program is not offered in a Canadian educational institute.


  • Former or serving members of the Canadian Forces who have significant service in operational units of Maritime Command or the RCN including Army and Air Force personnel or who used naval or Sea element rank designations

  • Former or serving members of the Royal Canadian Navy (Regular or Reserve), providing they completed basic training.

  • Members of the Naval Cadet Instructor List

  • Canadian Merchant Navy War Veterans who are defined by Section 6, subsection 2 of “The Merchant Navy War Veteran and Civilian War-Related Benefits Act” R.S.C. 1992, c.24; and,

  • Dependants of any individual who qualifies for assistance as described above (FURTHER DETAILS BELOW).

The word “dependants refers to wives/husbands, widows/widowers, and deserted wives/husbands; children/grandchildren who have been in continuous, full-time, attendance at college/university or vocational training, up to the maximum age of 27.

Unless the circumstances are extraordinary, the following are not considered to be dependants under the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund regulations; widows/widowers who have remarried; children/grandchildren who have left school and entered the work force; children/grandchildren who have married.


A personal letter of application complete with a biographical sketch including information on the name and location of the University or College to be attended and the course of study to be taken, together with an acceptance letter from the intended learning institute;

A list of academic volunteer and work experience, together with transcript of

marks, when final marks for the year are available. Mid-year marks must he submitted if final marks are not available at time of application.


Applications may be obtained from the head office located in Ottawa or downloaded by clicking the “Download” button on this webpage. Applications and supporting documents must be received at the RCNBF Head Office in Ottawa between 1 September and the last working day of October. Candidates will be advised on the status of their application before the end of November.

RCNBF Head Office

6 Beechwood Ave, Suite 9,

Ottawa Ontario K1L 8B4

Telephone: (613) 236-7389 Toll free: 1-888-557-8777

FAX: (613) 236-8830

E-mail: rcnbf@rcnbf.com

Internet: www.rcnbf.ca