CU Succeed Youth Bursary

The CU Succeed Youth Bursary was established in 2016 by the Ontario Credit Union Foundation.  Over the past eight years, $636,000 to 494 students.

The Bursary is open to resident Ontario post-secondary students in need of financial assistance for academic, technological, or vocational training. OCUF will award up to $100,000 in student bursaries in 2023, ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.

The bursary is awarded based primarily on two criteria – demonstrated financial need, and community involvement.

Award Amounts:

Awards range from $1,000 to $3,000. $100,000 will be distributed in 2023.

Applications are now closed.

When reviewing the application, they consider the following:
  • Applicants (or their parent or grandparent  must belong to a credit union which is a member of Ontario Credit Union Foundation (listing here). To receive an award the award recipient must have a credit union account.
  • Youth is defined as age 25 or less by June 30, of the application year. (Prior bursary recipients continuing their studies are eligible beyond age 25.)
  • Programs of study may be academic, vocational, or technical at an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada or abroad.
  • Available to those pursuing a college diploma, undergraduate degree, or red seal. [Support individuals seeking their first bachelor’s degree only.]
  • Acceptable grades (65% or higher) are required.
  • Applicants must be Ontario residents and Canadian Citizens or have permanent residence status.
  • Graduate and post graduate students are not eligible.

Recent Past Winners


In 2023, 87 exceptional students shared a total of $100,000 as winners of this esteemed Student Bursary Program. KCCU offers congratulations to our four bursary winners, Austin, Ephram, Karley and Kaitlyn!

The CU Succeed Youth Bursary provides invaluable financial support to students who demonstrate community leadership and require financial assistance to pursue quality education. The CU Succeed Bursary empowers students to achieve their academic dreams and create a brighter future forward.

We congratulate all the 2023 bursary recipients and wish them a successful school year.


In 2021, $75,000 was awarded to 69 youth from 28 Ontario credit unions including Katherine and Reuben from Kingston Community Credit Union!

Congratulations to all the 2021 bursary recipients.


n 2020, $75,000 was awarded to 67 youth from 20 Ontario credit unions including Dominic from Kingston Community Credit Union.

Congratulations to all the 2021 bursary recipients.

A third party is an individual or entity, other than the account holder or those authorized to give instructions about the account, who directs what happens with the account. For example, if an account were opened in one individual’s name for deposits that are directed by someone else, the other person or entity would be a third party.

  • A secondary piece of identification from the primary list above
  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Credit Card bearing the name and signature of the individual which has issued by a well-known and reputable Canadian financial institution
  • A CNIB (Canadian Institute for the Blind) client card bearing the individual’s photo and signature
  • Provincial Outdoors Card
  • Canadian University or College Student Card with photo (for student identification only)
  • An employee identification card (with photo) issued by an employer that is well known in the community (i.e. KGH, DND, Queens University, Corrections Canada, etc.)
  • Foreign passport
  • Canadian Passport
  • Permanent resident card
  • Citizenship card (issued prior to 2012)
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status issued by the Government of Canada
  • Driver’s licenses issued by province or territory
  • The DND (Department of National Defense) 404 driver’s license
  • Nexus Card issued by Canada Border Services Agency
  • Provincial Service Cards
  • Provincial or territorial identity cards (i.e. Ontario Photo Identification Card)
  • Foreign Passport (only if it is equivalent to a Canadian issued photo identification document)