Universities are one of the easiest ways to begin your scholarship search. Many high-school students often ask me what type of scholarships and awards are available at what schools, so I compiled a list of eight universities and took a look at some of the scholarships and awards that they each offer. Here is an overview of some of the entrance scholarships and awards available at some of the major schools in Canada:
University of British Columbia
The UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Award program:
This program is designed to support students transitioning from high-school and other post-secondary institutions to UBC. You must meet specific academic requirements, be interested in contributing to the UBC community, and require financial assistance in order to attend post-secondary.
The Major Entrance Scholarship (MES) program:
Offers a one-time award of approximately $5,000 and renewable awards of up to $60,000 over your four years. These scholarships are designed for the top students entering post-secondary and are highly competitive. It requires academic excellence and leadership achievements in the arts, community, athletics, and school.
Simon Fraser University
Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Award:
SFU recognizes high school students who demonstrate excellence in both their academic and extracurricular activities. The value of an award can range from $10,000 up to an amount sufficient to cover all tuition and mandatory supplementary fees that are required in the first year of your undergraduate program.
Kenneth E Mackenzie Annual Entrance Scholarship
Sigma Chi Leadership Entrance Scholarship
Rajan Family Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship
Joseph Lee Family Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship
Lloyd Carr-Harris Entrance Scholarship
Community Entrance Award
City of Surrey Memorial Employee Entrance Award
Edoye Porbeni Service Equals Success Entrance Award
Surrey Close to Home Entrance Award
University of Toronto
U of T has a wide range of entrance awards available. There are over 3,600 undergraduate admission scholarships that the University of Toronto makes available each year to students.
Eligible high school students are automatically considered for a variety of admission scholarships when they apply to the university. Awards and cut-offs vary by campus, faculty and college.
The University of Toronto Scholars Program:
Provides recognition to the University’s outstanding students, at admission and on an on-going basis. There are approximately 700 admission awards which have a value of $7,500.
President’s Scholars of Excellence:
Approximately 75 of the most highly qualified students applying to first year of direct entry, undergraduate studies will be chosen. They will receive a $10,000 entrance scholarship in their first year of studies; guaranteed access to part-time, meaningful, on-campus employment in second year; and guaranteed access to an international learning opportunity during their U of T experience.
There are also admission scholarships that require a separate application, and others that require you to complete an awards profile.
Students who demonstrate academic excellence, creativity, involvement in school or community activities, and exemplary leadership can apply for a Queen’s major admission award. Financial need is also a consideration for some of our major admission awards.
Here are a few awards:
Chernoff Family Award
Chernoff Family Award (Quebec)
Dr. Iris May Marsh Memorial Award
Bank of Montreal Award
D & R Sobey Atlantic Scholarship
Melvin R. Goodes Entrance Award
McGill's Scholarships and Student Aid Office offers merit-based entrance scholarships to first-time university students entering a full-time undergraduate degree program.
There are two types of centrally-administered entrance scholarships:
One-year Scholarships, valued at $3,000 (non-renewable)
Major Scholarships, valued between $3,000 and $12,000 (renewable annually up to 4 years provided criteria for renewal are met)
Many automatic scholarships are awarded based on your admissions average at the time of your application:
95%+ (42-45 IB diploma points) — $3,500 (renewable for 3 additional years)*
90-94.9% (36-41 IB diploma points) — $2,000
85-89.9% (33-35 IB diploma points) — $1,000
80-84.9% (30-32 IB diploma points) — $500
Student Life Award
Chancellor Cory Entrance Scholarships
Western’s Admission Scholarships are unlimited and automatically awarded upon admission to Western. No application is required to be considered for these scholarships.
Needs based awards are determined by academic merit, financial need and sometimes extra-curricular activities. National Scholarships are designed to recognize all-round excellence. They are awarded on the basis of academic excellence to candidates who demonstrate ability for creative and innovative thought and a passion for the pursuit of learning. National Scholarships also recognize exceptional achievement in extracurricular activities such as the arts and athletics. A special emphasis is placed on a candidate's commitment to community service through ongoing contributions to school and community life.
President’s Entrance Scholarships:
5 at $65,000 ($20,000 for year one, $15,000 annually for years two to four) and;
Up to 15 at $50,000 ($10,000 annually, plus $10,000 towards first year residence)
Beryl Ivey Continuing Entrance Award:
ONE at $64,000; payable $16,000 per academic year for a period of four years.
International President's Entrance Scholarships:
3 at $50,000 ($10,000 annually, plus $10,000 towards first year residence costs)
Faculty Entrance Scholarships:
Up to 15 at $30,000 ($6,000 annually, plus $6,000 towards first year residence)
University of Alberta
U of A gives out $28 million each year in scholarships, awards and financial support for students. Here are a few scholarships available to new students:
Academic and Leadership Scholarships
Value: up to $6,000
Automatic consideration — no application required
Scholastic Distinction Scholarship
Value: up to $50,000
Entrance leadership Scholarships
Value: up to $7,500
Note: This information has been provided by the website of each school and is subject to change at any time. For all of these universities I have only highlighted some of the scholarships and awards that are available. I recommend referring to each school’s website directly to find out more information regarding scholarships, eligibility and any changes that may occur.