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Entrance scholarships in Canada, also called admission scholarships, are a merit-based financial awards given to new students, whether they are locals or internationals, that demonstrate one or more of the following: academic excellence, leadership abilities, extra-curricular involvement, contributions to community life, outstanding scientific research proposals, athletic performance or any other excellence form.
If you are a Canadian high school student or an international student who’s intending to study in Canada and be enrolled in a Canadian university, the first type of scholarships and awards you must be looking for is Entrance scholarships.
Most entrance scholarships do not require a separate application. Students are automatically considered when they apply for admission to any program and at any level: Bachelor, Master, PhD, Postdoctoral and research.
Some Entrance scholarships in Canada may be offered based on financial need, but they are limited in terms of number and value. Furthermore, you need to apply for them separately and explicitly express you need for it.
Usually these types of programs are very competitive. The best are your records, the better are your chances.
Before you proceed with this list of entrance scholarships in Canada, check out these articles :
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The Gates Foundation Scholarship Program | Fully Funded
Now, here is a complete list of entrance scholarships in Canada public universities:
1. University of Toronto
U of T offers over 5105 distinct awards to undergraduate students and over 2400 awards to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Overall the University, its colleges, faculties and divisions award approximately 4500 entrance scholarships that total nearly $20 million.
Check University of Toronto’s full list of entrance scholarships for undergraduate students : Undergraduate entrance scholarships
Check University of Toronto entrance scholarships list for graduate students : Graduate entrance scholarships
2. York University
The York University has a lot of options to offer in terms of scholarships for future students. Whether you are a Canadian High-school applicant, a Canadian college & university transfer or mature applicant, an international applicant or aboriginal applicant, there are entrance scholarships for everyone.
The following entrance scholarships are only for Canadian high school applicants:
- York University Automatic Entrance Scholarships
- Schulich Leader Scholarships
- Avie Bennett Visionary Leadership Scholarship
- Governors’ Awards of Distinction (John S. Proctor Entrance Scholarship and Alumni Entrance Scholarship)
- Honderich Bursary
- Avie Bennett Award
- Chancellor Bennett Entrance Awards for the Westview Partnership
- Awards of Achievement
- Harry Arthurs Alumni Families Entrance Scholarship
- York University Renewable Entrance Athletic Scholarship
- President’s Scholarships
- Chancellor Cory Entrance Scholarship
- York University Mature Student Entrance Scholarship
- Provost’s Award
The following entrance scholarships list is for international applicants:
- International Entrance Scholarship of Distinction
- Global Leader of Tomorrow Award for International Students
- York University Academic Excellence Scholarships for International Students
- York University Automatic Entrance Scholarships
- York University Talent Entrance Scholarships
- Liberal Arts & Professional Studies International Undergraduate Leadership Scholarships
- Liberal Arts & Professional Studies International Student Entrance Scholarship
- Lassonde Entrance Scholarships
- Columbia International Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Entrance Scholarship
- Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship
- York Science Scholars Award
- Glendon International Scholarship
- The Annie Demirjian’77 Scholarship
3. University of British Columbia
As soon as you receive an offer of admission to UBC, you’ll automatically be considered for these merit-based awards. Consideration is based on your demonstrated academic achievement and your extracurricular involvement :
- International Major Entrance Scholarship: $40,000.
- Outstanding International Student Award: up to the full cost of tuition and fees.
4. University of Waterloo
Each year, the University of Waterloo offers numerous entrance scholarships and awards to outstanding students. Entrance bursaries are also available to help students in financial need. You’ll automatically be considered for the majority of scholarships when you apply.
5. University of Alberta
You could be starting with scholarships you don’t even have to apply for. You will be evaluated for these scholarships when you apply for admission. Your eligibility will be based on your high school admission average at the time of your admission offer. If you are eligible for an admission-based scholarship, the University Staff will contact you directly.
More information on : University of Alberta scholarships
6. University of Ottawa
The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world. Located at the heart of Canada’s capital. The main campus is located on 42.5 hectares in the heart of Ottawa’s Downtown Core, adjacent to the residential neighborhood of Sandy Hill, adjacent to Ottawa’s Rideau Canal.
7. Ryerson University
Ryerson is always pleased to recognize the academic achievements of the first-year class upon admission to the university with over $7 million designated for entrance scholarship support.
- President’s Entrance Scholarships: $40,000
- Terence Grier Entrance Scholarship: Full tuition for first-year only.
- International Secondary School Merit Scholarship: $5,000.
- BMO Financial Group Diversity Scholarships
- H. Graham Walker Awards
- The Lesley Hampton Fashion Award in partnership with the Ontario Mining Association: $2,000 per year
- Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science Entrance Scholarships
- Ted Rogers School of Management Entrance Scholarships
8. McMaster University
At McMaster University, there are two types of entrance scholarships: automatic awards and awards by application. To be considered for an entrance award by application, you’ll need to submit an AwardSpring application.
- The McMaster University Award of Excellence: $3000
- Marjorie Anderson Financial Award for Indigenous Students: $80,000
- Provost Entrance Scholarship for International Students: $7500
- The Woo Family International Entrance Scholarships: $3,000
- The McMaster Chinese Alumni – Peter George International Entrance Scholarships: $3,000
- The Access Award: $25,000 per year
- The McMaster Brighter World Entrance Award for Black Students: $2,500
- The Faculty of Humanities Entrance Awards: $1200-$5000
- Loran Award: $100,000 over four years
- Schulich Leader Scholarships: $80,000 – $100,000 over four years
Find more details about these entrance scholarships here.
9. University of Calgary
The university of Calgary offers hundreds of opportunities to local and foreign students. Search through their database of undergraduate awards and scholarships.
Here is a list of University of Calgary entrance scholarships
10. University of Montréal
Numerous entrance scholarships are available in the various divisions, programs or fields of study in which you are involved. The University of Montreal, with its affiliated schools, HEC Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal, is the leading hub of higher education and research in Quebec.
More information on : List of University of Montréal entrance scholarships
11. Western University
Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Western provides one of the best entrance scholarships among Canada’s leading research-intensive universities
More information on : Western University scholarships
12. McGill University
McGill 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) and
- Major Scholarships, valued between $3,000 and $12,000 (renewable annually up to 3 or 4 years provided criteria for renewal are met).
Certain faculties at McGill offer their own faculty-specific entrance scholarships.
More information on : McGill University entrance scholarships
13. University of Guelph
The University of Guelph has an extremely diverse entrance scholarship programs that recognizes academic achievements and supports students in their continuation of study. There are 106 scholarship programs for undergraduate studies and 129 for graduate ones.
14. University of Manitoba
University of Manitoba offers a range of entrance scholarships for all levels and fields. Check them out below.
- Accutech Engineering ENGAP Entrance Scholarship
- Ahava Halpern and Frank Lavitt Entrance Scholarship for Law
- Alex Brown Entrance Scholarship in Law
- Alumni Association of The University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship
- Barefoot Scholarship in Business
- Bill Babiuk Memorial Direct Entry Scholarship
- David and Evelyn Friesen Scholarship
- Davis + Henderson Credit Union Scholarship
- Department of Mathematics Two Year Entrance Scholarship
- D’Arcy & Deacon LLP Entrance Scholarships
- E. J. (Joe) Williams Entrance Scholarship
- Friesens Corporation Scholarship for Rural Students
- Geza and Trudi Racz Entrance Scholarship in Agricultural and Food Sciences
- IBEP Foundation 24 Entrance Scholarships
- Julia Pirani Entrance Scholarship
- Katherine May Quilliam Memorial Scholarship
- Ken Tacium Memorial Scholarship
- Keystone Agricultural Producers Entrance Scholarship
- Maitland Steinkopf Entrance Scholarship
- Manitoba Law School Foundation Entrance Scholarship
- Max Steinkopf Entrance Scholarship
- Medicine Class of 1960 Entrance Scholarship in Medicine
- Morton H. Nemy Entrance Scholarship
- Patricia N. and Mark G. Smerchanski Law Entrance Scholarship
- Pitblado LLP Entrance Award
- President’s Scholarship
- Price Scholarships in Engineering (Entrance portion)
- Taylor McCaffrey LLP Entrance Award
- Walter and Maria Schroeder Foundation Scholarship
- Walter and Maria Schroeder Foundation Scholarship (renewal)
15. Queen’s University
Students who demonstrate superior academic ability, creative and original thinking, involvement in school or community activities, and proven leadership can apply for a Queen’s major admission award. Financial need is also a consideration for some of our major admission awards.
You may apply for all the awards below that you are eligible for by submitting a single Major Admission Award (MAA) application.
- Chancellor’s scholarship: $9,000
- Gregory scholarship in engineering: $12,000
- Chernoff family award: $48,000-$60,000
- Dr. Iris may marsh memorial award: $48,000
- Bank of montreal award: $40,000
- Science 1968 admission award in applied science: $48,000
- D & r sobey atlantic admission award: $80,000
- Melvin r. Goodes entrance award: $48,000-$60,000
16. Concordia University
Concordia University of Edmonton has a history of providing high quality education and a tradition of personal care for students.
- University Entrance Scholarship: Variable
- Mount Calvary Entrance Scholarship: 1000$
- Melba Willie Memorial Entrance Scholarship: 1000$
- John and Elizabeth Armbruster Entrance Scholarship: 2000$
- Alberta Blue Cross Entrance Scholarship for Indigenous Students: 1500$
- Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary Entrance Scholarship: 750$
- Alberta Athletic Award
- Concordia Thunder Athletic Awards
- Davison Rotary Bursary
- Edmonton Oil Kings Junior Hockey Club Award
- Maple Leaf Athletic Club Scholarship
- Thunder Athletic Scholarship
- Tom Austin Athletic Sportsmanship Award
17. Laval University
The Laval University has more than 163 entrance scholarship opportunities. All of them are available for Canadian, permanent residents and internationals.
Check the list here : Laval University entrance scholarships
18. Université du Québec
This year, more than $12 million in scholarships will be offered to UQAM students. The link below is a selection of the major competitions currently posted.
- Jackie Robinson Entrance Scholarships (Bachelor)
- Entrance scholarship to the baccalaureate in literary studies
- “A nous la recherche” – Post Doctorate recruitment (salary)
- Honorable Albert-Leblanc scholarship for student from the First Nations or Inuit of Quebec
- Aontaiontenrohwe scholarship (collaborating together) for indigenous students
- Grant for single parent
19. University of Saskatchewan
You will automatically be considered for a Guaranteed Entrance Scholarship when you apply for admission. Scholarships and bursaries are available to returning students continuing in an undergraduate or graduate program and new, first-time students entering an undergraduate program.
- George and Marsha Ivany President’s First & Best Scholarships Value: $40,000
- Chancellors’ Scholarships Value: $30,000
- U of S Entrance Scholarships Value: $24,000
- Edwards Undergraduate Scholarships Value: $24,000
- College of Agriculture and Bioresources Renewable Entrance Scholarships Value: $12,000
- University of Saskatchewan International Excellence Awards Value: $10,000
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Excellence Awards Value: $20,000
- Canadian Curriculum Schools Awards Value: $15,000
- Council of International School Awards Value: $15,000
- Maple Leaf International School Awards Value: $10,000
- McCreath Aboriginal Student Award: 10000$
- BHP Jansen Project Scholarships: $2500
Check all Wilfrid Laurier University entrance scholarships programs here.
21. Vancouver Island University
Vancouver Island University has 4 entrance scholarship programs :
- President’s High School Entrance Scholarships : They are available to the top six students from Vancouver Island High Schools.
- President’s Entrance Awards for Scholar Athletes : Six awards are available to top academic student athletes in these fields : Volleyball (men’s & women’s), Basketball (men’s & women’s) and Soccer (men’s & women’s).
- President’s Open Learning Entrance Scholarships : available to one top academic grade 12 high school student.
- Chancellor’s Entrance Scholarships for Aboriginal Students : available to the top six academic grade 12 Aboriginal students from First Nations communities, Friendship Centres or Metis organizations on Vancouver Island
Details on these entrance scholarships can be found here.
22. Royal Roads University
Royal Roads University offers seven entrance scholarship programs for Canadian and non-Canadian students :
- Royal Roads International Entrance Scholarship for Academic and Community Leadership: Up to $3,000
- Royal Roads Entrance Award/Bursary : 6 awards of $2,000; up to 5 awards of $5,000; 1 award of $10,000.
- Doctoral Entrance Award : $10,000 renewable for 1 year.
- Project Hero Bursary : Up to $10,000.
- Royal Roads Entrance Award/Bursary Supplement : up to $5,000
- Royal Roads Scholarship for Outstanding Children of International Alumni: $2,000.
- Wild Rose Alumni Impact Award: $1,000
23. Simon Fraser University
Simon Fraser University has Entrance scholarships that are available to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international citizens who are coming from high school, college, or university:
- SFU Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarships: from $10,000 up to an amount sufficient to cover tuition and mandatory supplementary fees.
- H.Y. Louie and Lohn Entrance Award: $5,000 (1 installment).
- Lloyd Carr-Harris Entrance Scholarship: $20,000 over eight terms.
- The Jim Bennett Entrance Scholarship: $2,500.
- Schulich Leader Scholarships: $80,000 & $100,000.
- Uggla Family Entrance Scholarship: N.A.
- Rajan Family Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship: $20,000 over eight terms.
- Joseph Lee Family Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship: $15,000 over six terms.
- Fairfax Entrance Bursary: $30,000 over five terms.
- Alan and Margaret Eyre Entrance Bursary: $20,000 over 4 years max.
- Erm Fiorillo-Hal Davis CKNW Orphan’s Fund Bursary: $10,000 ($5,000 x 2 installments).
- Y.P. Heung Foundation Entrance Award: $3,000 (1 installment).
- The Ryan Beedie Leadership Award: $20,000 over eight terms.
- Aboriginal Student Entrance Award: $2,500.
24. Trinity Western University
Trinity offers a wide range of entrance scholarship programs. Scholarships are highly competitive, and students must demonstrate excellence and achievement in a range of activities :
Check the list of all Trinity Western Univerity entrance scholarships here
25. Thompson River University
Undergraduate entrance scholarships, awards and bursaries are available to applicants who: are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and have not previously attended TRU, or who have completed up to 12 transferable university credits on a part-time basis, and are being admitted to a campus diploma or baccalaureate degree program:
- Alvin & Lydia Grunert Entrance Scholarship : $30,000.
- TRU Ambassador’s Entrance Scholarship: up to $23,000.
- TRU Leadership Entrance Scholarship: up to $5,000.
- TRU President’s Entrance Scholarship: from $2,000 to $4,000.
- TRU Relocation Top-up Scholarship: $500.
- Tony Embleton Entrance Scholarship: $1,000.
Find more entracne scholarships at Thompson River University here.
26. University of the Fraser Valley
If you are enrolling at UFV in the academic year immediately following your high school graduation, you may qualify for a UFV Entrance Scholarship award. Recipients are selected based on academic excellence, community/school involvement, volunteer experience, and leadership endeavours.
- UFV/Community Endowment Entrance Scholarship: $5000- $2,500.
- UFV President’s Entrance Scholarship: $4,000.
- UFV Excellence Entrance Scholarship: $3,000.
- Gladys and Harvey Kipp Entrance Endowment Scholarship: $4,000.
- Dr. Francis Pang Endowment Entrance Scholarship: $1,050.
- G. W. Graham Endowment Entrance Scholarship: $2000.
- Hollister Criminal Justice Endowment Entrance Scholarship: Varies (Value of the award will fluctuate each year based on the endowment amount).
- Hollister Health Discipline Endowment Entrance Scholarship: Varies.
- Hollister Science and Technology Endowment Entrance Scholarships: Varies.
- Hollister Science and Technology Endowment Entrance Scholarship: $1,000.
- Kihci Tepakohp Iskotew Iskwew Entrance Scholarship for First Nations Students: $750.
- KPMG and Abbotsford Chamber Endowment Entrance Scholarship: $1,000.
You can check the rest of UFV’s Entrance scholarships here.
27. Laurentian University
High-achieving international students can qualify for Canada’s most generous scholarship program. If your score is between 90% and 100% you can get a scholarship of up to $60,000: $15,000 in the first year, renewable in subsequent years provided you maintain your average. And if your score is between 80% and 89.9% you are entitled to a scholarship of up to $40,000: $10,000 the first year, renewable in subsequent years if the average is maintained.
You can check Laurentian University’s entrance scholarships here.
Now, here is the rest of entrance scholarships in Canada public universities:
28. Université de Sherbrooke
29. University of Victoria
30. MacEwan University
31. University of Winnipeg
32. Trent University
33. University of Windsor
34. Concordia University
35. Dalhousie University
36. University of New Brunswick
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