Every incoming first-year student is automatically considered for McMaster’s President’s / Honours Awards. These entrance awards do not require a separate application. Scholarship values are based on a student’s final admission average to program.

Students completing their high school credentials in Canada or Canadian citizens/Permanent Residents completing high school outside of Canada are eligible for these awards provided they meet the academic criteria.

Details on eligibility and application process is available on the Student Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

Admission Average Entrance Award Value
95%+ $2,500
90-94.99% $1000
85-89.99% $750
80-84.99% $500

You can predict scholarship values using our cost estimator tool. The value of the scholarship can be deducted from your fees when making a payment to McMaster.

Indigenous Entrance Awards

McMaster offers three generous entrance awards for Indigenous students starting their first year at the University. Students can receive up to $80,000 to help fund their education.

The three scholarships available for first-year Indigenous students are:

  • Marjorie Anderson Entrance Academic Grant for Indigenous Students – Value: $80,000 ($20,000 per year) *multiple grants available
  • Adella Margaret Bragg Scholarship – Value: $6,000 ($1,500 per year)
  • Hatch Scholarship for Indigenous Students – Value: $32,000 ($8,000 per year)

More information on the Indigenous entrance awards, including how to apply, is available on the Student Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

Schulich Leader Scholarships

Launched in 2012, the Schulich Leader Scholarships provide $100 million in funding through 50 undergraduate scholarships each year, across top Canadian universities. These awards help the most promising students pursue their dreams and become the next global pioneers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Learn more about the Schulich Leader Scholarships.

External Scholarships

While McMaster offers numerous scholarships to help offset the cost of university, it is worthwhile to explore other sources to help fund post-secondary education. Many organizations (e.g. the employer of student or their parents) may offer third-party scholarships for post-secondary education. For a listing of external scholarship search engines and available scholarships, please visit the external scholarship webpage on the Student Financial Aid & Scholarships website.