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Scholarships for Students Entering Level I – 2020/2021

Were you offered an entrance scholarship with your 2020-21 offer of admission? Find out what happens next.

Entrance Awards

McMaster Honour Awards

  • Value:
    • President’s Award
      • $2,500 awarded when final admission average is 95% +
    • Honour Awards
      • $1,000 awarded when final admission average is 90-94.99%
      • $750 awarded when final admission average is 88-89.99%
  • Eligibility:
    • Canadians or Permanent Residents
    • International students who completed their final year of high school in Canada
    • Applicants who haven’t enrolled at a college or university any time after high school
  • Criteria: 
    • Final admission average is 88% or above
    • Final admission average is calculated based upon 6 final, Grade 12 marks from:
      • The prerequisites for your chosen program of study, AND
      • Your next best U or U/M grades
  • More info: No application required, unlimited awards available

Faculty Entrance Awards

These awards are offered to students entering specific faculties/departments. Find more information on entrance scholarships for your faculty/school at the links below:

The Access Award

This award helps academically qualified students from under-represented groups find pathways to higher education.

  • Value:
    • Up to $25,000 per year towards tuition and other costs associated with attending McMaster (tenable for up to four years)
    • A guaranteed McMaster University work experience
    • 10 awards available
  • Eligibility:
    • Currently holds at least a high school diploma or has an expected completion date of June 2020
    • Eligible to apply to an undergraduate degree program for September 2020
    • Committed to academic excellence
  • Criteria: 
    • Permanently resides in the Golden Horseshoe Area
    • Demonstrates financial need
    • Belongs to an under-represented group as defined in the application
    • The submission of a complete Access Award Application
  • Questions? Please email Celeste Licorish at access1@mcmaster.ca

Entrance Awards for Indigenous Students

McMaster offers generous awards for Indigenous students entering first year. Each award has its own application and set of requirements.

Marjorie Anderson Financial Award for Indigenous Students

  • Value: $80,000 ($20,000 per year)
  • Eligibility for Award:
    • Self-identify as Inuit, or as Status/Non-status First Nations from the Six Nations of the Grand River or the Mississaugas of the New Credit
    • Entering a degree program at McMaster in 2020-21
  • Criteria: 
    • Minimum admission average of at least 75%
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Application includes:
      • Essay describing the influence that your Indigenous heritage has on your volunteer activities, leadership opportunities, university program choice, career path, or other community involvement that is important to you (1 – 2 pages).
      • Reference letter from a non-family member
  • More information, here.

Entrance Awards for International Students

Provost Entrance Scholarship for International Students

These awards were established in 2018 to recognize the academic achievements of international students.

  • Value: $7500 (Up to 10 awards available per year)
  • Eligibility for Award: Must be an international visa student, currently studying at a foreign high school outside of Canada and applying for admission to a Level l program.
  • Criteria:
    • Award requires a nomination and an application. Students are nominated by a school official from their high school (i.e. principal, department head, guidance counselor etc.) to recognize involvement in community initiatives and demonstrated leadership. Only one nomination is accepted per school.

The Woo Family International Entrance Scholarships

Established in 1999 by Mr. Chung How Woo in honour of his late wife, Mrs. Ching Yung Chiu-Woo, mother and mother-in-law of four McMaster graduates.

  • Value: $3,000 per student (Variable number of awards each year)
  • Eligibility: Must be an international visa student, currently studying at a foreign high school outside of Canada and applying for admission to a Level l program.
  • Criteria:
    • Students are automatically considered for this award once enrolled at McMaster for the upcoming fall term.
    • Awards are based on final admission averages.

The McMaster Chinese Alumni – Peter George International Entrance Scholarships

Established in 1999 by Chinese Alumni (Toronto Chapter) of McMaster University.

  • Value: $3000 per student (Variable number awards each year)
  • Eligibility: Must be an international visa student, currently studying at a foreign high school outside of Canada and applying for admission to a Level l program.
  • Criteria:
    • Students are automatically considered for this award once enrolled at McMaster for the upcoming fall term.
    • Awards are based on final admission averages.

Athletic Financial Awards

The following OUA & U SPORTS policies are required for recipients:

  • Value: The maximum amount of tuition and fees up to $4,500 for ALL financial awards that contain an athletic component (this includes any bursaries or other athletic awards – i.e. Ron Joyce Award of Athletes – distributed by Aid & Awards.
  • Eligibility for Award: Student-athletes must be listed on the eligibility certificate.
  • Criteria: 
    • Final admission average is 80% or above
    • Awards requirements are outlined in the student’s Memorandum of Understanding
    • A minimum 6.5 GPA in all enrolled courses within subsequent academic years (September – August)
  • More information: financial support for athletes

McMaster Partner Scholarships

These awards are offered to McMaster students in partnership with prestigious external organizations. Each award requires and application and has its own set of criteria.

Loran Scholarship

Merit-based award to find and nurture young Canadians who show strength of character and commitment to service, challenging them to realize their full promise.

  • Value: Approximately $100,000 over four years of undergraduate studies (includes tuition waiver and $10,000 annual stipend)
  • Eligibility for Award:
    • Be in your final year of uninterrupted full-time studies in high school or Cegep (If you are planning to attend university outside of Quebec after only one year of Cegep, you can apply in your first year of Cegep)
    • At least 16 years old by Sept. 1 of the following year
    • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Criteria: 
    • High school students: Present a minimum cumulative average of 85%
    • Cegep students: Present an R score equal to or higher than 29

Applications for the 2021–2022 academic year will open after Labour Day. Learn more about the Loran Award, including full eligibility requirements, award inclusion and how to apply. 

Schulich Leader Scholarships

  • Value: Up to $80,000 – $100,000 over four years
  • Eligibility for Award:
    • Entering a program in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)
    • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
    • Must be selected as high school’s nominee (Canadian schools only)
  • Criteria: 
    • Demonstrate at least 2 of the following:
      • Academic excellence
      • Outstanding community, business or entrepreneurial leadership
      • Financial need

Learn more about the Schulich Leader Scholarship, including full eligibility requirements, and how to apply

Meet the 2019-20 McMaster Schulich Leaders

 

External Opportunities

Future Heroes Bursary Program – CIBC

Over the next two years, CIBC has committed $500,000 towards the CIBC Future Heroes Fund, a bursary program created as a tribute to the people who are bravely fighting COVID-19 and to support the next generation in their ambition of having a career in health care.

For the 2020/2021 academic year, 150 bursaries will be available to students entering their first year of a first degree, be it a bachelor or diploma in an eligible health care program, at 50 select Canadian registered Colleges or Universities.

  • Value: $2,500 for a one-year award
  • Eligibility for Award:
    • Be accepted into full-time studies in the first year of a first degree, be it a bachelor or diploma, in the 2020/2021 academic year;
    • Be attending an eligible institution, as identified in the list below;
    • Be enrolled in an eligible program, as identified in the list below;
    • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
    • Have a minimum cumulative average of 70% (or equivalent) over the last 3 terms of available marks*.
  • Application Deadline: July 15, 2020
  • More info: Learn more about this bursary and find out how to apply, here.