Undergraduate admission scholarships and bursaries 2016-2017

General eligibility criteria for an admission scholarship or bursary Information icon
  • Meet the admission requirements of the faculty concerned
  • Be a first-time registered undergraduate student
  • Be a Canadian citizen, be a permanent resident or have protected person status (unless otherwise indicated.)
 
Admission scholarships and bursaries

University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship

Value

Admission average of:
95-100% = $4,000
90-94.9% = $3,000
85-89.9% = $2,000
80-84.9% = $1,000

Description

The University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship automatically provides between $1,000 and $4,000 to all eligible full-time students with an average of 80% or more who are studying in a direct-entry faculty or in the Civil Law Section of the Faculty of Law. This scholarship is awarded at the time of admission. Application is not required for this scholarship; all eligible students are automatically evaluated for this award.

  • Mature students are not eligible for this scholarship.

French Studies Bursary

Value

$4,000 ($1,000 per year)

Description

The French Studies Bursary is automatically awarded to full-time students registered in a direct-entry faculty or in the Civil Law Section of the Faculty of Law who are taking at least 9 credits per session taught in French or, for French immersion or Extended French students, 6 credits per session taught in French or in French as a second language. This bursary can be renewed for the three following years provided the student maintains full-time registration in a direct-entry faculty or in the Civil Law Section of the Faculty of Law and is registered in at least 9 credits per session taught in French or, for French immersion students, 6 credits per session taught in French or in French as a second language and maintains a minimum CGPA of 5.5 at the end of each academic year. Application is not required for this bursary; all eligible students are automatically evaluated for this award.

  • Some exceptions to these requirements may be made for students participating in an international exchange or in a program where they are unable to take the required number of credits in French.

Education Bursary

Value

$4,000 ($1,000 per year)

Description

The Education Bursary is available to full-time students registered in a direct-entry faculty or in the Civil Law Section of the Faculty of Law who demonstrate financial need. This scholarship can be renewed for the three following years provided the student maintains full-time registration in a direct-entry faculty or in the Civil Law Section of the Faculty of Law and receives government financial aid for each renewal year. Applications must be submitted online (deadline is March 31).

  • For renewal years, the Education Bursary is credited to the student’s account in two installments within four weeks of government financial aid being disbursed.

Education Bursary for Students in Common Law

Value

Variable

Description

The Education Bursary is awarded to students registered full time in an undergraduate program in the Common Law Section of the Faculty of Law who have been approved for and have received their government financial aid. Newly admitted common law students receive $2,000 in their first year and receive $1,500 each subsequent year if they maintain eligibility. This bursary is offered for a maximum period of three years. Students registered in programs jointly with another institution must be paying their tuition fees to the University of Ottawa in order to receive this bursary. Application is not required for this scholarship; all eligible students are automatically evaluated for this award.

  • The Education Bursary is credited to the student's account in two installments within four weeks of government financial aid being disbursed.

Education Bursary for Students in Medicine

Value

Variable

Description

The Education Bursary is awarded to students registered full time in the undergraduate medical education program at the Faculty of Medicine who have been approved for and have received their government financial aid. Newly admitted students receive $4,500 in their first year and $2,000 each subsequent year if they maintain eligibility. This bursary is offered for a maximum period of four years. Students registered in programs jointly with another institution must be paying their tuition fees to the University of Ottawa in order to receive this bursary. Application is not required for this scholarship; all eligible students are automatically evaluated for this award.

  • The Education Bursary is credited to the student's account in two installments within four weeks of government financial aid being disbursed.

Professional Training Scholarship

Value

$1,000

Description

The non-renewable Professional Training Scholarship is automatically awarded upon admission to some students who have an excellent academic record and are registered full time in an undergraduate program in the Common Law Section of the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Education or the Faculty of Medicine. Application is not required for this scholarship; all eligible students are automatically evaluated for this award.

Admission contests

Value

Variable

Description

Francophone and French-immersion students can participate in a number of contests to win admission awards. Some of the contests are offered through French for the Future, Canadian Parents for French or Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne. A full list of available contests is available through the Online Scholarships and Bursaries tool.

 

Prestigious admissions scholarships

President's Scholarship

Value

$30,000 ($7,500 per year)

Description

The President’s Scholarship is awarded to one full-time undergraduate student in each of the direct-entry faculties. Valued at $30,000, it is one of the most prestigious scholarships at the University of Ottawa. Applicants must be bilingual (English and French), have an admission average of 92% or higher and demonstrate leadership qualities and a commitment to academic and extracurricular activities. This scholarship can be renewed for the three following years provided the student maintains full-time registration and a minimum CGPA of 8.5. The University also provides a one-time award of $1,500 to applicants in second, third and fourth place for each of the six scholarships. Applications must be submitted online (deadline is March 1).

  • Students can renew their scholarship at 50% of the annual value if they have a CGPA between 8.0 and 8.4 at the end of the academic year. They can also renew their scholarship for the full amount in a subsequent year if their CGPA increases to 8.5 or higher.
  • Recipients cannot combine the President's Scholarship with the University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship, the Chancellor's Scholarship or the Faculty of Arts Dean's Merit Scholarship.

Chancellor's Scholarship

Value

$26,000 ($6,500 per year)

Description

The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to one student in each of the direct-entry faculties. Valued at $26,000, it is one of the most prestigious scholarships at the University of Ottawa. Applicants must have an admission average of 92% or higher and demonstrate leadership qualities and a commitment to academic and extracurricular activities. This scholarship can be renewed for the three following years provided the student maintains full-time registration in a direct-entry faculty or in the Civil Law Section of the Faculty of Law and a minimum CGPA of 8.5. The University also provides a one-time award of $1,500 to applicants in second, third and fourth place for each of the six scholarships. Applications must be submitted online (deadline is March 1).

  • Students can renew their scholarship at 50% of the annual value if they have a CGPA between 8.0 and 8.4 at the end of the academic year. They can also renew their scholarship for the full amount in a subsequent year if their CGPA increases to 8.5 or higher.
  • Recipients cannot combine the Chancellor's Scholarship with the University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship, the President's Scholarship or the Faculty of Arts Dean's Merit Scholarship.

Aboriginal Leadership Scholarship

Value

$26,000 ($6,500 per year)

Description

The Aboriginal Leadership Scholarship is awarded to an Aboriginal student who demonstrates academic excellence and outstanding leadership skills. Valued at $26,000, it is one of the most prestigious scholarships at the University of Ottawa. Applicants must be of Aboriginal origin (and provide proof of this), and be registered full time and for the first time in an undergraduate program at a direct-entry faculty. They must have an admission average of 85% or higher and demonstrate leadership qualities and commitment to academic and extracurricular activities. This scholarship can be renewed for the three following years provided the student maintains full-time registration in a direct-entry faculty and a minimum CGPA of 8.5. The University also provides a one-time award of $1,500 to applicants who are ranked second, third and fourth for each of the six scholarships. Applications must be submitted online (deadline is March 1).

  • Preference will be given to students who are able to speak an Aboriginal language.
  • This scholarship cannot be combined with the University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship, the President’s Scholarship or the Chancellor’s Scholarship for International students.

Loran Award

Value

Up to $100,000

Description

Every year, the Loran Scholars Foundation offers prestigious admission scholarships to students who distinguish themselves through their determination and commitment to community service and leadership. Applicants must be registered in their final year of high school or in CEGEP, be registered full time without a break in their studies, have an admission average of 85% and be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Applications must be submitted online (deadline is October 26).

Schulich Leader Scholarship

Value

$60,000 to $80,000

Description

The annual Schulich Leader Scholarships program was established in 2012 by the Schulich Foundation. The scholarships recognize the academic excellence and community leadership of students intending to study science, technology, engineering or mathematics. They are worth between $60,000 and $80,000 and are awarded to two students who demonstrate outstanding community leadership, academic excellence and financial need. To be eligible, applicants must be in their final year of high school or in CEGEP and be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Students must be nominated by their high school or CEGEP. Applications must be submitted online (deadline is February 2).

Faculty admission scholarships

Faculty of Arts Dean's Merit Scholarship

Value

$4,000 ($1,000 per year)

Description

The Faculty of Arts awards 10 of these renewable scholarships, each valued at a total of $4,000. Eligible applicants must be registered full time, and for the first time, in an undergraduate program at the Faculty of Arts and have a minimum admission average of 90%. This scholarship can be renewed for the three following years provided the student has a cumulative grade point average of 9.0 or higher at the end of a semester (in at least 24 credits) and is registered full time at the Faculty of Arts. Application is not required for this scholarship. The scholarship is awarded during the summer preceding your studies.

  • All eligible students, including international students, are automatically considered for this award.
  • This scholarship cannot be combined with the President’s Scholarship or the Chancellor’s Scholarship for International students.

Faculty of Engineering Dean's Merit Scholarship

Value

Admission average of:
95-100% = $5,000
90-94.9% = $4,000

Description

The Faculty of Engineering awards 35 of these scholarships to students with an admission average between 95-100% ($5,000) or between 90-94.9% ($4,000). Applicants must be registered full time, and for the first time, in an undergraduate program at the Faculty of Engineering. Application is not required for this scholarship; all eligible students are automatically evaluated for this award.

  • All students admitted to the Faculty of Engineering, including international students, are eligible for this scholarship.

Faculty of Engineering Memorial Scholarship

Value

$2,000

Description

The Faculty of Engineering awards this scholarship to seven female students—one from each of the engineering programs (excluding computer science). This $2,000 award is given to the applicants with a minimum admission average of 80% and who best fulfill the eligibility criteria. To apply, students must submit a text explaining why they are applying to an engineering program as well as an up-to-date resumé highlighting their latest academic and extracurricular achievements. Applications must be submitted online (deadline is March 31).

  • All female students admitted to the Faculty of Engineering, including international students, are eligible for this scholarship.

Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Value

$10,000

Description

The Faculty of Science awards 16 of these scholarships to the best eligible students. This scholarship consists of two work terms with a research group at the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Medicine (first work term = $3,750; second work term = $6,250). Students must be registered full time in an undergraduate program at the Faculty of Science and have a minimum admission average of 92%. They must also demonstrate research skills and involvement in extracurricular scientific activities. To apply, students must provide recommendations from a science teacher, submit a 250-word text describing some of the ways they explore their passion for science and how they share it with others. Students must also be available for an interview in the spring. Applications must be submitted online (deadline is March 1).

  • Areas of research include biochemistry, biology, biopharmaceutical science, biotechnology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science, immunology, mathematics and statistics, microbiology, neurology, pharmacology, physics, physiology and virology.

Faculty of Social Sciences Dean's Excellence Award

Value

$2,500

Description

The Faculty of Social Sciences awards a variable number of these $2,500 scholarships to the best eligible students registered full time in an undergraduate program at the Faculty of Social Sciences with a minimum admission average of 92%. This scholarship is also awarded to some students who have applied for but have not received a President’s Scholarship or a Chancellor’s Scholarship. Application is not required for this scholarship; all eligible students are automatically evaluated for this award.

Faculty of Social Sciences Jean Chrétien Scholarship

Value

$5,000

Description

The Faculty of Social Sciences awards up to five $5,000 scholarships to the best eligible students registered in an undergraduate program in political science or public administration and who have a minimum admission average of 92%. To apply, students must submit an 800-word essay on a past or current event associated with political science or public administration and an up-to-date resumé highlighting their leadership qualities and latest academic and extracurricular achievements. Applications must be submitted online (deadline is March 31).

Telfer School of Management Dean's Leadership Scholarship

Value

$2,000

Description

The Telfer School of Management automatically awards a variable number of these $2,000 scholarships to the best eligible students registered full time in a BCom program with a minimum admission average of 92%. Application is not required for this scholarship; all eligible students are automatically evaluated for this award. Recipients are notified in the summer.

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