Undergraduate admission scholarships and bursaries 2017-2018

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 2017-2018

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 Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section. This scholarship is awarded automatically to all qualified students. Application is not required for this scholarship; all eligible students are automatically evaluated for this award.

  • Mature applicants and university transfers are not eligible for this scholarship.

Note: To allow more students to receive scholarships, we made changes to the admission scholarship program in 2015.

French Studies Bursary

Value

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

Description

The French Studies Bursary is automatically awarded to full-time students enrolled in a direct-entry faculty or in the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, who are taking each term at least 3 courses (9 units) taught in French, or 2 courses (6 units) taught in French, or in French as a second language (FLS) if you are in French immersion or in extended French. This bursary can be renewed for the three following years provided the student maintains full-time enrollment in a direct-entry faculty or in the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, and is enrolled each term in at least 3 courses (9 units) taught in French, or 2 courses (6 units) taught in French, or in French as a second language (FLS) if you are in French immersion or in extended French, 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 units 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 Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section who demonstrate financial need. This scholarship can be renewed for the three following years provided the student maintains full-time enrollment in a direct-entry faculty or in the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section 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.
  • This bursary can be combined with all scholarships available on admission, except for the French Studies Bursary.

Education Bursary for Students in Common Law

Value

1st year: $2,000
2nd and 3rd year: $1,500

Description

The Education Bursary is awarded to students enrolled full time in an undergraduate program in the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section 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 enrolled 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

1st year: $4,500
2nd, 3rd and 4th year: $2,000

Description

The Education Bursary is awarded to students enrolled 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 enrolled 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 enrolled full time in an undergraduate program in the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, 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.

 

Faculty admission scholarships 2017-2018

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 enrolled 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 term (in at least 24 units) and is enrolled 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.

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 enrolled 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 letter 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 enrolled full time, for the first time in September, 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 April. Applications must be submitted online (deadline is March 1).

  • Areas of research include biochemistry, biology, biopharmaceutical science, biotechnology, chemistry, 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 enrolled 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 enrolled full time 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 enrolled 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.

Prestigious admission scholarships 2017-2018

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 enrollment 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, the Faculty of Arts Dean's Merit Scholarship or the 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 enrollment 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 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, the Faculty of Arts Dean's Merit Scholarship or the Merit Scholarship.

Indigenous Leadership Scholarship

Value

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

Description

The Indigenous Leadership Scholarship is awarded to an Indigenous 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 Indigenous origin (and provide proof of this), and be enrolled 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 enrollment 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 Indigenous language.
  • This scholarship cannot be combined with the University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship, the President’s Scholarship, the Chancellor’s Scholarship or the Merit Scholarship.

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 in their final year of uninterrupted full-time studies in high school or CEGEP, have a minimum cumulative average of 85% for students outside of Quebec or present an R score equal to or higher than 29 for students in Quebec, be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and be at least 16 years of age by September 1 of the following year. Applications must be submitted online (deadline is October 19).

  • Students planning to attend university outside of Quebec after only one year of CEGEP are also eligible to apply in their first year of CEGEP.

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).

Scholarships for international students 2017-2018

President's Scholarship

Value

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

Description

The President’s Scholarship is awarded to one full-time undergraduate international student. Valued at $30,000, it is one of the most prestigious scholarships at the University of Ottawa. Applicants must hold a student visa, have a minimum admission average of 92% (or equivalent) 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 enrollment, international student status 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. Applications must be submitted online (deadline is April 30).

  • 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.
  • This scholarship cannot be combined with a Chancellor's Scholarship for International Students, with the Faculty of Arts Dean's Merit Scholarship or with the Merit Scholarship.

Chancellor's Scholarship

Value

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

Description

The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to one full-time undergraduate international student. Valued at $26,000, it is one of the most prestigious scholarships at the University of Ottawa. Applicants must hold a student visa, have a minimum admission average of 92% (or equivalent) 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 enrollment, international student status and a minimum CGPA of 8.5. The University also provides a one-time award of $1,500 to the applicants in second, third and fourth place. Applications must be submitted online (deadline is April 30).

  • 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.
  • This scholarship cannot be combined with a President's Scholarship for International Students, with the Faculty of Arts Dean's Merit Scholarship or with the Merit Scholarship.

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 enrolled 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 term (with at least 24 units) and is enrolled 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 enrolled 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 letter 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 Social Sciences Dean's Excellence Award

Value

$2,500

Description

The Faculty of Social Sciences awards a $2,500 scholarship to the best eligible student enrolled full time, for the first time, in an undergraduate program at the Faculty of Social Sciences with a minimum admission average of 92%. To apply, students must submit a 500-word essay explaining why they want to study in a program at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Applications must be submitted online (deadline is March 31).

Student Mobility Scholarship

Value

One term = $1,000
Two terms = $2,000

Description

Through the International Exchange Program, the University of Ottawa offers many opportunities to study and complete internships abroad. Visit the International Office website to discover all the options available. The University awards mobility scholarships each year to help students study or do internships abroad. Application is not required. All students selected for the Exchange Program automatically receive the Student Mobility Scholarship.

University of Ottawa Financial Aid Bursary

Value

Variable

Description

The University of Ottawa Financial Aid Bursary is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and maintain satisfactory academic standing. The value of this bursary is decided on an individual basis, based on the student’s level of financial need and availability of funds. This bursary is meant to supplement other sources of funding such as the student’s own resources and the resources of their parents or partner. Applications must be submitted through the Online Scholarships and Bursaries search engine.

Private donor bursaries

Value

Variable

Description

The University of Ottawa distributes several bursaries from private funds. A complete list of bursaries and all application forms are available in the Online Scholarships and Bursaries tool.

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