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Scholarships & Bursaries

Laurentian has some of the most generous scholarship and bursary offerings across Canada, ranking 4th in Maclean's university rankings in the primarily undergraduate category.

Financial assistance is available in the form of scholarships, bursaries, grants and federal loans. Last year alone, Laurentian awarded more than $8.7 million in scholarships and bursaries to undergraduate students. But it is important to be informed, to ask questions and to apply. The following are some of the key financial assistance opportunities to investigate at Laurentian:

Contact financialaid@laurentian.ca for information on all awards and their required applications.

 

Forms

 

Academic Excellence Scholarships

Criteria: see table below

Application: No

High-School Average New GPA Academic Excellence Scholarships
80% - 84.9% 7.50 to 8.49 up to $4,500 ($1,000 in 1st year, renewable in subsequent years provided average is maintained increased to $1,500 in 4th year)
85% - 89.9% 8.50 to 9.49 up to $6,500 ($1,500 in 1st year, renewable in subsequent years provided average is maintained increased to $2,000 in 4th year)
90% - 94.9% 9.50 to 9.89 up to $10,500 ($2,500 in 1st year, renewable in subsequent years provided average is maintained increased to $3,000 in 4th year)
95% - 100%  9.90 to 10.00 up to $14,500 ($3,500 in 1st year, renewable in subsequent years provided average is maintained increased to $4,000 in 4th year)
* Calculating your average – For admission and award purposes, Laurentian University calculates admission averages based on the top six final marks from grade 12 or level 4 U/M courses, regardless of prerequisites for the intended program of study (except Midwifery). Eligibility for renewal will be based on full-time status in previous academic year (30 credits of which 24 credits must have been taken in the Fall/Winter term)

 

 

Guidelines for Scholarships Administration

Laurentian University undergraduate program recognizes and rewards academic excellence of students who are registered in a full time course load, and who pay tuition fees to Laurentian University.

Not all scholarships are necessarily awarded each year. Payment of awards is subject to the availability of funds. To ensure that scholarships are equitably distributed, Laurentian University reserves the right to restrict the value of scholarships that any one student may receive.

Awards will be applied directly to students’ fee accounts. In the event that the scholarship has a total value exceeding the amount of fees, or that fees have already been paid in full, a refund will issued to the student.

Unless otherwise stated, Entrance Awards are distributed to students who have graduated from a Canadian secondary school entering their 1st year directly from High School and who register full-time for two terms (Fall/Winter) in their first degree. Scholarships are awarded up to a maximum of 4 years where applicable.

 

Major Scholarships

Major scholarships include the Chancellor’s Scholarship, President’s Scholarship, Dean’s National Scholarship. Students who receive major scholarships are not entitled to receive an Academic Excellence Award, Community Service Bursary, or Leadership Award.

 

Chancellor’s Scholarships ($10,000 / year, renewable)

Criteria: To be eligible, students must: present a minimum of 90% on 6 best 4 U/M courses or equivalent, including required courses for his or her program, have made a significant contribution to his or her school and community, and have demonstrated leadership qualities.

Application: Yes 

 

President’s Scholarships ($7,500 /year, renewable)

Criteria: To be eligible, students must: present a minimum of 90% on 6 best 4 U/M courses or equivalent, including required courses for his or her program, have made a significant contribution to his or her school and community, and have demonstrated leadership qualities.

Application: Yes

 

Dean’s Scholarships ($5,000 /year, renewable)

Criteria: To be eligible, students must: present a minimum of 90% on 6 best 4 U/M courses or equivalent, including required courses for his or her program, have made a significant contribution to his or her school and community, and have demonstrated leadership qualities.

Application: Yes 


 

Academic Pathways Scholarships ($1,000)

Criteria: Awarded to qualifying students who have transferred directly from a university or who are graduating from an Ontario College with an Ontario College two or three year Diploma, with a minimum GPA of 80% and who are registering in a full time first degree undergraduate program.

Application: Yes

 

 Athletic Athlete Award (up to $4,000/ year, renewable)

Criteria: Awarded on the recommendation of the athletic director and coaches to athletes admitted with 80% on high school grades.

Application: No

 

Aboriginal Studies Excellence Award ($1,500)

Criteria: To be eligible, students must: present a minimum of 80% on 6 best 4 U/M courses or equivalent, including required courses for his or her program, and have successfully completed one Grade 11 or Grade 12 credit in Native Languages or Native Studies.

Application: Yes

 

Francophone Excellence Award ($1,250 /year)

Criteria: To be eligible, students must: present a minimum of 80% on 6 best 4 U/M courses or equivalent, including required courses for his or her program.  Students must register in 24 credits, (i.e. 80% of a full course load) taught in French.

Application: No

 

Community Service Bursaries ($1,000 / year, renewable)

Criteria: To be eligible, students must: present a minimum of 80% on 6 best 4 U/M courses or equivalent, including required courses for his or her program, have made a significant contribution to his or her school and community, have demonstrated leadership qualities, and have financial need.

Application: Yes 

 

Leadership Awards ($1,000)

Criteria: To be eligible, students must: present a minimum of 75% on 6 best 4 U/M courses or equivalent, including required courses for his or her program, have made a significant contribution to his or her school and community, have demonstrated leadership qualities.

Application: Yes 

 

Access to Opportunities Bursary ($1,000)

Criteria: Offered to students who demonstrate financial need.

Application: Yes
 

French Immersion Excellence Award ($1,000)

Criteria: To be eligible, students must: present a minimum of 80% on 6 best 4 U/M courses or equivalent, including required courses for his or her program, and have graduated from a French Immersion of Extended French high school program.  Students must register in a minimum of 2 three credit courses taught in the French language.

Application: Yes

 

Board of Governors Scholarship ($1,300)

Criteria: To be eligible, students must be entering the 1st year of a program in arts or science. The applicant must have obtained a min. 75% average in an Ontario secondary school (in six U/M courses) or the equivalent and must not be in receipt of any other major award.

Application: No

 

Carl and Lyle Sanders Scholarships (2) ($2,200)

Criteria: Awarded to 1st-year students enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts program, with a minimum 80% average in an Ontario secondary school (in six U/M courses)

Application: No

 

Carl J. Sanders Scholarships (2) ($1,200)

Criteria: Awarded to 1st-year students enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts, Science or Commerce program, with a minimum 80% average in an Ontario secondary school (in six U/M courses)

Application: No

 

Faculty of Management Scholarship ($2,500)

The purpose of this award is to recognize a full time student in any program in the Faculty of Management at Laurentian University.

Application: No

 

Concours Provincial de Français Entrance Prizes (2) (Covers Tuition Fees)

Criteria: Awarded to the top two contestants in the Concours provincial de français secondary school language contest, enrolled in the 1st-year of any program

Application: No

 

Concours de Français Langue Seconde Entrance Prizes (2) (Covers Tuition Fees)

Criteria: Awarded to the top two contestants in the Concours de français - langue seconde secondary school language contest, enrolled in the 1st-year of any program

Application: No

 

CNFS Entrance Award in Health Studies ($500)

Criteria: The main objective of the entrance award is to encourage Francophone and Francophile graduates of Ontario’s French and French immersion secondary schools. Adults returning to school to study in a program supported by the CNFS are also eligible for the scholarship.  Application merit will be based not only on the average grade achieved during the last year of study, but also on the candidate’s involvement (preferably in French) in health-related activities in his or her community or workplace.  To be accepted, the application must include the following five components:  complete application form; letter of support written by a professor from the last educational institution attended;  high school course transcripts or, for mature students, a transcript from the last institution attended;  letter of presentation of approx. 400 words written in French, describing the candidate’s contributions or commitment to the Franco-Ontarian community.  

Application: Yes

 

Dr. Edna L. Moore Entrance Scholarship ($280)

Criteria: The 1st-year student enrolled in the School of Nursing with the highest academic standing. The student may not be in receipt of any other major award. The faculty of the School of Nursing makes the selection

Application: No

 

Edith Rose Brooks Memorial Award (Variable)

Criteria: Awarded to a student in his/her first year of the music program with the highest overall standing in secondary school U/M courses

Application: No

 

Frank S. Ressel Memorial Scholarships (4) ($1,000)

Criteria: Awarded to 1st-year students enrolled in any undergraduate program on the basis of academic standing in an Ontario secondary school (in six U/M courses)

Application: No

 

Horace J. Fraser Scholarship ($2,000)

Criteria: Awarded to a full-time student entering the 1st-year of any program, with a minimum 80% average in an Ontario secondary school (in six U/M courses)

Application: No

 

Dr. Judith Woodsworth President’s Scholarship ($1,000)

Criteria: Chosen among the new recipients of a National Dean’s Scholarship for Excellence each year

Application: No

 

LUAA-Alumni Association Entrance Scholarship ($2,500)

Criteria: Awarded to a full-time student entering the 1st-year of any program, with a minimum of 70% average in a secondary school. Student must not be in receipt of any other awards from Laurentian University

Application: No

 

Laurentian University 35th Anniversary Scholarships (4) ($1,000)

Criteria: awarded to a 1st-year students enrolled in any undergraduate program, on the basis of academic standing (minimum 80%) in an Ontario secondary school (in six U/M courses)

Application: No

 

Mr. And Mrs. Myer Levine Scholarship ($1,000)

Criteria: Awarded to a student entering the 1st year at University College. The applicant must have obtained a minimum 75% average in a secondary school in Sudbury (in six U/M course) or the equivalent, demonstrate financial need, and not be in receipt of another major award

Application: Yes

 

Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation For Education Entrance Scholarships (2) ($1,000)

Criteria: awarded annually to outstanding students entering first-year Engineering at Laurentian University. Where possible, the scholarships are awarded to a female student and to a male student with the highest academic standing in an Ontario secondary school (six U/M courses. The scholarships are awarded on the recommendation of the School of Engineering

Application: No

 

Peter Barott Scholarship ($1,000)

Criteria: Awarded to a 1st-year student enrolled in the Engineering program, with a min. 75% average in an Ontario secondary school (in six U/M courses) and not in receipt of other scholarships or bursaries that exceed a total value of $1,500. If no student entering Engineering is eligible, the award may be given to a student entering a science program

Application: No

 

R.J. Askin Memorial Scholarship ($700)

Criteria: Presented to a 1st-year student enrolled in any program, on the basis of academic excellence in an Ontario secondary school (in six U/M courses)

Application: No

 

Thayer Lindsley Scholarship ($2,000)

Criteria: Awarded to a student entering a Bachelor of Science or Engineering program with a min. 80% average in an Ontario secondary school (on six U/M courses)

Application: No

 

Thomas D. Edward Scholarship ($1,000)

Criteria: Awarded to a 1st-year student enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts, Science or Commerce, with a min. 80% average in an Ontario secondary school (in six U/M courses)

Application: No

 

Walter Light Entrance Scholarship (1) ($1,000)

Criteria: Presented to a 1st-year student enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) or Bachelor of Commerce, with a minimum 80% average in an Ontario secondary school (in six U/M courses)

Application: No

 

Anne-Crichton-George Scholarships ($2,500/year, renewable)

Criteria: awarded to full-time 1st-year students from Chapleau,Ontario enrolled in any program (if there is no qualified applicant from Chapleau the award may be given to a student from northeastern Ontario). They must have achieved a min. average of 80% in an Ontario Secondary School (6 best 4U/M courses), have demonstrated a broad range of interests and community involvement, as well as financial need

Application: Yes

 

Christopher and Eva Doherty Bursary (Variable)

Criteria: Awarded to a student entering the first year of full time study with at least a “B” average to continue receiving the award in subsequent years of study. Preference will be given to Northern Ontario students who are studying in a discipline in the health sciences, and can demonstrate financial need

Application: Yes

 

Douglas Williamson Bursary ($450)

Criteria: Awarded to a student in the first year of the Geology program on the basis of financial need and academic standing

Application: Yes

 

Dowling Horseshoe Club Bursary ($1,300)

Criteria: Awarded annually to a student entering first-year full-time studies at Laurentian University. The bursary is awarded to a student from the Sudbury area (with preference being given to a resident of Dowling) who has demonstrated financial need

Application: Yes

 

Dr. Frank J. Clumpus Bursary Fund ($200)

Criteria: Awarded to a full-time first-year student from northern Ontario, who has been an active volunteer and can demonstrate financial need

Application: Yes

 

Gerald (KSTJ) and Marguerite Lougheed Scholarship ($1,200)

Criteria: To qualify, a student must be a resident of the City of Greater Sudbury who attains a minimum average of 80% in the appropriate secondary school courses required for admission to Laurentian University. An application is required and the student must also be recommended by the head of the Department of English or French of their secondary school as a student who has demonstrated excellent literacy skills. Candidates are asked to submit a personal data sheet outlining their community involvement

Application: Yes

 

India-Canada Association of Sudbury Scholarship ($500)

Criteria: Awarded annually to a first-year student enrolled full-time in any program at Laurentian University. The student must have achieved a minimum of 80% in his/her 6 best 4U/M courses, or the equivalent, and must demonstrate that she/he has made a significant contribution to the community. Preference is given to dependents of members of the India-Canada Association of Sudbury, or of any other East Indian cultural and heritage organization maintaining similar objectives. Candidates must also be recommended by a secondary school guidance counsellor

Application: Yes

 

Jacqueline Labelle Award ($1,500)

Criteria: Presented to a full-time student entering the first year of any program, on the basis of academic excellence, financial need and Ontario residency as defined by OSAP. Candidates must be graduates of École secondaire Horizon. Selection is made on the recommendation of the secondary school

Application: Yes

 

Jim Fielding Memorial Bursary ($15,000/year, renewable for 3 years)

Criteria: Awarded to students who may have struggled academically because of financial and personal challenges that limit their ability to concentrate on their studies. This award is renewable for three subsequent years. To be eligible, applicants must be registered as full-time students and must demonstrate a financial need. In addition, they must be nominated by a teacher, guidance counselor, or professional speaking on their potential and background. Preference will be given to students pursuing applied studies. Recipients cannot be eligible to hold any other awards with a value of $1,000 or more

Application: Yes

 

John F. Mellaney Memorial Scholarship (Variable)

Criteria: The recipient must be enrolled in their first year of the Computer Science program and must have a minimum academic standing of 80% average in their final year of high school. If there is no qualified recipient, this award will be offered to a student in the Mathematics program

Application: Yes

 

Laurentian University Faculty Association Scholarship ($1,000)

Criteria: Awarded to the son or daughter of a member of the CAW Mine-Mill and Smelter Workers Union, Local 598, entering the first year of any program at Laurentian University with the highest overall average. The candidate must be recommended by a secondary school guidance counsellor

Application: Yes

 

Laurentian University Federation Memorial Award (Tuition for 4 years + on-campus housing for 1 year)

Criteria: To be eligible, a student must be under the age of 26, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, dependant of a Canadian Forces member killed while deployed on combat or peace support operations, and registered as a full-time undergraduate at Laurentian University in Sudbury or one of its federated universities  

Application: Yes

 

Liaison Scholarships ($500)

The award recipients shall be selected by qualifying draw at Laurentian University’s orientation sessions or Liaison events. Final selection will be made by the Student Awards Office. The purpose of these awards is to aid five full-time students enrolled in any program at Laurentian University’s Sudbury or Barrie campus. 

Application: No

 

LUAA-Alumni Faculty Entrance Scholarships ($500)

Criteria: Awarded annually to one student in each of the faculties; Science and Engineering, Arts (Humanities or Social Sciences), Professional Schools and Management. The award is presented to a student who has a minimum academic standing of 80% in his/her 6 best 4U/M courses and has demonstrated financial need

Application: Yes

 

Michelle (Jane) Richer Memorial Bursary ($300)

Criteria: Awarded to a full-time student enrolled in the Honours B.Sc. in Kinesiology program. Selection is based on financial need and demonstration of leadership qualities

Application: Yes

 

Nick Volf Engineering Bursary ($580)

Criteria: Awarded to a full-time first-year Engineering student on the basis of financial need and Ontario residency, as defined by OSAP

Application: Yes

 

Pada Memorial Awards ($800)

Criteria: awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need, and Ontario residency as defined by OSAP.; the recipient must be a graduate student from Marymount Academy Secondary School. If no qualified applicant is chosen from Marymount Academy Secondary School, the bursary will be awarded to a full-time Geology Student at Laurentian University

Application: Yes

 

Richard Pound SPAD Bursary ($780)

Criteria: Awarded to a student enrolled in the 1st year of the Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration. Selection of the recipient is based on academic excellence (minimum 80%) in an Ontario secondary school (6 best U/M courses)

Application: Yes

 

Sid Forster Memorial Award ($650)

Criteria: Awarded to a student entering the first year of any undergraduate program. The award is presented to a student who 1) has demonstrated the greatest improvement in academic standing in secondary school studies, 2) has made a contribution to her/his school or community, and 3) has demonstrated financial need. To qualify, the candidate must be a resident of the City of Greater Sudbury and be recommended by a secondary school guidance counsellor

Application: Yes

 

Sudbury Canada-Wide Science Fair Scholarship ($450)

Criteria: Awarded on the basis of the scholastic achievement of the candidate. Preference is given to applicants who have previously participated in a science fair. Candidates must also be recommended by a secondary school guidance counsellor

Application: Yes

 

Sudbury Construction Association Architecture Scholarship   ($2,500)

Criteria:  80%+ Awards to a student entering the first year of the School of Architecture at Laurentian University. Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates academic merit.   

Application:  Yes

 

Thomas Balfe Memorial Award ($330)

Criteria: Awarded to a student in the first year of the Honours Bachelor of Commerce program who has demonstrated financial need

Application: Yes

 

The Positive Inception Award ($500)

Criteria: The Positive Inception is a clothing brand created by a Laurentian University student in 2014. This clothing brand was created for the purpose of motivating and promoting positivity to those around us in order to strive and successfully achieve personal goals. This award will be given to a full-time student entering their first year at Laurentian University who demonstrates a positive attitude and motivates others around them to do their best. The recipient of this award will also receive a Positive Inception T-shirt of their choice. Recipients will be nominated preferably by their guidance counselor with a one page reference letter declaring why/how the candidate’s actions, and behaviours make them deserving of this award. Selection of the successful candidate will be made by the Office of Student Awards. 

Application: Yes

 

The Sudbury and District Home Builders’ Association Entrance Portfolio Awards ($500)

Criteria: Established by The Sudbury and District Home Builders’ Association. The purpose of these awards is to recognize excellence in recruiting first year students for the Architecture program at Laurentian University. The recipients must be first year students enrolled in the Architecture program. The recipients will be selected based on their entrance portfolios of their most recent design work. Selection of the recipients will be made by the School of Architecture Portfolio Review Committee and the recommendation will be forwarded to the Student Awards Office at Laurentian University by the Director.    

Application: No

 

Peddler’s Pub Architecture Award ($2000)

Criteria: Awarded to a student studying at Laurentian University’s Sudbury Campus.  The recipient must be enrolled in the School of Architecture, maintain an “A” average, and demonstrate technical knowledge in their design work.

Application: No

 

Kivinen and DeSimone Families Award for Academic Excellence

Criteria: Awarded to students from Sudbury who choose to pursue their post-secondary studies at Laurentian University in one of the following programs: biochemistry, biology, chemistry, health promotion, kinesiology, outdoor adventure leadership, or physical education.  Applicants must also demonstrate (via a letter or short biographical paragraph) that they possess a diverse and well-rounded background including high academic achievement, athletic involvement, and community commitment.

Application: Yes

 

CIBC Faculty of Management Bursaries ($2500)

Criteria: Awarded to students entering their first year of study within the Faculty of Management, on the basis of financial need.

Application: Yes

 

Build North Construction Inc. Architecture Scholarship Annual Award ($5000)

Criteria: Awarded to a student of Laurentian University who is enrolled in the School of Architecture at Laurentian University. The recipient must be a student from Northern Ontario.

Application: No

 

School of Architecture Founders' Award  ($1500)

Criteria: Awarded to a student(s) whose work celebrates Northern Ontario.  The recipient(s) must be enrolled in the Architecture program at Laurentian University.

Application: No

 

Northeastern Ontario Construction Association Architecture Scholarship

The Sudbury Construction Association (SCA) began in 1948 with a solid foundation – the skills and experience of local contractors and trades people. Today, the Sudbury Construction Association is an ICI association supporting contractors, manufacturers & suppliers, service providers, consulting firms, and training and personnel providers. The Sudbury Construction Association promotes member interests and provides specialized services to help more than 270 members compete and succeed. 

As soon as the concept of bringing a School of Architecture to downtown Sudbury and Laurentian University was created, the Sudbury Construction Association was quick to lend its support. The SCA was the first association to create a scholarship to help attract bright, young architects to Northern Ontario.

This scholarship is awarded annually to one full-time student, who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, entering the first year of the School of Architecture at Laurentian University. Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates academic merit.  Value of the award is $2,500.  Selection of the award recipient shall be made by the Student Awards Office at Laurentian University.  Application required.

Application: Yes

 

William Watkins and Patricia Eyden Watkins Annual Award ($5000)

Criteria: Two entrance awards were created to provide full time students who demonstrate financial need with an opportunity to attend university and realize their fullest potential. It will be awarded to students from the Sudbury area who may have struggled academically because of financial and personal challenges that have limited their ability to concentrate on their studies. One award will be renewed for up to three years based on the student’s personal challenges. A passing grade is required each year. The other bursary is not renewable. 

Application: Yes

 

OSAP and Other Grants and Bursaries

The Student Awards Office takes care of grants, bursaries, scholarships and loans including OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program funded by the provincial and federal governments). Bursaries for students with disabilities, and work-study programs are also available.