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Undergraduate Aid and Awards


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Saint Mary's University committed to ensuring your success by providing over 260 scholarships, bursaries, and awards totaling $5 million in each year to students. Check this site regularly for 'Awards Currently Available.' All awards are listed below with their criteria, application instructions, and deadlines. 

    Awards Currently Available:

    Upcoming Awards:

Academic Achievement Scholarship

Saint Mary’s University students who do not have a Renewable Entrance Award and meet the following requirements will be automatically assessed for an Undergraduate Academic Achievement Scholarship. No application form is required. Students will be sent a letter each fall. 

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.67 or above as calculated by Enrolment Services.
  • Complete 30 credit hours between May 1 and April 30.
  • Registered as a full time student (18 credit hours or more) at Saint Mary’s University in the following academic year.

Special Conditions:

  • All courses taken between May 1 and April 30 are used in GPA calculations.
  • Transfer credits must appear on a student’s record (transcript) by August 1.
  • Students who withdraw or complete their studies after one semester will receive one half of their scholarship.

Co-Operative (Co-Op) Education Students:

Students on a work-term for one semester and a study-term for another in any academic year should email the Financial Aid and Awards Office at financial.aid@smu.ca by August 31 to be considered.


Accounting Achievement Award

The Faculty of the Department of Accounting have recently initiated and funded three annual Awards. These awards are designed to recognize the performance of our Accounting Majors who have demonstrated an outstanding personal commitment to support, and who have “breathed life” into, elements of the mission of the Sobey School of Business.

The mission indicates that the Sobey School of Business, through active learning and the creation and mobilization of scholarship, prepares citizens of the world to lead sustainable, entrepreneurial businesses and communities. This mission is supported by the Department of Accounting’s own Vision Statement that identifies similar key components of student success. Achievement Awards are available in each of the following three areas:

  • Citizen of the World – an award will be given to the student who has demonstrated a commitment to preparing for the global business environment in the spirit of good citizenship.
  • Active Learning– an award will be given to the student who has actively engaged with study opportunities by demonstrating exemplary performance in a variety of applied and experiential learning activities available through the Sobey School of Business.
  • Demonstrated Leadership – an award will be given to the student who has made a difference, showing initiative and responsibility by helping others create shared value.

Award Requirements:

  • Declared Sobey School of Business Accounting Major.
  • Must normally have completed 90 credit hours.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.3 in all required 3000-level accounting major courses

Award winners will receive $1,000, a certificate of accomplishment, a notation on their university transcript, and public recognition at an official ceremony.

Application: Applications are now closed.

Application Deadline: 

November 15, 2016


Ben Adams Award 

This award will serve to honour Ben Adams, a young man who tragically lost his life as a result of an act of violence in school in 1991. Peaceful Schools International was founded as a direct result of Ben’s passing and today the organization works with over 360 member schools worldwide to promote a culture of peace whenever and wherever possible

Award Requirements: 

  • Any Saint Mary's University student who is entering their 3rd or 4th year.
  • Student must be nominated by a member of the Saint Mary's University community (faculty, staff or student)
  • Demonstrate empathy and understanding in a leadership role
  • A student who is unassuming, calm, with a humble demeanor who has taken or would take an active role in peace education in the future

Application:

The application deadline has passed for 2016/2017 year. The next application will be available in September 2017.

Application Deadline:  

September 30, 2016


Financial Need-Based Bursary

Saint Mary's University provides a Financial Need-Based Bursary program to assist students in need. Bursaries are typically smaller amounts ($200-$500) and are intended to supplement other funding sources. Students experiencing financial difficulty should apply for the financial need-based bursary program.‌‌ The bursary application is available in both the fall and winter semester and selection will be determined by Financial Aid & Awards. 

Bursary Requirements:

  • Enrolled in a degree or diploma granting program at Saint Mary’s University.
  • Complete the Financial Need-Based Bursary application and demonstrate financial need.
  • Grade point average (GPA) of at least 1.70.

Application: 

The application deadline has passed for the fall semester. The next application will be available on January 16, 2017.

Application Deadline: 

Fall: Friday, October 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Winter: Friday, February 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Bursary Decisions:

All students who apply for a financial need-based bursary will be notified by email regarding the bursary decision within three to four weeks after the application deadline.

Significant Financial Difficulty:

Students experiencing significant financial difficulty at anytime shoud meet with Financial Aid & Awards.


Montreal Women's Memorial Scholarship

This award is a tribute to the memory of the fourteen female engineering students who died violently at the École Polytechnique de Montreal on December 6, 1989.

Award Requirements: 

  • Be a female student enrolled in the Engineering program at Saint Mary’s University
  • Complete this application form along with your signature and date
  • Attach a copy of your resume and a personal statement of your personal and academic goals, why you would like to be considered for this award, and what this memorial means to you
  • Submit the Application form to: Financial Aid & Awards, Service Centre, MM108 before the deadline
  • Please note that this award will be presented at theNational Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Ceremony. The recipient of this scholarship is required to attend this ceremony.

Application:

The application deadline has passed for 2016/2017 year. The next application will be available in September 2017.

Application Deadline:  

November 23, 2016 at 4:00pm 


Saint Mary's University Alumni Golf Tournament Bursary


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The Alumni Golf Tournament is an annual fundraiser that seeks to raise funds for student bursaries. Through the generous donations of alumni and community members, the tournament raises $20,000 to be distributed among 20 students. Tournament funds generate 20 bursaries which are personally delivered to each student at the end of the event. The tournament has been running for almost 40 years and is one of the flagship events of the SMU Alumni Association.

Bursary Requirements: 

  • The student must have successfully completed a minimum of one year of full-time studies at Saint Mary's University.
  • The student must be registered full-time for the next academic year.
  • The financial need of the student will be assessed. 
  • The student must be available to volunteer at the annual Alumni Golf Tournament in late August. 

Application:

The application deadline has passed for 2016/2017 year. The next application will be available in February 2017.

Application Deadline:  

May 1, 2016


Saint Mary's University Alumni Leadership Award

This award was established in 1984 by the Saint Mary’s Alumni Association and is awarded to students based on satisfactory academic standing, financial need and leadership qualities.

Award Requirements: 

  • The applicant must be an undergraduate student at Saint Mary’s University. 
  • The applicant must have successfully completed a minimum of one year of full-time study at Saint Mary’s University. 
  • The student must be registered full-time for the next academic year.
  • The applicant must have participated in Varsity Athletics at Saint Mary’s University during his/her previous year. 
  • The applicant must continue to play on a Varsity team for the next academic year.  

Application:

The application deadline has passed for 2016/2017 year. The next application will be available in February 2017.

Application Deadline:  

May 1, 2016


Saint Mary's University Faculty Union Scholarship for Academic Excellence

The Saint Mary’s University Faculty Union Scholarship has been established for students with high academic achievement, financial need is also considered. This scholarship is open to full-time and part-time students in the Arts, Commerce, Engineering or Science faculties and entering their final year at SMU. The award is determined by the Saint Mary’s University Faculty Union and applications are submitted to the SMUFU via the Financial Aid & Awards office.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • The student must have successfully completed a minimum of one year of full-time studies at Saint Mary's University.
  • Complete 30 credit hours between May 1 and April 30.
  • The student should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75.
  • The financial need of the student will be assessed. 
  • Primarily available to full-time undergraduate students in their final or Honours year, but graduate, part-time and third year students can apply.

Application:

The application deadline has passed for 2016/2017 year. The next application will be available in February 2017.

Application Deadline: 

May 1, 2016


Halifax Longshoremen's Association Local 269 I.L.A. Scholarship

The International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO is the largest union of maritime workers in North America, representing upwards of 65,000 longshoremen on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Great Lakes, major U.S. rivers, Puerto Rico and Eastern Canada. This scholarship will be awarded to a full or part-time student who is entering or continuing at Saint Mary's University. The recipient must be a member of Halifax Longshoremen’s Association Local 269 I.L.A or a member’s immediate family.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Full or part-time undergraduate students.
  • Member of Local 269 I.L.A. or a member's immediate family.
  • Entrance students must forward transcripts to Finanical Aid & Awards by July 5, 2016.

Application:

The application deadline has passed for 2016/2017 year. The next application will be available in February 2017.

Application Deadline: 

May 1, 2016


Saint Mary's University Named Undergraduate Awards

Over 200 Named Undergraduate Awards have been established by alumni, parents, corporations and friends of the University. These are available annually to returning Saint Mary’s students. The criteria for these awards varies from awards for specific faculties, academic achievement, financial need, to awards that look at extra-curricular activities, volunteer work and community involvement in or outside of the Saint Mary’s community. All students are encouraged to apply each year and outline your unique individual qualities.

The University community is grateful for the generosity and support from these benefactors and encourages others to support Saint Mary’s University in this manner. Should you wish to establish a scholarship or bursary at Saint Mary’s University, please contact the Director of Development at (902) 420-5496.

Awards Requirements:

  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s University.
  • Full Time Awards: Must have completed 18 credit hours in the preceding academic year.
  • Part Time Awards: For students who completed less than 18 credit hours in the preceding academic year.

Application:

The application deadline has passed for 2016/2017 year. The next application will be available in February 2017.

Application Deadline: 

May 1, 2016

 Award Decisions: 

Applications are assessed over the summer months and students are contacted directly when selected for an award. This normally takes place in mid-August.

Description of all Named Undergraduate Scholarships and Bursaries 


Student Leadership Recognition Award

This award is to formally recognize students that possess, display, and apply leadership qualities and skills within the classroom, the Saint Mary's University Community and Beyond. Semi-annually, the award recognizes three students from each Faculty (Arts, Graduate Studies, Science and Commerce). The award is non-renewable. 

Award Requirements: 

  • Undergraduate students are required have completed 15 credit hours and to be enrolled full-time
  • Graduate students are required to be enrolled with full-time status
  • Currently be volunteering or must have accumulated over 60 hours of volunteer services in the past 12 months
  • Assisted or organized at least two significant on-campus events in the past 12 months
  • Be actively involved at Saint Mary's University and/or the greater community

More Information, Application & Deadline:

Please visit the Career Services webpage for more information, the application and the award deadline!


Dr. Geraldine Thomas Travel Award for Classical Studies

Established through the generosity of Dr. Geraldine Thomas, her friends, and colleagues. Dr. Thomas was a professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics. She retired at the end of the 2006/07 academic year. Dr. Thomas has been recognized for her teaching and educational leadership with a SMUSA award in 1991, the AAU Instructional Leadership award in 1993 and a national 3M Teaching Award in 1993.

The Dr. Geraldine Thomas Award for Travel in Classical Studies is awarded annually to a full-time, undergraduate student majoring or minoring in Classical Studies, and who wishes to broaden his or her learning experience through travel (for example, field schools, study abroad, relevant conferences, major museums).

Award Requirements:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at Saint Mary's University majoring or minoring in Classical Studies.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • 750 word proposal (1 page single spaced or 2 pages double spaced) outlining the project for which the money will be used (include dates of travel, budget, other sources of funding applied for and any other relevant information)

Application:

The application deadline has passed for 2015/2016 year. The next application will be available in Winter 2017.

Application Deadline: 

March 24, 2017 at 4:00pm


Dr. Sastry Vankamamidi Family Bursary & Suseela Vankamamidi Family Bursary

This award is made possible by Dr. Sastry Vankamamidi and family.

Award Requirements: 

  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate Saint Mary's University student in the Diploma of Engineering program
  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Submit the Application including your Projected Budget, Personal Statement and Faculty Recommendation Form to the Service Centre before the deadline. 

Application:

Application form for Dr. Sastry Engineering Scholarship 2016-2017 is now available. 

Application Deadline:  

November 25, 2016 at 4:00pm


Questions or Concerns?

Questions regarding scholarships, awards and bursaries should be directed to Financial Aid & Awards at financial.aid@smu.ca.