Future Students

Scholarship and Bursaries Available to New Students

There are a number of programs that reward students for academic strength or help those in financial need.

Entrance Scholarships

Saint Mary’s University rewards academic excellence with over $5 million in student scholarships and awards annually.

Students with an admissions average of 80% and above, (or an International Baccalaureate result of 28 and above) who submit their applications before March 1, will automatically be considered for renewable entrance scholarships ranging from $3,500 to $14,000 over four years.

Average IB Result Scholarship
95%+ 36+ $14,000 total value ($3,500 per year)
90-94.99% 33 - 35 $8,000 ($2,000 per year)
85 - 89.99% 30 - 32 $4,000 ($1,000 per year)
80 - 84.99% 28 - 29 $3,500 ($500 per year, $1000 per year afterwards)

Named Entrance Awards

In addition to the regular entrance scholarships described above, Saint Mary's offers a number of named scholarship/bursary awards. These awards all have different eligibility criteria, such as community involvement, extra curricular activities, academic achievement, or financial need. Complete the Named Entrance Award ‌form to be considered for all of them.


  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s University.

Application Process

Students apply for all of these awards at once by filling out and submitting this form:

  • Named Entrance Award Application
  • Note: Due to a labour dispute in the Nova Scotian school system, Nova Scotian students will not be required to provide a letter of reference for our Named Entrance Awards. This change is for this year only. (More information.) All other students will require the reference letter.
  • Deadline: March 1

See the for which you are applying by filling out this form. Please note the Harrison McCain Scholarship/Bursary and the Techsploartion Science Award require a separate applications.


If you are awarded one of these scholarships we will inform you of the amount and other considerations.

Presidential/Presidential International Baccalaureate/Santamarian Scholarships

Domestic and international high school students with an admissions average of 95% or higher, or an IB result of 36+, should apply for the following:

  • The Presidential Scholarship and the Presidential International Baccalaureate Scholarship are valued at $9000 per year and are tenable over four years for a total of $36,000 (CAD).
  • The Santamarian scholarship is valued at $5000 (CAD) per annum and is tenable over four years for a total of $20,000 (CAD).


  • ‌PIBS Scholarship Application
  • 750-word essay based on your community involvement, contribution to school life and plans for the future
  • A resume which should comment on such things as involvement in community service, participation in student government, athletic achievement, extra curricular activities and volunteer and /or paid work.
  • Letter of recommendation from high school Principal, Guidance Counsellor or Teacher


If you are awarded one of these scholarships we will inform you of the amount and other considerations.


In your first year a grade point average of 3.67 in a minimum of 24 credit hours between September and April is required for renewal of the scholarship.

In your second and third year a grade point average of 3.67 in 30 credit hours is required between May and April for renewal.

Harrison McCain Scholarship/Bursary

Open to any high school student in Canada, with preference given to Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents. The criteria for the awards include a minimum 80% average in their senior year of high school, financial need, have leadership qualities and a recognized initiative in funding their own education. To be considered for this award the Harrison McCain Foundation Scholarship Application Form (PDF) must be completed and submitted to the Admissions Office by March 1.

Please note: In light of the work-to-rule situation in Nova Scotia schools, and the fact that principals, teachers, guidance counsellors and school officials are not obligated to provide reference letters for student scholarship applicants, the Harrison McCain Scholarship/Bursary committee will accept 2 non-academic letters of reference for this purpose. Non-academic letters of reference could be from an employer, volunteer organization or an individual. This change is for this year only.

Techsploration Science Award

Techsploration gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Saint Mary’s University in providing a renewable $2,000 scholarship to young women pursing a Science Degree. Applicants may include both Techsplorer Alumnae as well as other female Grade Twelve graduates of participating Nova Scotia Techsploration schools.

All female Grade Twelve students may apply whether or not she was on the school team, if:    

  • She has been accepted into a Saint Mary’s University, Faculty of Science program as a full-time student (30 credit hours). In order for the scholarship to be renewed the student must maintain full time status each academic year.

This scholarship will be evaluated by the Assistant Registrar, Admission and Scholarships, Saint Mary’s University in consultation with Techsploration and will be awarded based on a combination of:

If more than one candidate is identified as a finalist, we may consider financial need as further criteria.

The scholarship is valued at $2,000 per year and is renewable on an annual basis.

Applications must be received by the Award Committee by March 1. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The recipient will be notified by April 15.