Undergraduate Scholarships Program

Who can apply?

All students who were enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at Saint Mary’s University for the 2020-2021 academic year are eligible to apply.

What is the basis of this award?

Each scholarship, award and bursary have specific criteria. The information you provide will indicate the award(s) you are eligible to receive. The deadline for this application is May 1, 2021 by 11:59pm.

Part 1 - Application and Personal Statement: Complete your personal information and list your extracurricular activities (on-campus and community involvement). Your personal statement must describe your: (1) educational and career goals (2) leadership activities (3) extracurricular activities, including employment, your interests and hobbies (4) Saint Mary’s University community involvement (5) external community involvement and (6) your financial need. Also include anything that makes you special or unique that you have not included on your application form. Please do not include activities or involvement from high school (or earlier), unless you are currently in your first year. If you’re just completing your first year of university, you can tell us about your senior year of high school, your first year at SMU, and what you want to get involved with going forward.

Please make sure your personal statement letter follows the 6 criteria listed below:

  • 750 words maximum
  • Font - Calibri or Times New Roman
  • 1 page single spaced maximum
  • 2 pages double spaced maximum
  • If you have financial need, clearly explain specific challenges faced in meeting your needs. This should include changes that have occurred which affected your ability to meet your needs and the steps you are taking to improve your financial situation.
  • Please put your first and last name and A# on each page of your personal statement letter

Part 2 - Projected Budget (optional): Many awards have a financial need component along with additional criteria. To be considered for these awards you must submit the projected budget form.

Part 1: Application and Personal Statement

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Student #

First Name

Last Name

Email Address


Voluntary Declaration: What is your gender identity?


Voluntary Declaration: Do you consider yourself a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community?


Do you have children?:


Number of Children:

What are the ages of all children?:

In what country were you born?: (If you were born in Canada, in which province were you born?)

Voluntary Declaration: Are you a client of the Fred Smithers Centre of Support for Students with Disabilities?


Are you married or common law?


Are you a single parent?


Are you first in your immediate family to attend university?


Are you or a member of your family a member of Beta Sigma Phi?


Are you a member of the Navy League Cadets Corps (two years of service) and a former Cadet of a Royal Canadian Sea, Army or Air Cadet Corps or Junior Ranger (four years service):


Were you and your parent(s) born outside of Canada and subsequently obtained Canadian citizenship or permanent residency?


Voluntary Declaration: Do you consider yourself to be a visible minority/racially visible person?


If yes, please indicate the group(s) below which best apply to you.

Voluntary Declaration: Do you consider yourself to be an Indigenous person? For the purposes of this application, Indigenous persons are people who identify as First Nations (status, non-Status, Treaty), Metis, Inuit or North American Indian.


Voluntary Declaration: Do you consider yourself to be Mi’kmaw?


Do you intend to be a full-time or part-time student in the 2021-2022 academic year?

Are you a mature student who was admitted to a post-secondary institution after the age of 22 for the first time?


Are you a Varsity or Club Athlete at Saint Mary's University?

Please discuss the specifics of your involvement listed below in your personal statement.

Campus Involvement:




(Time commitment per week/day/term)




Community Involvement:




(Time commitment per week/day/term)




What has prevented you from taking a leadership role in campus clubs, societies, and extracurricular activities and events?




Time committment per week:

Time committment per day:

Time committment per term:

Personal Statement Letter

The personal statement letter is a mandatory requirement for this application. It is used in the decision making process of all scholarships, awards and bursaries. Applications without a personal statement letter will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. For detailed information on what your personal statement should include, please refer to the instructions at the top of this page.

Attach your Personal Statement Letter (Word Doc or PDF):  



At times, the Financial Aid & Awards staff may require input from various campus partners (e.g., Faculty Departments, the Fred Smithers Centre of Support for Students with Disabilities, etc) when selecting the recipient of an award. Do you consent to the release of pertinent information from your application and academic record to these parties, only when required?


If you are a successful recipient of a Saint Mary’s University scholarship, bursary or award, do you consent to the disclosure of your name to the award donor or other parties?


When your application and personal statement letter are submitted, a copy of your submission will be sent to your e-mail address for your own records, and a new form will appear to complete Part 2, the Projected Budget.