Saint Mary’s University Faculty Union Scholarship for Academic Excellence Application

Who can apply?

This scholarship is primarily available to full-time undergraduate students in their final or Honours year, however, graduate, part-time, and third year students are welcome to apply.

What is the basis of this scholarship?

Students applying for this scholarship must have successfully completed a minimum of one-year of full-time studies at Saint Mary’s University and must have been enrolled as a full-time student at Saint Mary’s for the 2020-2021 academic year. Preference will be given to applicants who are completing dual degree programs, double majors, and broad or unusual choice of courses. Students should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75.

Applicants must be willing to allow the Faculty Union Scholarship Committee to review their academic transcripts to confirm marks. Financial need and the receipt of other scholarships may be a determining factor in the final selection process. Award decisions are made by the Faculty Union Scholarship Committee. The deadline for this application is May 1, 2021.

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: To be considered for this award you must complete the projected budget form.

Part 3 - Faculty Recommendation Forms: In order to be considered for an award, you must provide valid email addresses for two Saint Mary’s University faculty members. Recommendation forms must be received by May 25, 2021. Remember, to get approval with the individuals who you are asking to be references for you and follow-up with them once you have submitted your application.

Part 1 - Application

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Student #

First Name

Last Name

Email Address


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)







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 this scholarship. 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 here before submitting the application below:

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?


Submit this form to proceed to Part 2 (Projected Budget) and then Part 3 (Reference Identification Form)

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.