Entrance Awards

Entrance Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

Saint Mary’s University rewards academic excellence with over $8.9 million dedicated to student scholarships, bursaries and awards annually. There are a number of programs that reward entering students for their academic strength or help those with financial need.

Questions about becoming a Saint Mary's student and applying for entrance awards can be sent to the Recruitment Office by contacting recruitment@smu.ca.

Questions about the Admissions Awards application or supporting documents should be sent directly to the Admissions Office by contacting entranceawards@smu.ca


Renewable Entrance Scholarships
Students accepted by Saint Mary’s University for undergraduate studies with an admission average of 80% or higher will be automatically considered for Renewable Entrance Scholarships, provided they apply and are admitted to the university by March 1. Scholarships may be awarded after March 1 as funds permit. 

Admissions Awards
Saint Mary's has a wide range of admissions awards for new students. The deadline to apply for admissions awards is March 1. Admissions Awards include our Presidential, Santamarian, and Sobey National Innovator Scholarships

Admissions Awards requiring a separate application
The following awards require separate applications. Please read the information for each award carefully to ensure you meet all application requirements.


Renewable Entrance Scholarships

Students accepted by Saint Mary’s University for undergraduate studies with an admission average of 80% or higher will be automatically considered for Renewable Entrance Scholarships, provided they apply and are admitted to the university by March 1. Scholarships may be awarded after March 1 as funds permit. 


Admissions Awards

In addition to the Renewable Entrance Scholarships described above, Saint Mary's offers a number of scholarships, bursaries and awards for new students. There are many awards that have been established with the support of alumni, staff, community members and businesses. Admissions Awards can only be applied for once you are accepted for admission, before the March 1 application deadline. These scholarships include our Presidential and Santamarian scholarships.

As Admissions Awards have been established to meet a variety of student needs, there are different eligibility criteria, such as community involvement, extracurricular activities, academic achievement, or financial need. Students can fill out one application and provide supporting documentation as requested in order to be considered for one of the awards.

The application for Admissions Awards closes on March 1.

Requirements

  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s University.
  • Must be accepted to Saint Mary's University by March 1. 

Application Process

The application for Admissions Awards closes on March 1. 

Decisions

Only those who have been selected to receive an Admissions Award will be contacted.

Presidential/Presidential International Baccalaureate/Santamarian Scholarships

Domestic and international high school applicants with an admission 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 $12,000 (CAD) per year and are renewable over four years for a total of $48,000 (CAD).
  • The Santamarian scholarship is valued at $8,000 (CAD) per annum and is renewable over four years for a total of $32,000 (CAD).

Application

  • Complete Parts 1 & 3 of the Admissions Awards application.
  • Upload a 750-word essay based on your community involvement, contribution to school life and plans for the future.
  • Attach a resume that includes information on involvement in community service, participation in student government, athletic achievement, extracurricular activities and volunteer and/or paid work.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from your high school principal, guidance counsellor or teacher.

Renewal

  • 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.

Sobey National Innovator Scholarships for Bachelor of Commerce Students

We are pleased to offer 10 renewable entrance awards valued at $50,000 over 4 years awarded annually. These scholarships will be presented to exceptional students from across Canada in recognition of their accomplishments, and as encouragement and support for their success in the Sobey School of Business.

The initial scholarship in academic year 1 is $20,000.  The renewal value in academic years 2-4 is $10,000 per year.  The total value of the scholarship over four years is $50,000. These awards are open to those accepted applicants with a 90% or higher admission average or a minimum IB Diploma score of 36.

Application

  • Complete Parts 1 & 3 of the Admissions Awards application
  • Upload a 750-word essay based on your community involvement, contribution to school life and plans for the future.
  • Attach a resume that includes information on involvement in community service, participation in student government, athletic achievement, extracurricular activities and volunteer and/or paid work.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from your high school principal, guidance counsellor or teacher.

Renewal

This scholarship is renewable if the student recipient achieves the university academic requirement for scholarship renewal as it may change from time to time.

For more information, visit the Sobey National Innovator Scholarships page


Admissions Awards requiring a separate application

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, demonstrating financial need, leadership qualities and a recognized initiative in funding their own education.

To be considered for this award the Harrison McCain Scholarship Application must be completed and submitted to the Admissions Office by March 1.


Techsploration Science Award

Techsploration gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Saint Mary’s University in providing a renewable $2,000 scholarship to young women and non-binary people pursuing a Science Degree. Applicants may include Techsplorer Alumni as well as other female and non-binary grade twelve graduates of participating Nova Scotia Techsploration schools.

Applicants must be 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 Director of Admissions, Saint Mary’s University in consultation with Techsploration and will be awarded based on a combination of:

  • Academic achievement: 80% average upon leaving high school (in order for the scholarship to be renewed on an annual basis a minimum of 3.0 GPA must be maintained)
  • One page essay
  • Completion of the Techsploration Science Award application

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.


The Bahamas Ministry of Education / Saint Mary’s University Scholarship

Saint Mary’s University is pleased to partner with the Bahamas Ministry of Education on this scholarship.

The objective of this award is to provide an opportunity for a public-school student in the Bahamas that might otherwise not have an opportunity to complete a university degree. Both parties believe the award should be given to students who clearly demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

Eligibility

  • Students must be accepted into a full-time, undergraduate degree program at Saint Mary’s University
  • Any person in their final year at a public secondary school in The Bahamas
  • Should be 16-20 years at the time of application
  • Must have a 95% admission average 
  • Must be a national of The Bahamas
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • A minimum of a 2.0 GPA is required for renewability

Value of award

  • One Award Annually: $24,000 CAD per year (renewable to a maximum of $96,000 CAD per student)

Application


David Wang Scholarship

Saint Mary’s University gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Mr. David Wang in providing eight scholarships per year to academically talented Chinese students enrolled in a Canadian curriculum high school in China.

Eligibility

  • Enrolled (Grade 12) in Canadian curriculum high school in China
  • 80% or higher admission average
  • Letter of recommendation from a high school Counselor, Principal or Teacher
  • A 500-750 word essay (in English) outlining why you wish to study in Canada, and at Saint Mary’s University
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA (and full-time enrolment at Saint Mary’s University) is required for renewal

Value of awards

  • Eight awards annually, valued at $5,000 CAD per year/per student (to a maximum of $20,000 CAD per student).

The award will be applied directly to student tuition in two installments per year (the first in September and the second in January). To be eligible, students must be enrolled in full-time undergraduate degree studies, or Intensive English Language Programs at The Language Centre (at Saint Mary’s University).

Application deadline

  • The David Wang Scholarship Application (along with essay & reference letter) must be received by April 1. Students must be accepted or conditionally accepted (for undergraduate degree studies) by Saint Mary’s University before applying for these awards.