Undergraduate Aid and Awards

Saint Mary's University is committed to ensuring your success by providing more than 275 scholarships, bursaries, and awards totalling $5 million each year to students. Check this site regularly for 'Awards Currently Available.' All awards are listed below with their criteria, application instructions, and deadlines.

Award applications currently available: 

Resources for writing personal statements for Saint Mary's University scholarship applications:

Awards available throughout the academic year:


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 notified by email if they are a recipient in June of each year. 

Requirements:

  • Incoming, returning, and transfer students must achieve a 3.70 GPA or above in a minimum of 30 credit hours between May 1 and April 30. All courses taken within this time frame are used for GPA calculations.

  • Not be a recipient of the Renewable Entrance Scholarship program.

  • Be registered as full-time (9 credit hours per semester) at Saint Mary's University in the following fall and winter semesters to receive the entire award on their student account. Awards are disbursed in two equal disbursements at the beginning of the fall and winter semesters.

  • Notify Financial Aid & Awards of late course completions, grade changes and courses completed on Letter of Permission by June 1. 

  • Students can receive an Academic Achievement Scholarship up to a maximum of 4 times.
  • 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

Faculty members of the Department of Accounting have initiated and funded these student achievement awards. They 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. 

  • Accounting Achievement Awards – are available to students who can demonstrate how they have supported one or more elements of the above mission statement. Normally, three accounting achievement awards are given each year.
  • In addition, the Nicola Young Financial Accounting Award – will be given to a student who has demonstrated a particular interest and strength in financial accounting and reporting. Evidence of an understanding of the importance of financial accounting standards to both private and public sectors would strengthen any application.

Award Requirements:

To be eligible, students would normally have:

  • Declared Accounting as their Major and have completed at least 90 credit hours toward their BComm degree
  • Earned a minimum GPA of 3.3 in all accounting courses completed at the time of application
  • Completed ACCT 3323, 3335, 3350 and 3351

Award winners will receive the scholarship, a certificate of accomplishment, an award notation on their university transcript, and public recognition at an official ceremony.

Application:

The application for the 2022-2023 Accounting Achievement Award will be available in October 2022.


David G. Smith Memorial Award

Awarded to a returning undergraduate or graduate student studying on a full-time or part-time basis whose experiences and endeavors help to reduce the stigma sometimes associated with mental illness, either through first-hand experience which provides an example of the strength and resilience of people living with mental illness, or by supporting and celebrating others who are living with a mental illness.

Students may nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else for this award. When nominated by someone else, the nomination form will require the nominator to confirm the nominee’s willingness to be considered for the award. All nominees will be asked to submit a statement of reflection after the nomination is received.

Nomination Form

Access the application form on the Counselling Centre website. 

Nomination Deadline:  February 28, 2022

Email the completed nomination package or forward any questions to counselling@smu.ca by Monday, February 28. 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (AST)


David M F Chapman Bursary in Astrophysics

David M F Chapman, MSc, FRASC, is a retired Defence Scientist, has been an amateur astronomer for 57 years and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He is an experienced and dedicated night-sky observer who has mentored many amateur astronomers. His initiatives include the creation of a formal Partnering Agreement established between Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site and the RASC Halifax Centre, promoting the night sky lore of the Mi’kmaq First Nation and establishing (with others) the first Dark-Sky Preserve in Nova Scotia. He was editor of the annual RASC Observer’s Handbook for the 2012-2016 editions.

The David M F Chapman Bursary for Astrophysics will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate student who has successfully completed two years of study. First preference is for a student majoring in astrophysics and second preference is for a student majoring in physics. To be eligible, students must demonstrate financial need and meet the minimum academic requirements for a bursary as defined by the University. While this bursary is not renewable, students may be able to apply more than once, provided that the student maintains all eligibility criteria. Award selection will be determined by Enrolment Services on the recommendation of the Chair of the Department of Astronomy and Physics.

Application:

Apply through the Saint Mary’s University Undergraduate Scholarship Program (see below).

Award Decisions: Applications are assessed over the summer months and throughout the upcoming academic year. Students are contacted directly when selected for an award.


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 to the Financial Aid & Awards Office. The application can be scanned and e-mailed directly to finanical.aid@smu.ca
  • Please note that this award will be presented at the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Ceremony. The recipient of this scholarship is typically asked to attend this ceremony.

Application: The Montreal Women's Memorial Scholarship application is not yet available for the 2022-23 academic year. 


Saint Mary's University Alumni Golf Tournament Bursary

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 funds to be distributed amongst the selected students. Tournament funds generate bursaries which are personally delivered to each student at the end of the event. The tournament has been running for 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 for the 2022-2023 academic year is now closed.

Application Deadline: 

May 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

Award Decisions: Applications are assessed over the summer months and throughout the upcoming academic year. Students are contacted directly when selected for an award.


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:

Recipients of the Alumni Leadership Award are chosen by the Athletic Director. Student athletes who wish to be considered for an Alumni Leadership Award should speak with their coach. 

Award Decisions: Applications are assessed over the summer months and throughout the upcoming academic year. Students are contacted directly when selected for an award.


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 studies at Saint Mary's University.
  • 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 for the 2022-2023 academic year is now closed

Application Deadline: 

May 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

Award Decisions: Applications are assessed over the summer and throughout the upcoming academic year. Students are contacted directly when selected for an award.


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 Financial Aid & Awards by July 5, 2022.

Application:

The application for the 2022-2023 academic year is now closed

Application Deadline: 

May 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

Award Decisions: Applications are assessed over the summer months and throughout the upcoming academic year. Students are contacted directly when selected for an award.

 


Saint Mary's University Undergraduate Scholarship Program Application

Over 250 Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries & 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 their unique, individual qualities.

Awards Requirements:

  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s University.
  • Full Time Awards: Must have completed at least one term of full time studies in the preceding academic year.
  • Part Time Awards: For students who completed part time studies in the preceding academic year and will continue to do so in the upcoming academic year.

Application:

The application for the 2022-2023 academic year is now closed

Application Deadline: 

May 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

Award Decisions: Applications are assessed over the summer months and throughout the upcoming academic year. Students are contacted directly when selected for an award.


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 and Experiential Learning webpage for more information.


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.
  • 500 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)

Harry & Lily Rutte Award for Spirituality and the Workplace

Awarded to a deserving undergraduate or graduate student in any faculty at Saint Mary’s University for the best paper, or action/research project, or any product result, in the field of spirituality and the workplace. Papers or projects may be submitted from previous or current Saint Mary’s courses. The selection of the award recipient will be determined by the Spiritualty and the Workplace Oversight Sub-Committee

Application:

Email SobeySchool@smu.ca and include: (1) cover letter with name, email phone number and A number, (2) PDF of your paper or project, a link to your video or website. Note: One submission per student.


Questions or Concerns?

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