Scholarships for Students Entering Level I

The Basics

What types of entrance scholarships are available?

What is required to maintain eligibility for my award?

  • Some scholarship offers are made on a conditional basis
  • Satisfy all eligibility criteria to receive your award in September
  • Maintain a full-time course load throughout the fall/winter terms
  • Further eligibility requirements are outlined in your letter of congratulations

When will I receive my award(s)?

  • The value of the award will be posted to your McMaster student account in August as PENDING AID
  • The award value can be deducted from your fee payment to McMaster
  • The value of the award will be based on your final admission average
  • The funds will be deposited to your student account in mid-September
  • For further information refer to your letter of congratulations
  • Award requirements for Athletic Financial Awards are outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding

Entrance Scholarship FAQs


McMaster Honour Awards

How do I apply for a McMaster Honour Awards?

You do not need to apply for a McMaster Honour Award.
There are unlimited awards available overall.

McMaster Honour Awards are automatically assessed based on the following criteria:

    • Final admission average is 80% or above
  • Final admission average is calculated based upon 6 final, grade 12 marks from:
    • The prerequisites for the student’s chosen program of study, AND
    • The next best U or U/M grades

Who is eligible for McMaster Honour Awards?

Students who:

  • Are Canadians or Permanent Residents
  • Are international students who completed their final year of high school in Canada
  • Haven’t enrolled at a college or university any time after high school

Honour Award Values

President’s Awards  $2,500

Final Admission Average to Program:    
95% +

Honour Awards   $1,000

Final Admission Average to Program:   
90% – 94.99%

Honour Awards  $750

Final Admission Average to Program:   
85% – 89.99%

Honour Awards  $500

Final Admission Average to Program:   
80% – 84.99%

 


Entrance Awards for Indigenous Students

McMaster offers generous awards for Indigenous students entering first year. Each award has its own application and set of requirements.

Marjorie Anderson Entrance Academic Grant for Indigenous Students

Value: $80,000 ($20,000 per year) *4 grants available

Find out more details on the Marjorie Anderson Entrance Academic Grant for Indigenous Students and learn how to apply (PDF).

Adella Margaret Bragg Scholarship

Value: $6,000 ($1,500 per year) 

Find out more details on the Adella Margaret Bragg Scholarship and learn how to apply (PDF).

Applications can be submitted to Student Financial Aid and Scholarships: McMaster University, Gilmour Hall, Room 120.

Questions? Email sfas@mcmaster.ca


Entrance Awards by Application

Apply for Entrance Awards by Application TODAY.
Each scholarship program has its own unique application process and requirements.
Loran Scholars Foundation: Character; Service ; Leadership Schulich Leadership Scholarships
HATCH ScholarshipAdella Margaret Bragg Scholarship


Athletic Financial Awards

The following OUA & U SPORTS policies are required for recipients:

  • Eligibility for Award: Student-athletes must be listed on the eligibility certificate.
  • Criteria: 
    • Final admission average is 80% or above
    • Awards requirements are outlined in the student’s Memorandum of Understanding.
    • A minimum 6.5 GPA in all enrolled courses within subsequent academic years (September – August).
  • Value:  The maximum amount of tuition and fees up to $4,500 for ALL financial awards that contain an athletic component (this includes any bursaries or other athletic awards – i.e. Ron Joyce Award of Athletes – distributed by Student Financial Aid & Scholarship).
  • Information: financial support for athletes

Faculty Entrance Awards

FACULTY OF BUSINESS:

The DeGroote School of Business Entrance Award

  • Eligible to Apply: Business I applicants
  • Application: Not required
  • Criteria: Final admission average of 90% or higher
  • Award Value: $500

The David Feather Family Scholarship & The Kevin A. Lockart Family Scholarship

  • Eligible to Apply: Integrated Business & Humanities I applicants
  • Application: Based on the completed supplementary application
  • Criteria: Demonstrated community engagement and high academic achievement
  • Award Value: 4 awards at $5,000/each

FACULTY of ENGINEERING:

The Bachelor of Technology Entrance Award

  • Eligible to Apply: Automotive & Vehicle Engineering Technology, Biotechnology, Automation Engineering Technology applicants
  • Application: No application required
  • Criteria: Final admission average of 88% or higher
  • Award Value:  $2,000/each

The Engineering Dean’s Excellence Entrance Award

  • Eligible to Apply: Computer Science I, Bachelor of Technology, Engineering I (including Co-op Programs) applicants
  • Application: Based on supplementary application and interview
  • Criteria: Final admission average of 94% or higher
  • Award Value: 24 awards at $7,500/each

The Engineering Dean’s Excellence Entrance Award

  • Eligible to Apply: Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences 1 (including Co-op Program) applicants
  • Application: Based on supplementary application and interview
  • Criteria: Final admission average of 94% or higher
  • Award Value: Approximately 14 awards at $7,500/each

The Dalvi Family Entrance Scholarship

  • Eligible to Apply: Computer Science I, Computer Science I Co-op, Engineering I and Engineering I Co-op applicants
  • Application: Based on supplementary application and interview
  • Criteria: Final admission average of 94% or higher
  • Award Value: 2 awards at $7,500/each

The Joseph Ip Scholarship

  • Eligible to Apply: Bachelor of Technology, Computer Science I, Computer Science I Co-op, Engineering I and Engineering I Co-op applicants
  • Application: Based on supplementary application and interview
  • Criteria: Final admission average of 94% or higher
  • Award Value: 4 awards at $10,000/each

FACULTY OF HUMANITIES, SCHOOL of MUSIC

The Joan Frances Bowling Entrance Scholarship

  • Eligible to Apply: Music I applicants
  • Application: Based on audition
  • Criteria: Excellence in Classical Music
  • Award Value: 2 awards at $1,800/each

The Merrill Francis Gage Entrance Scholarship

  • Eligible to Apply: Music I applicants
  • Application: Based on audition
  • Criteria: Musical Proficiency
  • Award Value: 1 award at $1,000/each

The Frank Thorolfson Memorial Scholarship

  • Eligible to Apply: Music I applicants
  • Application: Based on audition
  • Criteria: Musical Proficiency
  • Award Value: 2 awards at $1,500/each

The Victor Wilson Scholarship

  • Eligible to Apply: Music I applicants
  • Application: Based on audition
  • Criteria: Excellence in Piano and Orchestra
  • Award Value: 2 awards at $1,500/each

Notice


SFAS site periodically unavailable Tuesday October 23rd beginning at 8 pm until 8 am the following day.

What’s New!

OSAP Income Update: Check your OSAP portal for a requirement to update your income. If you have this requirement it must be completed to main eligibility for the McMaster General Bursary. Even if you have no changes to report, you are required to submit the online form. Find Income Update deadlines.


Part-time OSAP: Funding certificates for OSAP for Part-Time Students are available at the SFAS office (Gilmour Hall, 120). Watch for a notification in your Mosaic to-do list. Starting this fall, part-time OSAP funding will automatically be redirected to McMaster to pay tuition and fees. Learn more about part-time OSAP


Important OSAP change: Starting this fall, all OSAP funding will automatically be sent to McMaster to pay tuition and student fees. Textbook and other Campus Store purchases are NOT covered by OSAP. Funding left over after covering tuition/fees will be deposited into students’ bank accounts. Learn more on how to track your funding.


 

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