Future Undergraduate Students


Every year, Dalhousie awards millions in scholarships and bursaries to support incoming students. More than 2,000 entrance awards are available through our General Entrance Award application.

Entrance Awards/Scholarships

If you’re applying to Dalhousie directly from high school (or have not completed any other transferable post-secondary study), please complete the General Entrance Award application to be considered for the majority of entrance awards and bursaries available. These are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership, extracurricular involvement, community service, financial need and cultural identity. Please note, a small number of awards do require a separate application

The 2022-2023 General Entrance Award Application will be open from October 15, 2021 until March 1, 2022.

 

Are you eligible?

Students need an 80% admission average or 26 predicted/anticipated IB Diploma points to be considered. Averages are calculated using the five courses that are required for the program that the student has applied for. Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply.

How to apply

To be considered for the General Entrance Award program, students must complete the application and submit any additional documents before the March 1 deadline.

Visit our Entrance Award FAQ for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about applying for the General Entrance Award program. 

How you apply depends on where you are on your journey to Dalhousie:

I have been accepted to a Dalhousie program

You must complete the following before March 1 to be considered for entrance awards:

  • Submit any supporting documentation related to the award application
  • Submit your official first semester transcript or, for NS and ON applicants, your provincial student ID number.
  • Please note: all documents must be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution.

Application process

Log in to Dal Online. If you haven't done so before, you will need to setup your login to access the application:

  • Click ‘New User?’ and choose ‘Activate or Lookup your Net ID’
  • Find your Dal ID, sometimes called a Banner ID number (starts with B00), on your acceptance letter to proceed
  • Follow the instructions on Dal Online to set up your Net ID

Once you've set up your Dal Online login and Net ID:

  • Click on the Student Awards and Financial Aid tab and select ‘Apply for Student Aid’
  • Select ‘2021-2022’ as the Aid Year
  • Select ‘September – April’ as the Aid Period
  • Select the Dalhousie General Entrance Award application and follow the instructions

Please note: You won’t be able to edit your application once you submit it.

How to submit additional documents

To submit financial or medical documents, save them as a PDF and email to GEAsubmission@dal.ca. Use the subject line ‘GEA Supporting Docs 2021.’

In the email please include your:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • B00 number

I have not yet been accepted to a Dalhousie program

You must complete the following before March 1 to be considered for entrance awards:

  • Apply to an undergraduate program at Dalhousie
  • Submit any supporting documentation related to the award application
  • Pay the $70 CAD admissions application fee
  • Submit your official first semester transcript or, for NS and ON applicants, your provincial student ID number.

Please note: all documents must be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution.

Application process

To apply for general entrance awards as a student that hasn’t yet been accepted to a Dalhousie program, fill out the PDF version of the application form.

Please note: The PDF version of the General Entrance Award application will be available on this site on January 15, 2022 for students who have not received their offer of admission.

Submission by email (preferred)

  1. Save the form as a PDF and save any supporting documentation as one separate PDF.
  2. Email both files to GEAsubmission@dal.ca by March 1. Use the subject line ‘General Entrance Award Application 2021.’

In the email please include your:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • B00 number (if you know it)

Other submission methods

You can also print the completed PDF and submit it (and your supporting documentation, if required) by:

Mail:

Registrar's Office (Awards)
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2

Courier:

Registrar's Office (Awards)
Henry Hicks Academic Admin Building
6299 South Street, Room 103
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2

 


Additional awards information

Dalhousie University Entrance Awards and Donor-Funded Entrance Awards

Applicants will be considered for hundreds of different entrance awards through the General Entrance Award program. This includes university entrance scholarships and bursaries as well as named awards funded by donors.

  • Scholarships are awards given to students primarily on the basis of academic merit or other achievement.
  • Bursaries are awards given to students who demonstrate financial need.
  • There are also hybrid awards given to students based on academic achievement as well as leadership, community involvement, and/or financial need.
  • Some awards are for the first year of study only. Other may be renewable for up to four years provided recipients meet a set academic standard and take the required number of classes.
  • Entrance awards range in value from $500 to $48,000 over four years.

Black Students

Dalhousie has a number of awards for Black students/students of African Descent and African Nova Scotian students. Students should submit a General Entrance Award Application to be considered for all relevant entrance awards, including the specific awards listed below. Follow instructions above to apply.

Faculty of Management Promise Scholarship for Black and Indigenous Students
Value:
 In addition to financial support, Faculty of Management advisors will provide academic and career support, including assistance in finding work terms and career mentors to support long-term career aspirations.
Open to: Black and Indigenous students with priority given to African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaq students admitted to the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Management programs.

First Nations and Indigenous Black Student Scholarships
Value: 
$12,000 ($3,000 per year renewable for 4 years)
Open to: Indigenous Black and First Nations students from Atlantic Canada who demonstrate good academic standing and financial need.

Forsyth Family NS Scholarship
Value:
Up to $80,000 (Up to $20,000 per year renewable for 4 years)
Open to: Black African Nova Scotian students who also demonstrate financial need and extra-curricular involvement.

Jeff D. and Marth Edwards Scholarship 
Value: 
$12,000 ($4,500 per year renewable for 4 years)
Open to: Preference to Canadian students of Black African descent, and second preference to Black Bermudian Students at Dalhousie. Preference is also given to students entering a Bachelor of Science.

Indigenous Students

Dalhousie has a number of awards for Indigenous students. Students should submit a General Entrance Award Application to be considered for all relevant entrance awards, including the specific awards listed below. Follow instructions above to apply.

Faculty of Management Promise Scholarship for Black and Indigenous Students
Value: 
In addition to financial support, Faculty of Management advisors will provide academic and career support, including assistance in finding work terms and career mentors to support long-term career aspirations.
Open to: Black and Indigenous students with priority given to African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaq students admitted to the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Management programs.

First Nations and Indigenous Black Student Scholarships
Value: 
$12,000 ($3,000 per year renewable for 4 years)
Open to: First Nations and Indigenous Black students from Atlantic Canada who demonstrate good academic standing and financial need.

Students with a Disability

Dalhousie has a number of awards for students with disabilities. Students should submit a General Entrance Award Application to be considered for all relevant entrance awards, including the specific awards listed below. Follow instructions above to apply.

Dalhousie Student Union Accessibility Bursary
Value: 
$4,000 ($1,000 per year renewable for 4 years)
Open to: Students with a permanent disability and financial need.

Edward A. Perkins Memorial Bursary
Value: 
$4,000 ($1,000 per year renewable for 4 years)
Open to: Students with a permanent disability and financial need..

Johnson Foundation Bursaries
Value:
 $5,000-$20,000 ($1,500-$5,000 per year renewable for 4 years)
Open to: Students with a permanent disability and financial need.

Suddy and Barbara Bill Ashfield Bursary
Value:
 $4,000
Open to: Students with a permanent disability and financial need.

International Students

International students should submit a General Entrance Award application to be considered for all relevant entrance awards, including the specific awards listed below. Follow the instructions above to apply.

Richard and Melda Murray Jamaican Engineering Scholarship
Value: 
$88,000 - $22,000 renewable for 4 years
Open to: Students from Jamaica entering the Bachelor of Engineering program, who demonstrate good academic standing and financial need.

CorpFinance International Limited (Kevin Andrews) Indian Scholarship
Value: 
$15,000
Open to: Students from India entering the Bachelor of Commerce program, who demonstrate good academic standing.

Awards requiring SEPARATE APPLICATION

Schulich Leader Scholarships
Value: 
$100,000 (Engineering) or $80,000 (Science and Math)
Open to: Students entering Dalhousie University directly from a Canadian high school. Awarded based on academic merit, leadership, and financial need. See their website for a complete list of eligible programs.
Details: A nomination from your high school is required. Contact your guidance counsellor for more details.
Deadline: For nomination: January 26, 2022; For application: February 16, 2022

Fountain Performing Arts Undergraduate Scholarships
Value: 
$24,000 ($6,000 per year)
Open to: Students entering Dalhousie University directly from high school into the Music program or who intend to major in Theatre.
Details: Supporting documents are required based on area of study. Visit the Fountain School of Performing Arts website for more details.
Deadline: March 1

Harrison McCain Scholarships
Value: $16,000
Open to: High school applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and entering an undergraduate program (excluding Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Technology, and others intending to pursue veterinary studies).
Details: Scholarships will be given to students who demonstrate financial need, initiative to fund their own education, and who possess strong leadership skills.
Deadline: Postmarked by March 1

Bachelor of Computer Science and Bachelor of Applied Computer Science Entrance Scholarships
Value: 
up to $5,000 each
Open to: Applicants entering the Bachelor of Computer Science or the Bachelor of Applied Computer Science program directly from high school.
Details: Additional supporting documentation is required. Visit the Faculty of Computer Science website for more details. 
Deadline: March 1

Women in Technology Scholarship
Value: 
$10,000 (over 2 years)
Open to: Canadian and International applicants entering the Bachelor of Computer Science or the Bachelor of Applied Computer Science program. Preference will be given to applicants who identify as female.
Details: Additional supporting documentation is required. Visit the Faculty of Computer Science website for more details. 
Deadline: March 1

Dykeview Farms Ltd. Scholarship [PDF- 43.5 kB]
Value:
 $1,000
Open to: Nova Scotia students entering any program in the Faculty of Agriculture directly from high school.
Details: Selection is based on financial need, community involvement and academic performance.
Deadline: May 1

Bissett Scholarship
Value: $24,000 ($6,000 per year)
Open to: Applicants from Cole Harbour High School, N.S. entering eligible programs in the Faculty of Architecture & Planning, Arts & Social Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Health Professions, Management, or Science.
Details/ Deadline: Contact the Cole Harbour guidance office for an application.

 

Questions?

Contact the Awards and FInancial Aid team Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.
Email: awards@dal.ca