for prospective undergraduate students
Going to university is investing in your future. We want to support students who have the potential to shape our campus community. Dalhousie's entrance awards recognize academic achievement, leadership, extracurricular involvement, community service, financial need, and your cultural identity.
All students admitted to Dalhousie directly from high school are eligible to apply for our general entrance award program. By completing this single application, students are considered for the majority of our entrance scholarships and bursaries. Awards requiring separate applications are listed below.
Transfer and mature students are considered for scholarships after completing one year of study at Dalhousie (see current undergraduate students). Students admitted to third year Engineering should see the Faculty of Engineering for scholarship information.
Entrance Scholarships and Bursaries (Deadline: March 15)
The 2016 - 2017 General Entrance Award Application will be available for admitted students in December 2016. Admitted students must apply through DalOnline. Students awaiting admission can apply using the paper application, which will be available at a later date.
To be eligible for entrance awards, students must:
- apply for admission to Dalhousie directly from high school (gap years are acceptable if the applicant has not attended another post-secondary institution)
- submit a complete application for admission by March 15
- submit a complete General Entrance Award application by March 15
- have a minimum 80% admission average or 26 predicted/anticipated IB Diploma points. The admission average is calculated based upon the five required courses for the program to which the student has applied.
Dalhousie awards more than 2,000 entrance awards to our first year class including:
- One time entrance scholarships valued between $500 and $3,000
- Renewable entrance scholarships valued between $4,000 and $8,000 per year
- Awards based on specific criteria (ie high school attended, program, home province, extra curricular activities etc) ranging from $1,000 one time awards to $20,000 per year.
Awards Requiring Separate Applications (Deadlines Vary)
Schulich Leader Scholarships - 2 available
Value: $100,000 (Engineering) or $80,000 (Science and Math)
Open to: Applicants entering Dalhousie University directly from a Canadian high school. Awarded based on academic merit, leadership, and financial need (at least two of these three criteria). See the 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: February 2
Fountain Performing Arts Undergraduate Scholarships - 8 available
Value: $16,000 ($4,000 per year)
Open to: Applicants 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 - see the Fountain School of Performing Arts website for more details.
Deadline: Complete application for admission due by March 1 (Music students) or March 15 (Theatre students). Supporting documents due by March 15 (Music and Theatre).
Harrison McCain Scholarships
Value: $16,000 ($4,000 per year)
Open to: High school applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. High school applicants who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and entering a program in the Faculty of Agriculture (excluding Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Technology, and others intending to pursue veterinary studies) or the School of Nursing.
Details: Scholarships will be given to students with demonstrated financial need, a recognized initiative to funding their own education who possess strong leadership abilities.
Deadline: postmarked by March 1
Bachelor of Computer Science and Bachelor of Informatics Entrance Scholarships - at least 4 available
Value: $5,000 each
Open to: Applicants entering the Bachelor of Computer Science or the Bachelor of Informatics program directly from high school.
Details: Additional supporting documentation is required - see the Faculty of Computer Science website for more details.
Deadline: March 15
Dykeview Farms Ltd. Scholarship
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 (renewable) - 1 available
Value: $24,000 ($6,000 per year)
Open to: Applicants from Cole Harbour High School, NS entering eligible programs in the Faculty of Architecture & Planning, Arts & Social Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Health Professions, Management, or Science.
Deadline: Contact the Cole Harbour Guidance Office for an application.
Awards for International Applicants
In addition to the entrance and renewable awards available through the General Entrance Award application, the following awards are available to international applicants only. Students interested in these awards must submit the General Entrance Award application by March 15.
Slaight Family Foundation Scholarship - 1 available
Value: $100,000 - $25,000 renewable for 4 years
Open to: Students from Africa entering their first undergraduate degree, who demonstrate good academic standing, community involvement, and financial need.
Richard and Melda Murray Jamaican Engineering Scholarship - 2 available
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 Bursary - 1 available
Value: $60,000 - $15,000 renewable for 4 years
Open to: Students from India who demonstrate good academic standing and financial need and are entering the Bachelor of Commerce program.
Contact the Awards Office - Monday to Friday - 9am to 4pm
Phone: (902) 494-2450
Toll Free: 1 (866) 729-4400