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Scholarships

for prospective undergraduate students

All students admitted to Dalhousie directly from high school who wish to be considered for entrance awards must apply the general entrance award program. By completing this single application, students are considered for the majority of our entrance scholarships and bursaries. 

Transfer and mature students are considered for scholarships after completing one year of study at Dalhousie (see current undergraduate students). Transfer students who self-identify as First Nations or Indigenous Black are eligible for the First Nations and Indigenous Black (FNIB) Scholarship, which is awarded through the General Entrance Award program. To be considered for an FNIB Scholarship, please submit the General Entrance Award application.

Students admitted to third year Engineering should see the Faculty of Engineering for scholarship information.

General Entrance Award program (Deadline: March 15)

To be considered for entrance scholarships and bursaries, students must submit the General Entrance Award application. By submitting this one application, students are considered for the majority of all entrance scholarships and bursaries available at Dalhousie.

The Entrance Award application for 2017-2018 has closed.    

Students admitted to a Dalhousie program prior to March 15 must apply to the General Entrance Award program through DalOnline. Students awaiting admission can apply using the paper application.

In addition to submitting their General Entrance Award application, students must also, by March 15:
- 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 transcript of their Grade 12 first-semester finals (or up-to-date official transcript if the applicant’s high school is not semestered)
- submit all supporting documentation as required by optional sections within the General Entrance Award application (e.g., Notices of Assessment, medical documentation, etc.)

Students applying for the General Entrance Award program must 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
- Renewable entrance scholarships
- Awards based on specific criteria (ie high school attended, program, home province, extra curricular activities, etc.)  

Awards Requiring Separate Applications (Deadlines Vary)

In addition to the scholarships and bursaries awarded through the General Entrance Award program, students may also submit separate applications to be considered for the following awards:

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 1, 2017

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. Please note: due to work-to-rule in Nova Scotia, students applying from Nova Scotia may replace their letter from a Principal, Teacher, or Counsellor with a second letter from an employer, volunteer organization, or individual.
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
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 (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.

Questions?

Contact the Awards Office - Monday to Friday - 9am to 4pm
Email: awards@dal.ca    
Phone: (902) 494-2450
Toll Free: 1 (866) 729-4400

Research external options, too!

There are a number of external scholarships offered to university students on behalf of outside organizations.