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Major awards and scholarships at Queen’s University

Students with an average of 90% or higher based on their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or 37 core points in the IB) are automatically offered a merit-based entrance scholarship at Queen’s University if they are accepted into their program of choice. In addition to these very generous awards, there are a few major entrance scholarships or awards that require a special application.

All of these scholarships and awards stress outstanding academic achievement (in most cases, an average of 90% or above, factoring in all your high school grades from Year 1 on), demonstrated leadership, and community/school involvement. Some also require candidates to demonstrate financial need or be resident in a particular region e.g. the Sobey Scholarship is aimed at students residing in an Atlantic province and planning to enter the Bachelor of Commerce program at Queen’s.

Students interested in applying for these awards should check the Queen’s University website for information concerning the value, selection criteria, and application procedures for these scholarships. Applications are available here.

Only the Chancellor’s Scholarship requires a nomination from the school: UCC is permitted to nominate only one candidate. Candidates for the Chancellor’s Scholarship are expected to demonstrate academic excellence (a minimum average of 90% based on all your high school grades from Year 1 on), outstanding leadership, and creative and original thinking.

You should seek nomination for this scholarship only if you intend to take up the award if it is offered. As previously stated, students who intend to apply Early Decision to a US college are not eligible to be sponsored for this award as they are prepared to make a binding commitment elsewhere.

Completed applications for the Chancellor’s Scholarship (minus the letter of reference) must be submitted to Ms Berndsen by 9 a.m. on Monday, November 3 in order to be considered for nomination.

You should always discuss your suitability for a scholarship with your university counsellor before completing such an application.

Completed applications for the other Queen’s scholarships must be submitted by the University Counselling Office to Queen’s University before Monday, December 1; in order to complete our portion of the application in time, we require that you complete and submit your portion of the application to Ms Berndsen by 9 a.m. on Monday, November 17.

All applicants for these major scholarships require a letter of reference; please make sure you give your referee lots of notice and be sure to give him or her the completed Scholarship Referee Request Form, downloadable from the UCO Haiku site. Once your referee has agreed, you should register his or her name on Naviance.