Scholarships and bursaries

Visit Student Awards & Financial Aid website for more info about scholarships, bursaries, and other financial aid.

Faculty of Environment Scholarships

Awards for incoming undergraduate students

Please note: Fall 2023 scholarship applications are now closed. The deadline was April 12, 2023.

New! The Jean Andrey Environment Leadership Scholarship

One scholarship of $7,500 is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student entering Year One of any program in the Faculty of Environment. Recipients are selected based on academic excellence combined with leadership potential and interest in environmental issues, as evidenced by involvement in extracurricular and/or volunteer activities.

Dean of Environment's Scholarship of Excellence

Five scholarships of $7,500 are available, awarded to students based on academic achievement and demonstrated leadership and commitment to the environment.

Faculty of Environment Student Engagement Award

Awards are available to up to 10 incoming Environment students and are valued at $4,000 each. Recipients are selected based on their previous volunteer, leadership, and/or sustainability-related activities in their communities. 

Michaëlle Jean Scholarship

Named for the former Governor General and current Chancellor of United College, up to three students entering the International Development (INDEV) program will be selected for this prestigious honour. These scholarships pay $10,000 over the four years of the degree. 

Program-specific entrance scholarships

Find a complete list of scholarships available to students in specific Environment programs in our entrance awards database.

Awards for current students

See awards offered by the Faculty of Environment

University and faculty entrance scholarships

Every undergraduate student admitted to full-time first-year studies in the Faculty of Environment is automatically considered for the following scholarships provided they are beginning post-secondary studies for the first time in Fall 2021.

No application is required. You must accept your Offer of Admission by the date specified on the offer to remain eligible for these scholarships.

Early May admission average University of Waterloo entrance scholarship Faculty of Environment entrance scholarship Total
95% or higher

President's Scholarship of Distinction* - $2,000

$2,000 $4,000*
90 to 94.9%

President's Scholarship - $2,000

$1,000 $3,000
85 to 89.9%

Merit Entrance Scholarship - $1,000

n/a $1,000

Note: These and other scholarships are subject to change.

*Plus a $1,500 International Experience Award and/or a $1,500 Research Award. These awards are available in your upper years if you choose to claim them and if you complete your first year with at least an 80% average.

How you'll be notified

If you qualify, you’ll receive a letter with your Offer of Admission.

  • If you receive your scholarship offer before May, you must meet all the conditions specified above. Once we’ve reviewed your marks available in early May, we’ll confirm your University of Waterloo President’s or Merit Scholarship by email.
  • If you receive your scholarship offer in May, we will already have reviewed your marks available in early May. You must still meet all other conditions specified above.

In August, you’ll receive an email with instructions about how to use the award to help pay your tuition fees.


A bursary is similar to scholarships in that you are not required to repay it, but it's awarded primarily on financial need rather than academic achievement.

Find out what entrance bursaries you may be eligible for on the Student Awards & Financial Aid website.