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President's Scholarships

To recognize your outstanding academic achievement, you'll be awarded one of the following scholarships if:

  • you're admitted to a full-time, first-year degree program and
  • are beginning post-secondary studies for the first time in Fall 2017, and
  • your early May admission average is 85% or more.

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

Admission average* Name Amount
95% or higher President’s Scholarship of Distinction

$2,000 Entrance Scholarship,
  PLUS
a $1,500 International Experience Award**, and/or
a $1,500 Research Award**

90 - 94.9% President’s Scholarship $2,000 Entrance Scholarship
85 - 89.9% Merit Scholarship $1,000 Entrance Scholarship

*Based on marks available in early May. Your admission average consists of your top 6 marks, including all of the required courses for the program you applied to.

**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.

Scholarship details

Eligibility and conditions

  • Your admission average will be calculated based on marks available in early May using your top 6 Grade 12 courses or equivalents, including each of the required courses for the program(s) to which you’ve applied.
  • To remain eligible for a President's or Merit Scholarship, your admission average must be 85% or higher for the program for which you’ve received and accepted an Offer of Admission.
  • If you receive an Offer of Admission to more than one program, your admission average may qualify you for a President's or Merit Scholarship in one program but not another because your admission average must include required courses, which vary from program to program.
  • If your early May admission average is below 85% but your final admission average is 85% or higher, you will be awarded the appropriate President’s or Merit Scholarship.
  • You'll be notified after we've received final grades in July.

To remain eligible for the full value of the scholarship, you must

  • be admitted to full-time, first-year degree studies at Waterloo for Fall 2017
  • be starting post-secondary studies in a degree program for the first time in Fall 2017
  • remain enrolled in full-time degree studies at Waterloo for the full 4-month fall term

Note: This scholarship program pertains to admission to the University of Waterloo only and is not applicable at Renison University College or St. Jerome’s University, who offer their own scholarships.

Other entrance scholarships

  • Other Waterloo entrance scholarships may be awarded in addition to the University of Waterloo President’s or Merit Scholarship. Alternatively, some entrance scholarships are awarded to students with an admission average below 85%.

How you'll be notified

President’s and Merit Scholarships

If you qualify, you’ll receive scholarship information with your Offer of Admission in Quest.

  • If you receive a scholarship 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. You will be able to view the scholarship information in Quest.
  • 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 information about how to use the award to help pay your tuition and fees.

Other entrance scholarships

If you’re eligible for one of our other entrance scholarships, you’ll hear in mid-May.

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