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President's Scholarships

You'll be awarded one of the following scholarships if:

  • you're admitted to a full-time, first-year program and
  • are beginning post-secondary studies for the first time in Fall 2016, 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* Scholarship 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.

President's Scholarship of Distinction

If you meet the following conditions, you’ll be awarded a University of Waterloo President’s Scholarship of Distinction valued at $2,000 and a $1,500 International Experience Award and/or a $1,500 Research Award.

  • Your early May admission average, including required courses, must be 95% or higher for the program for which you’ve received and accepted an Offer of Admission.
  • You must accept your Offer of Admission by the date specified on the offer.
  • You must be enrolled at Waterloo in full-time degree studies (minimum 2.5 course units) for the entire fall 2016 term.

The International Experience Award will be awarded to Distinction Scholars who participate in an international study or work experience. It is available in your upper years should you choose to claim it and is subject to the following conditions:

  • You must complete your first year with an average of at least 80%.
  • You must be in your second year or higher at Waterloo.
  • You must claim the award before you complete your undergraduate program.

The International Experience Award may also help you meet the requirements for the Global Experience Certificate.

The Research Award will be awarded to Distinction Scholars for an on-campus research position with a Waterloo professor or for a research-based co-op position with the University.

You will be invited to find a Waterloo professor to engage you as full- or part-time research assistant for a term to carry out research under his or her supervision. It is available in your upper years should you choose to claim it and is subject to the following conditions:

  • You must complete your first year with an average of at least 80%.
  • You must be in your second year or higher at Waterloo.
  • You must claim the award before you complete your undergraduate program.

President's Scholarship

If you meet the conditions outlined below, you’ll be awarded a University of Waterloo President’s Scholarship valued at $2,000.

  • Your early May admission average, including required courses, must be 90 - 94.9% for the program for which you’ve received and accepted an Offer of Admission.
  • You must accept your Offer of Admission by the date specified on the offer.
  • You must be enrolled at Waterloo in full-time degree studies (minimum 2.5 course units) for the entire fall 2016 term.

Merit Scholarship 

If you meet the conditions outlined below, you’ll be awarded a University of Waterloo Merit Scholarship valued at $1,000.

  • Your early May admission average, including required courses, must be 85 - 89.9% for the program for which you’ve received and accepted an Offer of Admission.
  • You must accept your Offer of Admission by the date specified on the offer.
  • You must be enrolled at Waterloo in full-time degree studies (minimum 2.5 course units) for the entire fall 2016 term.

Eligibility and conditions

Admission average

  • 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 2016
  • be starting post-secondary studies in a degree program for the first time in Fall 2016
  • remain enrolled in full-time degree studies (minimum 2.5 course units) 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 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 e-mail with instructions 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 instructions about how to use the award to help pay your tuition and fees.

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