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Joyce Scholars Award Application

Three awards, valued at up to $20,000 each over eight academic terms, will be awarded annually to deserving undergraduate students entering Year One of any program, in any faculty at the University of Waterloo. To be considered, students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons, as well as residents of Ontario who have graduated from high school within the last three years.  Preference will be given to students from the Region of Waterloo.

Selection will be based on a combination of demonstrated financial need, as determined by the University of Waterloo, a statement describing the impact this award will have on their ability to pursue their educational goals, and a reference letter from an individual who is aware of the student’s personal circumstances and can speak to their resilience in the face of adversity and potential for success in their post-secondary studies. Selected students must commit to working with a mentor throughout their undergraduate studies. Interested students must complete this application form as well as the University of Waterloo Entrance Bursary online application.

This fund is made possible by a generous donation from The Joyce Family Foundation, which is committed to providing access to education for youth who face significant financial barriers and have demonstrated the ability to overcome obstacles and adversity.

Application deadline: April 15.

Note: There are a number of requirements to be considered for this award. Read all of the application questions before you begin to ensure you meet the criteria and that you are able to complete the form at this time.


Contact Student Awards and Financial Aid if you have questions about specific award requirements, completing the form, or award decisions.

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