Entrance scholarships are available if you're starting full-time first-year degree studies and in September 2020, be beginning post-secondary studies for the first time.

Scholarships and bursaries are awarded starting in early May once we receive updated marks from Ontario high schools.

Available to students in any program (no application required)

These scholarships are available to students in all programs. Once you’ve applied for admission, we’ll automatically consider you for these awards.

If you’ve been admitted to the Faculty of Arts and choose Renison University College or St. Jerome’s University as your academic home (by co-registering), any scholarships will be awarded by Renison or St. Jerome’s.

  Value Criteria
President’s Scholarship of Distinction

$2,000 Entrance Scholarship;

$1,500 International Experience Award* or;

$1,500 Research Award*, or both

Early May admission average of 95%+

Available to students admitted to full-time first-year degree studies at Waterloo and who are beginning post-secondary studies for the first time in September.

Visit the President's Scholarship web page for full details.

*Note: The International Experience Award and/or Research Award 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 $2,000 Entrance Scholarship

Early May admission average of 90% to 94.9%

Available to students admitted to full-time first-year degree studies at Waterloo and who are beginning post-secondary studies for the first time in September.

Visit the President's Scholarship web page for full details.

Merit Scholarship $1,000 Entrance Scholarship

Early May admission average of 85% to 89.9%

Available to students admitted to full-time first-year degree studies at Waterloo and who are beginning post-secondary studies for the first time in September.

Visit the President's Scholarship web page for full details.

Entrance scholarships sponsored by alumni and donors Several at $1,000 - $5,000

Academic performance

International Student Entrance Scholarships Several at $10,000 each

Available to international students admitted to first year of a full-time undergraduate degree program

Academic performance (minimum 90% admission average)

Admission Information Form

Mathematics and Computer Science applicants only: Results of Euclid Mathematics Contest and/or Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest

Accounting and Financial Management applicants only: Results of the Accounting and Financial Management Admissions Assignment

Scholarships which require an application

  Value Criteria
Schulich Leader Scholarship

One to two scholarships of $80,000 over eight academic terms for a student in science, technology, or math.

One to two scholarships of $100,000 over eight academic terms for a student in Engineering.

Available to students applying to programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident.

Visit the Schulich Leader Scholarship website for details or speak to your high school administration to learn how you can become the nominee for your school.

The high school nomination deadline is January 30.

Canadian veterans education benefit Up to $80,000 For veterans of Canada's armed forces. Details available on the Veterans Affairs Canada website.

View all scholarships for first-year students

To search our full list of scholarships for new students, visit our entrance awards website.


If you're in co-op, you can alsoearn $42,000 to $90,000to help pay for your education


Additional scholarships awarded by faculty/program

Not sure which faculty offers your program of interest? View programs listed by faculty.

If you receive an offer of admission, you're eligible for the following scholarships along with those listed in the available to any student section above. An application is not required for most of these scholarships.

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