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Entrance scholarships

Entrance scholarships are for students starting full-time first-year degree studies and who will in September 2019 be beginning post-secondary studies for the first time.

Scholarships and bursaries are awarded starting in early May once we receive updated marks.

Available to all students (no application required)

  Value Criteria
President’s Scholarship of Distinction

$2,000 Entrance Scholarship;

$1,500 International Experience Award* or;

$1,500 Research Award*, or both

  • Open 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.
  • Early May admission average of 95%+
  • Visit the President's Scholarship web page for 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
  • Open 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.
  • Early May admission average of 90% to 94.9%
  • Visit the President's Scholarship web page for details.
Merit Scholarship $1,000 Entrance Scholarship
  • Open 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.
  • Early May admission average of 85% to 89.9%
  • Visit the President's Scholarship web page for 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
  • Open to international students admitted to first year of a full-time, undergraduate degree program
  • Academic performance (minimum 90% admission average)
  • Admission information form
  • Results of Euclid Mathematics Contest and/or Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest (Mathematics and Computer Science applicants only)

  • Results of Accounting and Financial Management Admissions Assignment (Accounting and Financial Management applicants only)

An application is required for the following scholarships

  Value Criteria
Schulich Leader Scholarship

1-2 scholarships of $80,000 over 8 academic terms for a student in science, technology, or math.

1-2 scholarships of $100,000 over 8 academic terms for a student in Engineering.

Open 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.


Additional scholarships awarded by faculty/program

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