MSW Awards, Scholarships, and Bursaries

Current external scholarships/awards

Hilary M. Weston Scholarship

Amount: $7,500

Number of awards: 2

Application due date: December 15, 2020

To be eligible, students must plan to be enrolled in a graduate-level social work program during the 2020-21 academic year with a demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, mental health issues and must be a resident of Ontario. Each recipient will receive a one-time scholarship of $7,500. 

If interested, visit the Government of Ontario's community scholarship webpage for more information regarding eligibility and how to apply. 

Master of Social Work financial aid:

We offer many scholarships, awards and bursaries every year to help our students finance their education. 

At Renison we understand that your education is a big investment. Below you will find many sources of financial assistance, resources, and tools to help you plan for one of the best investments of your life.

For more information, please check Renison's tuition and financial aid webpage. 

For currently offered financial aid, please see Renison's full listing of scholarships, awards, and bursaries.

NEW:  Indigenous Student Bursaries

Set up by Renison’s Truth and Reconciliation Working Group, these bursaries seek to address systemic barriers to post-secondary education faced by Indigenous students, as well as to recognize the many contributions of these students on campus and at Rension and to support their aspirations, development, and leadership.

Indigenous Student Bursary

(One bursary of $2000; offered in Fall 2020 and Winter 2021)

The deadline for applications for the fall bursary is Friday, October 9 at 12 noon

Full details about the Indigenous Student Bursary

Indigenous Student Leadership Bursary

(Up to $1000 per student)

This bursary supports students’ travel to and participation in political actions, public demonstrations, non-academic forums, or academic conferences.

The application for this bursary is open and available on an ongoing basis; interested students are encouraged to apply early, as funds undispersed by the end of February 2021 will be converted to an Emergency Student Bursary.

Full details about the Indigenous Student Leadership Bursary

For more information, please contact Brenda Maciel in the Renison Registrar’s Office (

University of Waterloo awards and bursaries

University of Waterloo Student Awards Office has information regarding scholarships, awards and bursaries for which students may be eligible to apply.  

For more information, please contact:
Student Awards Office in Needles Hall
Telephone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 36042

Payment of awards

Awards are paid to recipients before the end of each term. 


Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a government loan program to help Ontario resident students finance their education through interest-free loans while in full-time studies.

To learn more about OSAP, how it works, and how to apply, please visit Renison's OSAP information page.

Financial planning

Begin planning your finances with our Interactive Budget Calculator.

ALSO: CanLearn is the source for interactive information and tools designed to help you save, plan and pay for post-secondary education.