The term "award" is a general designation applied to any scholarship, prize, medal, fellowship, or grant of money assigned to a student. Within this designation, awards are further defined as follows:
- Scholarships are based primarily on outstanding academic merit (80% or greater) or excellence in a specific subject or group of subjects.
- Bursaries are based primarily on financial need.
- Awards are based on a combination of criteria such as academic performance, leadership or involvement in extracurricular activities or student affairs at the university or in the community, work-related experience, athletic achievement or participation, or work-term performance, and may include a financial need component.
General award guidelines and regulations
For additional details related to undergraduate award payments and general eligibility guidelines please refer to Regulations Governing University of Waterloo Undergraduate Awards on the Undergraduate Calendar website.
Establishing awards at the University of Waterloo
The University of Waterloo is committed to attracting and rewarding talented undergraduate students and to ensuring that all qualified students have access to the best university education possible. Our generous donors are essential to achieving this goal. The Office of Advancement works with donors to establish scholarships, awards and bursaries to help recognize and support outstanding and deserving undergraduate students. For additional information please visit the Office of Advancement web page.