Scholarship: A top priority

Waterloo students at Convocation

Create your legacy. Support their dreams.

Join people like Dr. James F. McCollum, who created a named scholarship in support of outstanding students.

After taking a first-year Spanish class at Waterloo, Jim — an economics and geography major — developed a lifelong interest in modern languages. He wanted to help others enjoy the richness it brought to his life, personally and professionally.

Jim established the Karem Langer Pardo Scholarship in Spanish, an award that honours his friend — whom he met in a PhD Spanish class — and enables top students to pursue their dreams.

You can help Waterloo compete globally for top student talent!

Creating a named student award at Waterloo delivers a measurable and immediate impact by

  • attracting, enabling and rewarding deserving students
  • easing their financial stress
  • inspiring and motivating students to believe in themselves
  • putting them on the path to success through experiential learning (co-operative education, exchange programs, etc.)
  • providing access to a world-class education that fosters innovation and ideas

Did you know . . .

The total cost of a first-year undergraduate student’s education, housing and living expenses can range from $17,700 to $31,800.

The cost for an international first-year undergraduate can range from $34,600 to $55,150.*

*Estimated averages based on 2015 figures.

Create your legacy today by investing in scholarships at Waterloo

One hundred per cent of your gift is directed to your award fund. Your gift can be designated to any faculty or University-wide.

Establish a trust for a multi-year named award

A minimum gift of $10,000 will create a multi-year undergraduate award, and $20,000 will create a graduate award. We welcome annual payments starting at $2,000 per year for five years.

Create a named endowment

Endowed gifts are invested in perpetuity in order to create ongoing annual named awards. They require a minimum gift of $40,000 for an undergraduate award and $50,000 for a graduate award.

Triple your gift: name an Ontario Graduate Scholarship

The Government of Ontario offers a two-to-one match for your donation to Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS). Establish a named OGS** trust for $5,000 per year for four years, or an endowment with an annual expendable of $5,000. OGS is valued at $15,000 per year ($5,000 donation plus $10,000 in matching funds).

**For as long as the Government of Ontario’s OGS program exists

Build your legacy through a future named gift

Our gift planning experts will help you find the best option to achieve your goals. Working together, we can ensure that your named award can be directed to an area you are excited to support.

Let us recognize you in our Circles and Societies

Waterloo’s Circle Program celebrates the most generous among our annual supporters, while our Laurel Society honours individuals who indicate they are making a planned or deferred gift. Discover the benefits of our recognition programs.

Contact us to create your legacy today!

Kelly Schultz, Development Officer, Leadership Giving


Tina Chan, Karem Langer Pardo Recipient

“I am grateful and extremely honoured to be the recipient of this award, especially upon learning about its history and Dr. McCollum’s passion for Spanish. The award also alleviates some of my financial burden. Thank you!”

— Tina Chan, Karem Langer Pardo Scholarship 

Michael Morrison, Blair and Leo McArther Athletic Excellence Award

“The financial support provided by Leo and Blair McArthur has given me the opportunity to succeed as a student athlete as I have been able to focus on hockey and academics without a part-time job. I would like to thank the McArthurs for their support!”

Michael Morrison, Blair and Leo McArthur Athletic Excellence Award

Jennifer Harvey, Conrad Family MBET Scholarship Recipient

“My startup mentor once told me that if I don’t believe in my own idea then I cannot expect anyone else to believe in it. To me, this scholarship says that someone believes in me, and that is a huge source of motivation.”

— Jennifer Anne Harvey, Conrad Family MBET Scholarship

Zhonghan Li, David Johnston International Experience Award Recipient

“With the great support of the David Johnston International Experience Award, I travelled to Shantou University Medical College in China. There I worked on a mobile health care model that could revolutionize the way that traditional rehabilitation is being conducted. Through this experience, I learned valuable management and teamwork skills, which will hopefully enable me to become a global innovator.”

— Zhonghan Li, David Johnston International Experience Award