Pioneer Entrance Awards

Who Is Eligible?

Lakehead University and Georgian College (LU/GC) are offering joint programs beginning in September 2017.  The LU/GC partnership guarantees every student enrolled in the partnership programs at least $4,000 to help fund the first two years of their program.

How Much Do I Receive from the Pioneer Entrance Award?

Students entering directly from high school who maintain a minimum scholarship average of 80% will receive a $1,500 Pioneer Award + a Lakehead University Renewable Entrance  Scholarship.

Students entering directly from high school who maintain an average below 80% will receive a $2,000 renewable Pioneer Entrance Award.

Mature Students, University Transfer, or College Transfer students will receive a $2,000 renewable Pioneer Entrance Award.

Are Pioneer Entrance Awards Renewable?

Yes Pioneer Entrance Awards are Renewable for 1 year only. To renew the Pioneer award students must continue in the subsequent year of their program, as indicated according to the terms found in the award offer.  A normal full course load is required in each year of study.

How and When Are Pioneer Entrance Award Offers Made?

Pioneer Entrance Awards are offered and guaranteed to all admitted applicants of the joint Lakehead University / Georgian College programs.  The Award Offers are extended with an applicant's Offer of Admission.  To receive funding, students must accept their offer of admission and enrol full-time in the Lakehead University-Georgian College program.  Half of the Pioneer Award will be disbursed to the student account in September and the remaining half in January to help offset the cost of tuition.

Could the Value of My Pioneer Entrance Award Offer Change?

Yes!  Students who receive a Lakehead University Entrance Scholarship, but are unsuccessful in meeting the Entrance Scholarship renewal criteria for their second year will be guaranteed $2,000 in their second year of study.

2017-18 Pioneer Entrance Awards +
Lakehead University Entrance Scholarship Grid

Entering Academic Average by Awards(s) Eligible Students  Entrance Scholarship Value* Scholarship Total
(and value per year)
Pioneer Award + Entrance Scholarship
Minimum Required Load in Lakehead University-Georgian College program
 95.0% and Over Direct entry from high school Free Tuition Free Tuition1 Free Tuition1  80%
 90.0% to 94.9% Direct entry from high school $2,500 $1,500 per year x 2 years2  $4,000 80%
 85.0% to 89.9% Direct entry from high school $1,250  $1,500 per year x 2 years2  $2,750 80%
 80.0% to 84.9% Direct entry from high school $750 $1,500 per year x 2 years2  $2,250 80%
 70.0% to 79.9% Direct entry from high school, Mature, Transfer $0  $2,000 per year x 2 years3  $2,000 80%

NOTES on Renewal of Scholarship:

* Entrance Scholarship renewable into future years as long as renewal criteria are met. For a complete list of entrance scholarship offerings please visit www.lakeheadu.ca > Future Students > Scholarships & Financing > Entrance Scholarships > Entrance Scholarships (Domestic students).

1. Students with an entering high school average of 95.0% or Over will receive the Lakehead University Free Tuition scholarship.  This scholarship is a renewable scholarship for up to 4 years.  If the student is unable to maintain the average required for the Free Tuition Scholarship outlined in the Free Tuition terms and conditions available on the Lakehead University website by visiting: www.lakeheadu.ca > Future Students > Scholarships & Financing > About Scholarships, Awards & Financing > Terms & Conditions, but is able to keep an entrance scholarship, the value of the Pioneer Award will be $1,500 for year 2.

2. Students with an entering high school average of 80.0% to 94.9% will also receive a Lakehead University Entrance Scholarship.  These scholarships are renewable for up to 4 years.  If the student is unable to maintain the average required for a Lakehead University Entrance Scholarship outlined in the Entrance Scholarship terms and conditions available here: Future Students > Scholarships & Financing > About Scholarships, Awards & Financing > Terms & Conditions, the value of the Pioneer Award will be $2,000.  Otherwise, the student will receive $1,500 for year 2.

3. Students not entering directly from high school or who do not meet the criteria of the renewable entrance scholarship are eligible to receive a $2,000 renewable Pioneer Entrance Award in year 1, and renewable for year 2.