Entrance Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries for Future/New Students

Lakehead University provides over $11 million annually to students in the form of scholarships, bursaries and awards.

Our Entrance Scholarships recognize the hard work and effort our future students put in to their studies, prior to enroling at Lakehead. That is why we offer one of the leading scholarship programs for future students in the country.

Take a closer look at the various Entrance Scholarships & Awards available to you as a new student to Lakehead - be sure to check out the criteria and any applications and deadline dates. 

Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships & Awards

 Entrance Scholarships (Domestic Students)

Lakehead University offers one of the top entrance scholarship programs to direct from high school Canadian students in the country. Canadians studying outside of a provincial high school will be considered on an individual basis.

Academic Entrance Scholarships 2021-2022

Academic AverageRound 1 (May)Round 2 (July)Scholarships Available
95.0% +=$16,000 ($4,000 x 4 years)*FREE TUITION (Free Tuition x 4 years)**UNLIMITED
90.0% - 94.9% = $10,000 ($2,500 x 4 years)$10,000 ($2,500 x 4 years)UNLIMITED
85.0% - 89.9% =$5,000($1,250 x 4 years)$5,000($1,250 x 4 years)UNLIMITED
80.0% - 84.9% = $3,000($750 x 4 years)$3,000($750 x 4 years)UNLIMITED

Who Is Eligible?

Academic Entrance Scholarships are automatically awarded, with no application required, to scholars entering Lakehead University directly from a recognized Canadian high school curriculum.

Are Entrance Scholarships Renewable?

Yes – students awarded a renewable Academic Entrance Scholarship must maintain a minimum 80% or 90% average in each academic year, according to the terms found in the Scholarship Offer. A normal full course load is required in each year of study.

* A $4,000 offer will be provided in May if the student’s top 6 average of U or M midterm and/or final marks are greater than 95%.

** Free Tuition is provided if a student received an offer of $4,000 in May and they maintained their average at least with a 95% average in the top 6 U or M final course marks.  If the student’s average drops below 95% and they received a Round 1 offer of $4,000, you will receive a $4,000 renewable entrance scholarship.  The $4,000 and free tuition scholarships are renewable provided a 90% average is achieved in each academic year. If a student’s university academic average falls between 80.0% - 89.9%, the student will receive an amended scholarship valued at $2,500 / year for each subsequent academic year for the remaining term of the scholarship.

† Renewable providing an 80% average is achieved in each academic year.

How and When Are Entrance Scholarship Offers Made?

Entrance Scholarship averages are calculated at two separate times throughout the year.  

May:  Top six (6) Grade 12 U or M midterm and final academic marks will be used at the time of the scholarship offer.

July:  Top six (6) Grade 12 U or M final marks will be used at the time of the scholarship offer.

If you are from a different province, you must ensure your transcript is provided to the Office of Enrolment Services - Undergraduate Admissions as per the following:

  • For May calculations, transcripts are due by April
  • For July calculations, transcripts are due by July

Can The Value Of My Entrance Scholarship Offer Change?

Yes, your scholarship offer can always improve! Your final Entrance Scholarship value will be the best value from either of the two rounds.

What does Free Tuition cover?

Free Tuition covers Tuition only. Compulsory Ancillary Fees must still be paid to the University by the published due date(s). Questions about ancillary fees can be directed to accounts@lakeheadu.ca

Terms and Conditions

Scholarship terms and conditions.

 Entrance Scholarships (International)

Please visit the Lakehead University International student webpage for information concerning international entrance scholarships.

 Presidential Scholarship

In our continued commitment to recognize outstanding high school students, Lakehead University is pleased to offer up to two Presidential Scholarships annually.


Up to 2 scholarships valued at $30,000 ($7,500/year for 4 years)


  • Awarded to up to 2 outstanding Canadian high school students who have demonstrated leadership qualities and have made significant contributions to their high school and community.
  • A minimum 90% average in Grade 12 U or M level courses as of May 2021
  • Must be direct from high school (no previous post secondary studies)
  • Must be a citizen, permanent resident
  • Must plan to attend Lakehead University on a full-time basis in 2021/22

Application Process:

Application Deadline: April 25, 2021 for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Additional Information:

  • Candidates selected for an interview will be intereviewed virtually.
  • The Presidential Scholarship will supersede previous Academic Entrance Scholarship offers.
  • Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • For more information, please contact Student Central at studentcentral@lakeheadu.ca or (807) 343-8500
Northwestern Ontario & Simcoe County Citizenship Scholarship

Awarded to 10 graduating students from eligible high schools in Northwestern Ontario and Simcoe County who model good citizenship within their high school and community.


$3,000 (payable in 1st year only)


  • Minimum 85% average in Grade 12 U or M academic marks as of May 2021
  • Must be a citizen, permanent resident, or landed immigrant of Canada
  • Must plan to attend Lakehead University the following year on a full-time basis
  • Must be nominated by an eligible high school guidance department

Application Process:

  • One (1) student from each eligible high school is nominated by their guidance department and a nomination form is sent to Student Central by February 15 annually
  • Nominated students will receive further instructions from their guidance department and will complete the “Supplemental Application Package” 
    • Supplemental application package must be completed electronically in MS Word
    • Completed supplemental application packages should be emailed to awards.safa@lakeheadu.ca with the following subject line:  Citizenship Scholarship Application.

For more information, please contact Student Central at studentcentral@lakeheadu.ca.

Email Deadline: March 15th annually

Supplemental Application Package Tips:

  • There is no limit on the number of pages submitted. Be as detailed or as concise as you would like! Just be sure to provide us with a good understanding of your involvement within your high school and community.

Additional Information:

  • This scholarship may be combined with the Lakehead University Academic Entrance Scholarship up to the maximum value of free tuition. This scholarship cannot be held with the Lakehead University Presidential Scholarship or the free tuition scholarship.
  • High schools from Northwestern Ontario & Simcoe County can nominate one (1) student only. If the student does not meet the above criteria at the time of review or chooses to not attend Lakehead University the following year on a full-time basis, the high school cannot nominate another student.
  • The ten (10) recipients of the Northwestern Ontario & Simcoe County Citizenship Scholarships will be notified in May each year.  
Alumni Association Entrance Award

If one of your immediate family members is a graduate of Lakehead University, then consider applying for the Lakehead University Alumni Association Entrance Award. 


$10,000 ($2,500/year for 4 years)


  • be an immediate family member of a Lakehead University alumnus/alumna
  • have sound academic credentials (minimum 80% overall average)
  • demonstrate strong leadership qualities and community involvement
  • plan to attend Lakehead University the following academic year on a full-time basis

To view the eligibility criteria and conditions of the award, please visit the Alumni Association page at the following link: Lakehead University Alumni Association.

Application Process:

The Lakehead University Alumni Association reviews applications and selects the recipient. To apply, please visit the Alumni Association page at the following link: Lakehead University Alumni Association

Application Deadline: April 30 annually

Entrance Athletic Scholarships for Varsity Athletes


Up to $4,500


Entrance student athletes with
 a minimum admission average of 80%,
 who meet CIS and OUA eligibility criteria,
 and who will be members of a 
2021-2022 Lakehead University 
Varsity team are eligible for 

You are encouraged 
to contact the Lakehead University 
Department of Athletics for more information:

Lakehead University Athletics

955 Oliver Road

Thunder Bay, ON

P7B 5E1

Phone: (807) 343-8213

Specialist High Skills Major Award

The Province of Ontario created the specialist high skills major (SHSM) program to help meet the needs, interests, and strengths of all students, engaging them in learning and better preparing them for graduation and beyond.

That is why Lakehead University has created the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Award and made it available to students entering directly from high school and who have a SHSM designation on their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).  Our SHSM Award is designed to help you continue exploring your interests and set your own path.


Up to $500 (payable in 1st year)


  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be a Grade 12 high school student completing one of the following Specialist High Skills Majors: Arts & Culture; Business; Environment; Health & Wellness; Mining; or Sports
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Based on full-time registration in an undergraduate program for the upcoming academic year

Application Process: To apply, download the Specialist High Skills Major Award Application. Submit the application to Student Central or email to awards.safa@lakeheadu.ca by the posted deadline.

For more information, please contact Student Central at studentcentral@lakeheadu.ca.

Deadline:  April 15th annually

Transfer Award

If you are a transfer student that will be registered in full-time undergraduate studies at Lakehead University in a diploma or first degree program, you may be eligible for the Transfer Student Award.

Value: $500-$1,000


  • Must be able to demonstrate financial need
  • Must have taken prior studies in an academic program at an accredited Community College, Bible College, or University
  • Must Not have completed a first degree but, may have completed a diploma program, and
  • Be Canadian citizens or have Permanent Resident status.
  • Must have obtained a minimum overall average of 70% from previous two terms as a full-time student

Deadline: The application for the 2021-2022 academic year will be open from March 1 to June 30, 2021.


To complete your application, a current transcript and grading scheme/legend (final grades) must be received by Enrolment Services- Student Awards and Financial Aid by June 30, 2021. Please ensure your Lakehead student number is included. Applications without an accompanying transcript will not be considered.  Please note that transcripts may be official or unofficial and must include your full name and institution on the submitted copy (handwritten, or typed names will not be considered complete).

Additional Information:

The award is offered on the basis of full-time academic performance in the most recent year of post-secondary studies. The value depends on the quality and number of eligible students in a given year. 

Students will be prompted to complete the Transfer Bursary Application as part of this application to determine financial need.


Students must first login to myInfo with their user name and password. This information is provided on the Letter of Acknowledgement provided to every student after applying to Lakehead University. From here, students will be redirected to the application.


Undergraduate Entrance Bursaries

While our Entrance Scholarships recognize academic merit, our Entrance Bursaries provide a form of financial assistance based on financial need. Review the various Bursaries available and be sure to submit your application!

Campus Tour Bursary 

Whether you are visiting us for a Campus Tour or a Campus Open House, we offer up to $500 in financial assistance to prospective students who are currently in grade 12 and travelling from a distance to come experience what it is like to be a student at Canada's #1 Value Added University. The application must be submitted within three weeks of your campus visit and you must have visited campus by July 14, 2021.

There is no better way to find out if Lakehead University is the right place for you than to see it for yourself. Hundreds of students and their families visit Lakehead every year from across Ontario and the rest of Canada. We know how important it is for you to have the opportunity to explore the campus, check out residence, meet with your future professors and get a feel for our cities!


  • Be a citizen, permanent resident, or landed immigrant of Canada
  • Be a Canadian Grade 12 high school student
  • Must travel at least 150 km to come experience our campus in person
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Refer to the application form below for additional eligibility requirements and important deadlines!

Application available here.

Awarding of Bursary:

Enrolment Services - Student Awards & Financial Aid will notify you of your eligible bursary amount. In order to receive the bursary, you must register and attend a full-time undergraduate program at Lakehead University starting September 2021. The bursary will be credited to your Lakehead University Statement of Account and applied towards your tuition fees for the 2021-2022 school year.

For more information on the Campus Tour Bursary, please contact Enrolment Services - Undergraduate Recruitment at (807) 343-8500 or by email at recruit@lakeheadu.ca.

Entrance/Travel Bursary 

Lakehead University's exceptional entrance bursary program can provide students entering directly from high school funds to help pay for their education.  This is an excellent opportunity to see how Lakehead can further support your education. 

Value: Up to $2,300

  • General Bursary up to $1,500.00, and/or
  • Travel Bursary top up of up to $800.00


  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a citizen, permanent resident, or landed immigrant of Canada
  • Have no previous post-secondary education
  • Be a high school student entering directly from high school in the proceeding academic year, and
  • Travelling at least 700 km to attend your selected campus to be considered for the travel bursary.

Application: available January 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021 through myInfo! Please be sure to check back at that time!  

Awarding of Bursaries:

Initial round of entrance bursary offers to be extended on April 15 with the final round occurring on June 30. Early applications will be approved within 5 business days following the April 15 deadline allowing students to plan their budget for the 2021-2022 academic year. Approved bursaries will be credited to the qualified students Lakehead University account as of the first day of classes. 

Transfer & Mature Student Bursaries 

Are you a transfer or mature student who will be attending Lakehead University in the fall semester?  If yes, then you will want to apply for this opportunity.  The Transfer and Mature student bursary is available for students that are coming to Lakehead University, but not directly from high school.  

Value: Up to $1,000


  • Be transferring to Lakehead University from a college or university, or coming to Lakehead University with no previous post-secondary education (but not directly from high school)
  • Be a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Resident status 
  • Be enrolled in full-time undergraduate studies starting in September
  • Demonstrate financial need 
  • Prior consideration will be given to students who have applied for OSAP and/or other provincial student aid programs

Deadline:  Open from March 1st to June 30th annually.