Undergraduate Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

Several funding opportunities are available to current students to help fund your education. These opportunities are separated into three main categories: Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries. 

The database below outlines what is currently available to Lakehead University undergraduate students.  All students are encouraged to apply for any scholarship, bursary or award where they believe they meet the eligibility criteria.

The application to apply will open on September 30, 2017 - stay tuned for more information. 

General Information

Several funding opportunities are available to Lakehead University students. 

Application Deadlines
All prescribed deadlines are listed in the awards database below. These deadlines are firm. It is important that all applications and supporting documentation be submitted prior to the published deadline date. Should the deadline fall on a non-business day, applications are due by 4:30 PM on the next business day.

Submitting Supporting Documentation
Scholarships, bursaries, or awards that require further supporting documentation (e.g. essays, CVs/Resumes, Transcripts), will indicate this during the application process (you will also receive an email indicating any supporting documentation required).  Supporting documentation can be dropped off at Student Central. Please note that all supporting documentation must be received prior the application deadline date.  Should the deadline fall on a non-business day, all supporting documentation is due by 4:30 PM on the next business day.

Budget Forms
Budget forms are required for the majority of award applications.  Forms are available when the applications are live. 

To learn how to create a budget please click here. 

Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions for Entrance Scholarships.
Terms and Conditions for In-Course scholarships, awards, and bursaries.

Disclaimer
The availability of all awards, scholarships and bursaries are subject to change.  Student Awards and Financial Aid reserves the right to change the listed award, scholarship or bursary information and/or value without notice.  Lakehead University's scholarships, awards and bursaries are not transferable to other post-secondary institutions.

Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships recognize academic achievement.  Awards are based on a combination of criteria, including academic merit and financial need.  Lakehead University scholarships and awards are available to entering and returning full-time undergraduate students.

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to apply for most scholarships and/or awards, you must:

  • have good academic standing,
  • be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in the current academic year; and
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Application Process
Applications are open from August 15 until October 15 for most scholarships and awards.  For a complete listing of available scholarships and awards please see the database below.  

Submitting Supporting Documentation
During the application process scholarships or awards that require further supporting documentation (e.g. essays, CVs/Resumes, Transcripts), will indicate this in the requirements.  Supporting documentation can be submitted in person directly to Student Central (Thunder Bay - UC 1002 and Orillia - Simcoe Hall).  Please note that all supporting documentation must be received prior the application deadline date.  Should the deadline fall on a non-business day, all supporting documentation is due by 4:30 PM on the next business day.

Bursaries

A bursary is a form of financial assistance awarded to students based on financial need, rather than academic achievement.  Eligibility requirements vary by bursary but at minimum students must:

  • Demonstrate financial need based on a fillable budget form (included with the application).
  • Maintain a minimum average of 60%.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at Lakehead University (excluding Medicine and Law).
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Application Process
Most bursaries require an online application that is accessible through MyInfo (Student > Financial Aid & Awards).  The application deadline and required documents vary by application so please review the bursary criteria to ensure a complete application is being submitted.

Submitting Supporting Documentation
Bursaries that require further supporting documentation (e.g. essays, CVs/Resumes, Transcripts), will indicate this at the end of the application process (you will also receive an email indicating any supporting documentation required).  Supporting documentation can be submitted in person to Student Central (Thunder Bay - UC 1002 and Orillia - Simcoe Hall).  Please note that all supporting documentation must be received prior the application deadline date.  Should the deadline fall on a non-business day, all supporting documentation is due by 4:30 PM on the next business day.

External Awards
External Awards are administered by associations, institutions and businesses external to Lakehead University.  The requirements of these listings vary so it is best to review each individual award website when considering application. 
Glossary

Aboriginal Student
A student who self-identifies as a First Nations, Métis or Inuit person of Canada.

Academic Year
The academic year runs from September to April.  The September to April academic year may not be the normal academic year for some programs.

Application
An official request for something, usually in writing.  Applications are used within the Office of Student Awards and Financial Aid to formally request receipt of a scholarship, award, or bursary.

Application Deadline
The date and/or time by which all scholarship, award, and bursary applications and documentation must be submitted.

Average Required
The minimum academic standard which a student must achieve to be eligible for a scholarship, award or bursary.  This average is calculated on courses taken over the previous academic year, but will also include the grades of any Lakehead University Spring/Summer courses taken following the academic year.

Award
An award is an amount of money given as an official payment, compensation, or grant based on recognition of academic achievement and financial need.

Budget Form
A document designed to provide a glance into a students' expenses for the duration of your study period.  The budget form is a sound representation of a student's financial need.

Bursary
A bursary is a form of financial assistance awarded to students based on financial need rather than on academic achievement.

Course Load
The number of courses that a student is expected to take for their particular program and year level during the academic year.  Refer to the appropriate Academic Unit for program requirements.  The number of courses may vary from program to program and from year level to year level.

Department
A department within Lakehead University is a division devoted to a particular academic discipline.  All departments fall under a related faculty.  For example, the Department of English is found within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Entrance Student
Students entering Lakehead University directly from a recognized high school curriculum.  Entrance students have completed less than two post-secondary full course equivalents (F.C.E.s).

Essay
A short piece of writing on a particular subject.  Essays are often required with scholarship and award applications and are used to explain how a student meets the specific criteria of the scholarship or award being applied to.

External Award
A scholarship, award or bursary provided and administered by an entity outside of Lakehead University.

Faculty
A faculty is a division within Lakehead University comprising of one subject area, or a number of related subject areas.  A faculty may be comprised of one or more departments.  For example, the Faculty of Engineering includes the departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Software Engineering.

F.C.E. (Full Course Equivalent)
Two half credit (0.5) courses are equivalent to one full credit (1.0), also known as one full course equivalent.

Full-Time Student
A full-time undergraduate student in the Fall-Winter Term is one who is registered in more than three and one-half full course equivalents (F.C.E.).

In-Course Student
An undergraduate student who is and was registered full-time at Lakehead University in both the present and previous academic year.

International Student
A Lakehead University student who is neither a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Mnemonic
Something such as a very short poem or a special word used to help a person remember something.  Each scholarship, award, and bursary administered by the Office of Student Awards and Financial Aid has a unique mnemonic.  The mnemonic is also referred to as the "award code".

Part-Time Student
A part-time undergraduate student in the Fall-Winter Term is one who is registered in three and one-half full course equivalents or less.

Returning Student
An undergraduate student who is returning to Lakehead University as a full-time undergraduate student in the Fall Term.  A returning student must have attended Lakehead University in the previous academic year.

Scholarship
A scholarship is a grant or payment made to support a student's education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement.

Student with a Disability
A student who is registered with Student Accessibility Services for any degree of physical disability, mental impairment or developmental disability, learning disability, or mental disorder.

Undergraduate Student
A student who has yet to complete a three year Bachelor Degree.

Year Level
Academic year as calculated by completion of successfully completed courses.  Students should refer to the "Year Level Increments" outlined for their specific program.  A student's year level is displayed in their myInfo account (Student Tab > Academic Profile > My Credentials and Standing)

 

To search the various Scholarship, Award and Bursary options available, please enter search criteria below. You can search by Key Word, Award Type, Faculty, Year Level, etc.