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Entrance Awards

Awards and Financial Aid


Welcome to The University of Winnipeg! The University offers a variety of financial support to assist you with funding your post-secondary education. As a new student beginning your journey here, we would like to direct your attention to the entrance awards that we have to offer.

Some awards will be automatically applied based on your admission average, others will require an application. Students who are successful in receiving an application-required entrance award must register for classes in the session for which the award was offered. Only the Special Entrance Scholarship can be deferred for one year. If you are looking for a detailed listing of all of our awards, please refer to the Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships Handbook on our Events and Resources webpage.

A.  Application-Required Entrance Scholarships

These are for all students who are "new" to The University of Winnipeg and have not taken credits or completed a degree here before. "New" students can be entering any of the University’s divisions for the first time – Undergraduate, Graduate, Collegiate, Professional, Applied and Continuing Education (PACE) or English Language Program (ELP).

Value: Ranges from $100 - $40,000.

Deadline: Monday February 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified of the results in March.

NOTE:  International students should apply for the President's Scholarship for World Leaders.


B.  Opportunity Fund Fast-Track Bursaries

This program is for new and returning students who have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) or an admission average of at least 65%, demonstrate financial need, and belong to a population currently under-represented at The University of Winnipeg such as recent immigrants or refugees, Aboriginal students, adult learners, students from low-income families, students with disabilities, or first generation students (those who are the first in their family to attend college or university).

Value: Varies

Deadline: Thursday September 15, 2016


C.  Special Entrance Scholarships

The Special Entrance Scholarships are automatically offered to Grade 12 graduating students coming directly from a high school in Canada, and to international students from the United States, or those studying Canadian curriculum abroad. All students must meet the conditions below. These scholarships are offered without the necessity of a scholarship application.

Who is eligible?

  • Students that have at least an 80% final Grade 12 award average, and  
  • Submitted a complete application for admission by March 1, and
  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours for the Fall/Winter, and
  • Have not received a UW Entrance award valued at $5,000 or more.

How is my award average calculated?

For all students (Arts, Business and Economics, Education, Kinesiology, and Science), the scholarship average is calculated based on the following:

  • Best 40S English (Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus or Transactional Focus), and
  • Best 40S Math* (Pre-Calculus, Applied Math or Essential/Consumer Math), and
  • One other 40S or higher level full credit course.

*For students coming from another province in Canada or the USA, math may not be a requirement for graduation. If you take a Grade 12 math we will use it in your award average. If you don’t take a Grade 12 math the award average will be a Grade 12 English plus two other top Grade 12 courses.  

What is the value of the scholarship?

The values of the scholarship are as follows:
80-85.9% - $500
86-89.9% - $1,100
90-94.9% - $1,750
95%+ - $2,250

Does everyone that is eligible receive funding?

Awards will be considered for funding on a first-applied, first-awarded basis, until our funding source is exhausted. Students should therefore apply for admission early to maximize their opportunity to receive an entrance scholarship. All students with a final average of 80% or higher will receive a transcript notation on their student record, regardless if they receive funding from the program.

When will I receive notification?

Students receive a conditional scholarship offer based on interim Grade 12 grades, shortly after they are offered admissions. Once final Grade 12 grades have been received, all eligible registered students will be notified of their final scholarship value.

Can I Defer this Scholarship?

Yes! If you will be taking a year off between high school and university to travel or take part in a volunteer program, you may defer your offer of admission and the Special Entrance Scholarship for up to one year. Please contact the Admissions Office to defer your offer by July 1. Students attending another school or organization for educational credit cannot defer their scholarship.

Some Other Tips:

  • The value of the Special Entrance Scholarships will be determined based on final Grade 12 grades.
  • All Entrance awards will be applied directly to your 2016-17 Fall/Winter session tuition fees.
  • If your final average drops below an 80%, the scholarship offer will be withdrawn.
  • If your final average improves and falls within the next level, you will receive the higher value.

Refunds due to Award and/or Government Student Aid overpayment

For students with an account credit due to award(s) and/or government student aid overpayments, our office authorizes refunds at the end of each term only and cheques are mailed (December, April, August). Students receiving award and/or government student aid refunds will be notified by Webmail shortly before the cheques are mailed.

Please note if the credit is a result of dropping courses, only a portion or none of the credit may go back to the student. Money may be refunded back to the award fund and/or government student aid branch. Students will be notified if this occurs by Webmail at end of term.

All other refund request inquiries should be referred to Student Central.

NOTE: If you are currently registered and missed the deadlines for Entrance Award consideration, please visit the In-Course Awards webpage.