Scholarships & Bursaries

General Award Information

Mount Royal awards policies

  • Applications for awards are available online starting October 1
  • Unless otherwise specified by a donor agreement or institutional procedures, all scholarships, bursaries and awards are open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
  • Unless otherwise specified by a donor agreement or institutional procedures, international students are eligible for entrance and in-course scholarships, nominated awards and emergency bursaries.
  • Mount Royal limits the overall amount of money awarded to a student in scholarships, bursaries and awards to $10,000 in any given academic year.
  • For the most current listing of awards, please see the List of awards page.

Types of awards

Scholarships are monetary awards granted to students on the basis of academic achievement and, in some cases, extracurricular activities.

For Mount Royal scholarships, a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.2, or high school average of 80%, is required to qualify unless otherwise specified.

Bursaries are monetary awards granted to students on the basis of demonstrated financial need.

Awards are monetary and/or non-monetary awards that recognize a student's achievement in a course or program that is not solely based on a GPA calculation or financial need.

A student must be in good academic standing to receive an award.

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Award categories

Who should apply?
  • Students who are attending Mount Royal for the first time and who will be entering a degree, university transfer, diploma or certificate program in the upcoming fall semester; and
  • Students who have already graduated from a Mount Royal program and are beginning a new program at Mount Royal in the upcoming fall semester. These students are eligible for entrance awards in their new program of study.

In order to be considered for Mount Royal awards, you must apply for admission to attend Mount Royal in the fall semester by February 1.

To be considered for entrance awards, you must plan to enroll as a full-time Mount Royal student in the upcoming fall semester. Full-time means you must register:

  • in at least 3 courses,
  • and a minimum of 9 credits in fall semester

Application Period:
Applications for awards are available online in October, as soon as you have applied for admission to Mount Royal and have received a Mount Royal student ID number in the mail.

Deadline:
March 1

Who should apply?

Students who are currently attending credit courses at Mount Royal

  • To be considered for full-time in-course awards, you need to be completing at least 3 courses and a minimum of 9 credits per semester in the academic year in which you are applying for awards
  • You will be evaluated on your grade point average (GPA) in the academic year in which you are submitting your application
  • Evaluation is based on your GPA for the particular academic year of application only, unless an award specifies that evaluation is based on your cumulative GPA.
  • Awards are payable only to students who will be returning to Mount Royal as a full-time student in the upcoming fall semester, with the exception of awards for students in post-basic certificate programs.
  • Students receiving graduating awards do not need to be returning to Mount Royal in the fall semester following the awards selection. However, they do need to have met the definition of a full-time student, if required, in the year of selection.

Application Period:
Applications for awards are available online beginning October 1.

Deadline:
March 1

Who should apply?

If you complete less than a full-time course load (outlined in the sub-categories above) in either the fall or winter semester, you should apply for part-time awards. Normally, you must be in attendance for both the fall and winter semesters in order to be eligible.

Who should apply?

Apply for these awards if you are enrolled in Continuing Education (credit-free) courses at Mount Royal. Awards listing for Continuing Education programs can be found on the List of awards page.

Attention work-experience students:

If you are participating in a Directed Field Studies (DFS) semester, Co-op work term, clinical or practicum and are unsure of whether your status is considered full- or part-time, please talk to an advisor at the Mount Royal Student Awards Office (E102).

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Award criteria

Includes GPA and academic performance in a class or program. Must meet minimum GPA requirements.

Awarded to students with the highest GPA in a course or program.

The guidelines used for a financial need assessment are informed by the guidelines used to administer government student loans. Essentially, financial need will be calculated using the following formula:

Allowable Expenses - Resources = Financial need

Activities such as volunteerism, athletic participation and roles in student government are examples of extracurricular activities.
Applicants may be assessed on a variety of other criteria as specified by the award donor. Examples of other criteria include artistic or athletic performance or demonstrated commitment.

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Application period

Applications are available online October 1 - March 1

  • You can apply online until March 1 for awards.
  • Applicants will be evaluated on work completed in the academic year in which they are submitting their applications.
  • There are a small number of awards that are advertised on the Mount Royal List of awards page which require alternate application procedures, including separate application processes and deadlines.

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Current listings of awards

For the most current listing of Mount Royal awards, see the List of awards page


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Frequently asked questions

The Mount Royal Finance Department is required to issue a T4A slip for any scholarships and bursaries issued by the University. The Social Insurance Number must be included on all T4A slips.
As of the 2006 tax year, students are no longer required to report their scholarships, grants and bursaries on their income tax return. These awards are no longer considered taxable income.
The Mount Royal electronic scholarship application form allows you to make and save changes right up until the appropriate deadline. Any information saved prior to that deadline will be taken into account when you are assessed for awards.
If you are not in attendance at Mount Royal for the current academic year,you must apply for Entrance awards. All applicants for Entrance awards will be judged based on their Grade 12 marks (unless otherwise stated).
If you are selected for an award, you will normally be notified by a letter sent to your permanent mailing address prior to starting classes in the fall. If your permanent mailing address has changed since you applied for awards, please update your address at the Registrar’s Office.

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