Scholarships and bursaries
Important message for New to MRU Students:
Students receiving awards will be notified through their MRU email account. Please be sure to activate your MRU email account at MyMRU.ca using your Mount Royal Student ID number found on your Offer of Admission letter. For more information visit mtroyal.ca/beadvised/tutorials for a helpful tutorial or call the Mount Royal Technology Help Desk at 403.440.6000.
Student awards support our top priority: helping students succeed
Post secondary education is an investment in your future. At Mount Royal we are dedicated to supporting your success and offer scholarships, bursaries and awards to reward you for making this investment.
Academic success, your financial situation and extracurricular participation are considered when determining your eligibility for various awards.
Awards help lower the cost of your education. Mount Royal offers hundreds of awards, providing students with more than $3 million in scholarships and bursaries.
- List of awards
- How many awards does Mount Royal offer?
- Important dates
- General award information & policies
- Apply for Mount Royal awards
- Payment of awards
- Guidelines for writing a thank-you letter
- External scholarship websites
Mount Royal offers hundreds of awards to new and continuing students. Prior to applying for awards, you may wish to review the award eligibility and criteria to see what you might qualify for.
This section displays all of the Mount Royal awards. Both faculty-specific and general awards are listed in alphabetical order - making it easy for you to find the award you’re looking for.
Within the awards listing, awards for students in "any program" refer to credit students in degree, applied degree, or diploma programs.
Part-time students are also eligible for some In-Course Awards. Part-time students are those who have completed less than 60 per cent of a full course load of a program over two semesters in the current academic year.
There are also awards available for students taking non-credit courses through Continuing Education.
Prospective (entrance) students
|Award Name||# of Awards||General Criteria||Award Amount||Additional Information|
|President’s Scholarships||25||Free first-year tuition & fees + $1,000 for books|
|Mount Royal Entrance Awards for Academic Excellence||Variable||Guaranteed to students who are offered conditional admission with an average of 90% or higher. Must be a recent high school graduate and must apply to MRU during early admission period||$1,000 each|
|Other Mount Royal Entrance awards||More than 180 Awards||Click here for more details||Up to $6,000 each|
Current (in-course) students
|Award Name||# of Awards||General Criteria ||Award Amount ||Additional Information|
|In-course awards||Approximately 800 available||Click here for more details||Up to $10,000 each|
Applications available: October 1
Application deadline: March 1
- Scholarship applications will be available online Oct. 1
- Application deadline: March 1
- Students will normally be notified whether they are receiving an award in June or July
Do you have a question about how Mount Royal awards are administered? You might want to check out the Mount Royal award policies page for more information or view the procedures document used to administer Mount Royal awards. If you wish to be considered for awards for a specific program major, please be sure to declare your major with the Registrar's Office by Oct. 1, before completing the awards application.
Appeal of a Scholarship, Bursary or Award Procedure
The basic principles governing the hearing of student appeals and grievances, as defined in the Mount Royal University Academic Calendar, apply to the appeal of a scholarship, bursary or award decision. You can appeal an unfavourable decision in the year the award is applied for if you can provide evidence that there was a mathematical miscalculation in determining your academic and/or financial eligibility or extenutating circumstances beyond your immediate control have prevented you from meeting the stated scholarship, bursary or award criteria. Read more.
Are you ready to apply? Then be sure to visit the how to apply page beginning in early October to get your online application started.
- All awards are payable only when the student is in attendance as a full-time student at Mount Royal, unless otherwise stated.
- Mount Royal may award scholarships to students who have not applied for awards; however, students who do not submit an application should not expect to receive awards.
- Occasionally, an award cannot be given out if a donation is not received or a fund does not earn enough interest. If either of these situations arise, Mount Royal will not give out that particular award, even if it was advertised.
- Mount Royal reserves the right to make whatever changes circumstances may require, including cancellation of particular awards.
- Successful applicants will generally be notified before the Fall semester begins.
- The award money will not be transferred to your account until after the Drop/Add deadline in September, however, your fees have been deferred for the value of your awards.
- If the value of your fees (tuition, mandatory fees and residence, if applicable) is greater than the value of your awards, you are responsible for paying any additional fees by the August fee deadline, otherwise you will be de-registered or you may lose your spot in Residence.
- Should the value of the award(s) exceed the amount of fees owing, you will be issued a cheque for the difference in October.
External awards (awarded by an organization other than Mount Royal) can be used to defer and/or pay fees only under certain circumstances. It is the student’s responsibility to do the following, prior to the fee deadline:
- Confirm the money that you will be receiving is indeed a scholarship. For example, Registered Education Savings Plans (RESP) are not scholarships and cannot be used to defer or pay fees through the Student Awards Office.
- If you have an RESP form that needs to be filled out, it should be dropped off at the Registrar’s Office.
- Confirm whether or not the award is payable directly to Mount Royal. Awards that are payable to the student cannot be used to defer or pay fees.
- If the scholarship is payable to Mount Royal, you must ensure the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office has received a letter, confirming the value of the award prior to the tuition fee deadline.
- If you receive notification you are receiving your award after the fee deadline, the award will be put onto your account and applied to your next semester’s fees and/or issued to you in the form of a cheque.
- Ensure that your Social Insurance Number (SIN) is on file with the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office prior to payment of your fees. Mount Royal is required to collect SINs for all students who receive any form of payment from Mount Royal - even if the money originated from another source.
Dear (DONOR'S NAME):
To start your letter, you should express your thanks for the award you received (AWARD NAME).
The donor would also love to hear how this award will help you and/or what it means to you. Also, feel free to tell the donor a little bit about yourself, including your educational and career goals.
Thank the donor again.
There are a variety of award opportunities offered by external institutions and businesses available to all post-secondary students, not specific to Mount Royal. To see a list of upcoming opportunities and links to external websites and databases visit our external award opportunities website.