By Kristine Hamlyn
A new International Entrance Scholarship Program was approved
in principle at January’s Senate meeting. International
students entering Memorial University for the first time in
September 2004 will be the first international undergraduates
eligible to receive an entrance scholarship at Memorial.
The scholarship program stems from a decision made in May
2003 by Memorial’s Board of Regents. Upon approving
an increase in international undergraduate student tuition
fees, it was further decided that a percentage of this tuition
differential be set aside to fund International Entrance Scholarships.
The value of each scholarship will vary but will not exceed
$3000, the highest value for a scholarship currently awarded
to non-Newfoundland and Labrador Canadian entering students.
Considering that grading practices are not equivalent or consistent
between different countries, the scholarships will not be
awarded purely on the basis of marks. Successful candidates
will be determined based on criteria including, but not limited
to, academic standing (comparable to that of students in Newfoundland
and Labrador), principal and teacher’s letters of recommendation
and extracurricular activities relating to their school and
their community. A student’s program of study is not
a factor which will be considered in determining eligibility.
International students who meet all criteria must also have
adequate funds to pay the full international undergraduate
tuition fee. They must further register at Memorial for at
least four courses in each of two semesters in their first
academic year and cannot exceed 31 credit hours in transfer
credits. The scholarships will apply only to those students
entering Memorial for the first time and are therefore non-renewable.
Those interested in attending either of Memorial’s St.
John’s or Corner Brook campuses will be considered.
“These new scholarships are part of our commitment to
international students,” said Dr. Michael Collins, acting
vice-president (academic). “The program will clearly
indicate Memorial’s wish to attract well qualified international
The scholarships will be awarded by the Senate Committee on
Undergraduate Scholarships and Financial Aid following a recommendation
from Sheila Devine, director, Office of Student Recruitment.