A scholarship is an award given solely on the basis of academic performance or standing. There may be limitations as to eligibility, but of the students eligible, the one with the highest grade or grades receives the scholarship.
A grant is an award for which need is a prime consideration, normally with the provision that the recipient be, or remain, in good academic standing. Grants are issued at the discretion of the Director of General Student Services.
Loans are granted to students on an "ad hoc" basis with need being the prime consideration. Loans are normally repaid before the commencement of subsequent semesters. Interest is charged on outstanding loans. Administration of loans is at the discretion of the Director of General Student Services.
Some awards may be held for more than one year, but are renewable only if the student maintains scholarship standing. Awards are usually disbursed in one instalment.
Entrance scholarships are open to Canadian citizens and landed immigrants graduating from secondary schools within Canada who are admitted to Memorial University on the basis of high school grades and current entrance standards and who meet the current definition of scholarship standing. They are also open to students in the above category who may not be coming directly from high school. This is limited to those who have previously matriculated, are admitted to the university on the basis of high school grades and current entrance standards and who meet the current definition of scholarship standing.
Scholarship standing for undergraduate entrance students is defined as a 75% average compiled from the final grades received in secondary school courses required for university admission. Students in their final year of high school who have completed or who are completing a slate of courses which meets the course requirements may be provisionally offered scholarships prior to the writing of their examinations. The provisional offer will remain in effect until university admission averages are determined. Where admission averages are 90% or above the scholarship shall be awarded.
Scholarship standing for undergraduate students is defined as a 75% average at the end of two out of the last three semesters in the previous scholarship year and the successful completion of not less than thirty credit hours in those two semesters. In considering students who complete more than thirty credit hours in those two semesters, the average on the actual number of credit hours taken will be reviewed. Students who fail one or more courses during the scholarship year, regardless of the number of courses completed, will not be eligible for scholarships.
For Co-op students who do not meet the above definition because of scheduled work terms, scholarship standing is defined as a 75% average over the most recent two academic semesters in the preceding four semesters in which they must have been enroled as regular full-time Co-op students. Those who fail an academic course or work term during the four semester period will not be eligible for scholarships.
Awards must be taken during the scholarship year for which they are awarded and the student must be registered full time or in a recognized workterm in order to receive their scholarship, unless stated otherwise in the terms of reference The scholarship year runs from May 1st - April 30th.
A student may receive in any one scholarship year one general award of any value administered by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships and Financial Aid or more than one award to a combined value of 1.5 times the per semester tuition for 15 credit hours. In addition, students may receive, upon recommendation of the appropriate academic unit, awards administered by the Senate Committee such that the total of general and academic unit specific awards does not exceed three times the per semester tuition for 15 credit hours.
Students who have obtained scholarship standing as defined above need not apply for general scholarships. Inquiries from students with special circumstances and/or concerning scholarships with special terms should be referred to the Scholarships and Awards Office, Thomson Student Centre, Room T2015.
Students attending the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook should make scholarship inquiries at the Student Affairs Office on that campus. Memorial University of Newfoundland students attending provincial community colleges should make scholarship inquiries at the MUN Regional Office in their area.
Students wishing to apply for awards administered by other authorities should consult the appropriate section of the Scholarships & Awards portion of the Calendar and/or the Supervisor, Scholarships and Awards.
In addition to undergraduate awards listed herein, limited information is included concerning Studentships, Fellowships and Graduate Awards. Further inquiries may be made to the Scholarship Committee, though students are advised to consult the Heads of their Departments, the Dean of the Faculty or the Dean of Graduate Studies concerning these particular awards.
If you would like access to information on these and other post-secondary scholarships, awards, and bursaries available through the Internet, please visit Scholarships On-Line at
Students who have a demonstrated financial need may, upon application, receive financial support from the Canada Student Loan Plan and if they so qualify, from the Provincial Government Student Assistance Programme. A single application form for both sources of support is available from
The Student Aid Division
Department of Education
Thomson Student Centre
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, A1C 5S7
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