Office of the Registrar
Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards (2009/2010)
2 General Information

Various types of awards are available to students of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Included are scholarships, bursaries, fellowships, studentships, prizes, medals and loans.

A scholarship is based on academic performance and is awarded to the student with the highest average meeting the conditions of the scholarship. Scholarship standing is required for all scholarships.

A bursary is based primarily on financial need and may be awarded to full-time students who have a minimum GPA of 2 (out of a possible 4) and meet the other conditions of the bursary.

An award is offered to recognize special achievements or to assist with special projects or travel. Awards may be given to students with a minimum of clear standing (as defined by the University) and meeting the other conditions of the award.

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 Student Success Programs, Student Affairs and 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 semester. Interest is charged on outstanding loans. Administration of loans is at the discretion of the Director of Student Success Programs, Student Affairs and Services.

Some scholarships and awards may be held for more than one year, but are renewable only if the student maintains scholarship standing and first class standing.

Entrance scholarships are awarded for the Fall Semester.

Unless otherwise noted, entrance scholarships are open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents graduating from secondary school who are admitted to Memorial University of Newfoundland 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 graduated from high school, 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.

Distinct undergraduate entrance scholarships are available for international students. The values will vary but will not exceed $3,000 each. To be considered for these scholarships, a student must be eligible to pay international undergraduate tuition fees, must register for a minimum course load of 12 credit hours in each of two semesters in their first academic year at Memorial University of Newfoundland and normally have fewer than 31 credit hours of transfer credits. These scholarships will be awarded by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards on the basis of a recommendation from the Director, Office of Student Recruitment.

The selection of candidates for international entrance scholarships will be based on a number of criteria, including academic standing (comparable to that prescribed for Newfoundland and Labrador and Canadian applicants), principals' and teachers' letters of recommendation and school and community activities.

Scholarship standing for undergraduate entrance students (who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents graduating from secondary schools within Canada) is defined as a 75% average compiled from the final grades received in secondary school courses required for University admission. Students beginning level three who, at the end of level two, had completed at least six 3000 level credits from the list of courses covered under UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - Admission/Readmission to the University (Undergraduate), Applicants Who Have Followed the High School Curriculum of the Newfoundland and Labrador, may be provisionally offered scholarships. Students graduating from High Schools in other provinces in Canada may be eligible based on corresponding criteria from their provincial secondary program. The provisional offer will remain in effect until University admission averages are determined.

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 30 credit hours in those two semesters. In considering students who complete more than 30 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 enrolled 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.

Not all students who meet the above definitions of scholarship standing will receive a scholarship.

Students transferring to Memorial University of Newfoundland from Universities/Colleges in Canada which are members of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and who meet scholarship standing as defined by Memorial University of Newfoundland will be eligible for undergraduate scholarships in the year in which they transfer. Such students must notify the Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards Office in writing of their intention to transfer and provide a complete transcript for the year in question.

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 work term 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, Bursaries and Awards 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 on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards 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, Bursaries and Awards Office, University Centre, Room 4018, or by telephone to (709) 737-3956.

Students attending the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook are eligible for all General Scholarships. You may make scholarship inquiries at the Student Affairs Office on that campus or the Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards Office.

Students wishing to apply for awards administered by other authorities should consult the appropriate section of the Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards portion of the Calendar and/or the Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards Office.

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, visit the Scholarships Office website at www.mun.ca/scholarships.

2.1 Government Assistance

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 Program. A single application form for both sources of support is available in writing to The Student Aid Division, Department of Education, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Box 8700, St. John's, NL, A1B 4J6 or by telephone to (709) 729-4244.