Revised definition of scholarship standing for undergraduate students for 2020-21
8.2 Scholarship Standing
Students will be considered for scholarships based on the following minimum criteria:
- Scholarship standing for the 2020-2021 scholarship year 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 in level three who have a 90% or higher early admission average may be provisionally offered scholarships. The provisional offer will remain in effect until graduation from high school and full time registration at Memorial University of Newfoundland in the 2020-2021 academic year are confirmed.
- Scholarship standing for the 2020-2021 scholarship year for undergraduate students is defined as a 65%1 average at the end of either the Spring 2019 or the Fall 2019 semester and a combined course load of not less than 30 credit hours in any two of the Spring 2019, Fall 2019, and Winter 2020 semesters. For the purpose of this clause:
a. For students who completed an internship or equivalent and one or more courses for which they received a numeric grade in either Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 semester, the average must be based on a minimum of 12 credit hours of courses for which the student received a numeric grade,2
b. the course load for the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters is based on successfully completed courses, and
c. the course load for the Winter 2020 semester is based on course registration at the end of the Regular Registration Period for the Winter 2020 semester, January 28, 2020.
Students who fail one or more courses during the Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 semesters, regardless of the number of courses completed, will not be eligible for scholarships.
- For the 2020-2021 scholarship year, for students who do not meet the above definition because of scheduled internships or equivalent or work terms, the Winter 2019 semester will be incorporated as an additional semester in the same manner as the Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters outlined in clause 2 above. Those who fail an academic course, internship or equivalent, or work term during the three-semester period will not be eligible for scholarships.
- Students transferring to Memorial University of Newfoundland from Universities/Colleges in Canada which are members of Universities Canada 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, Awards, and Financial Aid Office in writing of their intention to transfer and provide a complete transcript for the year in question. The modifications to scholarship standing for the 2020-2021 scholarship year outlined in clause 2 above do not apply to students transferring to Memorial University of Newfoundland during the 2020-2021 academic year.
- Not all students who meet the above definitions of scholarship standing will receive a scholarship.
- The required average for scholarship standing has been reduced from 75% to 65% for the 2020-2021 academic year under this revised definition because scholarship standing is based on the grades earned in a single semester rather than the usual two semesters. This allows for the possibility that students would have been able to earn sufficiently high grades in the Winter 2020 semester to raise their average to the 75% required for scholarship standing had Winter 2020 been graded normally.
- Internships count towards a student’s course load but do not provide a numeric grade. Students completing internships also frequently take one or more courses for which they receive numeric grades. Because the revised definition of scholarship standing will not make use of the grades for the Winter 2020 semester, students who completed courses while on an internship in the Spring or Fall semester could have their “average” for scholarship standing based on a very small number of grades. This sub-clause, coupled with the modifications to Clause 3, ensures that the average for scholarship standing for these students is based on a reasonable number of courses. This ensures both that a student is not unfairly disadvantaged by poor performance in a single course and that students are compared equitably for competitive scholarships.