The Joyce Foundation Bursary

Each award is intended to fund tuition and mandatory fees annually and is renewable for up to three additional years. Criteria for the awards include a minimum of 70% final admission average (St. John’s/Grenfell campuses) or a minimum of 60% final admission average (Marine Institute), demonstration of critical financial need, and perseverance in the face of challenges. Renewal criteria to be met each year.

Eligibility Requirements:

The Joyce Foundation Bursary is available annually to students entering Memorial University who are either:

• In in their final year of secondary school in Newfoundland and Labrador or 

• Have graduated from a NL secondary school within the last 12 months,

• Be a new student, entering an undergraduate program on any campus of Memorial University,

• Clearly demonstrate critical financial need as well as perseverance in the face of challenges,

• Be a citizen of Canada, or have their permanent resident status at the time of their application submission, and must meet at least one of the following three criteria:

1. The applicant has attended a Newfoundland and Labrador high school within the two years prior to the semester for which admission is sought. This includes those students who are deemed to have met Newfoundland and Labrador high school requirements through other equivalent means (e.g. homeschooling).

2. At the time of general application to the University, the permanent home address for the applicant is located in Newfoundland and Labrador. Applicants may be required to provide evidence of permanent home address. See note below.

3. The applicant has lived in the province for 12 consecutive months without undertaking full-time studies at a recognized post-secondary institution.

Note: Canadian applicants who have lived outside Newfoundland and Labrador for twelve consecutive months without undertaking fulltime studies at a recognized post-secondary institution will be considered a resident of the province where they resided at the time of application

As part of The Joyce Foundation Bursary, recipients will receive access to the Early Start Program, on-campus employment opportunities, and an offer to attend SOAR (Summer Orientation for Academic Readiness) at Memorial University.

Early Start Program

Recipients will be assigned an Academic Advisor as soon as they are notified of the award. The advisor will aid each receipient with both the university and residence application process (or will provide a connection to the Off-Campus Housing office if requested), as well as with course selection and registration. The advisor will also provide advice, guidance, and support to the recipients as they begin their transition to university life. As part of the early start program recipients have the opportunity to attend an early orientation session. 

On-Campus Employment Opportunities

Following the completion of their first two semesters and pending their academic eligibility, bursary recipients may take part in career development opportunities. Students will meet with their dedicated advisor and with a career advisor to identify their strengths and interests, identify skills that they wish to gain or improve, and refine resume/cover-letter writing skills. They will then work with advisors to identify meaningful employment opportunities. Following employment, the student will meet with their dedicated advisor to  reflect and debrief on their employment experience.

Peer Mentoring

All bursary recipients will be encouraged to take part in the Peer Network which connects incoming first year undergraduate students to senior Memorial student mentors.

The Peer Network helps Memorial University's newest students by providing advice and support to assist the successful adjustment to their new role as a university student. Every registered first-year student is matched to a senior student that has already completed their first year at Memorial, and each Success Mentor will have a group of mentees that they will meet with throughout the semester. The Peer Network will provide Joyce Foundation Bursary recipients with an additional level of support and will help foster connections to Student Life at Memorial. Find more information and FAQ by clicking on the following link

The 2023/2024 application is in writeable PDF format and must be downloaded for completion.  Deadline: Completed application must be post-marked by November 30, 2022. 

The Joyce Foundation Bursary Application

Applicant Instructions

Referee Instructions

Office of Student Recruitment Website