The Joyce Foundation Bursary

The Joyce Foundation Bursary is available annually to students entering Memorial University who are either currently attending their final year or have graduated within the last twelve months from a high school in Newfoundland and Labrador. Each award is valued at $5,000 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.

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 will receive an offer to attend SOAR.  SOAR is an extended orientation experience intended to prepare students for the transition into Memorial University. This highly engaging two-day program will encourage students to engage in the Memorial community. Students will develop friendships with future classmates, meet faculty and key administrators, and experience the innovations and traditions of MUN! By attending SOAR, students will be better prepared to launch forth into their first year at Memorial University.  Recipients of The Joyce Foundation Bursary will have their registration fees waived and receive travel assistance (if required) in order to attend SOAR. 

On-Campus Employment Opportunities

In their second year of studies at Memorial University recipients will be offered on-campus employment opportunities. Recipients will also be offered advice on resume writing and various on-campus employment opportunities. The recipients' interests will be taken into account when considering possible work placements on campus.

Peer Mentoring

Recipients will be provided with the opportunity to participate in a peer mentoring program in their first and second years of study. Recipients will be matched with peer mentors (senior Memorial students) based on common areas of study and interest. The peer mentoring program will provide Joyce Foundation Bursary recipients with an additional level of support and will help foster connections to student life at Memorial.

The 2022/2023 application is in writeable PDF format and must be downloaded for completion.  Deadline to apply is November 2021Exact date to follow in Fall 2021.

The Joyce Foundation Bursary Application 

Applicant Instructions 

Referee Instructions 

Office of Student Recruitment Website


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