Scholarships and awards for first-year students | Mount Allison

Recognizing academic achievements and personal accomplishments.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, leadership experience, community service, and work/internship experience.

Mount Allison's scholarships recognize our most well-rounded and involved students, as well as academic achievement. Every student has the opportunity to earn a scholarship with scholarship funds available on an equitable basis across the entire student population.

Apply for all scholarships in one easy application.

To be considered for Mount Allison's scholarships and awards, submit your online application for admission and scholarships.


March 1: deadline to apply for scholarships
for September admission*


*Not available for students starting in January

About our scholarships

When you submit your application, you'll be considered for two types of scholarships.

Entrance scholarships

Ranging from $4,000-$20,000

All entering students who have a calculated admission average of 80% and above will automatically be considered for entrance scholarships.

Major scholarships

Up to $48,000

Major scholarships offer some of our top valued awards. Eligibility varies from academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, community involvement, and more.


Entrance scholarships

You will automatically be considered for entrance scholarships if you have an admission average of 80% or above.

Ranging from $4,000-$20,000 ($1,000-$5,000 a year), entrance scholarships are awarded to entering students who demonstrate:

  • extracurricular involvement
  • leadership experience
  • community service
  • work/internship experience
  • academic achievement
Am I eligible?

You must have a calculated admission average of 80% (or equivalent) to be eligible for an entrance scholarship.

 How do I apply for an entrance scholarship?

To be considered for entrance scholarships, your application for admission and scholarships must be submitted by March 1.

For applications received after March 1, entrance scholarships will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed consideration.

How will I find out if I got an entrance scholarship?

Once the review of your application for admission and scholarships is completed, you'll be notified of the decision by e-mail and by letter, including the anticipated value of your scholarship (to be verified in April).

How will I receive my entrance scholarship?

If you receive an entrance scholarship, the value of your scholarship will be credited directly to your Mount Allison financial account located in Connect in two equal installments:

  • 50% in September
  • 50% in January

Values are disbursed based on your anticipated enrollment in 30 credits in the fall and winter terms.

Many of our entrance scholarships are funded by generous donors. You may be matched up with a donor so keep an eye on your Connect account to see who's the donor of your scholarship.

For more information, visit receiving your financial aid.

How do I renew my entrance scholarship after my first year?

Entrance scholarships are renewable by achieving a 3.7 GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter terms.

For more information, see scholarships and awards for currents students.


Major scholarships and awards

Major scholarships offer some of our highest valued awards.

To be considered for major scholarships, your application for admission and scholarships must be submitted by March 1.

Some major scholarships require an additional application or supplemental information. Refer to the scholarship application for a list of required supplemental documents/information for each scholarship.

To be awarded a scholarship, you are required to submit your most recent transcript. If applying for early admission with Grade 11 marks, a Grade 12 course list must be included.

For applications received after March 1, entrance scholarships will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed consideration.

Highlighted major scholarships

Marjorie Young Bell Scholarship — $48,000

Mount Allison's Bell Scholarships are among the largest undergraduate awards in Canada. 

All finalists of the Marjorie Young Bell Scholarship who are not selected are offered the President's Scholarship, valued at $20,000.

Value
  • $48,000 ($12,000 per year) plus $8,000 guaranteed internship
Eligibility criteria
  • Outstanding high school graduates
  • Demonstrated strong academic ability, leadership capability, volunteer work, extracurricular activities, work experience, and good citizenship
Number offered
  • 6
Renewable criteria
  • Achieve a 3.5 GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter terms combined
  • Community involvement
  • Yearly submission of an activities report
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • No
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • Three reference letters and an essay (question emailed to you once application for admission is submitted)
  • See 'supplemental items' section in your MtA application account to submit your letters
Deadline
  • Submit your application and supporting documents by March 1
Bell Family Achievement Award — $36,000

Mount Allison's Bell Scholarships are among the largest undergraduate awards in Canada. 

Value
  • $36,000 ($9,000 per year) plus $8,000 guaranteed internship
Eligibility criteria
  • Outstanding high school graduates
  • Demonstrated strong academic ability, leadership capability, volunteer work, extracurricular activities, work experience, and good citizenship
Number offered
  • 5
Renewable criteria
  • Achieve a 3.5 GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter terms combined
  • Community involvement
  • Yearly submission of an activities report
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • No
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • Three reference letters and an essay (question emailed to you once application for admission is submitted)
  • See 'supplemental items' section in your MtA application account to submit your letters
Deadline
  • Submit your application and supporting documents by March 1
Leta G. Hill Scholarship — $48,000
Value
  • $48,000 ($12,000 per year)
Eligibility criteria
  • Student from Nova Scotia, with preference to students in Colchester or East Hants counties
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Declared intent to study medicine
Number offered
  • 1
Renewable criteria
  • Achieve a 3.0 GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter terms combined
  • Yearly verified proof of financial need by submitting a general bursary application
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • No
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • Submit a bursary application (available through your Connect@MtA account, provided at time of admission)
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
Brenton Wood Scholarship — $40,000
Value
  • $40,000 ($10,000 per year)
Number offered
  • 1
Eligibility criteria
  • Student from the Maritime provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island)
  • Demonstrated significant need with exceptional academic potential
  • Enrolled in a full-time academic program
Renewable criteria
  • Achieve a 1.5 GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter terms combined
  • Yearly verified proof of financial need by submitting a general bursary application
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • May be combined with entrance bursaries but not with designated bursaries, and the Marjorie Young Bell, Leta G. Hill, and other designated scholarships
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • Submit a bursary application (available through your Connect@MtA account, provided at time of admission)
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
McCain Scholar Awards — $40,000
Value
  • $40,000 ($10,000 a year)
Number offered
  • 5
Eligibility criteria
 

Student must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada to be eligible for the following awards.

  • The Eleanor Marie McCain Awards: awarded to entering students who are interested in developmental psychology. Your application should identify a passion in this area and interest and/or experience in mental health, counselling, early childhood education, personal growth, development, and all allied fields.
  • The Martha L.A. McCain Awards: awarded to primarily to entering students of the LGBTQ+ community, secondly to those whose extra-curricular activities are in support of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • The Michael H. McCain Awards: awarded to entering students of any area of study
  • The Margaret Wallace McCain Awards: awarded to entering students of any area of study.
  • The J. Scott McCain Awards: awarded to entering students of any area of study.
Renewable criteria
  • Achieve a 3.0 GPA over fall and winter term with a minimum course load of 12 credits per term
  • Maintain a high level of involvement in non-academic activities
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • No
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • None
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
Enid F Webber Memorial Scholarship — $36,000
Value
  • $36,000 ($9,000 a year)
Eligibility criteria
  • Awarded to students entering any area of study
  • Selection based on need and academic merit
Number offered
  • 1
Renewable criteria
  • Achieve a 3.5 GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter terms combined
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • No
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • None
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
Enid F Webber Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship — $36,000
Value
  • $36,000 ($9,000 a year)
Eligibility criteria
  • Awarded to students entering the Fine Arts program.
  • Selection based on need and academic merit.
Number offered
  • 1
Renewable criteria
  • Achieve a 3.5 GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter terms combined
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • No
Do I need a separate application?
Additional support documents
  • Fine Arts portfolio submission as part of the Fine Arts application
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
Sobey Scholarship — $28,000
Value
  • $28,000 ($7,000 per year)
Eligibility criteria
  • Awarded to a student in good academic standing, demonstrates financial need, with preference to those from Atlantic Canada.
Number offered
  • 1
Renewable criteria
  • Achieve a 3.7 GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter terms combined
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • No
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • None
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
McKenna School Scholarship — $25,000
Value
  • $25,000 (total)
  • $10,000 year 1
  • $5,000 year 2-4
Eligibility criteria
  • Student must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • The awards seek to recognize personal attributes of students such as resilience, perseverance, reliability, responsibility, creativity, and leadership — in addition to academic achievements
Number offered
  • 5
Renewable criteria
  • Achieve a 3.0 GPA over fall and winter term with a minimum course load of 12 credits per term
  • Maintain a high level of involvement in non-academic activities
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • No
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • None
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
Cumming-Nolan Trust Scholarship — $24,000
Value
  • $24,000 ($6,000 per year) 
Eligibility criteria
  • First-year student from Nova Scotia
  • Studying Science   
Number offered
  • Variable
Renewable criteria
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter terms combined
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • Yes
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • None
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
Grace Annie Lockhart Memorial Scholarship — $24,000
Value
  • $24,000 ($6,000 per year)
Eligibility criteria
  • Awarded to an entering student in any discipline with preference to females
Number offered
  • 1
Renewable criteria
  • Achieve a 3.7 GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter terms combined
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • No
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • None
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
Karl & Judy Larsen Scholarship — $20,000
Value
  • $20,000 ($5,000 per year)
Eligibility criteria
  • Preference to students entering Mount Allison from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or New Brunswick from any discipline
Number offered
  • 5
Renewable criteria
  • Achieve a 3.7 GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter terms combined
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • Yes
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • None
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
MacGillivray-Hamilton Scholarship — $20,000
Value
  • $20,000 ($5,000 per year) 
Number offered
  • 1
Eligibility criteria
  • First-year student with good academic standing
  • From Mexico or Central America
  • If no qualified applicants, then a student from Latin America
Renewable criteria
  • Achieve a 3.7 GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter term combined
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • Yes
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • None
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
President's Scholarship — $20,000
Value
  • $20,000 ($5,000 per year)
Eligibility criteria
  • Offered to all finalists of the Marjorie Young Bell Scholarship who are not selected
Number offered
  • Variable
Renewable criteria
  • Achieve a 3.7 GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter terms combined
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • Yes
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • No
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Scholarship — $15,000
Value
  • $15,000
Eligibility criteria
  • Seeks to recognize a budding professional artist or arts professional with a promising Fine Arts portfolio
  • Recipient chosen by the Department of Fine Arts
Number offered
  • 1
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • None
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
Jean and Francis Chubb Scholarship — $12,000
Value
  • $12,000 ($3,000 per year)
Eligibility criteria
  • Student pursuing a BA major/honours in French, or BA major/honours in modern languages, literatures, & culture in French
Number offered
  • 5
Renewable criteria
  • Achieve a 3.7 GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter terms combined
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • Yes
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • None
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
Ron Joyce Foundation Scholarship — $12,000
Value
  • $12,000 ($3,000 per year) 
Eligibility criteria
  • First-year student majoring in Commerce
  • Demonstrated high financial need   
Number offered
  • Variable
Renewable criteria
  • Achieve a 3.0 GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter terms combined
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • Yes
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • None
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
Gibbens Lassonde Scholarship — $7,000/$5,000
Value
  • $7,000 and $5,000
Eligibility criteria
  • Seeks to recognize a promising Fine Arts portfolio
  • Chosen by the Department of Fine Arts
Number offered
  • 2
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
JR Shaw Entrance Scholarship — $6,000
Value
  • $6,000 (estimate)
Eligibility criteria
  • Awarded to an entering student studying at the Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies with preference to those from Alberta. If no applicants are eligible, then to those from Western Canada.
Number offered
  • 1
Renewable criteria
  • Non-renewable
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • Yes
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • None
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1
The Class of 1968 Entrance Award — Full tuition
Value
  • Full tuition amount
Eligibility criteria
  • Strong academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership in community service and extracurricular activities
Number offered
  • 1
Renewable criteria

The Class of 1968 Entrance Award is only available for your first year of study. However, it's possible to receive a scholarship after your first year if you meet the following criteria:

  • Achieve a 3.7 GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter terms
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • Can only be combined with awards
Do I need a separate application?
  • No
Additional support documents
  • None
Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1

Major awards

Awards offer assistance to incoming full-time students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, community involvement, and/or financial need. As a more flexible program, awards may be offered to students who may not meet the full criteria for scholarships and/or bursaries.

You will automatically be considered for awards when you apply for admission and scholarships by March 1.

List of available awards (up to $8,945)
Name Amount Description
WUSC Award $8,945
(non-renewable)
  • The WUSC Student Refugee Program sponsors refugees to resettle in Canada, to pursue higher education at a Canadian university or college as a permanent resident
CIS Residence Award $5,000
(renewable for one year)
  • Students who graduated from a Council of International Schools (CIS)
  • Enrolled in full-time studies
  • Living in residence
  • Must be living in residence in Year 2 for renewal of award
International Award $5,000
(non-renewable)
  • Quantity: 5
  • Incoming international students that demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, community involvement, and/or financial need
  • This award may be combined with all other Mount Allison scholarships and bursaries
Residence Award $5,000
(non-renewable)
  • Quantity: 5
  • To incoming students that demonstrate exceptional need
  • This award may be combined with all other Mount Allison scholarships and bursaries
International Baccalaureate Scholar Award $3,000
(non-renewable)
  • Quantity: 2
  • International baccalaureate diploma students with the highest predicted score
  • This award may be combined with all other Mount Allison awarded scholarships and bursaries except the Leta G. Hill and Marjorie Young Bell Scholarships
  • Also required: official predicted IB transcript
J.E.A. Crake Award — Tantramar $2,500
(renewable)
  • Quantity: 2
  • Graduates of Tantramar High School
  • Entering student must be registered for a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
  • Renewable by maintaining a 3.0 (sessional) GPA with a course load of 30 course credits between the fall and winter terms
  • This award may be combined with all other Mount Allison awarded scholarships and bursaries except the Leta G. Hill and Marjorie Young Bell Scholarships
Community Leaders Award $2,000
(non-renewable)
  • Awarded to students who have made significant contributions to their community
Top Student Scholar Award $2,000
(non-renewable)
  • Quantity: 14
  • Top academic students from across Canada and internationally
  • One award will be distributed to one high school student from each province, territory, and one international student who has earned the highest grade 12 mid-term admissions average
  • This award may be combined with all other Mount Allison awarded scholarships and bursaries except the Leta G. Hill and Marjorie Young Bell Scholarships
Aubrey and Nancy M. Cameron Awards $500-$1,500
(non-renewable)
  • Significant contributions in extracurricular activities and service in high school
  • This award may be combined with all other Mount Allison awarded scholarships and bursaries except the Leta G. Hill and Marjorie Young Bell Scholarships

 


External partner scholarships

There are many scholarships and bursaries available to students across Canada from external donors. Even if you are in your upper years of study, we encourage you to look for external funding options.

Currently available to Mount Allison students:

Harrison McCain Scholarship in memory of Marion McCain — $16,000
Value
  • $16,000 ($4,000 renewable over four years)
Eligibility criteria
  • 80% average for first term Grade 12, based on university preparatory courses
  • Financial need
  • Leadership qualities
  • A recognized initiative in funding your own education
  • Preference given to Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents of Canada
Number offered
  • 2 at Mount Allison
Renewable criteria
  • Maintain a 3.7 (sessional) GPA with a course load of 30 credits between the fall and winter terms
Can I combine with other scholarships?
  • Yes
Do I need a separate application?
Additional support documents
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One personal essay

(see application for more details)

Deadline
  • Submit your application by March 1

The following sites can also help you find external scholarship opportunities: