Awards, Prizes and Scholarships
200.1 UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS
At Concordia University, undergraduate scholarships, bursaries, and awards are overseen and administered by the Undergraduate Scholarship and Awards Committee, as mandated by the Office of the Vice‑Provost Teaching and Learning, and the Associate Vice‑President Registrarial Services and University Registrar. The Undergraduate Scholarship and Awards Committee is composed of a Chairperson, four faculty members, one member from Student and Enrolment Services, one Concordia Student Union member, one member of the Concordia Council on Student Life, as well as managerial staff from the Financial Aid and Awards Office.
Students may hold only one of the following types of awards during a given academic year:
- Entrance Scholarships
- Entrance Bursaries
- In‑Course Scholarships
- In‑Course Bursaries
Holding more than one of these scholarships or bursaries is not allowed unless expressly authorized by the Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards Committee. All scholarships, bursaries, and awards are available to full‑time students in bachelor’s programs, who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
Scholarship, award, and bursary programs are active during the regular session only. Regular session is defined in §16.1.1 as the fall and winter terms of a given academic year. No scholarships, awards, or bursaries are issued during the summer session.
Full‑time and part‑time status for all scholarships, bursaries, and awards is determined according to candidates’ credit load over the regular session only (i.e. fall and winter). Where scholarship, award, and bursary programs are concerned, summer‑session credit loads cannot be combined with fall/winter credits in the determination of full‑time or part‑time status. In general, registration in a total of 24 credits or more during the regular session equates to full‑time status, while registration in less than 24 credits equates to part‑time status.
Authorized co‑op work terms and exchange programs are normally considered equivalent to full‑time on‑campus registration. Wherever possible, clients of the Access Centre for Students with Disabilities who are registered in a part‑time credit load may be considered as full‑time students in the event of candidacy for scholarships, awards, and bursaries.
Entrance Scholarships are available to full‑time students entering university studies for the first time. Candidates are selected by Faculties/Schools in co‑operation with the Financial Aid and Awards Office, and in certain cases, in co‑operation with academic departments as well. Selection is automatic, based on academic ranking as assigned by the University in the course of admission file processing. For some entrance scholarships, especially those in the Faculty of Fine Arts, selection is based on submission of a portfolio and/or other specific materials. Only selected candidates are notified.
In‑Course Scholarships are available to students who have completed at least one academic year in full‑time study at Concordia University. Most in‑course scholarships are automatically awarded by the Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards Committee on the basis of the student’s assessment GPA achieved at Concordia during the preceding academic year. A small number of in‑course scholarships require students to apply — these have additional eligibility criteria such as contribution to student life, or enrolment in a particular study discipline.
Entrance Bursaries are available to students entering university studies for the first time. An application form must be submitted online along with various supporting documents. Eligibility is determined following a financial needs test, a review of the candidate’s academic ranking as assigned during admission application processing, and a holistic appreciation of the applicant’s personal statements on the entrance bursary application form.
In‑Course Bursaries are awarded to returning students admitted in a previous year on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic standing. An application form must be submitted online along with various supporting documents. Eligibility is determined following a financial needs test, a review of the candidate’s academic standing, and a holistic appreciation of the applicant’s personal statements on the in‑course bursary application form. For a complete list of available entrance bursaries, consult the FAAO website.
Awards are generally similar to scholarships, except that they have one or more additional eligibility criteria, such as a letter of intent or an applicant statement, contribution to student life at the University, or a particular level of performance in a certain course. Most are restricted to students in particular degrees or concentrations. In many cases, there is no specific grade point average requirement, although all candidates must be in satisfactory academic standing with a minimum assessment GPA of 2.00.
External Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards
A number of corporations, industries, and public or private organizations outside of Concordia University have various scholarships, bursaries, and award programs available to Concordia students. These external bodies include NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada), Universities Canada, and many others. Eligibility criteria vary greatly. Current and upcoming external scholarships, bursaries, and awards are described in information bulletins posted at the Financial Aid and Awards Office.
Information for New Donors: Establishing New Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards at Concordia University
The Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards Committee and the Financial Aid and Awards Office would like to express their deepest gratitude and appreciation to the ever‑growing number of donors and sponsors who provide generous support and recognition to students through the establishment of undergraduate scholarships, bursaries, and awards every year at Concordia University. These programs not only greatly contribute to the academic and personal success of students today, but they also serve as a solid foundation for tomorrow’s achievements.
Donors wishing to establish new scholarships, bursaries, and awards for undergraduate students are encouraged to contact the Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations. Please visit the Giving to Concordia section of the main Concordia University website for information on establishing new awards, and other meaningful ways of supporting Concordia University and its students.
200.2 ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS
For the current list of entrance scholarships available, as well as more information about each of the awards, please visit the Financial Aid and Awards Office website at concordia.ca/offices/faao.
200.3 ENTRANCE BURSARIES
For the current list of entrance bursaries available, as well as more information about each of the awards, please visit the Financial Aid and Awards Office website at concordia.ca/offices/faao.
200.4 IN-COURSE SCHOLARSHIPS
For the current list of in‑course scholarships available, as well as more information about each of the awards, please visit the Financial Aid and Awards Office website at concordia.ca/offices/faao.
200.5 IN-COURSE BURSARIES
For the current list of in‑course bursaries available, as well as more information about each of the awards, please visit the Financial Aid and Awards Office website at concordia.ca/offices/faao.
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