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Entrance Scholarships and Awards
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University of Waterloo President's and Merit Scholarships

Students admitted to full-time first-year degree studies at the University of Waterloo who have an admission average of 85% or higher based on grades available in early-May, including grades for required courses for the program to which the student has been admitted, will receive one of the following scholarships:

  • President’s Scholarship of Distinction – admission average of 95% or higher. Students will receive a one-time $2,000 entrance scholarship, as well as, an opportunity for a $1,500 International Experience Award and a $1,500 Research Award to be used in upper-year studies.
  • President’s Scholarship – admission average of 90% - 94.9%. Students will receive a one-time $2,000 entrance scholarship.
  • Merit Scholarship – admission average of 85% - 89.9%. Students will receive a one-time $1,000 entrance scholarship.

Additional eligibility criteria and information can be found on the Future Students website.

Other Entrance Scholarships

The University also administers a substantial number of entrance scholarships which are generously supported by alumni, private donors, and corporations. The majority of these are awarded on the basis of specific admission and/or scholarship criteria established by the Faculty/School to which the student has been admitted.

Additional specific scholarship criteria, if applicable, is noted in the award descriptions found under each of the following Faculty categories. Unless otherwise noted, an application for admission to the University will suffice as an application for any entrance scholarship for which the student is eligible.


Provincial and federal aid policies state that scholarships, awards, and bursaries provided to students receiving provincial and/or federal student aid could reduce funding entitlements. Please contact Student Awards & Financial Aid if further clarification is required.


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