Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

Scholarships are merit based and recognize exceptional talent/promise or academic excellence. A combination of academic excellence and financial need are the primary criteria for awards. In some instances, non-academic criteria such as community service and leadership are considered. All internal scholarships and awards appear on a student's transcript.

Bursaries are primarily financial-needs based. For privacy reasons, they do not appear on a student’s transcript or in the convocation program. The intention of the undergraduate bursary program is to supplement, not replace, a student’s primary sources of funding such as OSAP, government assistance from other provinces, employment, and parental/spousal support. Priority distribution of financial-need-based awards and bursaries goes to students who are eligible for OSAP or other provincial funding.

The Student Financial Profile (SFP) is the multi-purpose online application form used to apply for scholarships, awards, bursaries and on-campus employment. Refer to the Student Financial Profile page for additional information, including submission deadlines. If you are ineligible for OSAP or out-of-province funding, then don’t forget to list your resources on your SFP! If you report zero resources, your application will not be given consideration.

Some York University scholarships awards and bursaries must be reported to OSAP. Please visit our OSAP website for more information.

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Note: Student Financial Services is responsible for approving all new awards at York University in accordance with guidelines established by Senate and with the Ontario Human Rights Commission's Policy on Scholarships and Awards.