Entrance Scholarships

Admission scholarships are awarded primarily on the basis of academic performance. Please note that applications are required for specific categories of entrance scholarships.

The following Entrance Scholarships are automatically awarded, with no application required, to scholars entering Algoma University directly from a recognized Canadian high school curriculum.

Algoma University Awards of Excellence

Algoma U Awards of Excellence are available to all Canadian citizen secondary-school graduates who have completed all their qualifying requirements in the academic year prior to commencing university studies at Algoma University. Canadian citizen International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Diploma recipients are equally considered for Awards of Excellence. To qualify, candidates must be entering into their first undergraduate program and enrol in and maintain 24 credits over 2 consecutive terms (fall/winter) of study. Awards are based on the average of the 6 highest graded, U or M final grades presented for admission. Algoma U Awards of Excellence are renewable if candidates maintain an average of 80% each academic year on their highest graded 24 credits taken in two consecutive terms (fall/winter).

Awards of Excellence Renewal

 

Algoma University renewable entrance scholarships are renewed using a tiered-approach of the award. Students who satisfy the condition of renewal based on the required complement of credits, appropriate terms of study, and academic average, may be able to renew according to the renewal awards levels outlined below and based on a 30 credit compliment. For example, if a students’ entrance average is 80% (bronze entrance award) but achieves an average of 85% after the first year of studies, the scholarship would be renewed at the silver award level.

 

Registrations in course loads less than 30 credits but greater than or equal to 24 credits will be prorated accordingly:

  • Platinum: $4,000 (95 – 100%)
  • Gold: $3,000 (90 – 94.9%)
  • Silver: $2,500 (85 – 89.9%)
  • Bronze: $1,500 (80 – 84.9%)

Candidates must be enrolled in at least 24 credits over two consecutive terms (fall/winter) of study in the current year they are receiving the award. The Algoma U Awards of Excellence are non-cumulative with the Edward and Frank McGrath Award of Excellence, Carl J. Sanders Scholarship, Peggy & Willmont MacDonnell Scholarship, the City of Sault Ste. Marie Admission Scholarship I & II, the Algoma U Achievement Scholarship and John R. Rhodes Scholarship. Note that the Edward and Frank McGrath Award of Excellence, Carl J. Sanders Scholarship and the Peggy & Willmont MacDonnell Scholarship will be awarded to the highest achieving students in the 90 – 94.9% category. The entrance award levels are outlined below and are based on a 30 credit compliment.

Registration in course loads less than 30 credits but greater than or equal to 24 credits will be prorated accordingly.

Platinum: An entrance award of $4,000, renewable for up to three additional years, to all candidates presenting an entrance average of 95% or greater. Maximum value: $16,000.

Gold: An entrance award of $3,000, renewable for up to three additional years, to all candidates presenting an entrance average of 90-94.9%. Maximum value: $12,000.

Silver: An entrance award of $2,500, renewable for up to three additional years, to all candidates presenting an entrance average of 85-89.9%. Maximum value: $10,000.

Bronze: An entrance award of $1,500, renewable for up to three additional years, to all candidates presenting an entrance average of 80-84.9%. Maximum value: $6,000.

IB Diploma: Awards of Excellence Guidelines

IB Points

Award

Amount

40+ Platinum $4,000
36 – 39 Gold $3,000
32 – 35 Silver $2,500
28 – 31 Bronze $1,500

In recognition of the generosity of the Sanders family, a $3,500 scholarship, renewable for up to three additional years, is available to the secondary school graduate who has completed all of his or her qualifying requirements in the academic year prior to commencing university studies at Algoma U, and who presents the second-highest average over 90% on the 6 best, U or M courses presented for admission. The candidate must enrol in and maintain 30 credits over two consecutive terms of study at Algoma U. For renewal, candidates must maintain a minimum average of 80% each academic year on 30 credits taken in two consecutive terms (fall/winter) of study. Candidates must be enrolled in 30 credits over two consecutive terms (fall/winter) of study in the current year they are receiving the award. Maximum Value: $14,000. The Carl J. Sanders Scholarship is non-cumulative with the Algoma U Awards of Excellence, Edward & Frank McGrath Award of Excellence, Peggy & Willmont MacDonnell, the City of Sault Ste. Marie Admission Scholarships, Algoma U Achievement Scholarships and the John R. Rhodes Scholarship.

An annual grant provides scholarships of $2,000, renewable for up to three additional years, to each of the top graduates from each of the secondary schools in Sault Ste. Marie enrolling in 30 credits over two consecutive terms (fall/winter) of studies at Algoma U. Candidates must be residents of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario and have completed all their qualifying requirements in the academic year prior to commencing studies at Algoma U, and present an average of 80% on the 6 best, U or M courses presented for admission. For renewal, candidates must maintain a minimum average of 80% each academic year on 30 credits taken in two consecutive terms (fall/winter) of study. Candidates must be enrolled in 30 credits over two consecutive terms (fall/winter) of study in the current year they are receiving the award. This scholarship is non-cumulative with the Algoma U Awards of Excellence, Edward & Frank McGrath Award, Carl J. Sanders Scholarship, Peggy & Willmont MacDonnell Scholarship, City of Sault Ste. Marie Admission Scholarships, Algoma U Achievement Scholarships, and the John R. Rhodes Scholarship.

An annual grant provides one scholarship of $2,000, renewable for up to three additional years, to a resident of Sault Ste. Marie enrolling in 30 credits over two consecutive terms (fall/winter) of studies at Algoma U. The candidate must have completed his or her qualifying requirements in the academic year prior to commencing studies at Algoma U, and must present an average of at least 80% on the 6 best U or M courses presented for admission. For renewal, candidates must maintain a minimum average of 80% each academic year on 30 credits taken in two consecutive terms (fall/winter) of study. Candidates must be enrolled in 30 credits over two consecutive terms (fall/winter) of study in the current year they are receiving the award. This scholarship is non-cumulative with the Algoma U Awards of Excellence, Edward & Frank McGrath Award, Carl J. Sanders Scholarship, Peggy & Willmont MacDonnell Scholarship, City of Sault Ste. Marie Admission Scholarships, Algoma U Achievement Scholarships, and the John R. Rhodes Scholarship.

Through a generous contribution from the estates of brothers Edward and Frank McGrath, a $3,750 scholarship, renewable for up to three additional years, is available to the secondary school graduate who has completed all his or her qualifying requirements in the academic year prior to commencing university studies at Algoma U and who presents the highest average over 90% on the 6 best, U or M courses presented for admission. The candidate must enrol in and maintain 30 credits over 2 consecutive terms of study (fall/winter) at Algoma U. For renewal, candidates must maintain a minimum average of 80% each academic year on 30 credits taken in two consecutive terms (fall/winter) of study. Candidates must be enrolled in 30 credits over two consecutive terms (fall/winter) of study in the current year they are receiving the award. Maximum value: $15,000. The Edward & Frank McGrath Award is non-cumulative with the Algoma U Awards of Excellence, Carl J. Sanders Scholarship, Peggy & Willmont MacDonnell Scholarship, the City of Sault Ste. Marie Admission Scholarship I & II, Algoma U Achievement Scholarship, and the John R. Rhodes Scholarship.

The Lions Club of St. Joseph Island Scholarship will provide an annual award of up to $500 to a full time student in their first year of Full-time studies at Algoma University, who has graduated from Central Algoma Secondary School (CASS) and is a resident of St. Joseph Island, Ontario. This award is non-renewable.

The Luu Family Scholarship – Celebrating 40 Years in Canada Entrance Scholarship will be used annually to provide a $500 award to a student (from either high school, college, or university transfer) in their first year of studies at Algoma University in any program. To be eligible, the student must enroll in full-time studies with a course load of 24 credits over two consecutive terms of study (fall/winter). He/She must have a minimum average of 70% in their last year of study. This award is non-renewable.

In honour of Peggy and Willmott MacDonnell, benefactors to Algoma University, this $3,000 scholarship, renewable for up to three additional years, is available to the secondary school graduate who has completed all his or her qualifying requirements in the academic year prior to commencing university studies at Algoma U and who presents the third-highest average over 90% on the 6 best U or M courses presented for admission. The candidate must enrol in and maintain 30 credits over 2 consecutive terms (fall/winter) of study. For renewal, candidates must maintain a minimum average of 80% each academic year on 30 credits taken in two consecutive terms (fall/winter) of study. Candidates must be enrolled in 30 credits over two consecutive terms (fall/winter) of study in the current year they are receiving the award. Maximum Value: $12,000. The Peggy and Willmont MacDonnell Scholarship is non-cumulative with the Algoma U Awards of Excellence, Edward & Frank McGrath Award of Excellence, Carl J. Sanders Scholarship, City of Sault Ste. Marie Admission Scholarships, Algoma U Achievement Scholarships, and the John R. Rhodes Scholarship.

The Prince Women’s Institute and Prince Township Scholarship Award will provide an annual award of $500 to a student in their first year of full-time studies at Algoma University. The recipient must be a resident of Prince Township. In the event that a first year student does not meet the criteria, the award will be made available to an upper year student who meets the criteria. This award is non-renewable.

The Sardar, Rajwant, Paul and Anita Sohi Family Scholarship will provide two scholarships valued at a minimum of $1,250 each, to first year students who are: 1st Generation students and are First Nations, Metis, or Inuit. Preference will be given to students enrolled in either a math, science or engineering program. To be eligible the candidate(s) must be enrolled in full-time studies at Algoma University, with a course load of 30 credits over two consecutive terms of (fall/winter) study. He/she must have a minimum average of 70% in their first term. This award in non-renewable.

In any given academic year, if Algoma University is not able to identify student(s) who meet the criteria for this award, the scholarship will be awarded to a 1st Generation, First Nations, Metis, or Inuit student(s) in any program, who has a demonstrated financial need and is in good academic standing.

The TD Environmental Science Award will be used to provide an entrance scholarship, valued at $3000 to a student enrolled in the Environmental Science program at Algoma University. To be eligible the candidate must be enrolled in the full-time studies, with a course load of 24 credits over two consecutive terms (fall/winter). He/she must present a minimum of 70% average, based on the 6 best U or M final grades presented for admission. This award is non-renewable.

The Dr. David Walde Humanitarian Scholarship Award will be used to provide an entrance scholarship, valued at $500, to a student from Sault Ste. Marie who is entering their first year of study at Algoma University and is enrolled in the BSW, CESD or Community Development program. To be eligible, the student must be enrolled in full-time studies, with a course load of 24 credits over two consecutive terms (fall/winter) study. He/she will have the highest average based on the 6 best U or M final grades presented for admission. This award is non-renewable.