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Nipissing University's Crown Ward Mentorship Program

Nipissing University's Student Development and Services has partnered with the Crown Ward Education Championship Team (CWECT) and the Children's Aid Society (CAS) to develop a mentorship program for youth with Crown Ward status.

About the Crown Ward Mentorship Program

This program introduces high school students, between the ages of 16-19, considering post-secondary education, to engaging social and transition supports, skills development, and networking opportunities through a variety of planned activities and full-day events.

This program runs the duration of the academic year (November 2017 to April 2018). Four group events are planned in collaboration with university student mentors and are held in November, December, February, and March.

Activities include: interactive tours, cooking classes, leadership skill building, mock lectures, program interest discovery, attending varsity games, and budgeting and financial aid assistance.

PDFFor more information please see brochure

How to Register

Are you a high school student between the ages of 16-19 considering post-secondary? Are you interested in obtaining the guidance and support of a university student mentor? Do you want to visit a university campus and participate in group activities and events? If you answered yes to any of these questions, register for the Crown Ward mentorship Program!

» Me​ntees Register HERE

The Nipissing University Crown Ward Mentorship Program is an initiative supported by the Crown Ward Education Championship Team.


Crown Ward Education Championship Team

The Crown Ward Education Championship Team is a provincial initiative developed to support students with Crown Wards status in successful high school completion and post-secondary education. For more information on CWECT in the Nipissing/Parry Sound/Muskoka regions please contact cwectcoordinator@outlook.com​.


For more information about the Nipissing University Crown Ward Championship Team or the Crown Ward Mentorship Program, please contact crownwardteam@nipissingu.ca.


More information about Nipissing University's partnership with Click for Success can be found here.

Upcoming Events and Activities

Tacos and Games

  • Friday, November 17, 2017
  • 6-9 p.m.
  • Participants are invited to cook dinner with the mentors at Governors House residence and attend a Lakers Varsity volleyball game.
  • For more information about this event please email crownwardteam@nipissingu.ca​ or call 705.474.3450, ext. 4241

2nd Event

  • December 8th, 2017
  • (Details TBD)

Are you a Crown Ward interested in studying at Nipissing University?

Information you need to know:

  • Your tuition is subsidized.
    • Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards will cover 50% of your tuition up to $3000.
    • Nipissing University will cover the remaining 50% of your tuition up to $3000.
  • All first-year students are guaranteed a bedroom in our residences.
  • All Crown Wards, or former Crown Wards, can access supports through the Gen 1: First in the Family, first generation student program, and many other programs and services offered through Student Development and Services.

Application and Admissions Support

Nipissing University welcomes applications from Crown Ward students. Not sure where to start? The Admissions Office is here to help you! They can be reached by email: admissions@nipissingu.ca or by phone:705.474.3461, ext. 4600. Application and information about admission requirements can also be found at www.nipissingu.ca/departments/admissions-registrar​.

If you have extenuating circumstances that may have affected your academic grades that you feel should be taken into consideration when we evaluate your application, please fill out the Supplemental Application for Applicants with Extenuating Circumstances. This information will only be taken into consideration if necessary. Completion of this form is completely voluntary.

Financial Support

When starting the search for financial support, it’s important to contact the Financial Aid Department for the most up-to-date information on what you may qualify for.

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services introduced a $500/month Living and Learning Grant (LLG) to extend supports to youth leaving care between the ages of 21 and 25 who are enrolled in post-secondary studies. Students who apply for OSAP are considered automatically for this grant; alternatively, a paper application may be obtained from the OSAP website.

Student Services and Supports

Student Development and Services

It is important for all students to visit Student Development and Services to find out about the variety of supports available, early in their post-secondary transition. Early support can help you be more successful and prevent academic problems arising later on.

» Find out more about Student Development and Services and the supports offered

Gen 1: First in the Family

Crown Wards, or former Crown Wards, can also access support through our Gen 1: First in the Family program. First in the Family refers to students whose parent(s)/guardian(s) did not complete college, university, or an apprentice program in Canada.

The First in the Family program aims to ease your transition into university. First in the Family utilizes a peer-facilitated program to connect students to resources and services available to them in order to assist students in all areas of the student experience. The program creates and connects students to a community of peers through social events, academic workshops, and community involvement opportunities. The program provides leadership opportunities within both Nipissing University and the local community.

A First Generation Bursary ($2800) is available to eligible students entering first year from high school; to apply for this funding, you would need to complete the Nipissing University Application for Entrance Awards which is due May 1. Occasionally, this funding is also made available to upper year students; to apply, you would need to self-identify as a first generation student on the Web. The bursary application is posted on WebAdvisor in the month of October.

» Learn more about the Gen 1: First in the Family program

Academic Success Program

The Academic Success Program provides Nipissing University students access to a dedicated support team to ensure they are academically successful. Registered participants will participate in a structured program focused on retention and persistence, which includes: monthly meetings with Academic Success Coaches to develop and revise Academic Success Plans, attending Student Success Workshops, and completing a capstone project. The goals of the Academic Success Program include: facilitating the development of student academic strategies, encouraging students to self-reflect on their academic strengths, providing support for students to achieve academic recovery, and positively impacting the students’ university experience.

» Find out more about the Academic Success Program

Residence Information

Nipissing University has some of the best residences in Canada! Living in residence is a great opportunity – and is guaranteed for all incoming first-year students at Nipissing University!

» Find out more about our top-ranking residence accommodations and the Residence Life program

Off Campus Living

If you're a student looking for accommodations off campus near Nipissing University and/or you would like some information about renting, living in the North Bay community, or landlord and tenant rights, follow this link to the Off Campus Living website.

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