Support Student Awards

Help us make a meaningful impact to last a lifetime

Nipissing University’s commitment to student support is at the heart of what we do.  The University has a comprehensive scholarship and awards programs that recognize outstanding achievement at different levels of study.  Nipissing University offers over 2,400 scholarships, bursaries and awards totalling $4.5m for students each year. 

Nipissing students are talented, dedicated and determined, and helping students fully realize their potential is vital to their future and success. Thanks to the generous contributions of our donors and supporters, gifts made to  scholarships, bursaries, and awards will not only encourage scholastic achievement, promote research, and illustrate leadership; it will leave a lasting and meaningful impact on the lives of our students and the communities we serve.

Establishing a Named Award  

In addition to the general scholarships and bursaries fund, donors can create named awards funded annually or by an endowment.  

Awards may be named in honour of the donor or an organization. Creating a named award can also be a wonderful way to memorialize a family member or someone special and leave a lasting legacy at Nipissing University.

Establish an Annual Award

You can choose to fund a named scholarship, bursary or award on a year-to-year basis with an annual gift.

The minimum commitment required to establish a named annual award is $500 for 3 years. Following that, you may choose to continue your award on a year-to-year basis.  

If you are interested in setting up an annual award, please contact Andrea Parolin at or (705) 474-3450 ext. 4665 

Establish an Endowed Award

An endowment is a visionary gift that supports Nipissing students in perpetuity. The university uses only the investment income generated by the capital to provide the award yearly. In this manner, the fund begins to build for the future, enabling the value of the award to increase over time. Endowment funds provide critical support and encouragement to a deserving student while also providing long term sustainable growth for the institution. 

The minimum gift required to establish an endowment is $10,000. Nipissing endowments payout at 3%, therefore, a $10,000 investment would payout a $300 award. Please visit Nipissing’s Trust and Endowment Management Policy for more information.

If you are interested in setting up an endowed award, please contact Andrea Parolin at or (705) 474-3450 ext. 4665

Student Awards Making an Impact 

“This award has been so greatly appreciated, not only for the financial support that it comes with, but for the honour of being chosen as the candidate. I am grateful to be acknowledged for the dedication and passion that I pour into my academics and artistic practice. I will be using the money to put towards art supplies and other expenses that will help me to continue producing artwork for future projects and exhibitions.” 


2022 Recipient of the Dr. Paul Kelly Scholarship in Fine Arts

“Learning that I received this reward, which recognizes my efforts and achievement, left me feeling valued. This award will assist me in paying for future schooling, which helps relieve the financial stress accompanying education. Thank you for recognizing my efforts, and for helping me continue with future studies.  Your generosity is very much appreciated, and I hope to one day be able to do the same for the next generation of students.” 

2022 Recipient of the President’s Gold Medal Award

“I was delighted to be presented with the J.W. Trusler Proficiency Award in Arts and Science. The announcement of this award came at a time when I truly needed to be reminded that my hard work and dedication are celebrated and appreciated. Thank you for supporting me with this award and encouraging me to say committed to sharing my love of learning with others.” 

2022 Recipient of the J.W. Trusler Proficiency Award in Arts and Science