Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards: in-course

(Based only on academics)

In-course scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit to full-time undergraduate students who have completed at least one full year of study at Nipissing University. Generally, an application is not required. Students must be registered ​to receive a scholarship, which is generally paid out in January. Weighted grades are used to determine eligibility for a scholarship; please check this section to confirm eligibility requirements for specific programs.

(Based on financial need and/or other criteria)

Provided to students on the basis of financial need or some combination of extra-curric​​ular involvement, academics, demonstrated leadership ability, volunteerism or other similar criterion plus financial need. To ​​demonstrate financial need, students must self-identify by applying for any/all of the following: OSAP (or other government student loan program), the Web Bursary Program, or the Work Study program.

Separate applications are not generally required for most of our bursaries and awards; if you feel you will require some additional financial assistance during the fall and winter session simply complete the online Web Bursary ap​plication which can be found on Web Advisor the month of October (it is due November 1). As part of our commitment to the Student Access Guarantee, bursary assistance may be provided, if warranted, to ensure that tuition and book costs are met.

To find more information on the  bursaries and awards offered at Nipissing University, please complete the chart, below.


Nipissing University assumes liability for the payment of scholarships, bursaries and other awards only to the extent that expected gifts from donors or returns from particular investments of endowed funds are realized. The University reserves the right to make whatever changes circumstances may require, including the amendment of monetary value, selection criteria and the cancellation of particular awards. Information on the current status of any of these may be obtained by contacting the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office or by visiting the Nipissing University website at 

Students who feel that their individual circumstances are not being fairly considered when determining eligibility for the aforementioned scholarships, bursaries and awards have the right to submit a written appeal explaining their circumstances to the Undergraduate Services and Awards Committee.​

  • Value:
    $10 000; renewed at $3000

    Awarded to two students entering full-time study in the Faculty of Arts and Science or the Faculty of Applied and Professional Studies. Applicants must have a minimum 85% average and show evidence of personal leadership activities: e.g. excellence in fine arts, writing, debating; excellence in science extracurricular activities beyond local school class requirements; and/or significant citizenship contributions to community or family. Recipients must also demonstrate financial need and be residents of Ontario as defined by OSAP. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years at $3,000 per year based on the maintenance of a minimum 85% average on their best 24 credits. Recipients of this award may not also hold a President's, Schulich, FIRST Robotics or Carl Sanders scholarship.

  • Value:

    Presented annually at Convocation to a deserving graduating student in the Faculty of Arts and Science with a major in Fine Arts, specializing in visual arts, who has excelled in his/her Fine Arts courses. Preference is given to a student who has expressed an intention to pursue graduate studies the following year. The recipient is selected by faculty in the department.

  • Value:

    Awarded to a student currently in the fourth year of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree on the basis of academic merit and deemed most deserving by the Fine and Performing Arts department. At the department's discretion, the award may alternatively be given to a third year student, to ensure that a fourth year of study remains financially accessible. Preference will be given to a full-time student.

  • Value:

    Awarded to assist in the education of an upper year student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program and to stimulate the development of future professional artists. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.