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:

    Presented, on the basis of financial need, to a full-time third or fourth year student enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) program with English Studies as a major. The recipient must have a minimum average of 80% in his/her major. The recipient must also be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.

  • Value:

    Awarded annually in June to the graduating student, in third or fourth year English Studies (including students in the final year of Concurrent Education), with an excellent academic record and demonstrated financial need who will be continuing her/his studies at either a faculty of education or a graduate school. The faculty in the English Studies department selects the most deserving applicant. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Applications may be printed from the "forms" section of our website.

  • Value:

    Presented to a full-time, upper year Nipissing University student enrolled in the English Studies program with high academic standing (minimum 75%).

  • Value:

    Presented to a second, third or fourth year full-time student as an English Studies major with a minimum 70% average. The recipient must also demonstrate financial need and be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.

  • Value:

    Awarded to a student enrolled in the full-time Bachelor of Education program who graduated from Nipissing University (minimum 70%) in the previous year, with History or English as a major. Students in the final year of the Concurrent Education program with History or English as a major are also considered.

  • Value:

    Established from the proceeds of the screening of That Beautiful Somewhere, a film based on the novel by Dr. William Plumstead. It is presented to a full-time student majoring in English with a strong academic standing in the Creative Writing: Prose Fiction course (ENGL 3517).