Top Scholarships/Bursaries To Win At Western University

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Did you know that Western University offers hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and bursaries every year? In fact, many of these scholarships/bursaries don’t require any additional effort (such as a written essay), than to simply apply with your high school transcript and GPA. Keep reading to make sure you’re in the loop to apply to these before deadlines approach! 

Scholarships are split up into a few categories: admissions scholarships (before entering University), in-course scholarships (once you become a student), external scholarships, and awards. 

Admissions Scholarships

Western Admission Scholarship Program

Admissions scholarships are automatically awarded when you apply to Western University. No additional application is required. 

  1. Western Scholarship of Excellence – 250 at $8000 each – requires top high school average 
  2. Western Scholarship of Distinction – $3500 each – final admission average of 92.0% to 100.0% (unlimited)
  3. Western Admission Scholarship – $2500 each – final admission average of 90.0% to 91.9% (unlimited)

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National Scholarship Program

National scholarships are designed to recognize all-around excellence. They are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic performance to candidates who demonstrate ability for creative and innovative thought and a passion for the pursuit of learning.

  1. President’s Entrance Scholarship – (1) at $70,000; (4) at $65,000; up to (15) at $50,0000 

This scholarship requires an essay, school nomination and school reference letter. 

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In-Course Scholarships

In-course scholarships can be applied for once you are a university student at Western University. 

Academic Merit Scholarships

In-course scholarships and awards are established and funded by individual donors, corporations, faculties, departments, and the governing body of the University. Scholarships are given out during the academic year based on the student’s previous academic performance and current registration. 

Need Based Awards

Need-Based Awards are awarded to students based on a combination of academic merit, demonstration of financial need, and in some cases, non-academic requirements. The deadline to apply is September 30. 

Ontario Remembrance Scholarships

Are you an undergraduate international student intending to pursue graduate studies? If so, you can apply to Ontario Remembrance Scholarships based on a combination of academic merit, demonstration of financial need, and in some cases, non-academic requirements. To be an eligible applicant, you must have an average of at least 80% as a full-time student the prior year, be intending to pursue graduate studies, have financial need and a desire to make a difference in the lives of others. 

External Scholarships

External scholarships are offered by external organizations. 

Loran Award

The Loran Scholarship is valued at $100,000 and students must apply in their final year of high school. The application deadline is mid-to-late October. 

DSLG (Developmental Services of Leeds and Grenville) Student Awards

The DSLG award is valued at $1000 each. To apply, you must be a first year student from Leeds and Grenville registered in a program related to the field of developmental disabilities. The application deadline is June 15th. 

Surex Scholarship Program

The surex scholarship program is valued at $1000 each. To apply, you must be an undergraduate or graduate student. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2021. 

BeMo Diversity Advocacy Scholarship

The value of the BeMo Diversity Scholarship is $5000. You must be a full-time medical student to apply. This scholarship is offered twice a year with deadlines on May 31st and October 31st. 

Canadian Hearing Services National Scholarship Program

The value of the Canadian Hearing Services National Scholarship program is valued at $3000 for full-time students and $1000 for part-time students. You must be an undergraduate or graduate student to apply. The application deadline is May 25th, 2021. 


Western University also offers over 100 awards that can be won through applying as an undergraduate or graduate student. Please view here for a list of awards to apply for. 


You can apply to bursaries through seeking OSAP funding. If you identify as a senior citizen, first generation student, international student, or graduate student, you can seek additional bursaries here. You can also apply for additional financial assistance for both fall and spring semesters. 

The End

Western University offers many avenues of additional funding to help finance your post-secondary education so don’t hesitate and start applying to these scholarships! 

Published on September 7, 2021

About Athena G

Athena is a graduate of the Ivey Business School at Western University. Upon graduation, she will be starting her career in Toronto working in finance. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, trying new foods, and baking.