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Applications open till March 15 for many U of R entrance scholarships

By University Advancement and Communications Posted: February 14, 2022 10:00 a.m.

The deadline to apply for entrance scholarships is March 15.
The deadline to apply for entrance scholarships is March 15. iStock

Will you be a new University of Regina student in the Fall 2022 semester? If so, there are currently 57 different entrance awards and scholarships available that you can apply for today (as well as others that don’t require an application). The Student Awards Management System (SAMS) has a full list of all of the entrance awards available to you, all of which have an application deadline of March 15, 2022.

Christine McBain, Associate Director of Enrolment Services, and Karen Brown, Coordinator of Student Awards and Financial Aid, have some tips for students who are applying for scholarships for the first time:

  1. Do not leave it to the last minute! This will leave you scrambling which means you likely won’t be showcasing your best work.
  2. When the application asks for a personal statement or essay, elaborate and make sure you sell yourself. You don’t want to downplay all of your accomplishments. Make sure you introduce yourself and don’t be shy about including any challenges you have faced.
  3. Check the award criteria – sometimes it will ask for something very specific. Once you have reviewed the criteria, tailor your application to what the award is asking for.
  4. If the application asks for a reference letter, make sure you contact the appropriate person (some applications specify a principal, guidance counsellor, etc.) and give them plenty of time to write the letter and get it back to you.
  5. Once your application is complete, have someone review it before you submit. Remember, it’s typically going to university deans and professors for selection of recipients.

“Applying for scholarships is a great option for anyone looking to offset the cost of tuition, textbooks, and other expenses that students face,” says McBain. “I would encourage all students to do a bit of research and find out what scholarships they are eligible for and apply for as many as possible. It could end up paying off!”

If you have questions about applying for awards and scholarships, or you would just like a little bit more information, the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office is offering a series of award application help sessions over Zoom in February and March:

  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 3, 2022 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Monday, March 7, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Be sure to register for the session that you would like to attend. There are also written and video instructions for apply for awards on the Help Using SAMS page

Here are a few examples of the scholarships that are available:

(Please visit the Student Awards Management System to see the full eligibility criteria and information for each scholarship)

1. Claire Kramer Bursary in Nursing

(two entrance awards valued at $5,000 each)

This bursary is awarded to self-declared Indigenous undergraduate students entering the University of Regina directly from a Canadian high school.

2. Inspiring Leadership Academic Entrance Fellowship

(one entrance award valued at $30,000)

This fellowship is awarded to an undergraduate student who is entering any faculty at the University of Regina directly from high school.

3. Bert Fox/Ferguson Alumni Entrance Scholarship

(one entrance award valued at $3,400)

This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student who is a graduate of Bert Fox Community High School in Fort Qu'Appelle and is pursuing any degree or diploma program at the University of Regina.

4. William Borden Ingram Award

(four entrance awards valued at $23,500 each)

This scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who are pursuing a four-year program in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Regina.

5. Jaleta Pacers Entrance Award

(one entrance award valued at $2,050)

This award is presented to an undergraduate student who is pursuing any degree program at the University of Regina. The student will also need to demonstrate, through a written personal statement, that they have overcome adversity.

6. Honouring Our Future Entrance Bursary

(74 entrance awards valued at $1,000 each)

This bursary is awarded to self-declared Indigenous undergraduate students who are members of one of Saskatchewan’s 74 First Nations. The student must be admitted to the University of Regina for the first time in the Fall semester, and be pursuing their first certificate, diploma, or degree program at the University.

If you are a current student, please visit this page to find out about award availability and deadlines for scholarships and awards for continuing students.