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Scholarships, student awards and bursaries

Automatic Entrance Scholarships

McMaster’s Scholarships/Honours Awards are automatic and do not require a separate application. Scholarship values are based on a student’s final admission average to program.

Students completing their high school credentials in Canada or Canadian citizens/Permanent Residents completing high school outside of Canada are eligible for these awards provided that they meet the academic criteria.  The attached chart outlines the scholarship program for students entering McMaster in September 2015.

Detailed information regarding eligibility and scholarship terms can be found on the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships

Award Levels

McMaster Presidents Awards
Required Admission Average
Value Number Available
95%+ $2,500 Unlimited


McMaster Honour Awards
Required Admission Average  Value  Number Available
90% – 94.99% $1,000 Unlimited
85% – 89.99% $750 Unlimited
80% – 84.99% $500 Unlimited

McMaster’s Entrance Awards are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

External Scholarships

Bragg Scholarship (PDF)

Established in 2010 by bequest of Adella Margaret Bragg. To be awarded to a female student from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory who is enrolled at McMaster University in any undergraduate program. The award is tenable up to four years. Value: $1,500 per year (up to a maximum of $6000)

Hatch Scholarship for Aboriginal Students (PDF)

Established in 2012 by HATCH. To be awarded to an Aboriginal (status or non-status First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) student enrolled at McMaster University in any undergraduate program. Preference is to be given to a student enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering. These awards are renewable for three years at the same value provided the students remain enrolled in 24 units or more, and achieves a Grade Point Average of 8.0 with no failures. Value: $32,000 ($8,000 each year)

Loran Scholarship

Offered in full partnership with 25 Canadian Universities, a Loran Award is valued at approximately $100,000 over four years of undergraduate study.


In Course Awards

As you progress in your studies numerous scholarships, bursaries, awards, work programs, and funding opportunities will be offered by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships and the Faculty of Social Sciences. To get a sense of what funding opportunities may be available to you in your upper years check under the “Honours B.A.” tab on the programs page in your chosen department.

Find Scholarships

 If you're stating to think about which Universities you will apply to it's a good time to start to thinking about scholarships and grants. Keep in mind there is more than opportunities than just OSAP.

Keep your eyes open; help may come from some unlikely places such as your parents work, churches, clubs or other associations. You want to start doing your research now as the larger scholarships may require more complex applications. A couple of scholarship search engines you may want to check out include and