Important dates

  • Admission application and entrance scholarship consideration (Fall 2021) deadline.
  • Premier's Healthy Living Scholarship for Youth
  • Chown Centennial Scholarship nominations due
  • Fairfax bursary applications due
  • The Asper Foundation Entrance Bursary
  • BMO Leader of Tomorrow and BMO Indigenous Leader of Tomorrow application deadline (2022/2023 competition)


All new UM students are considered for a wide range of entrance scholarships and awards. Most entrance scholarships are based on demonstrated academic excellence in the last one or two years of high school. 

Simply by applying for admission to the University and submitting your transcripts, you will be considered for the University of Manitoba General Entrance Scholarships and more. Other entrance scholarships, such as the BMO Financial Group Leader of Tomorrow Scholarships and the Schulich Leader Scholarships require applications. Eligibility and application criteria vary for each entrance scholarship, so be sure to read the requirements carefully.

Entrance awards that require application

This is not a comprehensive University of Manitoba awards listing. Please consult the searchable awards database for University of Manitoba Senate approved awards and/or with your department/faculty for other available award opportunities.

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. Entrance Awards

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. offers three annual bursaries valued at $6,000 each for Canadian high school students who:

  • are Canadian citizens or permanent residents; 
  • have graduated from a Canadian high school or CEGEP no longer than 18 months prior to the start of the 2021/2022 academic session; 
  • have demonstrated financial need based on a Government Student Loan assessment from their home province and have completed a University of Manitoba bursary application; 
  • Will register for full-time study (minimum 18 credit hours) in University 1 or any faculty or school at the University of Manitoba that admits students directly from high school; 
  • have achieved a minimum average of 80% on their high school courses used for admission. 

Applicants for this bursary must submit a complete copy of their final government loan assessment from their home province for the 2021/2022 academic session, along with their completed University of Manitoba bursary application.

The awards are renewable in the second, third and fourth years of a student’s first degree program at the University of Manitoba. Recipients must maintain a full-time course load, achieve a minimum sessional grade-point average of 3.5 each year and continue to demonstrate financial need yearly (government student loan and bursary applications must be submitted for each academic session).

Application deadline: July 15, 2021

Chown Centennial Scholarship

Chown Centennial Scholarship recipients are nominated by high schools. Students do not need to apply directly. 

All high schools in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario are invited to select a recipient of the Chown Centennial Scholarship, currently valued at $1000 per student. This award is to be offered to the best "all-around" student graduating from the high school and selected according to criteria established by each school. This award may be held with any other University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship.

Candidates will require: 

  • Grade 12 average of 85% or greater in courses which meet the University of Manitoba admissions criteria; 
  • Recommendation for the award by their high school; and 
  • Admission to any University of Manitoba program. 

Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario high schools will be sent an official nomination form in late May/early June and asked to return the completed nomination form to the Financial Aid and Awards Office by June 30th. The nominees will receive their Chown Centennial Scholarship award letter in late June or early July.

Premier's Healthy Living Scholarship for Youth

The Premier’s Healthy Living Scholarship for Youth recognizes the achievements of young Manitobans who are positive role models for other children and youth in promoting healthy lifestyles. Up to 10 of the most outstanding applicants from across Manitoba will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship. One nomination will be accepted per high school. Deadline date for applications is June 15.

Download the application

The Asper Foundation Entrance Bursary

The Asper Foundation offers renewable bursaries at $1,000 each for high school students who:
•    Are enrolled full-time (minimum 60% course load) in their first year of study in University 1 or any faculty, college or school at the University of Manitoba;
•    have achieved a minimum average of 70% on their high school courses used for admission;
•    have demonstrated high financial need on the Asper Foundation Entrance bursary application form.
The application for this bursary will be available on June 30 and will close August 31.
The award is renewable each consecutive year for up to three years provided the student maintains a full-time course load, achieves a minimum degree grade-point average of 2.5 each year and continues to demonstrate financial need yearly on the standard University of Bursary application form.

Entrance awards with automatic consideration

New applicants to the University of Manitoba will be considered for the following entrance awards, without additional application requirements.

University of Manitoba General Entrance Scholarships

Entrance scholarships are awarded to students graduating from a Canadian high school with outstanding academic averages. Three scholarship levels have been set, with the prerequisite average for each tier and corresponding scholarship amount determined on a yearly basis.

Level 1: University of Manitoba Queen Elizabeth II Entrance Scholarship average greater than or equal to 95% $3,000
Level 2: Guertin Centennial Entrance Scholarship average greater than or equal to 90% $2,000
Level 3: Hogg Centennial Entrance Scholarship average greater than or equal to 85% $1,000

Note: quotas for scholarships may be set for each UM Faculty/School.

Candidates are required to have:

  • Submitted an undergraduate application for admissions by the scholarship deadline of March 1.

  • A minimum average of 85% over the best five courses from a pre-approved list in five different subject areas.    

Listing of pre-approved courses:

  • Art 40S
  • Biology 40S
  • Chemistry 40S
  • Computer Science 40S
  • English/Anglais 40S
  • Geography 40S
  • History 40S
  • Physics 40S
  • Music 40S
  • Social Studies: World Issues 40S or Global Issues 40S
  • Current Topics in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies: A Foundation for Implementation 40S
  • Only one of:
    • Applied Math 40S
    • Pre-Calculus 40S
    • Calculus 42S (Calculus 45S is not acceptable)
  • Only one of:
    • Family Studies 40S
    • Foods & Nutrition 40S
  • Only one of:
    • Canadian Aboriginal Language 41G
    • Deutsch 40S
    • Filipino 40S
    • French/Français 40S (if not used in lieu of English/Anglais 40S)
    • German 40S
    • Hebrew 40S
    • Italian 40S
    • Japanese 40S
    • Mandarin 40S
    • Polish 40S
    • Portugese 40S
    • Spanish 40S
    • Ukrainian 40S

Please note:

  • Students may use two English 40S or 40G level courses towards average calculation (i.e. English 40S and 40S).
  • Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate standing is considered as 40S for admission and awards purposes and may be used to replace courses listed above.
  • A comparable level of academic standing will be used to assess candidates from outside Manitoba.

Entrance scholarship decisions are made on the basis of the candidates interim average, based on the best five eligible courses (as listed above) in five different subject groups. Scholarship offers are not adjusted on final grades.

International Baccalaureates Entrance Scholarships

These scholarships are offered to students who are entering university for the first time on the basis of the full International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Seven award tiers will be set, with the required points and the amount of award determined annually. As an example, the 2019-2020 tiers and the accompanying award values are as follows:

Tier 1 43–44 points $3,500
Tier 2 40–42 points $2,500
Tier 3 37–39 points $2,200
Tier 4 34–36 points $1,900
Tier 5 31–33 points $1,600
Tier 6 28–30 points $1,300
Tier 7 25–27 points $1,100

Students who have already received a University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship which is equal to or greater than the amount in their IB tier listed above will not receive any further funding. Students whose UM Entrance Scholarship amount is lower than their IB tier will receive an award for the difference.

This award is open to candidates from any province or country.

Candidates will require:

  • Completion of the full diploma program, including completion of the course Theory of Knowledge, the extended essay and involvement in volunteer work through the CAS (extra-curricular, community services activities) component;
  • A minimum grade of 4 or better on each of the three higher level and the three subsidiary level papers;
  • Submission of IB results to the University of Manitoba Financial Aid and Awards Office by September 1st.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Enhancement Scholarships

Students who have qualified for a University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship and have also achieved excellent results in either the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations or the International Baccalaureate (IB) higher level and standard level papers, may receive an additional award which is added to their entrance scholarship.

For each superior AP or IB result, UM Entrance Scholarship recipients may have their awards increased by:

  • $250 for each AP result of 5
  • $150 for each AP result of 4
  • $250 for each IB result of 7 on higher level papers
  • $200 for each IB result of 6 on higher level papers and 7 on standard level papers
  • $150 for each I.B. result of five on higher level papers

Candidates will require:

  • To be nominated or selected for any University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship; and
  • AP or IB grades as listed above; and 
  • Submission of final IB or AP results to the Financial Aid and Awards Office by September 1st.

Students are advised to submit AP grades to both the Admissions Office (for AP university credit) and Financial Aid and Awards Office (for Enhancement Scholarship consideration). The staff at either office will be able to make certified copies to ensure that AP result are forwarded to the appropriate offices.  

Isabel Auld, Chancellors' and President's Laureate Scholarships

The Isabel Auld Entrance Scholarship is offered to the Manitoba high school student graduating with the highest average.

The Chancellors' Scholarships are offered to the Manitoba high school students with the second, third and fourth highest academic averages.

The President's Laureate Scholarship, is offered to students with the highest average from their grade 12 final marks. 

These awards are valued at $5,000 and are renewable for 3 consecutive years for one degree provided the recipient registers for, and remains registered, in a full-time program achieving a sessional grade point average of at least 3.75 each year.

This scholarship may be held concurrently with the Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship in name only and may not be held with any other University of Manitoba Entrance Scholarship other than the Chown Centennial Scholarship.

Candidates will require:

  • a minimum average of 95% from their best 5 courses from those listed for entrance scholarship consideration (see list from the University of Manitoba General Entrance Scholarship page);
  • the highest aggregate score on (a) one English 40S course and (b) Pre-Calculus Math 40S and (c) at least one science or language course.

President's Scholars

The University of Manitoba recognizes those students who enter the University of Manitoba with a minimum 95% high school final average (based on the courses used for entrance scholarship purposes) as President’s Scholars.

President’s Scholars will be eligible for a number of benefits, such as: scholarship funding of $1,000 in each second, third and fourth years of study (providing they meet renewal criteria), priority registration, notation on the university transcript, access to the President’s Scholars Study Lounge, passes to Bison sports events, and other events sponsored by the Office of the President, and University of Manitoba faculties.

High school and first year student eligibility

To be designated a President’s Scholar, first year students:

  • Must have applied for admission to the University of Manitoba by March 1 and be admitted to any direct entry program at the University of Manitoba with a minimum final grade 12 average of 95% based on the five courses used for entrance scholarship purposes;
  • Must be enrolled as full-time students with a minimum 24 credit hours in any faculty or school at the University of Manitoba during the Fall/Winter academic session.

Offers will be made in August each year.

For Grade 12 students, there are other renewable entrance awards, which also recognize exceptional high school final averages, such as the Isabel Auld Entrance Scholarship or the Chancellor’s Scholarship. Recipients of these awards will receive the President’s Scholars designation and benefits.

President's Scholar renewals

To renew a President’s Scholarship in the second, third and fourth years of study, students:

  • Must complete their first, second and third years of study with a minimum degree grade point average of 4.0 based on coursework completed during the regular academic sessions.
  • Must continue into the next consecutive year of study as a full-time student with a minimum 24 credit hours.

Renewals will be made annually in late June or early July.

Co-op students

Students participating in co-op programs are responsible for contacting the financial aid and awards office in writing, via mail or e-mail to ensure accurate records are maintained for renewal and communication purposes. Co-op terms are considered as work terms and the course load completed in the workplace will not be counted towards the calculation of the minimum 24 credit hour course load requirement.

President’s Scholarship funding can be deferred for students upon written receipt of notification; funds will be released upon completion of two academic terms that meet the minimum 24 credit hour requirement.

Benefits such as priority registration and access to the President’s Scholars Study Lounge will continue throughout students’ co-op terms.

Receiving your entrance award

If you are registered in both Fall and Winter Terms in at least an 80% course load (equivalent of 24 credit hours) and meet the eligibility requirements for an entrance award, your award will be disbursed into your tuition fee account at the end of August. To accept your award, log in to your Aurora student account, select "Student awards and financial aid," and follow the instructions provided.

If your award covers more than your tuition for the Fall Term, any excess will be applied to your Winter term tuition, reducing what is due in early January.

If you drop a class and fall below 24 credit hours (or an 80% course load), the University can take up to the full amount of the award back. If you have questions about whether you will be in jeopardy of losing your award due to course withdrawal, call us at 204-474-9534 for more information.

Award cheques provided by external donors are processed through the cashier’s office.

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