National Scholarship Program

National Scholarships are designed to recognize all-round 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. National Scholarships also recognize exceptional achievement in extracurricular activities such as the arts and athletics. A special emphasis is placed on a candidate's commitment to community service through ongoing contributions to school and community life.

President’s Entrance Scholarships
5 at $65,000 ($20,000 for year one, $15,000 annually for years two to four) and;
Up to 15 at $50,000 ($10,000 annually, plus $10,000 towards first year residence)

Beryl Ivey Continuing Entrance Award
ONE at $64,000; payable $16,000 per academic year for a period of four years.

International President's Entrance Scholarships
3 at $50,000 ($10,000 annually, plus $10,000 towards first year residence costs)

Faculty Entrance Scholarships
Up to 15 at $30,000 ($6,000 annually, plus $6,000 towards first year residence)

National Scholarship Study Abroad Awards
Up to 39 at $2,500 for up to 4 months (one term), $5,000 for over 4 months (more than one term)

National Merit Awards
Those students who are interviewed for a National Scholarship but not offered a National Scholarship or a Schulich Leader Scholarship and accepting an offer of admission to main campus will receive a one-year National Merit Award valued at $2,000. Recipients will also retain eligibility for an Admission Scholarship ranging in value from $1,000 to $10,000.


With the exception of the International President’s Entrance Scholarship applicants, National Scholarship applicants must be Canadian Citizens or a Permanent Resident of Canada. All applicants must have obtained a minimum overall academic average of 90% on all Grade 12U/M courses (or equivalent). National Scholarships are available only at Western's main campus and Faculty Entrance Scholarships are available only within the faculty for which the scholarship has been awarded. You must make an admission application to  Western University (main campus) to be considered for these scholarships and you must register as a full-time student. International Baccalaureate and CEGEP students are eligible for consideration. The Beryl Ivey Continuing Entrance Award has a financial need component. A supplemental application in addition to the National Scholarship application is required for students to be considered. 

* Students in receipt of a National Scholarship or a Schulich Leader Scholarship are not eligible to receive a Western Admission Scholarship.

Note: Please ensure that you have submitted your application for admission to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) indicating Western's main campus as one of your choices. The National Scholarship Application is an on-line application. In order to access the on-line National Scholarship application the OUAC reference number is required. The on-line National Scholarship application and all supporting documentation must be submitted by the February 14, 2014 deadline. If supporting documentation is mailed, it must be received, not postmarked, at Western by the February 14, 2014 deadline.


In order to be considered for the National Scholarship Program a school nomination is required.   It is up to each school to determine their process for having their students seek a nomination and for selecting the students who will receive a nomination.  Each school is able to nominate up to 4 students for the National Scholarship Program.  Schools are not nominating students for a specific scholarship.  The nomination is for the student to be considered for the scholarships available within the National Scholarship Program.

  •  National Scholarship Program - Nomination Process (information for schools) (pdf)


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The application (and information) for the 2015-2016 academic year will be available in early November 2014.



The following is the checklist for a complete National Scholarship application:

  • On-line National Scholarship Application
  • School Nomination
  • Essay
  • Transcript (to be provided by school)
  • Beryl Ivey Continuing Entrance Award Supplemental Application
    To be completed in addition to the National Scholarship Application *IF* you wish to be considered for the Beryl Ivey Continuing Entrance Award

Mailing Address
National Scholarship Program
Room 1140, Western Student Services Building
Western University
London, Ontario N6A 3K7

For more information about Western’s National Scholarship Program
Norma Merino
Tel: 519-661-2111 x85958
Fax: 519-661-2083