Promise Scholars

The Promise Scholars program is a comprehensive initiative designed to reduce financial barriers and increase access to Queen’s University for local, first-generation students. The program provides dedicated financial, academic, and career support to help students complete their degree. Five awards will be available each year.

Financial Funding

Promise Scholars will be provided with financial support to graduate from a first-entry degree program with no repayable debt (no student loans). Scholars will receive financial support for:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Books and supplies
  • A residence room on campus and meal plan in first year
  • A living allowance for years 2, 3, and 4
  • $60,000–$100,000 (over 4 years) depending on program of studies

Mentorship and Advising

Students will be connected to dedicated advisors that will provide one-on-one guidance on:

  • Academics
  • Financial planning
  • Career preparation

Students will also receive support from peer advisors, and connections to Queen’s alumni community and other professional networks. 

Summer Employment

Promise Scholars will build additional career experience through a paid summer employment opportunity between years 1 and 2.




Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Received admission to a Queen’s first-year undergraduate degree program
  • Be a first-generation student (meaning parents or guardians have not obtained a college diploma or university degree)
  • Family income is $70,000 or less
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • Will graduate from an Ontario secondary school in:
    • City of Kingston
    • County of Frontenac
    • County of Lennox and Addington
    • County of Leeds and Grenville
    • Hastings County
    • Prince Edward County

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to Queen’s University
  2. For 2024-25, apply for a Financial Aid and Awards Profile by February 15, 2024 


Please email us with any of your questions.

“We know that completing a university degree can be a transformative experience for students, but even with existing financial assistance programs, the cost to attend can be a barrier. We designed a program to provide qualified students facing financial challenges with the opportunity to pursue their chosen degree, gain valuable work experience, and participate fully in university life.” 

Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs

“I think the Promise Scholars initiative is a tremendous step in the right direction. Having spent the last number of years working with students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, I have become tremendously aware of the barriers they face every step of the way. We look forward to seeing this program flourish over the next few years.”

Brent Pickering, Principal of Alternative and Community Education with Limestone District School Board