Student Awards


Student Awards

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Promise Scholars

The Promise Scholars program is a comprehensive initiative designed to reduce financial barriers and increase access to Queen’s 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 starting in Fall 2020.


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 year 1
  • 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 Internship

Promise Scholars will have a paid summer internship after years 1, 2, and 3.

Who is Eligible?

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 $50,000 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

How to apply?

  1. Apply for admission to Queen’s University
  2. Apply for a Queen’s Admission Bursary by February 15, 2020
    • On the bursary application, complete the section for Promise Scholars applicants


Please email us with any of your questions