Student Awards


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Commitment Scholars and Bursaries 

Commitment Scholars 

The Commitment Scholars Award celebrates and recognizes demonstrated leadership in, and commitment to, racial justice, social justice, or diversity initiatives by equity-deserving students in their high school or in their community. 

Ten renewable awards of $12,000 per year will be granted to students entering first year of any first-entry undergraduate degree program, who self-identify on the application as a member of an underserved or underrepresented group, including Black, Indigenous and other racialized students, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.

The award provides dedicated financial, academic, and career support to help students complete their degree.


Mentorship and Advising for Commitment Scholars

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

  • Academics
  • Financial planning
  • Career preparation

Students will also receive support from peer advisors, and connections to other networks.

Queen's Welcomes First Commitment Scholars - Queen's Gazette, August 3, 2021

Who is Eligible for the Commitment Scholars Award?

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons of Canada
  • Applicants must be entering full-time studies in the first year of a first entry undergraduate degree program at Queen's in September 2022
  • Self-identification as a member of an underserved or underrepresented group, including Black, Indigenous* and other racialized students, Persons with Disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals
  • Demonstrated leadership in, and commitment to, racial justice, or EDII initiatives in their high school or their local community
  • Given the value of this award, candidates who receive this award will not receive other merit-based awards

*Indigenous students are required to provide evidence of Indigenous ancestry

What is needed for the Commitment Scholars application?

  1. The online application includes 3 questions. It is recommended that you prepare your responses in advance, and copy and paste them into the form,
    before submitting the form. You cannot save drafts or partially completed applications.
  2. The practice application contains the questions that will appear in the online application form. There will not be any additional questions.
  3. The application must include contact information for a verifier who is able to validate and confirm the information in the application. The verifier should be knowledgeable of accomplishments and personal attributes that make the applicant a strong candidate for consideration of this award. In addition to confirming the information in this application, the verifier should be able to speak to the impact of the applicant’s actions, and level of community engagement. The selection committee may contact your verifier during the selection process. A verifier should be an adult and should know the applicant well. Verifiers cannot be family members. 

How to apply

  1. Apply for admission to Queen’s University
  2. Complete the Commitment Scholars application


The Commitment Scholars Application must be completed and submitted by February 15, 2022. The 2022-23 Commitment Scholars Application will be available in Fall 2021.

 Recipients will be notified by the end of April, 2022.


Please email us with any questions.

“The Commitment Scholars program recognizes our students’ commitments and significant contributions to racial justice, social justice and equity, diversity, inclusion and Indigenization in their schools, their communities, and at Queen’s. This program also reflects and supports our commitments to advancing EDII in recruitment and admissions.”
Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs

Commitment Bursary

A separate Commitment Bursary is available to students entering first year of any first-entry undergraduate degree program who self-identify as a member of an underserved or underrepresented group based on demonstrated financial need.  

The Commitment Bursaries will be offered at values between $2,000 and $5,000, renewable for three subsequent years.

Starting in Fall 2021, 365 members of the Class of 2025 will be receiving a total of $935,000 in each of their four years of study.

Applicants to Queen’s are encouraged to complete the Admission Bursary application on SOLUS by February 15, 2022.