Student Awards


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External Awards

External scholarships are offered by employers and organizations and often look at criteria other than academics such as athletics, extracurricular activities, leadership, community involvement, volunteer work, and areas of specialization.

External Awards are not funded by Queen’s University. The Student Awards Office cannot guarantee the accuracy or currency of the information listed on those websites not administered by Queen's. When searching for external scholarships and awards, please beware of phishing attempts and research external award organizations before providing any personal information.

General Information:

Often you must apply well in advance for an award for the next academic year, so start looking early!

You may be eligible for an external award from:

  • Some provincial governments offer scholarships to high school students continuing their studies at the post-secondary level.  For example:
    • British Columbia - Passport to Education
    • Alberta - The Alexander Rutherford Scholarships
  • Your parents' employer or union (e.g. Bell Canada, Lafarge Canada, NAV Canada, Weyerhaeser Canada)
  • Clubs or associations where you or your parents have membership (e.g. Rotary, Kinsmen, Masons, Cadets)
  • Businesses, organizations and interest groups dedicated to assisting specific categories of students. Criteria may include particular disciplines of study, visible minority groups, community involvement, and/or financial need 

Scholarship Databases:

Below are some scholarship databases that feature various scholarship offers for post-secondary students. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. Please refer directly to the organizational websites for specific criteria and deadlines.



Eligibility Information for Students Receiving an External Award

In order to remain eligible to retain an external award, students must remain in full-time studies for both the fall and winter academic terms. If a student drops below a full-time course load, the external organization will be contacted. It will be up to the discretion of the external organization to remove, pro-rate or allow the student to retain the full amount of the scholarship or award.

Information for External Award Organizations

Contact Information

Awards to be applied to a student’s tuition and fees can be made payable to Queen’s University. When writing the award cheque, ensure that you have included the student’s full name and 8-digit Queen’s Student ID number on or attached to the cheque. Please forward any award cheques and accompanying documents to the following address:

Student Awards Office Queen’s University

74 Union St. (Gordon Hall Room 125)

Kingston, Ontario K7L3N6

T4A Information

Unless otherwise instructed, Queen’s University will issue a T4A for all external awards processed by the Student Awards Office. If there is a policy requiring that T4As be produced by your organization, please include a letter accompanying the award cheque stating that a T4A will be produced by the external organization. This will prevent Queen’s from processing an additional T4A.

Partnerships with Award Organizations

We value our award partnerships.

Loran Award

The Loran Scholars Foundation finds and nurtures exceptional young Canadians who demonstrate character, service, and leadership potential. Since 1988, they have granted more than $50 million to over 2,900 students. Each year, they select up to 36 of the top students from approximately 5,000 applicants as Loran Scholars. Each scholar receives a renewable undergraduate award, comprised of an annual living stipend and matching tuition waiver from one of the foundation’s 25 partner universities and join the foundation in stewarding Loran Scholars throughout their studies; tri-sectoral summer internships funding (enterprise, public policy, and community development); one-on-one mentorship; and the opportunity to connect with other high-potential youth through scholar gatherings. The Loran Scholars Foundation also offer one-time finalist awards and provincial awards. These awards can be used at any public university in Canada.

Learn more about the Loran Award, including full eligibility requirements, and how and when to apply.

CIBC Future Heroes Bursary Program

In recognition of the legacy of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, CIBC has invested $500,000 over two academic years (2020/2021 and 2021/2022) in the education of tomorrow’s healthcare professionals. The CIBC Future Heroes Bursary Program will inspire and support the next generation in their ambition of having a career in healthcare. For the 2021/2022 academic year, one hundred and twenty five (125) entrance bursaries will be available to students entering into their first year of a first degree, be it a bachelor, diploma, or certificate, at an eligible institution, in an eligible program. Each scholarship is valued at $2,500 CAD for a one year award.

To learn more and apply, please visit:

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship programme was established in October 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge. Each year Gates Cambridge offers 80 full-cost scholarships to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. Approximately two-thirds of these awards will be offered to PhD students, with approximately 25 awards available in the US round and 55 available in the International round. The Gates Cambridge mission is to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. It aims to achieve this mission by selecting outstanding scholars, providing them with financial and non-financial support at one of the world’s leading universities and facilitating community building at and beyond Cambridge.

To learn more and apply, please visit:

McCall MacBain Scholars

Learn about fully funded graduate study opportunities!

The McCall MacBain Scholarships cover tuition and fees for an eligible master’s or professional program at McGill University, a living stipend of $2,000 a month, mentorship, and leadership development opportunities.  Learn more about the McCall MacBain Scholarship.

Up to 20 full scholarships and 60 entrance awards will be granted based on character, community engagement, leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, academic strength, and intellectual curiosity. Applications open in June 2021 for Fall 2022 admission.

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships are considered the oldest and most prestigious international scholarships for outstanding scholars from any academic field of study. Funded by the estate of Cecil J. Rhodes (the Rhodes Trusts), the Rhodes Scholarships support students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as 'leaders for the world's future'. Rhodes Scholarships are tenable for postgraduate studies or a second bachelor's degree at Oxford University, for two years with the possible extension of a third year.  Eleven Canadian Rhodes Scholars are chosen each year from among those nominated by Canadian Universities from across the country, including two scholarships in Ontario. A full statement of requirements and conditions is outlined on the application form which may be obtained from the Division of Student Affairs at Queen's University.

C.D. Howe Scholarship Endowment Fund National Engineering Scholarship

The C.D. Howe Scholarship Endowment Fund supports scholarships to students enrolled in a Bachelor of Engineering program in a Canadian university. Up to 2 scholarships will be available. These scholarships are valued at $7,500 CAD per year, tenable for up to 3 consecutive years or until first degree is obtained. Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Be entering the second year of a Bachelor of Engineering degree program in September
  • Have completed the first year program in a Canadian faculty of engineering and intend to continue their studies in engineering;
  • Have attained a first class standing as defined by the nominating institution