Scholarships, Bursaries, Awards, and Aid

Scholarships, Bursaries, Awards, and Aid

This section contains a diverse range of different types of financial support available for you on and off campus. The resources below are categorized by Awards, Grants, and Aid, and are catered to your unique QTBIPoC identities. Click one below to learn more about it! 

 

 

AWARDS

Queen’s offers first-generation candidates, including Pathways to Education students, Crown Wards, and members of the Boys and Girls Club Raising the Grade program, an alternative admission pathway to the first year of a full-time, first-entry undergraduate degree program.                              
                                    
                                    
                                    
 

The highest tribute awarded to a student for valuable and distinguished service to the University in non-athletic, extra curricular actives. These services may be limited to a specific field or a wide range of activities.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    
 

Awarded annually by the Alma Mater Society to a self-identified person of colour who has shown leadership and initiative at Queen's in the areas of anti-racism and anti-oppression with the aim of creating a more inclusive campus environment.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    
 

An extensive initiative designed to reduce financial barriers and increase access to Queen's for local, first, generation students. Program provides financial, academic, and career support to help students complete their degree. In the Fall of 2021, there will be 5 awards available.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    

This award is granted annually by the HREO to recognize initiatives that have made a significant contribution to promoting equality and human rights at Queen's.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    

                                    

This award recognizes the efforts of faculty, staff, and students promoting accessibility for persons with disabilities on campus.                                  
                                    
                                    
                                    

                                    

This award is sponsored by a registered charitable trust that provides scholarships to gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, two spirited, and queer students who are in financial need and studying at a higher level institution in Ontario to attain their first degree or diploma.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    
                                  
                                    
                                    
                                    

The National Union of public and general employees awards scholarships to marginalized people demonstrating a desire to promote an equitable work environment. Applicants must be the (foster) children or grandchildren of the National Union's Component unions or affiliates, self-identify as LGBTQ2IS, must be entering first year of study, and submit a 750-1000 word essay regarding a topic.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    
                                  
                                    
                                    
                                    

Nicole Osayande, Cmp’21, Tri-Colour Award Recipient

Nicole aimed to create an inclusive campus by founding the Queen’s Student Diversity Project and collaborating with the Division of Student Affairs to help members of the university community, local high schools across Canada, and youth groups educate themselves on EDI issues. She served as president for three years and built up a team of more than 30 students that encouraged BIPoC students to consider applying to Queen’s. Nicole was also the first Black and female-identifying don for the Computer Science LLC floor in residence.

The National Union of public and general employees awards scholarships to marginalized people demonstrating a desire to promote an equitable work environment. Applicants must be the (foster) children or grandchildren of the National Union's Component unions or affiliates, self-identify as Black, must be entering first year of study, and submit a 750-1000 word essay regarding a topic.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    
                                
                                    
                                    
                                    

The largest scholarship fund available for Indigenous Students in Canada. Prospective Indigenous students can complete one application to be eligible for all of the scholarships Indspire has to offer. Indspire allocates 8 million dollars worth of funding to Indigenous students scholarships,  and offers three application deadlines through out the year.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    
                                  
                                    
                                    
                                    

The Ottawa Community Foundation offers annual awards to Black youth in the Ottawa community to recognize the pursuit of academic excellence and community leadership.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    
                                   
                                    
                                    
                                    

The Jean Lumb Foundation offers 15 annual scholarships to Grade 12 students of Chinese heritage. Scholarships are offered to students who achieve excellence in one or more of 7 areas, which include: academics, the arts, athletics, community service, environmental sustainability, dignity of life, and innovation. Each award is posted at $1000.                                    
                                    
                                    
                                    
                                 
                                    
                                    
                                    
                                  
                                    
                                    
                                    

A highly reputed award presented to BIPoC students interested in pursuing a career in banking or finance in the RBC Capital Markets Diversity Scholarship. There are 8 scholarships valued at $5000 available for women, 2SLGBTQ+, folks, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Funds are also complemented with a summer job, mentorship, and coaching opportunities.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    
                                  
                                    
                                    
                                

These awards aim to support students who show commitment to strengthening their communities through celebrating their own identity, overcoming personal challenges and in engaging in leadership work. The awards are open to any student from grade 9 to post secondary. Students can fill out a short quiz to be matched with compatible scholarships.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    
                                 
                                    
                                    
                                    

The Horatio Alger Indigenous Achievement Scholarship is for Indigenous students starting a four year post-secondary program in the Fall. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be First Nation (status and non-status), Inuit and Métis high school students, enrolled full-time in a high school within Canada, have a valid Social Insurance Number, and must maintain a 2.0 GPA.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    
               

Promise Scholars

“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
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GRANTS

Andrew McCulloch (BA 1871, MA 1874) died at Thorold, Ontario in 1929. In his will, he bequeathed to Queen’s University a number of valuable securities. He directed that the income from these securities should be used to fund three awards, each to honour one of his three daughters. The Andrina McCulloch Award was first given in 1941 and is still presented annually for the promotion and encouragement of public speaking at Queen’s. Each competitor must present two speeches: the compulsory speech and an original speech (prepared or impromptu).                                    
                                    
                                    
                                    
 

The Brockington Visitorship is an annual endowment used to invite persons of distinction to be Brockington Visitors. Successful applicants will make all arrangements for the visits and be responsible for the reception of the Brockington Visitor(s) while on campus. After the visit, the hosts will report to the Provost's Advisory Committee for the Promotion of the Arts on the expenditure of the allotted funds and on the activities of the Brockington Visitor(s).                                    
                                    
                                    
                                    
 

The purpose of the Chancellor Dunning Trust Visitorship is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the supreme importance of the dignity, freedom and responsibility of the individual person in human society by inviting persons of distinction to be the Chancellor Dunning Trust Visitor. Successful applicants will make all arrangements for the visits and be responsible for the reception of the Chancellor Dunning Trust Visitor(s) while on campus. After the visit, the hosts will report to the Provost’s Advisory Committee for the Promotion of the Arts on the expenditure of the allotted funds and on the activities of the Chancellor Dunning Trust Visitor(s).                                    
                                    
                                    
                                    
 

The purpose of the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund is to provide grants for the stimulation of the arts at Queen's University. Specifically, it is intended to support public performances and exhibitions for the benefit of the Queen's and broader Kingston communities. Successful applicants will make all arrangements for the projects and be responsible for the reception of visitors while on campus. After the completion of the projects, the applicants will report to the Provost's Advisory Committee for the Promotion of the Arts on the expenditure of the allotted funds and on the activities of the projects.                                    
                                    
                                    
                                    
 

The purpose of the Robert Sutherland Visitorship is to enable dialogue and inspire action around race-related, equity and justice issues in order to shape our citizens of tomorrow by inviting persons of distinction to be Robert Sutherland Visitors. Successful applicants will make all arrangements for the visits or events and be responsible for the reception of the Robert Sutherland Visitors while on campus.                                    
                                    
                                    
                                    
 

Equity grants are provided to compensate students for their commitment to anti-oppression and social justice activism. Grants are awarded based on community outreach, educational campaigns, and awareness raising projects. Contact the Social Issues Commissioner for more information.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    
 

An initiative that recognizes anti-Black racism at Queen's by providing monetary support for Black history month as well as Black student groups on campus. Clubs are eligible for this grant if celebration, advocacy, education relating to Black identities and Blackness is at the core of the organization's mandate. Contact the Social Issues Commissioner for more information.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    

Robert Sutherland Visitorship
The purpose of the Robert Sutherland Visitorship is to enable dialogue and inspire action around race-related, equity and justice issues in order to shape our citizens of tomorrow by inviting persons of distinction to be Robert Sutherland Visitors. Successful applicants will make all arrangements for the visits or events and be responsible for the reception of the Robert Sutherland Visitors while on campus.                                    
                                    

AID

The Indigenous Student Wellness and Healing Bursary allocates $5000 of grants to Indigenous students studying at Queen's University to increase access to resources and support needed for wellness.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    
 

Racialized and first-generation students can access financial support through the Ester Margaret Harrison Awards for Black Canadian Students, the renewable Ester Margaret Harrison Awards for Visible Minority/Racialized Students, and the Ester Margaret Harrison Award for First Generation Students. See the student awards website for more details.                                  
                                    
                                    
                                    
 

A resource that provides information about support and services (academics, financial, housing, well-being, role models) for Indigenous students interested in, or already attending, a university in Ontario.                                    
                                    
                                    
                                    
 

ASUS is committed to removing financial barriers that prevent students from being able to participate in learning opportunities, traditions, and events. Students can fill out the form and identify what they need financial aid for (i.e. jackets, formal, etc.) Aid is assessed each month and distributed accordingly.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    
 

A program where students in financial need can get meal tokens loaded on their student cards. Contact the Ban Righ Centre for more details.                                     
                                    
                                    
                                    
 

The Food Bank Provides confidential and non-judgmental food services to Queen's students so they can be sufficiently nourished to pursue academic excellence. Volunteers staff the food bank and coordinate marketing, outreach, and fundraising events.                                    
                                    
                                    
                                    
 

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