Undergraduate Scholarships

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General entrance scholarships

Apply to King’s by March 1 to be automatically considered for a general entrance scholarship, valued between $2000 and $3500:

  • 85-89.9%: $2000

  • 90-94.9%: $2500

  • 95%+: $3500

Major entrance scholarships

King’s offers the following scholarships for which special applications are required.

Please see the award descriptions below for scholarship-specific application forms and details. For all of the awards, please complete and submit the following:

  • all major award application forms by January 15;
  • an original essay (on the below topic); and
  • your admission application and your mid-year grades to the Registrar’s Office by March 1.

Original Essay Topic

“Let this variety of ideas be set before him; he will choose if he can; if not, he will remain in doubt. Only the fools are certain and assured.”
– Michel de Montaigne, Of the Education of Children.

Address these questions in your essay:

  • What is the value of doubt?
  • Why do you think certainty might be foolish?
  • How might understanding a variety of ideas help us make better choices?

Please assume that your reader knows who the author of the quotation is. Focus your essay on responding to the question; you do not need to devote much space to biographical detail.

Instructions for submitting major entrance scholarship applications

Email your scholarship documents to catherine.read@ukings.ca by January 15. Please see the individual scholarship application forms for more details on submitting your documents.

Use this format for the name of your essay file: [Last Name,First Name]_Essay. For example: Smith,Joe_Essay.

Donald R. Sobey Family Scholarships

www.donaldsobeyfamilyscholarships.ca

These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, proven leadership skills, and involvement in school and/or community activities. The scholarship is valued at $50,000 over four years. Applicants must be Canadian citizens and be first-year students entering the University of King’s College (preference given to students entering the Foundation Year Program).

If the Donald R. Sobey Family Scholarship Committee judges any two or more scholarship applicants to be equally deserving, preference will be given to candidates living in the Atlantic Provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island). To apply, complete and submit the application form and essay to catherine.read@ukings.ca by January 15.

Carrie and Ralph Wright Memorial Scholarship

The Carrie and Ralph Wright Memorial Scholarship is a renewable scholarship valued at $39,000 ($12,000 Foundation Year and $9,000 each upper year). It is awarded for academic excellence to a student entering the Foundation Year Program. Please note: there is no application form for this award, but you must still submit your original essay on the topic provided. Please title your essay file using this format: [Last Name,First Name]_Essay. For example: Smith,Joe_Essay. Email your essay to catherine.read@ukings.ca.

Established through the generosity of alumna, Judith Kaye Wright, BA’64, in loving memory of her parents, Carrie and Ralph Wright.

Prince Scholarship

The Prince Scholarship is open to an African Nova Scotian student entering the Foundation Year Program at the University of King’s College, enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) or Bachelor of Music degree program. It is valued at $6,000 per year and is renewable for up to three years, provided that the student maintains the required academic standing for a scholarship (total value $24,000). Learn more.

Dr. Carrie Best Scholarship

This award honours Dr. Carrie Best, in recognition of her contributions to journalism and social activism. Indigenous students in Canada and Black Canadian students applying to enter the BJH, BA, BSc, or BMus programs at King’s are eligible to apply for this award, valued at $20,000 over four years. Learn more.

Colin Starnes Award

The University of King’s College offers this award in honour of past president Dr. Colin Starnes. It is awarded on academic merit and demonstrated financial need. Each year this award is given to a deserving and capable Nova Scotian student who, without financial assistance, may not otherwise be able to attend King’s.

This award is open to a first-year student entering the Foundation Year Program and who has graduated from a Nova Scotia high school. It is valued at full tuition plus incidental fees. It is non-renewable, but the recipient is automatically considered for in-course scholarships after first year. To apply, complete and submit the application form and essay to catherine.read@ukings.ca by January 15.

Harrison McCain Scholar-Bursary

High school graduates in Canada (preference given to Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents of Canada) are eligible for the Harrison McCain Scholar-Bursary, valued at $16,000 over four years. Applicants are required to have a minimum admission average of 80%, documented financial need and a recognized initiative in funding their own education. To apply, complete and submit the application form and essay to catherine.read@ukings.ca by January 15.

Other entrance scholarships

Debra Deane and Robert Little Academic Scholarships for Varsity Athletes

The Debra Deane and Robert Little Academic Scholarships for Varsity Athletes recognize academic achievement and athletic ability of King’s scholar-athletes. The Scholarships are awarded annually to students who are entering the Foundation Year Program and participating in varsity athletics at King’s who demonstrate excellence in scholastic and athletic activities. The scholarships are valued at $5,000 each and are renewable up to three years (total value $20,000).

Application details

Applicants who are in scholarship standing, have submitted an admission application by March 1 and have been recommended by the Director of Athletics will be considered. You can contact the Athletics department by completing the athletics recruitment form. No separate scholarship application is required.

Reminder: Your mid-year grades must be submitted to the King’s Registrar’s Office by March 1.

King’s Theatrical Society Award

The King’s Theatrical Society Award was created in recognition of the outstanding contribution of the King’s Theatrical Society to the King’s community. This award is for entering students who have demonstrated service and initiative within their local theatre community. Students who are in scholarship standing are eligible.

There will be one award of $2,000 and three awards of $1,000, which may be awarded on their own or in combination with other entrance awards.

Application details

Applicants who are in scholarship standing will be considered.  Please complete and submit the following:

  • your admission application and your mid-year grades must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by March 1;
  • resume; and
  • personal statement.

Note: Your resume and personal statement should reference your contribution to theatre in your school and/or community.

Please include your full name, address, date of birth, Banner student ID number (ie. B00) in the body of your email. In the subject heading of your email, please use the following format: (Last Name, First Name) KTS Award Application.  For example: Smith, Joe_KTS_Award_Application. Email your scholarship documents to catherine.read@ukings.ca by January 15.

Reminder: Your mid-year grades must be submitted to the King’s Registrar’s Office by March 1.

Choral and organ scholarships

Choral and organ scholarships for King’s and Dalhousie University students are awarded each year based on merit, as demonstrated during the student’s audition. These scholarships range from $400 to $4,000 per academic year.

Auditioning details

Candidates should submit the following materials as soon as possible in the academic year prior to their entry at King’s/Dalhousie:

Choristers: A recording of you performing two pieces of sacred music along with a brief description of any previous choral experience.

Organists: A recording of you performing two organ pieces, including one by J.S. Bach, along with a brief description of previous organ experience. Based on the submitted materials, an in-person audition may be set up at a time that is mutually convenient, between September and July of the year prior to the candidate’s entry to King’s.

Recordings and accompanying material can be submitted electronically to Paul Halley with a copy to the choir manager, Vanessa Halley or by mail:

Paul Halley
Director of Music
University of King’s College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 2A1

Please note that recordings need not be professionally made; all that is required is a clear sound quality.

Reminder: Your mid-year grades must be submitted to the King’s Registrar’s Office by March 1.

Questions?

Catherine Read

Assistant Registrar – Institutional Research and Awards, Registrar's Office

catherine.read@ukings.ca | 902 422-1271 ext. 193