Undergraduate Scholarships

King’s offers several types of scholarships and bursaries. All students who apply to King’s by March 1 will automatically be considered for a general entrance scholarship, valued between $2000 and $3500. Beyond general entrance scholarships, King’s has major entrance scholarships that range in value from $16,000 – $50,000. Major entrance scholarships require special applications which must be submitted by January 15 and should be approximately 500 words.

General entrance scholarships

Apply to King’s by March 1 to be considered for these scholarships, valued between $2000 and $3500 based on your final marks:

  • 85-89.9%: $2000

  • 90-94.9%: $2500

  • 95%+: $3500

These awards may be renewed in following years if you maintain the scholarship standing. Learn more about returning student scholarships.

Major entrance scholarships

Consult the scholarship criteria for each of our major scholarships. To apply for these scholarships, you’ll need to: 1) complete an original essay and 2) download* and submit any relevant award application forms. You can apply for multiple major scholarships.

*Please note: the application forms cannot be filled in on a web browser and then saved. Make sure to download the application form first, and then use an application like the free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or Preview to type in your answers. Alternatively, you can print the forms, handwrite in your answers, scan the completed pages, and email in the files.

To ensure that your information is being properly captured by your device, test it out first: type in an answer in the fillable section, save your changes, close the PDF, and then reopen the file. If your answers have been properly saved, proceed to complete the form. If you have any questions, contact Catherine Read at catherine.read@ukings.ca.

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);
  • your admission application by January 15, 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

Value: $50,000 ($17,000 for the first year, $11,000 for each of the next three years)
Open to: Canadian citizens entering their first year (preference given to students entering the Foundation Year Program) who demonstrate academic excellence, proven leadership skills, and involvement in school and/or community activities
Award type: renewable
Deadline: January 15

“When I got the scholarship it just sort of… it all kind of clicked into place. I let myself sort of accept that this was what I really wanted to do, and I could not be happier that I’m here.” – Saskia Laufer, 2019 recipient

Please note: 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).

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Carrie and Ralph Wright Memorial Scholarship

Value: $39,000 ($12,000 Foundation Year, $9,000 each upper year)
Open to: students entering the Foundation Year Program who demonstrate academic excellence
Award type: renewable
Deadline: January 15

“I always dreamed of receiving a scholarship of this size but I never thought I’d achieve it. I’m very grateful.” – Cassandra Burbine, 2019 recipient

Please note: there is no application form for this award, but you must still submit your original essay on the topic provided.

2019 recipient

Prince Scholarship

Value: $24,000 ($6,000 per year)
Open to: African Nova Scotian students entering the Foundation Year Program
Award type: renewable
Deadline: January 15

“I’m grateful for the fact that I can rely on this scholarship to focus fully on my studies. It’s a monetary weight lifted, and I plan to make the most of it.” – Isabella Jeffries, 2019 recipient

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Dr. Carrie Best Scholarship

Value: $20,000 ($5,000 per year)
Open to: Black Canadian students and Indigenous students in Canada
Award type: renewable
Deadline: January 15

“I write fiction, poems and screenplays, and my dream is to sustain myself on writing alone. I researched King’s, and it was the only university I applied to.” – Simone Reade, 2019 recipient

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Debra Deane and Robert Little Academic Scholarships for Varsity Athletes

Value: $20,000 ($5,000 per year)
Open to: students in scholarship standing who are entering the Foundation Year Program and participating in varsity athletics, and can demonstrate excellence in scholastic and athletic activities
Award type: renewable
Deadline: mid-year grades must be submitted to King’s Registrar’s Office by March 1

“It allows me to continue my studies . . . and be able to take steps toward my future knowing that I have the support and confidence of two outstanding donors who contributed this award,” – Luke Dyment, 2019 recipient

Please note: To be considered, you must have submitted an admission application by March 1 and have been recommended by the Director of Athletics. You can contact the Athletics department by completing the athletics recruitment form.

2019 Recipients Recruitment Form

Harrison McCain Award

Value: $16,000 ($4,000 per year)
Open to: Canadian high school graduates (preference given to Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents of Canada) who have a minimum admission average of 80 per cent, documented financial need and a recognized initiative in funding their own education Award type: renewable
Deadline: January 15

“I called my mom and told her to come to the store, and when I told her we both cried. The scholarship was the difference between university or no university. It’s an honour to receive it.”– Eliza Murray, 2019 recipient

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Colin Starnes Award

Value: Full tuition plus incidental fees
Open to: first-year Nova Scotian students that demonstrate academic merit who, without financial assistance, may not otherwise be able to attend King’s
Award type: non-renewable
Deadline: January 15

Please note: This award is non-renewable, but the recipient is automatically considered for in-course scholarships after first year.

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Theatre scholarships

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 with an average of 80% or higher 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

  • Apply for admission to King’s
  • Mail to the address below 3 copies of a theatre résumé and your letter of application. Please make sure these documents describe the following:
    • Your contribution to theatre in your school and/or community.
    • The challenges you have faced during your involvement with theatre and the ways in which you have responded to those challenges.
  • Please include your full name, address, date of birth, Banner student ID number (begins with B00 and was assigned to you when you applied for admission to King’s) and ‘KTS Award Application 2019’ on each of the documents you send to us.

Deadline: Postmarked by 15 January.

Choral and organ scholarships

Choral and organ scholarships for King’s and Dal 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 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

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

Entrance awards for U.S. citizens

The following 2 awards are open to students with U.S. citizenship (not U.S.-Canadian dual citizenship). Both are renewable for up to 4 years, and you will automatically be considered based on the information you provide in your application.

Weldon Award

Named for Susanna Weldon who donated her collection of over 300 pieces of pottery and porcelain to the university, this award is valued at $2,250 annually. As a result of Susanna Weldon’s donation, King’s has one of the oldest ceramics collections in Canada.

Mather Byles Award

Named for Mather Byles, the rector of Christ Church in Boston until the War of Independence, the Mather Byles Award is valued at $2,250 annually. After the war, Mather Byles moved to Halifax and served as chaplain to the garrison. This award acknowledges King’s historic link to the U.S. through Columbia University in New York and the loyalists who left that institution to found King’s.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are not eligible for entrance scholarships. They are eligible for in-course scholarships once they’ve completed a full year of study at the University of King’s College. In your first year as a transfer student, you can apply for bursaries and external awards.

We also provide funding based on financial need.

Bursaries

Your resource for scholarships and awards

Catherine Read

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

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