Undergraduate Scholarships

King’s offers several types of scholarships and bursaries. All high school 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 March 1.

Transfer students are not eligible for entrance scholarships. Find more information on funding opportunities for transfer students.

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

You will be eligible for returning student scholarships in subsequent years of study. 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 awards@ukings.ca.

For all of the awards, please complete and submit the following:

  • all major award application forms;
  • an original essay (on the topic below);
  • your admission application and;
  • your mid-year grades.

Original Essay Topic

Some have said “there are no facts, only interpretations.

Write an essay that tries to explain what this controversial notion might mean. It could mean many things in many different contexts and you do not need to take up a strong agree/disagree position in your essay. Use only your own mind to examine the problem. What might lead a person to assert such a claim? Can you think of current or historical situations or debates that would lend weight to one side or the other? Do not do any research to find out what others have said on this topic, though you may engage authors or material you’ve already studied in your discussion, if this helps you to develop your own thinking. The strongest papers will examine the problem from more than one angle, show evidence of creative thinking, and express ideas in clear, structured, and interesting ways.

Instructions for submitting major entrance scholarship applications

  • Email your scholarship documents to awards@ukings.ca by March 1.
  • Please see the individual scholarship application forms for more details on submitting your documents.
  • There is a 500-word limit for essay submissions.
  • 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
March 1

“King’s has an intriguing program, and a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary approach that appealed to me.” – Ella Winham, 2020 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).

Apply [PDF] 2020 recipients Learn more

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: March 1

“I attended an education fair and a person from King’s was there, so I went over and we had an amazing conversation. From that moment, it became my dream to attend King’s.” – Rachel Pinhey, 2020 recipient

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

2020 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: March 1

“That moment on the phone call with my family around me was just so overwhelming… I was filled with such gratitude and joy.” – Sophia Wedderburn, 2020 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: March 1

“As soon as I heard about King’s, and I watched the YouTube video and read the pamphlet I immediately started writing the scholarship essay because I knew that that was the kind of place I wanted to be.” – Jessica Casey, 2020 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

Aidan Badcock-Parks, King’s badminton team member and 2020 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.

2020 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: March 1

“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

Apply [PDF] 2019 recipients

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: March 1

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

Apply [PDF]

Sylvia D. Hamilton Awards

Established by the university in honour of Professor Sylvia Hamilton’s retirement in 2020, the Sylvia D. Hamilton Award is valued $2,020 per year and is renewable for the duration of the degree (at full-time enrolment). The award is open to African Canadian students, with preference for African Nova Scotian students and to students in all programs, graduate and undergraduate, with preference for Journalism and MFA students. Students must meet academic entrance qualifications and have stated financial need. There are five new Sylvia D. Hamilton Awards available annually. To be considered for this award, please contact the Registrar’s Office at awards@ukings.ca.

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
  • Email your theatre resume and your letter of application to awards@ukings.ca 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 2021’ on each of the documents you send to us.

Deadline: March 1.

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.

External Scholarships

Loran Award

Value: Up to 36 awards annually, valued at $100,000 over four years of undergraduate studies
Open to: Canadian citizenship or permanent residents in their final year of uninterrupted full-time studies in high school or in your final year of uninterrupted full-time studies in Cegep (If you are planning to attend university outside of Québec after only one year of Cegep, you can apply in your first year of Cegep), who demonstrate character, a commitment to service, and leadership potential, be at least 16 years of age by September 1st of the following year, and present a minimum cumulative average of 85% or an R score equal to or higher than 29.
Award type: Renewed annually
Deadline: Opens after Labour Day and closes mid-October 2021

Find more information and eligibility criteria.

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.


Your resource for scholarships and awards

Catherine Read

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

awards@ukings.ca | 902 422-1271 ext. 193