Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards: in-course

(Based only on academics)

In-course scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit to full-time undergraduate students who have completed at least one full year of study at Nipissing University. Generally, an application is not required. Students must be registered ​to receive a scholarship, which is generally paid out in January. Weighted grades are used to determine eligibility for a scholarship; please check this section to confirm eligibility requirements for specific programs.

(Based on financial need and/or other criteria)

Provided to students on the basis of financial need or some combination of extra-curric​​ular involvement, academics, demonstrated leadership ability, volunteerism or other similar criterion plus financial need. To ​​demonstrate financial need, students must self-identify by applying for any/all of the following: OSAP (or other government student loan program), the Web Bursary Program, or the Work Study program.

Separate applications are not generally required for most of our bursaries and awards; if you feel you will require some additional financial assistance during the fall and winter session simply complete the online Web Bursary ap​plication which can be found on Web Advisor the month of October (it is due November 1). As part of our commitment to the Student Access Guarantee, bursary assistance may be provided, if warranted, to ensure that tuition and book costs are met.

To find more information on the  bursaries and awards offered at Nipissing University, please complete the chart, below.

Disclaimer:

Nipissing University assumes liability for the payment of scholarships, bursaries and other awards only to the extent that expected gifts from donors or returns from particular investments of endowed funds are realized. The University reserves the right to make whatever changes circumstances may require, including the amendment of monetary value, selection criteria and the cancellation of particular awards. Information on the current status of any of these may be obtained by contacting the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office or by visiting the Nipissing University website at www.nipissingu.ca/studentfinancialservices. 

Students who feel that their individual circumstances are not being fairly considered when determining eligibility for the aforementioned scholarships, bursaries and awards have the right to submit a written appeal explaining their circumstances to the Undergraduate Services and Awards Committee.​

  • Value:
    $1000

    Established to honour the life of Nipissing University alumna, Abby DeBruyn, in recognition of her dedication and passion for education. The award is presented to a graduating Bachelor of Education student in the intermediate/senior division. The recipient demonstrates leadership qualities and an enthusiasm for the program, both inside and outside the classroom. The recipient must also demonstrate financial need and must be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.

  • Value:
    $300

    Established to honour Nipissing alumna, Brook Doseger. The award is presented annually to a graduate of the Bachelor of Education (Consecutive or Concurrent) program who demonstrates a passion for children's literature (eg. volunteer work, leadership, authorship), care and compassion for fellow learners and one who contributes to the enrichment of the Nipissing community. The recipient is nominated by his/her peers and selected by the Schulich School of Education Student Awards Committee.

  • Value:
    $425

    Awarded to a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration program who has a minimum average of 70% and demonstrated financial need. The recipient must be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Apply on the online Web Bursary application which can be found on WebAdvisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1

  • Value:
    $875

    Presented to a full-time student who excelled in the Introduction to Small Business Administration course (ADMN 3306E). The recipient must demonstrate financial need. Students must be nominated by their Department. The recipient must demonstrate financial need.

  • Value:
    $425

    Presented annually to a full-time second, third or fourth year student enrolled in the Computer Science program with a minimum average of 70%. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.

  • Value:
    $525

    Established by the North Bay Normal School Class of 1946 in memory of their teacher, Miss Grace Morgan, this bursary is presented to a full-time student in the Bachelor of Education Primary/Junior Division who demonstrates financial need and who is a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Apply on the Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $400

    Established by the graduating class of 2002, this bursary is presented annually, on the basis of financial need, to a full-time Nipissing University student. Apply on the Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $500

    Established by the graduating class of 2003, it is presented annually, on the basis of financial need, to a full-time Nipissing University student. The recipient must also be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Complete a Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $525

    Established by the graduating class of 2004, it is presented annually on the basis of financial need. The recipient must also be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Apply on the Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $450

    Established by the graduating class of 2005, it is presented annually, on the basis of financial need, to a full-time Nipissing University student. The recipient must also be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Apply on the Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $650

    Established by the graduating class of 2006, it is presented annually, on the basis of financial need, to a full-time Nipissing University student. The recipient must also be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Apply on the Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $575

    Established by the graduating class of 2007, this award is presented annually, on the basis of financial need, to a full-time Nipissing University student. The recipient must also be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Apply on the Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $325

    Established by the graduating class of 2006, it is presented annually, on the basis of financial need, to a full-time Nipissing University student who is also a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Complete a Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $600

    Presented to a full-time Bachelor of Business Administration - Organizational Studies student at Nipissing University. The recipient must have a minimum 70% average and should demonstrate an enthusiasm for and dedication to furthering corporate social responsibility. The recipient must demonstrate financial need. Complete a Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $800

    Awarded on the basis of financial need to a full time student enrolled in a graduate program at Nipissing University. Apply on the Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor Oct. 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1

  • Value:
    $500

    Established in memory of David Cybulski by his friends and family. David was a third year Environmental Science Physical Geography major who co-founded the Environmental Action Committee on campus. This award is presented to an upper year student in an Environmental program, with preference to students in the Environmental Science Physical Geography or Bachelor of Science Environmental Geography programs. The recipient must be actively involved in protecting the natural environment, show strong academic standing, demonstrate financial need and must be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Complete a Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $275

    Established in memory of Bud and Neil Davies, this bursary is presented to a full-time student enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program at Nipissing University who demonstrates financial need. Complete a Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $425

    Presented to the student with the highest admittance average who was a graduate of Nipissing University and who is enrolled in the Junior/Intermediate or Intermediate/Senior Division of the full-time Bachelor of Education program with Math or Science as a teachable. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.

  • Value:
    $950

    Awarded on the basis of academic merit to selected full time students from the Muskoka region entering their first year of an undergraduate degree program at Nipissing University. To be considered, students must apply for admission to Nipissing University by May 1. Complete a Nipissing University Application for Entrance Awards available on our website. Deadline: May 1

  • Value:
    $2300

    Awarded to selected students in the Primary-Junior Division of the full-time Bachelor of Education program with a minimum admittance average of 80%. Recipients must demonstrate financial need and be residents of Ontario as defined by OSAP.

  • Value:
    $475

    Established in memory of Elijah Tupling (BEd 08/09) and awarded to a pre-service teacher who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to his/her role as a Professional Learning Assistant within the Professional Learning Program. The recipient must show empathy and strong interpersonal skills. Awarded on the basis of financial need. The recipient must also be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.

  • Value:
    $450

    Presented annually to two new full-time Nipissing University students who attended an Ontario CAAT (College of Applied Art and Technology) during the previous academic year. Eligible students are considered based on two factors: 1) a minimum overall B+ average from College, and 2) evidence of financial need. The recipient must be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Complete a Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $600

    Presented annually to two full-time undergraduate students (not including Consecutive Education students) who demonstrate hard work and enthusiasm in their classroom. Recipients are selected by the Undergraduate Services and Awards Committee based on nominations collected from the Nipissing University community and must demonstrate financial need and be residents of Ontario as defined by OSAP.

  • Value:
    $625

    Presented annually to a full-time student in the Faculty of Arts and Science on the basis of financial need. The recipient must also be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Complete a Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $300

    Presented to a graduating student, either part-time or full-time, in each major. The recipients are chosen by the respective faculty of each major, primarily on the basis of academic achievement. Each student must have a minimum 80% average in the course used to calculate the average in his/her major. The majority of credits (24 for three-year degree students and 48 for four-year degree students) must have been earned at Nipissing University. Students with a double major are only eligible to receive one J.W. Trusler Award.

  • Value:
    $300

    Presented to six graduating students as selected by the faculty of each division, based primarily on academic achievement and for excellence in practice teaching. The number of awards for the Primary/Junior, Junior/Intermediate, and Intermediate/Senior Divisions is proportionate to the number of sections in each division.

  • Value:
    $4325

    Presented to a full-time second, third or fourth year Bachelor of Business Administration student with an excellent academic record who also demonstrates financial need and is a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.

  • Value:
    $1600

    Presented to a third or fourth year student in the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) program on the basis of academic merit and financial need. The recipient must also be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Complete a Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $4375

    Awarded annually to two full-time, female students who are currently enrolled in second, third or fourth year of the Bachelor of Business Administration program. The recipients will have earned a minimum 70% average and will have contributed significantly to the local community on a voluntary basis in one or more of the following areas: Business, Athletics, and/or Community Support. The recipients are selected by the Business Faculty and must demonstrate financial need and be residents of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Complete a Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $500

    Established in memory of Shelby Dickey, a Nipissing University student and accomplished member of the Nipissing Nordic Ski team. The award recognizes a female member of the Nipissing Nordic varsity ski team who demonstrates excellence in athletics, academics, and leadership. The recipient is selected by the Nipissing Lakers Nordic Skiing coach staff, in consultation with the Student Financial Aid office.

  • Value:
    $825

    Established by a group of retired educators in Sudbury and surrounding area in memory of Susan Stuart, a professor at Nipissing University who passed away in January, 2019. As a professor of mathematics in the Schulich School of Education, Susan's talents extended far beyond the classroom. She developed and authored many teacher resources and she worked with Nipissing to provide training for educators in other countries. She was very passionate about giving back and her volunteerism speaks volumes. OAME, Sudbury Teachers' Lions and CFUW Sudbury benefited greatly from her hours of work to benefit others. The award is presented to a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program who has displayed a positive attitude to teaching; a willingness to assist fellow classmates; and exemplary volunteer, leadership and citizenship qualities. The recipient is nominated by the Schulich School of Education and must demonstrate financial need and be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.

  • Value:
    $1000

    Designed to further strengthen research as part of scholarship at Nipissing University. The awards are presented to selected upper year students enrolled in eligible courses participating in research activities. Values depend on need demonstrated in budget. Recipients must also be residents of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Applications are available on the Student Financial Services website and are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Final deadline: April 1.

  • Value:
    $2000

    Awarded in support of the donor's community initiatives and in conjunction with the Nipissing University Alumni Advisory Board. It is presented to a student in the Master of Environmental Science program who has demonstrated financial need and community involvement. Preference is given to a student who has previously graduated from an undergraduate program at Nipissing. Complete a Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $500

    Awarded in support of the donor's community initiatives and in conjunction with the Nipissing University Alumni Advisory Board. It is presented to a student in the Bachelor of Social Work program who has demonstrated financial need and community involvement. Complete a Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1.

  • Value:
    $1500

    Presented to selected students entering second, third or fourth year at Nipissing University with at least an overall "B" average, who are in one or more of the following categories: 1) they devote significant efforts to volunteer activities to benefit the North Bay or Nipissing University community; 2) they display admirable leadership qualities in the community, in student government, or in other student activities; 3) they actively participate in extra-curricular activities. Selection of the successful candidate is made by the Undergraduat Student Services and Awards Committee. The recipients must demonstrate financial need and be residents of Ontario as defined by OSAP. Nominations are requested from the University community(faculty, staff, and students) in October.

  • Value:
    $400

    Established from the proceeds of the screening of That Beautiful Somewhere, a film based on the novel by Dr. William Plumstead. It is presented to a full-time student majoring in English with a strong academic standing in the Creative Writing: Prose Fiction course (ENGL 3517). The recipient must also demonstrate financial need and be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.

  • Value:
    $1175

    Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who is pursuing research in partnership with an Indigenous community located within the Treaty No. 9 region. Recipients must demonstrate financial need. The final decision is made by the Undergraduate Services and Awards Committee. Apply on the Web Bursary application available on Web Advisor October 1. Deadline: 4:00 pm November 1. An additional reference form, available from the Financial Aid Office, must also be completed.