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.


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 

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:

    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:
    up to $5000

    The President’s Indigenous Achievement Awards will be presented to Indigenous students demonstrating high academic achievement in disciplines related to Science, Technology, Environmental Science, Math and Indigenous Studies. Please check back on March 1, 2021 for more information on how to apply.

  • Value:

    Established as a tribute to alumnus, Andrew Keating, a Criminal Justice graduate of Nipissing University and a member of the North Bay Police Service. It recognizes a Lakers Men's volleyball student -athlete who best exemplifies the "Success 10" core values both on and off the court. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be in good academic standing. The recipient is selected by the Nipissing Lakers Men's Volleyball coaching staff, in consultation with the Student Awards Office.

  • Value:

    Presented to a full-time student over the previous year at Nipissing University in a History major, who has shown a strong interest in Local Community History, and is deemed most deserving by the History Department. Should a suitable candidate not be found, consideration is given to students showing a strong interest in Military History. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.

  • Value:

    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:

    Presented to a varsity athlete entering 2nd or 3rd year at Nipissing University who has demonstrated an exemplary level of extracurricular and voluntary activities. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.

  • Value:

    Awarded to a full-time student, entering the first year of an undergraduate degree program at Nipissing University, who attended a Muskoka region high school. The recipient shows strong leadership skills and must demonstrate financial need. Complete a Nipissing University Application for Entrance Awards available on the Student Financial Services website. Deadline: May 1

  • Value:
    tuition - 1st yr; renewed at $3000

    Offered in partnership with FIRST to up to 2 outstanding students entering any program at Nipissing University. Eligible recipients must have an admission average of at least 85% and must have participated on a high school FIRST Robotics Competition team within the last two years. The scholarship may not be held in addition to any other entrance scholarship or award. Renewable at $3000 for up to 3 additional years if an 85% average is maintained on a minumum 24 credits taken in fall/winter. Complete the Entrance Award application available on the Student Financial Services Website. Deadline: May 1

  • Value:

    Presented annually at convocation to a deserving graduating student majoring in Mathematics who has obtained a high average in his/her major. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and be a resident of Ontario as defined by OSAP.