Scholarships & Bursaries

The cost of a university education can often be supported through scholarship and bursary programs that offer students an opportunity to apply for monies based on academic merit, financial need or other specific criteria. Through their own hard work and commitment, students entering all academic schools at CBU earn scholarships that are generated through the generosity of donors who contribute to the university’s fundraising efforts. Each year, CBU offers over $1.8 million in scholarships to students beginning their academic careers at Cape Breton University.

For more information on CBU’s scholarships and bursaries, continue reading.

Entrance Scholarships

(Domestic and International Students)

Please note applications for 2019 have now closed. 

All entering students who wish to be considered for entrance scholarships/bursaries must submit the following in addition to the admission application.

  • Official transcript submitted to CBU Admissions
  • Financial need application for those interested in bursaries

High School Students

  • No failures in Grade 11 or 12 courses
  • Average is based on all AC & AD Grade 11 courses and all AC & AD completed Grade 12 courses after first semester
  • Average for international students entering directly from high school will be determined by Cape Breton University
  • ESL conditional offers must attend a CBU English language partner school to have award honoured

Articulation Agreement Students

  • Articulation agreements (both domestic & international) qualify
  • Students must be currently enrolled in their program of transfer
  • ESL conditional offers must attend a CBU English language partner school to have award honoured
  • Minimum 80% average as determined by CBU to be eligible with no failures 

Major Entrance Scholarships

*A limited number of the following awards will be offered

Name Total Amount Yearly Amount
Chancellor’s $30,000 $7,500
President’s $20,000 $5,000
Deans’ $10,000 $2,500
Fitzgerald* $20,000 $5,000
Schwartz $14,000 $3,500
W.M. Reid $11,500 $4K & $2.5K
Orpha Thayer-Scott* $10,000 $2,500

*Available only when other students not in receipt of the award

Other Entrance Scholarships

There are a range of scholarships from $500 per year to $2,000 per year that will also be offered after a review of applicants. For all Indigenous Student Scholarships, please contact 

In-Course Scholarships

Cape Breton University offers a number of in-course awards to students  after completing one year of study at CBU (minimum 24 credits). There is no application required for most of these awards as they are based solely on academic grades and provided to students who are not in receipt of a renewable scholarship. Any award requiring a separate application will be posted to the applications section of the awards site. Recipients will be contacted after the Fall/Winter semester to inform them they are in receipt of the award.


Cape Breton University offers both entrance and in-course bursaries. Students entering directly from high school or directly from an articulation agreement partner who wish to be considered for an entrance bursary must complete a financial form to determine their financial need. Current CBU students must complete the in-course bursary application which is available between mid-November and closes mid-January each year. In-course bursaries are awarded in second semester and are based on financial need.

Work Study Bursary Program

A new program for 2017-18 will see students with financial need have the opportunity to apply for on-campus positions.
Work Study Information
Work Study Application

Current External Award Opportunities

  • None available at this time

Pro-Rating over calendar year on number of credits

Please note all scholarships are pro-rated based on the number of credits a student is enrolled in each semester.

E.g. 1 – President’s Scholarship = $5,000 per year. A student enrolled in 30 credits will receive $5,000, a student enrolled in 24 credits will receive $4,000.

Student’s completing courses during the Spring/Summer semester can request have scholarship dollars appiled to their account.

E.g. Student takes 24 credits in the Fall/Winter term with the President’s Scholarships they will receive $4,000.  Student maintains 80% average over duration of calendar year and takes 6 credits in the Spring/Summer term, they will receive the additional $1,000 at this time.

Cape Breton University makes every attempt to ensure accuracy, currency and reliability of the information posted on their scholarship, bursary, and award web-site. If there is a discrepancy, the criteria that is held by the Awards Office is deemed correct. Verification can be confirmed by contacting