Scholarships & Bursaries

Through the efforts of donors, $1.8 million in scholarships are offered to students entering CBU each year. Students entering direct from high school or through articulation agreement partners are considered for entrance scholarships based on their academic grades.

Entrance Scholarships

(Domestic and International Students)

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

  • Official transcript
  • 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

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 janice_basque@cbu.ca

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 to have scholarship dollars applied 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.

Please note that applications for 2019 have now closed. Applications for Entrance Scholarships will open in January of 2020.

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 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 on this page. Recipients will be contacted after the Fall/Winter semester to inform them they are in receipt of the award.

Bursaries

Cape Breton University provides students with financial need an opportunity to apply for financial aid through its bursary program. There are a number of bursaries which students may be eligible for as well as general bursaries that all students can apply for. In order to be eligible for a bursary, students must:

  • Be a registered CBU student
  • Complete either an Entrance Bursary Form or In-Course Bursary Form
  • Provide income tax assessments for both the student and in some instances parents

Entrance Bursaries

Provided to students entering CBU who prove a strong financial need in order to enter their studies will be considered. The application becomes available in January and closes in March each year. Students must also submit official income tax documentation for themselves and parent(s)/guardian(s) for consideration. These bursaries are awarded upon enrolment in September.

In-Course Bursaries

The in-course bursary application opens in the fall each year and bursaries are awarded during the second semester. 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

Work Study Information

Work Study Application

Current External Award Opportunities

  • None available 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 awards@cbu.ca.

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