Western Admission Scholarship Program

Note: This page is currently being reviewed and updated. Please look back in the coming days for more detailed information about the admission scholarship offerings for the 2020-2021 year.

Western’s Admission Scholarships are automatically awarded upon admission to Western. No application is required to be considered for these scholarships.

In order to be eligible for an admission scholarship, a student must apply for admission directly from secondary school to Western's main campus for full-time first-year studies. International students are eligible to be considered for the Western Admission Scholarships. Eligibility is based on successful completion of the secondary school diploma and on the student’s final admission average, including prerequisite courses, as calculated by Western for the program to which the student has confirmed acceptance. Western will determine averages for applicants who are not studying in a Canadian secondary school curriculum based on: curriculum, grading practices, and grading scale interpretation. 

Official Western Admission Scholarship notification will be emailed to eligible students in late August and the value of the scholarship will be applied to the student’s tuition account by the end of September.

Note: If you are submitting an application for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and you anticipate receiving any scholarship, award or bursary funding from Western University, do not report it on your OSAP application as we will report it to OSAP on your behalf. Students are still responsible for reporting any external funding received (i.e. not awarded by Western) on their OSAP application.

Western Admission Scholarships (effective for September 2020/2021 Academic Year) 

Eligibility: First-year full-time domestic and international students admitted to Main Campus directly from high school. Students in receipt of a National Scholarship, or a Schulich Leader Scholarship are not eligible for these admission scholarships.

Western Admission Scholarship (unlimited)

Final admission average required: 90.0% to 91.9%

Value: Total of $2,500. $1,500 in first year, plus $1,000 for optional study abroad experience.

Western Scholarship of Distinction (unlimited)

Final admission average required: 92.0% to 100.0%

Value: Total of $3,500. $2,500 in first year, plus $1,000 for optional study abroad experience.

Western Scholarship of Excellence

250 scholarships recognizing outstanding achievement are awarded based on the top high school admission averages.

Value: Total of $8,000. $6,000 in first year, plus $2,000 for an optional study abroad experience. (These cannot be combined with another Western admission scholarship.)

Admission Scholarships - Conditions and Information

For more important information on Admission Scholarships, please read the following document:

Other Entrance Scholarships and Awards

Entrance Scholarships & Awards for Domestic Students: In addition to the unlimited Western Admission Scholarships listed above, there are also faculty specific entrance scholarships and awards with varying values and criteria established by the University, alumni, private donors and corporations who wish to recognize the achievements of Western students. These entrance awards are offered to domestic students and have been combined with the Admission Scholarship Program. They are automatically awarded to students beginning full-time first year studies at Western’s main campus. If a student qualifies for one of these awards, they will be notified in the fall term. The award will be in addition to or replace the student’s existing Western Admission Scholarship, and be of either equal or greater value.

Entrance Scholarships for International Students: As is the case for domestic students, Western offers a group of entrance scholarships available only to international students who are beginning full-time, first-year studies at Western’s main campus. In order to be considered for our pool of entrance scholarships for international students, a complete admission application submitted through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), and all supporting documentation must be received by Western by March 15th. Recipient selection for these international student entrance scholarships will be made from the eligible candidates who have completed the admission application process by the March 15th deadline, so that scholarship recipients can be notified prior to arriving at Western. Please be aware that these international student entrance scholarships can be awarded in combination with a Western Admission Scholarship or may replace a Western Admission Scholarship.

Faculty of Arts & Humanities Entrance Scholarships

The Faculty of Arts & Humanities offers two Faculty-specific entrance scholarships, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Entrance Scholarship of Excellence and the Dean's Entrance Scholarship, to full-time students entering the first year of an undergraduate  program in Arts and Humanities.   The Faculty of Arts and Humanities Entrance Scholarship of Excellence is offered in addition to the Western Admission Scholarships listed above.  The scholarships are guaranteed to all students who meet the eligibility criteria.  For more details including eligiblity criteria please visit the Arts and Humanities website.

Transfer Students

Western offers ten Transfer Student Admission Scholarships, which are awarded to students in the Fall. These scholarships are awarded to ten students transferring into an upper year of an undergraduate program at Western's main campus from studies at another post-secondary institution.  There is no application required for this scholarship, as it is awarded automatically based on final admission average.