Entrance Bursaries for the 2020-21 Academic Year
The Entrance Bursaries program is available to students entering into an undergraduate academic program at St. Francis Xavier University directly from high school. Entrance bursary funding is limited. Eligibility to apply is based on financial need and meeting the specific criteria of each bursary as outlined below. An entrance bursary can be one among many important resources in a student’s financial plan to attend university and should not replace student loan funding. Successful applicants must demonstrate financial need in their application, including the intention to apply for and accept the maximum available government student aid for which they are assessed.
The 2020 Entrance Bursary Program will open for application at noon on Monday, May 4 and close on Monday, May 25, 2020 for grade 12 students who have been accepted to begin undergraduate studies at StFX in September 2020.
If you are the successful recipient of a bursary, you will be notified via your StFX email account in June and provided a deadline date to accept your award.
Funds will be applied to the recipient’s StFX student account in September following verification that all enrollment conditions are met. Acceptance of an entrance bursary may not be deferred to a future school year.
The application Form is available here.
Available Entrance Bursaries:
Angus J. Kell Bursary
This award is available to a student who will be entering full time, first year studies at StFX in a degree or diploma program in September 2020. Letters of recommendation from the candidate’s high school principal and two teachers of their choice are required. Applicants must have combined a satisfactory academic record with leadership in cultural, athletic or community service. Preference will be given to sons and daughters of employees of Kell Enterprises, Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Award Value: up to $1000
Please note: due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that all reference letters please be submitted by email directly from the referee to email@example.com. Letters must include the name of the bursary applied for and the referee's full name and contact information. Both your online application and references must be received by the bursary due date to be considered for this award. It is the responsibility of all applicants to ensure reference letters are submitted on time, late letters cannot be accepted.
Class of ‘54 Bursary Endowment Fund
This bursary was established in 2004 in celebration of the 50 year anniversary of the Class of 1954. Applicants must be graduating from a Nova Scotia public high school and entering StFX as a full time student in the fall academic term of the same year. This bursary will be awarded to a student demonstrating financial need, whom might otherwise not be able to attend university due to financial barriers. Applicants who have been awarded an entrance scholarship of more than $1250/year to attend StFX will not be considered for this bursary.
Award Value: up to $6000
Please note: This bursary requires a nomination from your high school guidance counselor or principal. Deadline for the nomination form to be received by the Financial Aid Office is May 25, 2020.
Dr. Abraham Risk Bursary
This award will be paid to a full-time student of StFX who has demonstrated financial need, and who is a graduate from Sydney Academy High School. Students should have been involved in student activities during high school, and have demonstrated leadership abilities.
Award Value: up to $500
Dr. Vernon and Mrs. Ann MacDonald Bursary
This bursary is available to students of African Nova Scotian descent who will be entering full time, first year studies at StFX directly from a high school in Nova Scotia. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, as well as leadership qualities and a sincere commitment to making a valuable contribution to student life at StFX. This bursary may be renewable in subsequent years of study, so long as recipients maintain full time enrollment of at least 24 credits per year and continue to meet the criteria of the bursary. A renewal application will be required each year through the Limited Bursary program.
Award Value: up to $2000
Guy R. Savard Bursary
This bursary has been established to create an opportunity for French speaking students from the province of Quebec to attend St. Francis Xavier University. This bursary will support students in financial need, who otherwise would not be able to attend StFX without significant financial support. Applicants must meet the University’s admission requirements, demonstrate leadership qualities, be committed to making a valuable contribution to student life at StFX, and show financial need in their application. Applicants must be planning to enroll as a full-time student (minimum 24 credits) at StFX in the 2020-21 academic year beginning September 2020. Students from any academic program may apply and must take courses associated with the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government within their studies. The Guy R. Savard Bursary has the potential to be renewable to a maximum of three additional years provided the recipient reapplies each year, remains in good academic standing and continues to meet all other criteria.
Award Value: up to $12,500
Please note: This bursary requires a special application that you may request directly from the StFX Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, please include Guy R. Savard Bursary in the subject line of your email.
Joyce Foundation Bursary for Public Policy and Governance
This bursary is available to first year students entering directly into the Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Governance degree program at StFX in September 2019. Applicants must be Canadian citizens and demonstrate financial need. Applicants are expected to enroll in all of the following courses in year one of their studies: Economic 101/102, Political Science 101/102 and Public Policy and Governance 101 and must maintain full time status in their studies. This bursary may be renewable in subsequent years of study, so long as recipients continue to meet the criteria of the bursary; a renewal application will be required each year through the Limited Bursary program.
Award Value: up to $3000
Katherine MacGillivray Maloney Nursing Bursary
The Katherine MacGillivray Maloney Nursing bursary is available to grade 12 students entering into full-time studies in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at St. Francis Xavier University in September 2020. Applicants must be Canadian citizens, have an entrance average of at least 80% from high school and demonstrate financial need. All applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the values of Nursing including qualities of caring, kindness, respect for diversity, compassion and excellence in clinical practice. Students should speak to how they demonstrate social responsibility (i.e. volunteer work; school committees; etc.) in an accompanying essay to their application. Preference will be given to students entering from a high school in Antigonish Town or County or Guysborough County, including Guysborough and St. Mary’s Municipalities. This bursary has the potential to be renewed in second, third and fourth year of study if the recipient maintains an academic average of at least 65% each year and continues to meet all of the criteria of the award. A new application will be required each year through the Financial Aid Office.
Award Value: up to $5000
Please note: Essays are to be submitted by email only to email@example.com. Include "Katherine MacGillivray Maloney Nursing Bursary: Essay" in the subject line of your email and your full name and StFX student ID number in the body of your email. Essays must be submitted in a printable format, please do not submit as screen shots or pictures. Both your online application and essay must be received by May 25, 2020 to be considered for this award.
McKenna-Smith Bursary for Women Hockey Players
This bursary is available to a female student who has demonstrated a passion for playing minor hockey while balancing the demands of high school academics. This bursary is for female students who have played minor hockey and will continue to play recreational/intramural hockey at university. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, have been accepted to a full time undergraduate program at StFX and be academically good students but not necessarily at the top of their class. If no suitable candidates with a minor hockey background can be found, this bursary will be open to other female students who have played a team sport in high school and will continue the sport at the recreational/intramural level. This bursary is not intended for varsity-level university players, varsity athletes are not eligible to be considered for this funding opportunity.
Award Value: up to $500
NSSSA Entrance Bursary
This bursary has been established to recognize the passion and leadership abilities of students involved with the Nova Scotia Secondary School Students’ Association prior to beginning their studies at StFX. This bursary is available to students entering full time, first year studies at the university in September 2020. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and have held a leadership role in the NSSSA, either provincially or locally in their high school.
Award Value: up to $500
Robert and Tracy Bennett Bursary
The Robert and Tracy Bennett Bursary Endowment has been established at St. Francis Xavier University to support an annual bursary for students graduating from Grade 12, entering into full-time undergraduate studies at StFX. The focus of this bursary is to assist students to live on campus in residence, who may be unable to do so because of financial constraints. The first bursary will be awarded to a student beginning their studies in September 2020. This bursary will then be available to a new student every year. Applicants must be from Colchester, Cumberland or Pictou counties of Nova Scotia and they must demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students personally affected by the senseless tragedy that took place in Nova Scotia the weekend of April 18-19, 2020.
Award Value: up to $5000
The Lorne ‘Abe’ Abramson NSSSA Bursary
This bursary has been established in honour of Lorne ‘Abe’ Abramson and his long-term commitment to students and the Nova Scotia Secondary School Students’ Association. This bursary is available to students entering full time, first year studies at StFX in September 2020. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and be a member who has held a position in the NSSSA Provincial Cabinet or on the NSSSA Conference Committee.
Award Value: up to $500
Ted and Ann (MacDonald) Turcotte Bursary
This bursary is available to female students who are graduating from a high school in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia or Lowell, Massachusetts. Applicants must have a high school leaving average of at least 75% and plan to enroll in at least 24 credits in their first year of study at StFX. Applicants must demonstrate leadership qualities in their communities and be able to make a valuable contribution to student life at StFX. Preference will be given to students enrolling in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics programs (the STEM disciplines). This bursary will be renewable in subsequent years of study if the student maintains a minimum academic average of 70% and continues to meet all of the other criteria. A new application is required each year.
Award Value: up to $2500