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Scholarships and Awards

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Undergraduate

General Entrance Scholarships Program Fall 2021!

Ryerson is pleased to recognize the academic achievements of the first-year class upon admission to the university with over $7 million designated for entrance scholarship support.

Guaranteed and Renewable Scholarships

Students attending a Canadian secondary school with final averages of 80% and higher, who meet the terms and conditions for scholarship, are guaranteed a renewable entrance scholarship according to the following values.

Final Admission Average Awarded in Year One* Potential Annual Renewable Amount** Potential Total Scholarship Value**
95%+ $4,000 $4,000 $16,000
90-94.99% $2,000 $2,000 $8,000
86-89.99% $1,000 $1,000 $4,000
80-85.9% $500 $500 $2000

*Scholarship amount to be distributed evenly between fall and winter semester.
**Up to, dependent on annual CGPA.

Terms and Conditions

To be eligible for consideration for the guaranteed and renewable scholarships, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled full-time in a Canadian secondary school (minimum of three Ontario grade 12 U/M courses or Canadian provincial equivalent within the 2020-2021 regular school year
  • Have been continuously enrolled full-time (no gaps in full-time attendance prior to the 2020-2021 regular school year)
  • Be enrolling in a postsecondary institution for the first time
  • Have submitted the correct and complete application for admission to the program for which the scholarship is being granted by September 1, 2021
Scholarship Name Deadline Application Required
BMO Financial Group Diversity Scholarships
For traditionally underrepresented groups including women, visible minorities, international students, students with disabilities and aboriginal students; minimum average of 80% in 6 U/M credits or equivalent; demonstrated financial need.
N/A Once you become a current student and have a Ryerson University email account (@ryerson.ca), you can apply for the BMO Financial Group Diversity Scholarships through AwardSpring, external link, opens in new window

H. Graham Walker Awards

  • Must have admission to a first-year full-time undergraduate degree program.
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Must be a current full-time secondary school student in Ontario.
  • Must be an Ontario resident.
  • Must be pursuing post-secondary studies for the first-time.
  • Academic excellence (minimum average of 85% in 6 Ontario grade 12 U/M credits).
  • Demonstrated financial need.
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities at high school or involvement in community or volunteer.
  • Complete one personal letter outlining your extracurricular activities and/or community involvement and/or volunteer work.
  • Two reference letters from individuals who can best vouch for your extracurricular activities and/or community involvement and/or volunteer work.
  • Completed budget form demonstrating financial need.
N/A
Once you become a current student and have a Ryerson University email account (@ryerson.ca), you can apply for the H. Graham Walker Award through AwardSpring, external link, opens in new window

If you are an applicant to a program at the university, please note that the Student Awards and Scholarships Office (SASO) only has the ability to assess financial need for current students that are enrolled and attending classes at Ryerson University. If you are conditionally offered an entrance scholarship that requires you to demonstrate financial need, you will be required to complete the general application on AwardSpring, external link, opens in new window in early August, upon becoming a current student. Doing so will give you access to all relevant and open current student awards, and will allow SASO to assess your financial information, to be considered for the demonstration of financial need.

As an applicant to the university, provided below is information on how to apply for an entrance scholarship that requires you to demonstrate financial need:

  1. Once you have received your Ryerson Student Number, activate your online identity, if you have not done so already, to access AwardSpring, external link, opens in new window.
  2. Log on to AwardSpring and complete the general application to be matched and considered for entrance scholarships.
  3. On your AwardSpring dashboard, you will only see entrance scholarships that you are qualified for and you will have the ability to complete follow-ups for those opportunities such as written statements, letters of references and more!
  4. Upon completing the follow-ups for an entrance scholarship, you can continue to check on AwardSpring for a decision on your application. Please monitor your personal email and Choose Ryerson Portal for updates regarding scholarship decisions.
  5. If you are the successful recipient of an entrance scholarship that requires the demonstration of financial need, please note the scholarship is conditional upon admission into an eligible program associated with the scholarship and upon completing the general application on AwardSpring in early August, to be assessed for financial need.
  6. If you become a current student and are assessed as having demonstrated financial need, the entrance scholarship funds will be deposited into your RAMSS account in early September.

If you are assessed as not demonstrating financial need, the Student Awards and Scholarships Office will connect with you on further steps and options for reassessment.

Please note: If your submitted financial information shows an unmet need that demonstrates a significant gap in available resources to cover expenses, indicative of an unrealistic budget or unsound financial planning for post-secondary education, you may be advised to review your application again for accuracy and completeness.

Demonstrating financial need is not about demonstrating the most need possible, it is about planning financially for post-secondary studies and demonstrating a reasonable gap in available resources to cover educational expenses.

Questions? Email us at awards@ryerson.ca, and our team will be more than happy to assist! Please be sure to include your Ryerson Student Number in all email communications. This can be found in your application acknowledgement email or on your Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal.

Prestigious Entrance Awards

As a Ryerson applicant, AwardSpring, external link, opens in new window enables you to view and apply for all awards available at the university in one convenient spot. Once you have received your Ryerson Student Number, activate your online identity, if you have not done so already, to access AwardSpring, external link, opens in new window.

Thank you for your interest in Ryerson's Prestigious Entrance Scholarships.

You can apply to the following awards as of October 12, 2020.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. E.S.T.

President's Entrance Scholarships

The President's Entrance Scholarship is awarded to secondary school graduates who demonstrate academic accomplishment, leadership qualities, original thought and creative ability. 

Twelve (12) recipients | $40,000 (total value) | $10,000 (annual amount) (renewable)

A minimum 90% final admission average is required for consideration. An applicant's average is calculated with their best six Grade 12 U/M courses, or their home country's equivalent. 

This application will ask that you include the following: 

  1. An essay or project summary: this may be a piece of creative writing, or a summary of any creative project which you may have undertaken. It must reflect your capacity for original thought and creative ability (max 750 words).
  2. Two (2) letters of reference:
    1. academic reference letter that confirms your scholastic abilities. This reference may also speak to your leadership/creative endeavours.
    2. reference letter should address your leadership/creative endeavours. It should not verify academic achievement.
  3. Your leadership activities: you will indicate the leadership activities/positions that you have been involved in during your final two years in secondary school.

 Note: Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents of Canada, Protected Persons in Canada and International Students are eligible to apply for this award.

Vanessa Van Decker, winner of the President's Entrance Scholarship, stands smiling in the SLC.

"The President's Entrance Scholarship had a really positive impact on my student experience. I was able to focus more on my studies, rather than trying to study and work a job at the same time."

Vanessa Van Decker, Mechanical Engineering

President's Entrance Scholarship Recipient

Terence Grier Entrance Scholarship

The Terence Grier Entrance Scholarship honours the achievements of Ryerson's President, from 1988-1995, in particular his leadership through a period of profound change at Ryerson, culminating in the acquisition of university status at the institution. 

One (1) recipient | Full tuition for first-year only (not renewable)

A minimum 85% final admission average is required for consideration. An applicant's average is calculated with their best six Grade 12 U/M courses.

This application will ask that you to include the following: 

  1. A Personal Statement
  2. Two (2) Letters of Reference
    1. academic reference that confirms your scholastic abilities and success 
    2. a reference letter that supports your exceptional aptitude in your chosen field of study.

 Note: Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents of Canada, and Protected Persons in Canada are eligible to apply for this award.

International Secondary School Merit Scholarship

The International Secondary School Merit Scholarship is awarded to international students who are entering their first year of full-time, four-year undergraduate degree program at Ryerson University and demonstrate academic excellence, commitment to volunteer work and extracurricular activities, and leadership skills. 

Seven (7) recipients | $5,000 (entrance only, non-renewable)

A minimum 85%/A or equivalent final admission average is required for consideration. 

This section will ask that you to include the following: 

  • A Personal Statement

 Note: International Students are eligible to apply for this award. Students undertaking a gap year between their secondary school and post-secondary studies are eligible to apply if their gap year is no longer than one academic year and enrolling in a post-secondary institution for the first time.

"The scholarship process is very, very simple and it's meant to have a real conversation with you. It's really meant to bring out the real person in you and your desires and purposes in life."

Abhi Raheja, International Student, Journalism

President's Entrance Scholarship Recipient

Questions? Email us at presidentscholarship@ryerson.ca, and our team will be more than happy to assist! Please be sure to include your Ryerson Student Number in all email communications. This can be found in your application acknowledgement email or on your Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal.

Graduate Scholarships

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