Scholarship Facts

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Whilst you’re online adding scholarships to your application in your pyjamas, you may want to double check the requirements before you submit your application.

When you’re applying for scholarships and bursaries there is a short list of requirements, specific to that award, listed on the application page. However there are also more requirements of award winners, depending on whether or not the application page lists them.

First is your required grades. If you’re just coming in to Brandon University from high school, then it’s your high school grades that will decide whether or not you pass this first test. To be eligible for a scholarship, you must have an average grade of 85% or higher, and to be eligible for bursaries you must have an average grade of 75% or higher.

If you aren’t going into your first year in post-secondary education, you still have a hoop to jump through. For scholarships, you need to have a minimum cumulative grade point average (cgpa) of 2.5, and for bursaries you need a minimum cgpa of 2.0. This is the baseline requirement to be eligible for these awards, but some awards may require you to have a lower or higher cgpa. Those awards will say the required cgpa on the application page.

Something else to note is that if the scholarship or bursary recipient is decided before the final grades for the year are reported, the final grades from the previous year will be used as a reflection of your eligibility.

The second little known hoop one has to jump through for award eligibility is credit hours. If the award says nothing specific (such as: must be a full time student), there are still baseline requirements for scholarships and bursaries. If you are taking only 6 credit hours or more in the coming academic year (3 per term) you are eligible for awards valued at less than $800.

If you are registered for 18 credit hours or more in the upcoming year (9 per term) you are eligible for awards valued less than $1,800.

If you are registered for 24 credit hours or more (12 per term) you are eligible for awards of any dollar value.

Just a reminder that the deadline for application to any undergraduate scholarships or bursaries through Brandon University is June 1st, 2017. The deadline for application for graduate, masters, or post-diploma program awards is also June 1st.

Republished from The Quill print edition, Volume 107, Issue 25, March 14th, 2017.