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Entrance Awards

We're delighted that you've applied to Seneca.

Each year, Seneca offers millions of dollars in scholarships, bursaries and other awards to assist our students. Whether you have an offer of admission from Seneca or are waiting to hear from us*, it is a good idea to apply now for these awards so you have the most up-to-date financial information when you confirm your program of study. You may be eligible for up to $2,000 in non-repayable aid based on financial need.

Students starting classes in the fall 2019 term can apply as current students for our awards and bursaries until Oct. 31.

If you have already applied for entrance awards we encourage you to apply again for the in-course awards.

For a list of scholarships and awards open to current students and details on financial aid, visit the Available Scholarship page.

For students starting in the winter 2020 term, the financial aid application for the Tuition Assistance Bursary, Renewable Degree Scholarship and the Diploma-to-Degree Scholarship will open Nov. 15.

For students starting in the fall 2020 term, the applications for the entrance awards will open in January. Application deadlines vary. Check below for details.

* If you have not received an offer of admission from Seneca, applying for Seneca awards does not guarantee that you will receive one.

 

To Apply:

You will need to activate your Seneca online account. Look for an email with a temporary password and details on how to activate your account. If you applied to, or attended Seneca in the past, you can continue to use your existing My.Seneca account. For assistance with account setup, contact Service Desk at 416.491.5050 ext. 22129.

Once logged in to your online Student Centre, use the “Apply for Financial Aid” link in the Finance section of your homepage. Then follow these steps:

  1. Select academic year:
    1. 2019 — for students applying for the fall 2019, winter 2020 or summer 2020 terms
    2. 2020 — for students applying for the fall 2020 term
  2. Fill out all required information
  3. Select terms of study (FALL and/or WINTER and/or SUMMER) and complete the budget
  4. Ensure you have the correct budget information and then click “Submit” (once you click “Submit” you cannot make changes)
  5. Select awards from the list of eligible awards
  6. A number of questions may appear, these are linked to the awards you have selected. If the question is not applicable to you please type N/A or unselect the award. There is a 500-character limit (not word limit) on the questions. You can copy the questions and come back to the application when you are ready, as long as it is before the application deadline. If you wish, you can write the answers in a Word document then copy and paste them onto the application. This will help ensure you have the right number of characters and will enable you to check your grammar and spelling
  7. Click “Submit” when you have answered all the questions (once you click “Submit” you cannot make any changes)
  8. Follow instructions to submit any additional documents as required

Track the status of your application under “View My Student Awards” (link is found below “Apply for Financial Aid”)

If you are a successful recipient of an entrance scholarship, it will be applied to your student account after the 10th day of classes.

 

List of Entrance Awards

New: Diploma-to-Degree Scholarship

Award Description

A one-time scholarship of $2,500 to qualified postsecondary diploma graduates who are pursuing a Seneca degree and have not received a renewable entrance scholarship.

To be eligible for this award you must also:

  • have an incoming GPA 75% or 3.3 GPA and above
  • complete the online Financial Aid Application through Student Centre (under “Apply for Financial Aid”) be enrolled full time

Renewable Degree Scholarships

Deadline

10th day of classes

Award Description
Nursing (collaborative BScN degree program with York University)

Students enrolled in our Nursing (collaborative BScN degree program with York University) can qualify for a renewable scholarship based on their Grade 12 grades or grades from another postsecondary program.

Total two-year scholarship based on maintenance of grades:

  • 70% or 3.0 GPA+ — $1,500 ($750 per year)
  • 75% or 3.3 GPA+ — $2,000 ($1,000 per year)
  • 80% or 3.6 GPA+ — $3,000 ($1,500 per year)
Any other degree programs

Students enrolled in any of Seneca’s degree programs can qualify for a renewable scholarship based on their Grade 12 grades or grades from another postsecondary program.

Total four-year scholarship based on maintenance of grades:

  • 70% or 3.0 GPA+ — $2,000 ($500 per year)
  • 75% or 3.3 GPA+ — $3,000 ($750 per year)
  • 80% or 3.6 GPA+ — $4,000 ($1,000 per year)

The renewable scholarship is based on grades in continuing years of the student's program of study and the student maintaining full-time status.


Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited Entrance Award:

Deadline

May 30

Award Description
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada (landed immigrant) or a protected person
  • be in good academic standing, as defined by Seneca (80% average or equivalent)
  • be enrolled full-time for the academic year of study at Seneca
  • have a financial need of at least $3,500
  • award is renewable if all the criteria are met

Ji Hun Kim Memorial Scholarship

Deadline

Aug. 31, 2019 for students starting a in a full-time program at Seneca in the fall 2019 or summer 2019 terms. This application will open again in fall 2020. Stay tuned for details.

Award Description

Awarded to a full-time English Language Institute (ELI) student in good academic standing who shows leadership, embraces diversity and demonstrates active engagement on campus and in the wider community. The recipient is an international student who has completed Level 8 of the ELI program and is entering a full-time program at Seneca. The recipient will be recommended by an ELI committee and faculty. This award is established in memory of Ji Hun Kim, a Korean ELI student who was actively engaged in her studies and the community beyond the classroom. She is remembered as a force of positivity and intellectual curiosity.


Koehler Award for Academic Upgrading Graduates:

Deadline

May 30

Award Description

The recipients will have overcome challenges to be previously enrolled in Seneca's Academic Upgrading program and will enrol in a full-time certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or degree program at Seneca. The recipients will have demonstrated financial need.


Seneca College Alumni Association Entrance Award:

Deadline

May 30

Award Description

Awarded to first-year full-time students enrolled in any program. Selection is based on high academic achievement. Additional consideration will be given to students who have demonstrated commitment to volunteerism and community service.

Eligible students must be Ontario residents who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and who have demonstrated financial need.


Seneca College Board of Governors' Entrance Scholarships:

Deadline

May 30

Award Description

Awarded to students entering Seneca directly from high school based on high academic standing in their final year. Emphasis is placed on the academic subjects English, mathematics and sciences at the Grade 12 level.

Eligible students must be Ontario residents who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and who have demonstrated financial need.


Seneca Human Resources Endowed Bursary:

Deadline

May 30

Award Description

Awarded as an entrance scholarship for a student in the Business Administration – Human Resources program who has demonstrated financial need. Eligible students must be Ontario residents who are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and who have demonstrated financial need.


Seneca Renewable Entrance Scholarship of Merit:

Deadline

May 30

Award Description

Available to full-time international students who are entering into a diploma or graduate certificate program. There are a limited number of awards and selection is made by the Seneca Awards Committee based on academic standing coming into the program. The renewable portion is based on yearly GPA and you must maintain full-time status to be eligible. If your GPA drops below 3.0 you will no longer be eligible for the award.

  • 3.0 GPA+ — $500 per year
  • 3.3 GPA+ — $750 per year
  • 3.6 GPA+ — $1,000 per year

Vivienne Poy Fashion Arts Entrance Scholarship

Deadline

May 30

Award Description

Awarded to a student entering the Fashion Arts program on a full-time basis who is coming directly from a Canadian high school. The recipient should have strong academic standing and demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is renewable annually, provided the recipient maintains a minimum GPA of 3.0, continues to demonstrate financial need and is enrolled full time. This scholarship was established by the Hon. Dr. Vivienne Poy, a distinguished Seneca grad.