Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries

Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries


Scholarships are merit based and recognize exceptional talent/promise or academic excellence as defined by:

  1. A minimum grade of 80% for students entering from secondary school; or
  2. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 7.5; or
  3. A minimum A average for graduate studies; or
  4. Top academic performance, when an award evaluates students’ marks in comparison with their peers.

In some instances scholarships may also include non-academic criteria such as financial need and residency. All York scholarships appear on a student’s transcript.


Awards combine academic criteria (minimum grade of 70% for students entering from secondary school, undergraduate grade point average of 6.0, or graduate average of B) and non-academic criteria such as community service, leadership, and financial need. Awards are also reflected on a students’ transcript.


Bursaries are primarily designed to assist student with financial need. Students must be in good academic standing to be considered for bursary assistance (minimum undergraduate grade point average of 4.0). For privacy reasons, bursaries do not appear on a student’s transcript or in the convocation program.

There is an expectation that the student (and where applicable his/her family or spouse) will participate in financing his/her post-secondary education. Should additional financial support be required the students must seek assistance through the Ontario Student Assistance Program first. For more information on financial assistance, visit the Student Financial Services website.

Application for Scholarships and Awards, the Undergraduate Bursary program and the Work/Study program are available through the Student Financial Profile (SFP), a multi purpose online application form. The SFP opens the first week of August for all Fall/Winter programs