Undergraduate Students

Scholarships & Awards

Are there financial awards with a preference for female undergraduate students?

Yes there are, for those who are applying to Western there is the:


Dr. Leola E. Neal President's Entrance Scholarship - Awarded to an outstanding secondary school student from across Canada entering year one studies at The University of Western Ontario. Preference will be given to female students. Candidates must have a very strong academic record (minimum 90% or equivalent) and, as well, demonstrate broad interests and leadership qualities through participation in school and/or community activities. Candidates will also be expected to submit an essay for consideration in the selection process. Candidates must be nominated by their secondary school and all materials supporting the application must be received by The University of Western Ontario by February 14th. Candidates will be selected by the University for personal interviews during April. Award winners will be announced before the end of May. One student will hold this scholarship until he or she no longer qualifies, based on the University's guidelines for retention of continuing scholarships. A new recipient will be selected every four years (i.e., 2004, 2008, etc.) in order to accommodate outstanding appeals or deferments by recipients. This scholarship was established through Foundation Western by many generous donors to honour Dr. Leola E. Neal, former Dean of Women at Western. Value: The total value is approximately $30,000 - 1 at $24,000; payable $6,000 per academic year for a period of four years plus first-year residence room and board included free of charge. Note: recipients must meet the eligibility requirements for residence; otherwise, a cash award of equal value will be given in lieu of accommodation.

For those who are already attending Western there are the following:


Choices Bursary - Awarded to any undergraduate female student who has demonstrated financial need. Established through the generosity of the organizing committee of Choices. Value: 1 @ $550

Fran Wigston Women's Basketball Award - Awarded to a full-time undergraduate female student who is in Year 2 of any degree program and who has made a significant contribution as a member of the Women's Basketball team. Candidates must also achieve a minimum 70% academic average. Candidates who are intercollegiate student athletes must be in compliance with current OUA and CIS regulations. The Awards and Scholarships Committee for the School of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Health Sciences will select the recipient. This award is made possible by donations from alumni and friends of Western in support of Women's Basketball. Value: 1 at $1,000

Frances Weir Scholarship
- When the winner of the Governor General's Silver Medal, awarded to the undergraduate student who achieves the highest academic standing in a four-year Bachelor degree in an honors program, is a woman, she will receive a scholarship, a gift of the late Samuel Edward Weir Q.C., through the Weir Foundation, in memory of Miss Frances Martha Weir who won the Governor General's Medal when she graduated from this University in 1916. Value: 2 @ $175

Women's Caucus Essay Award - The award is intended to recognize a student or students whose creativity, scholarship and understanding of issues facing women in society and across cultures, shows commitment to women's studies. Deadline for submissions is April 30th. For detailed information, see the following website: http://www.uwo.ca/wcwi/essayaward/ Established through the generosity of Western's Caucus on Women's Issues. Value: 1 @ $200

While the following awards are meant for single parent students they are not exclusive to women.


Deborah Murphy Memorial Bursary - Available to a part-time student who is also a single parent. This award was established to honour the memory of Deborah Murphy, who provided 8 years of exemplary service as secretary and administrative officer in the Faculty of Part-Time and Continuing Education. Value: 1 @ $450

Mary Campbell Memorial Bursary - Available to a single parent or dependent children of a single parent, with primary consideration given to the single parent. Should no single parent or dependent child demonstrate a need for this bursary, the Student Awards Office shall award it to a student attending the University. Established through the generosity of the UWO Staff Association in memory of Mary Campbell. Value: 1 @ Up to $500.

External Scholarships

Dow Chemical Canada and CCWest Women in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship - Scholarships are offered to women enrolled in 2 nd or 3 rd year of an undergraduate chemical engineering or chemistry program to encourage them to pursue this career path. One scholarship will be awarded for students enrolled in an academic institution in Eastern Canada (Ontario and east) and one for students enrolled in an academic institution in Western Canada (Manitoba and west). Value: 2 @ $1500.

The scholarship is based primarily on demonstrated leadership, community involvement and extracurricular activities. Academic achievement is also considered in awarding the scholarship.

National Research Council's Women in Science and Technology Program
- Applicant must be a Canadian woman in a Canadian institute in a science, engineering or math program. She must have completed her first year and have four remaining years of schooling left. Consideration will be given to those with high academic achievements. Applicants must be willing to work for National Research Council during summer or co-op terms or another institute if approved.
Selection Process: Institutes nominate 3-5 women and a panel makes the decision. Applicant must send in a completed application form, 2 letters of recommendation forms professors or department heads, transcript, a resume and a letter stating why you are applying. Value: 2 @ $10,000
Deadline: Second Friday in May; June 13 for Universities to submit to National Research Council
Contact: National Research Council of Canada, Recruitment Office
Ottawa, ON K1A 0R6
Phone: (613) 993-9134

2008 Google Canada Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship - Candidates must:

  • Be a female student enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program in 2008-2009 – all years of study are eligible.
  • Be studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering or related technical fields.
  • Be enrolled in full-time study in the 2008-2009 academic year
  • Be enrolled as a student at a Canadian university. International students are eligible to apply as long as they are enrolled at a Canadian university•Have a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, or 75%, or a B+

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