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McMaster University Entrance Awards

McMaster's Entrance Awards are provided exclusively for students qualifying for admission to Level I of a first year undergraduate baccalaureate degree in a full time program in the Fall/Winter session.

No application is required. McMaster Entrance Awards are assessed automatically if your final admission average to your program is above 80%.

McMaster Entrance Awards
Final Admission
Average to Program
Value Number Available
95%+ $2,500 Unlimited

90% - 94.99%

85% - 89.99%

80% - 84.99%








Applications are now closed. Dean's Excellence Entrance Scholarships & Undergraduate Summer Research Awards

McMaster University offers a wide range of entrance scholarships for students entering programs in the Faculty of Engineering.

Students entering Engineering I, Computer Science, or the Bachelor of Technology as of Sept 2017 may be awarded:

Dean's Excellence Entrance Awards:

  • Four (4) at $10,000 each
  • and Twenty-four (24) at $7,500 each

Students entering Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences I as of Sept 2017 may be awarded:

Dean's Excellence Entrance Awards:

  • Fourteen (14) at $7,500 each

A significant number of summer research awards to fund full-time positions (valued at ~$5,000) will also be awarded, for the summer of 2018.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

Eligible candidates must be entering one of Engineering I, Computer Science I, Bachelor of Technology I, or Integrated Biomedical Engineering & Health Sciences I at McMaster with a minimum admissions average in the range of 94%.

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the candidate’s application submission and interview performance.

McMaster In-Course Awards

McMaster recognizes the achievements of all undergraduate in-course students, including international students, throughout their University studies with In-Course, Travel, and Community Contribution Awards. Some require an application, but the majority of awards are determined on the basis of grades only and require no application.

The Academic Calendar lists awards for current (in-course) Engineering students according to category (automatic vs. application).


Financial Aid

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Student Loans & Bursaries

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

The Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships administers the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) on behalf of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). For more information about OSAP on-line at or

McMaster Bursary Programs

A bursary is a non-repayable grant, not a loan, and is intended to assist with education-related costs. McMaster provides bursary assistance to students who demonstrate financial need. More information on McMaster's bursaries can be found on the Student Financial Aid & Scholarships website.

LEAP & Venture

LEAP Summer Program Our summer youth programs are now offering NEW scholarships for girls (grades 1-8 & grades 9-12).


FIRST Robotics Scholarship Logo

FIRST Robotics Entrance Award

In partnership with FIRST, McMaster University is offering eight (8) McMaster FIRST Engineering Scholarships, each valued at $15,000 (Canadian funds) over four years. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Eligible students are those who:

  • Have accepted an offer of admission to the Faculty of Engineering for the 2018-19 academic year;
  • Have substantial involvement in a school robotics team;
  • Have not been awarded any other Faculty of Engineering specific entrance award.

To be considered for this scholarship, please complete this form and mail it to the address below, post-marked no later than February 1, 2018. A letter of reference from the school’s robotics team coach is also required and must be included in the application package.

McMaster University
Faculty of Engineering
John Hodgins Engineering Building (JHE) A214
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L7

Apply Now, click to go to go to the online form

Shad Valley Scholarship Logo

Shad Alumni Entrance Award

A maximum of three (3) awards of $5,000 each, the Shad Alumni Entrance Awards are available to outstanding Shad Alumni who are entering first year of an undergraduate degree program in McMaster's Faculty of Engineering, directly from high school. 

Selection will be based on academic achievement (minimum admissions average of 90% required).

Apply Now, click to go to go to the online form

Schulich Leaders Entrance Scholarship

Established in 2012 by Schulich Foundation
Value: $100,000

There will be 2 Schulich Leaders Entrance Scholarships, valued at $100,000 each, available for incoming engineering students. Applications are based on a nomination process by the incoming student's highschool.
Please visit the Schulich Leaders website for more details.

Details are available here!

The Schulich Leaders Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students who are in their final year of Secondary education and planning on attending Post-Secondary education studying either Science or Engineering. Two future McMaster Engineering students will be chosen to recieve a Schulich Leaders Scholarship valued at $100,000.

HATCH LogoScholarships

Established in 2008 by Hatch Ltd.
Value: $32,000
($8,000 per year)

Two (2) Hatch Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement, community contribution and leadership experience. The Hatch Scholarships are awarded annually to students entering Engineering I at McMaster University.

Renewable for three years at the same value provided the student remains registered full-time and achieves a minimum sessional average of 9.5 with no failures.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

The Hatch Scholarships are provided exclusively to students qualifying for admission to the Engineering I program with a minimum admissions average in the range of 94%.

All students (including international/visa, CEGEP and IB) who have graduated from, or are currently attending, their final year of secondary school in Canada are eligible.

One of the two scholarships will be reserved for an eligible aboriginal student.

The Hatch Scholarships are awarded based on the candidate's application submission and interview performance.