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NEW! Dean's Excellence Entrance Scholarships & Undergraduate Summer Research Awards

Applications for 2016/2017 are now closed, we will be contacting candidates shortly for interviews.

The following Dean's Excellence Entrance Scholarships will be offered:

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

Up to one hundred (100) summer research awards for full-time positions will be available to undergraduate students applying for the Dean's Excellence Entrance Scholarships for the summer of 2016.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria

Eligible candidates must be entering one of Engineering I, Computer Science I, or Bachelor of Technology I at McMaster with a minimum admissions average in the range of 95%.

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

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%








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).


HATCH LogoScholarships

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

Applications for 2016/2017 are now closed, we will be contacting candidates shortly for interviews.

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 95%.

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.

For the first time this year, 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.

Shad Valley Alumni Entrance Award

Applications for 2015/2016 are now closed.

A maximum of five (5) awards of $1,000 each, the Shad Valley Alumni Entrance Awards are available to outstanding Shad Valley 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).

LEAP & Venture

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


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.