In-Course Awards

Awards and Financial Aid

In-Course awards are directed to students currently attending The University of Winnipeg. Generally you apply for these awards in the Fall term after you have enrolled in your classes. There are both financial need based awards (awards and bursaries) and also merit based awards (scholarships and prizes) available.

The values for in-course awards range from $100 to over $10,000. Some in-course awards require the completion of first year (at least 30 credit hours) in order to be considered. Unless otherwise stated, these awards are open to all students - domestic and international. All students are welcome to apply for consideration. If you are looking for a detailed listing of all of our awards, please refer to the Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships Handbook found on our Events and Resources webpage.

What is available to me?

There are three major award program applications for continuing students to consider each academic year:

  1. Opportunity Fund Bursaries and General Bursary Application
  2. Awards and Bursaries
  3. Scholarships

And several more specific award applications such as the Sir William Stephenson and Dr. and Mrs. Roderick Hunter Scholarships and the Research and Volunteerism Awards.

Which opportunities are right for me?




Minimum GPA




Financial Need

Academic Achievement

Ensure your application is complete and on time!

  • Make sure to submit all applications by the end of the business day on the deadlines stated below.
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • Complete applications are accepted by mail or dropped off in-person at one of the two drop-box locations listed on the application forms.

Open 2019-20 In-Course Award Opportunities

Opportunity Fund Bursaries & General Bursary [PDF]

  • Need money? A bursary is a grant made to a student where the main selection criteria is financial need and where students have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C).   General Bursaries are available to all students who meet these criteria. Opportunity Fund Bursaries are targeted towards populations currently under-represented at The University of Winnipeg such as recent immigrants or refugees, Indigenous students, adult learners, students from low-income families, students with disabilities, or first generation students (those who are the first in their family to attend college or university).
  • Deadlines:           
    • Fall and Fall/Winter Term - Monday, September 16th, 2019
    • Winter Term only - Friday, January 31st, 2020
    • Spring Term only - Monday, June 1st, 2020

Convocation Awards 

*Application available in March 2020*

  • Undergraduate students graduating in 2019-20 can be considered for Convocation Awards.  Nominations will be accepted from faculty, staff, students or by self-nomination. 
  • Deadline: Wednesday, April 20, 2020

Automatic Awards

  • Departmental (Faculty/Major) awards and the Academic Proficiency Scholarships are awarded automatically to qualifying students. You will be notified by December each year if you are a recipient of one of these awards. For most departments, no application is necessary.
  • NOTE: It is recommended students check with their Faculty or Department office to ensure no additional information or an application is required for Departmental award consideration.

Closed 2019-20 In-Course Award Opportunities 

Awards and Bursaries

  • Need money? A bursary is a grant made to a student where the main selection criteria is financial need. Students must also have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (C). Awards, are selected using both financial need and academic merit as criteria. Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (C+) to be considered for awards.
  • 2019-20 Deadline was: Monday, September 16th, 2019


  • Have excellent marks? A scholarship is awarded for academic achievement. They are directed to students who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (B).
  • 2019-20 Deadline was: Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Sir William Stephenson Scholarship and Dr. & Mrs. Roderick Hunter Scholarship

  • Awarded to a student with high academic standing, outstanding leadership qualities, and significant  extracurricular involvements.
  • 2019-20 Deadline was: Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Research & Volunteerism Awards

  • For students who have undertaken a research project and/or volunteer on campus or in the community.
  • 2019-20 Deadline was: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Graduate and Professional Studies Expenses Bursary

  • For students in their final year of an undergraduate degree program in the 2019-20 academic year that are applying for Graduate or Professional Studies which begin in 2020-21. 
  • 2019-20 Funds Exhausted

2020-21 In-Course Award Opportunities:


Refunds to Students with an Award and/or Government Student Aid

Students with an account credit that received an award and/or government student aid should note that our office authorizes refunds at the end of each term only. Cheques are mailed to students at this time (December, April, August).  Students receiving award and/or government student aid refunds will be notified by Webmail shortly before the cheques are mailed.

If the account credit is a result of a dropped course, enrolment will be reviewed to ensure the student still meets the eligibility criteria for the award and/or government student aid funding they have received. If the student has not maintained eligibility, they may receive either a portion of the funding or none. Money may be refunded back to the award fund and/or government student aid branch. Students will be notified if this occurs by Webmail.

If the refund is required before the end of term, students that received an award and/or government student aid are welcome to make an early refund request to our office. You can drop by the office or email to provide the reason for your request, full name and student ID number. Depending on the type of funds received, the refund may be released early in full, partially, or will have to wait until term end to be released. Early refund requests are reviewed every two weeks and students are notified of the results shortly after review.

All other refund request inquiries for students without an award or government student aid should be referred to Student Central.