Scholarships and bursaries: earn some money for your education

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UNB scholarships and bursaries are awarded to deserving students based on financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activity, and other factors. Here are some of the ones available to students on a yearly basis.

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Sir Howard Douglas Scholarship

The Sir Howard Douglas Society was founded in 2006 to recognize and encourage outstanding UNB undergraduate students.

This award is given to students who have demonstrated active participation in extracurricular, co-curricular activities, volunteer work, and have shown significant potential in academic achievements. To be eligible for this award, the student must have completed at least two years at the university. 

Please visit the website for more information. The online application has been closed for this academic year but will re-open next year on September 1, 2022, and the deadline will be October 30th, 2022.

Leslie E. Bruce Environmental Scholarship

The Leslie E. Bruce Environmental Scholarship is a scholarship given to UNB students who have demonstrated that they have the potential of becoming an environmental leader.

To be eligible for the scholarship, the student must either be a full-time or graduate student from any of the UNB campuses and must get accepted into a reputable post-secondary institution or course of study outside of UNB.

This scholarship is given to two students, and the value of the scholarship is $1000. Please visit the website for more information about the scholarship and to confirm eligibility.

Student Leadership Awards

The UNB Saint John Student Leadership Awards are provided annually to several students who demonstrate that they are leaders in their school and home communities. Applications are filled out through an online form and due on September 30 of each year.

General scholarship application

Every year, continuing UNB students are encouraged to apply for scholarship eligibility through the general application form on the UNB website. It automatically considers you for the hundreds of awards the university has to offer. Any student who receives at least a 3.7 GPA is automatically eligible for $1,000, with the opportunity of receiving up to $7,000 with a 4.3 GPA. Those who are successful in receiving an award are notified by email by August, with the deadline to apply each year being April 15.

What is a bursary?

Bursaries can be a big help when a student is struggling to pay tuition fees and cover living expenses at the same time. These are non-repayable, and these specific types of bursaries are awarded to full-time and part-time students to help finish their education.

Some of the bursaries do require the applicant to meet specific eligibility requirements such as the applicant’s city, area, or field of study. To be eligible for the part-time bursaries, the student must not have been enrolled full-time in the previous 12 months of their education period.

Student Educational Opportunities Fund UNBSJ encourages students to get involved in educational activities and deliver excellent academic performance so that they can potentially be eligible for these awards.

The university provides financial assistance and covers any additional charges to attend educational programs or activities to support this initiative. The students eligible for financial aid may request financial assistance to cover the costs of academic and professional conferences, symposia, and volunteer programs.

Dr. Florence T. Snodgrass Bursary

The Dr. Florence T. Snodgrass Bursary is available to undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time in a New Brunswick post-secondary institution. To be eligible for this bursary, the student must be a resident of New Brunswick and have a grade point average of 2.0 or above.

The student must also be able to provide valid reasons as to why they require financial assistance. The deadline to apply for this bursary is December 5.

Student Abroad Bursary Program

Students enrolled in the International Student Abroad program as a part of their relevant degree program may be eligible to apply for the Student Abroad bursaries, which are worth up to $1,500.

However, the student must be full-time to be eligible to apply. As a result, the prize is conditional based on the student enrolment status and completion of the student abroad program. The deadline to apply for this prize is March 22, 2022.

UNB Special Bursary Program

This is a special bursary that is given to undergraduate students who need immediate financial assistance.

To be eligible for this bursary, the student must meet the UNB particular bursary program’s qualifying requirements. The selected students will be receiving a maximum grant of $1,000 per student.

The deadline to apply for this bursary has been closed for this academic year and will re-open next year with a deadline of November 15, 2022.

Indspire Bursary

Indspire is a special bursary that is awarded to a student who identifies as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis. Students are required to fill out a form and submit it to their postsecondary institution to request financial assistance.

Statement from Sheldon MacLeod, Director of Student Services

Sheldon MacLeod, Director of Student Services, stated that UNB Saint John is a campus that greatly values connections and advocates for educational access.

Bursaries are ways to meaningfully assist students who are most in need. UNB seeks to provide as much access to as many students as possible. Especially this year, the university has been providing COVID-related bursaries to students impacted by the pandemic’s ongoing effects.

Statement from Heather Stafford, Student Success Coordinator

Heather Stafford, the Student Success Coordinator, mentioned that at UNB Saint John, some bursaries are awarded based on financial need. If a student is passing through hard times or has any kind of financial emergency, they have the option of completing the “General Bursary Application” for immediate financial assistance and support from the university.

Applications must be completed through the online portal (digital forms), and a list of the upcoming Bursaries and Awards can be found on the UNB website. For more information or questions, email

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