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Laurier Scholars Award

Established in 2021, seven students will be selected to receive a $40,000 entrance scholarship called the Laurier Scholars Award.

The award includes $7,500 per year for up to four years and an experiential learning award of $10,000. The experiential award may be used to fund a summer research assistantship, international exchange or another hands-on learning opportunity that connects in-class knowledge to learning experiences outside the classroom. 

This is an annual scholarship. The award values, number of awards and award criteria are subject to change.

Laurier Scholars Program

Award recipients become Laurier Scholars and join a community of their peers. Throughout their degree, recipients receive mentorship, networking, research and experiential learning opportunities throughout their degree. Learn more about the Laurier Scholars Program.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for fall 2022 is January 25, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Date of Award Selection

If you are selected as a Laurier Scholar, you will be notified by email in mid-May.

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Award Details

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Laurier is committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, which empower all students to reach their potential. To help nurture a vibrant learning environment, we welcome students from a diversity of backgrounds and lived experiences.

This award is available to applicants who have received an offer of admission for fall 2022 and have a current admission average of 90% or higher. Please note that Laurier does not round admission averages.

If your current admission average is 90% or higher, the scholarship application will be available to you in your LORIS (Laurier’s Online Registration and Information System) account. 

In addition:

  • Canadian and international students are eligible to apply.
  • You must be attending a postsecondary institution for the first time.
  • Your offer of admission must be to full-time studies.

If you think you may be eligible to apply, but do not have access to the scholarship application in LORIS, please email studentawards@wlu.ca

Award Criteria

Students are selected for the Laurier Scholars Award based on their academic achievement and a separate application, which includes:

  • a personal statement,
  • list of your activities and/or accomplishments, and
  • a letter of recommendation.

Academic Requirements

You must maintain a final admission average of 90% as of the beginning of July (for current Ontario high school applicants) or mid July (for all other applicants).

Annual Renewal Requirements

Renewal requirements are the annual requirements you must meet each year in order to maintain your scholarship. 

To receive the full scholarship amount, you must register in full-time studies (a minimum of 2.0 credits per term) in two terms in a single academic year (Laurier’s academic year is September to August). You must also maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 10.5.

You will be required to participate in the Laurier Scholars Program and continue demonstrating the same qualities on which the award was given.

Laurier Scholars Application Components

Personal Statement

Select one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In a 700-word personal statement, explain how your Laurier education will enable you to contribute to global efforts to achieve the goal you have chosen. In your statement, demonstrate your potential to become a globally engaged leader. You are encouraged to incorporate your leadership experience in your statement. The personal statement should be your own original work. 

Activities and/or Accomplishments List

You will be asked to share some of your activities and/or accomplishments that demonstrate your leadership potential. Leadership qualities are shown in many forms and in different life experiences. Some examples of what you might tell us about in your application include academics, entrepreneurship, technology, clubs, extracurriculars, athletics, lived experiences, family or community responsibilities, creative and performing arts, employment, volunteerism, service to others, etc.

Letter of Recommendation

As part of your application, you will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation written on your behalf. Your letter of recommendation should be from a community leader who can speak about their personal observations and experiences of your leadership qualities and contributions to your school and/or wider community, as well as your academic achievements.  

Some examples of who you might ask to submit a reference for you include a secondary school official, community leader, Elder, coach, teacher, instructor, member of your faith community, or someone who knows you well and can speak about you. You may choose someone not represented on this list. 

How to Apply:

Submit the Laurier Scholars Award application in LORIS (Laurier’s Online Registration and Information System) by January 25, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. You must have a current admission average of 90% to access the application.

You can start the application and come back to it later.

If you think you may be eligible to apply, but do not have access to the scholarship application in LORIS, please email studentawards@wlu.ca. 

How to Find the Scholarship Application in LORIS

The online scholarship application is facilitated through LORIS (Laurier’s Online Registration and Information System). 

  1. Log in to LORIS.
  2. Select the “Student Awards and Financial Aid” tab.
  3. Select “Student Awards Applications.”
  4. Select your aid year (2022-2023) and then select “Continue.”
  5. Complete and submit the Laurier Scholars Award application. 

How to Complete the Laurier Scholars Award Application

Watch our video tutorial, which provides an overview of the Laurier Scholar's Award application. 

Refer to our list of frequently asked questions for completing the application.

How to Find a Partially Completed Scholarship Application

If you need to stop partway through and come back to your application, follow these instructions:

  1. Log in to LORIS.
  2. Select the “Student Awards and Financial Aid” tab.
  3. Select “View My Applications” Find the Laurier Scholars Award and select “View/Modify.”
  4. Select “View/Modify Sections.”
  5. Complete and submit the Laurier Scholars Award application.

Next Steps for Award Recipients

If you are selected as a Laurier Scholar, you will be notified by email in mid-May. Laurier will only notify recipients who receive the award.

You must have a final admission average of 90% as of the beginning of July (for current Ontario high school applicants) or mid July (for all other applicants).  

It is strongly recommended that you monitor your grades in your OUAC account (current Ontario high school applicant) or in LORIS (if you are a non-Ontario high school applicant). Summer school courses cannot be used to increase your average. It is your responsibility to make sure your updated grades are also updated in your OUAC account by the deadlines listed above.

To receive the scholarship in fall 2022, you must register in full-time studies (a minimum of 2.0 credits per term) in two terms in your first academic year (Laurier’s academic year is September to August). Please note that to receive the scholarship in your upper years, each year you are required to complete 5.0 total credits. Be sure to read the annual renewal requirements carefully so that you can prepare to maintain your scholarship. 

Annual Renewal Requirements

Renewal requirements are the annual requirements you must meet each year in order to maintain your scholarship.  

To renew your scholarship each year, you must: 

  • Complete a minimum of 2.0 credits per term in at least two terms in a single academic year (Laurier’s academic year is September to August and has three terms: fall, winter and spring).  
  • Complete 5.0 total credits in each academic year. 
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 10.5. 
  • You will be required to participate in the Laurier Scholars Program and continue demonstrating the same qualities upon which the award was given. 

Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the scholarship worth?

The Laurier Scholars Award is worth a maximum of $40,000 over four years, broken down as follows:

  • $7,500 per year for up to four years = $30,000
  • $10,000 experiential award = $10,000
  • Total over 4 years: $40,000

How many scholarships are available?

There is one scholarship for each of the following faculties. A total of seven scholarships will be awarded in 2022.

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Liberal Arts
  • Faculty of Music
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Work
  • Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

How will I find out if I was selected to be a Laurier Scholar?

Laurier will email the successful award recipients only in mid-May. If you are selected, we will notify you using the email address you submitted on your OUAC application.

If my admission average falls below 90%, will I lose my Laurier Scholars Award?

This award requires you to have a 90% admission average as of the beginning of July (current Ontario high school applicants) or mid July (all other applicants). Therefore, you will not be eligible for this award if your average is lower than 90% on this date. However, you will be reassessed to see if you are eligible for an entrance scholarship.

It is strongly recommended that you monitor your grades in your OUAC account (current Ontario high school applicant) or in LORIS (if you are a non-Ontario high school applicant). Summer school courses cannot be used to increase your average. It is your responsibility to make sure your updated grades are also updated in your OUAC account by the deadlines listed above.

What if I cannot meet the 90% final admission average by the deadline in July due to extenuating circumstances?

Recipients of the Laurier Scholars Award must maintain a final admission average of 90% as of the beginning of July (for current Ontario high school applicants) or mid July (for all other applicants).

As a Laurier Scholars Award recipient, you should do everything in your power to ensure your grades are received by Laurier by the above deadline. If you are unable to meet the deadline due to circumstances outside your control, please contact studentaward@wlu.ca before the deadline listed above and explain your situation in detail. Deadline extensions are not guaranteed and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Please note that we will not consider summer school courses, even if you are granted an extension.

Am I eligible to apply for the Laurier Scholars Award if I have attended a university or college before?

This scholarship is available for students who are attending postsecondary for the first time. See what other scholarships and funding opportunities are available for transfer students.

Can I be a Laurier Scholar and receive an entrance scholarship?

You may only hold one entrance scholarship award. If you receive the Laurier Scholars Award, you will not be eligible for another entrance scholarship or the President’s Gold Scholarship.

As a Laurier Scholar, can I receive in-course scholarships?

As this award is valued at up to $40,000 over four years, you will not be eligible to receive in-course scholarships. If you do not meet the eligibility requirements in your upper years and no longer qualify as a Laurier Scholar, you will be eligible to receive in-course scholarships.

I don’t see the Laurier Scholars Application in my LORIS account. Why?

Applicants who have received an offer of admission for fall 2021 and have a current admission average of 90% or higher (Laurier does not round admission averages) will receive access to the Laurier Scholars Award application.

If you think you may be eligible to apply, but do not have access to the scholarship application in LORIS, please email studentawards@wlu.ca.

I’m in Gr. 11. How can I prepare to apply for the Laurier Scholars Award next year?

Laurier is thrilled that younger students are using their passion, creativity and leadership to inspire the lives of others. While award criteria may change from year to year, a good way to prepare is to consider this year’s award criteria and the scholarship application components.

Who Do I Contact If I Have More Questions?

Please email the Student Awards team at studentawards@wlu.ca for additional assistance.

When Will I Receive the Experiential Award?

The experiential award is available in your final year of studies and will be applied towards an education-enhancing experience, which may include studying abroad or a research assistantship. 

What Kind of Programming Will I be Part of as a Laurier Scholar?

The Laurier Scholars Program offers high-achieving students the opportunity to participate in a dynamic learning environment that will foster innovative thinking and ethical, visionary leadership.  

The Laurier Scholars Program is inclusive of leadership development, career development and other unique programming opportunities. Laurier Scholars will be supported through the Scholars' Colloquium, faculty mentorship and peer mentorship. Scholars may also engage in leadership development projects, and an annual Scholars’ Conference. 

Do I Have to Accept My Offer of Admission Before Applying for the Laurier Scholars Award?

No, you do not. You can apply to the Laurier Scholars Award before you accept your offer of admission.

If you are selected as a Laurier Scholar, you must confirm your offer of admission to receive the award. You must accept your offer of admission by June 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., unless a different date is noted on your official offer of admission letter.

Application Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Upload my Personal Statement and Letter of Recommendation?

  1. Open the Laurier Scholar’s Award Application on LORIS.
  2. Select the Supplementary Document section.
  3. Click the “Laurier Scholars Award” link.
  4. Read the entire section and complete the questions.
  5. Select the link “upload your document here” and a new window will open.
  6. Find the document file, “drag and drop” your PDF document file into the window.
  7. You do not need to fill in any of the text fields on the window (i.e. Activity Date).
  8. Click on “Save” and close the window.
  9. Select “View your document here” to view your document.

Why Am I Receiving an Error Message When I Try to Upload my Personal Statement or Letter of Recommendation?

Your personal statement and letter of recommendation are referred to as supplementary documents in LORIS.

One of the common error messages you may receive when trying to upload your supplementary documents on LORIS is: “Unable to Save Document Index. A Unique Key Violation Has Occurred”

If you receive this error message or any other error messages, please follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the link “View your document here”—you may have already uploaded the document. If you do not see a document, log out of LORIS and then log back in.
  2. If you see a document under “View your document here” but would like to delete and re-upload a new file, click on “Document” in the top left corner and select “Delete Document”
  3. After you delete the document, close the window
  4. To re-upload a new PDF document, select the “Upload your document here” link.
  5. Open your file explorer, select the PDF document, and drag and drop the file into the window
  6. Click on “Save” and close the window.

If you are still unable to upload your document, email studentawards@wlu.ca with screenshot(s) for further assistance.

I Uploaded the Wrong Documents; How Do I Delete and Re-Upload Them?

Uploading Documents on LORIS for Award Applications - YouTube video

  1. Open the Laurier Scholar’s Award Application on LORIS.
  2. Select the Supplementary Document section.
  3. Click the “Laurier Scholars Award” link.
  4. Select the link "View your document here."
  5. Select "Document" in the top left corner.
  6. Click on "Delete Document" and close the window.
  7. Select the link "upload your document here" to re-upload.

The Pandemic Has Affected My Involvement in My Activities. How Should I Complete the Activities Section in My Application?

We recognize that the pandemic may have affected your involvement in your extracurricular activities. Fill out the activities section of application accurately. For example, if you were involved in your activity within the last year, indicate this in the question “When were you last involved in the activity?” If you weren’t involved in the last year, please choose the appropriate dropdown option.

You are not limited to sharing extracurricular activities. Some examples of what you might tell us about in your application include academics, entrepreneurship, technology, clubs, extracurriculars, athletics, lived experiences, family or community responsibilities, creative and performing arts, employment, volunteerism, service to others, etc.

Who Can I Use as My Reference and What Should They Write About?

Your letter of recommendation should be from a community leader who can speak about their personal observations and experiences of your leadership qualities and contributions to your school and/or wider community, as well as your academic achievements.  

Some examples of who you might ask to submit a reference for you include a secondary school official, community leader, Elder, coach, teacher, instructor, member of your faith community, or someone who knows you well and can speak about you. You may choose someone not represented on this list.

What Does ‘Activity Takes Place in School Affiliated or Outside of School’ Mean?

To better understand your activity, it’s helpful for us to know where you are completing the activity. We provide three options for applicants to select: School affiliated, outside of school and other.

  • School affiliated could be an extra-curricular that you participate in that is linked to your high school, IB program or potentially an activity that is taking place at another school, such as volunteering at an elementary school.
  • Outside of school is intended to broadly include any activity that may take place outside of your school. This can include in your community, at home, at the workplace or any place that is not linked to your school.
  • If you feel that your activity does not fit in either of the above categories, you have the option to select other and provide us with the location.

The activity that I’m Trying to Enter is Linked to a School Program but Takes Place Outside of School. What Should I Select for Where the Activity Takes Place?

Where the activity takes place is up to you to decide. The location helps us better understand the activity itself. Whatever option that you feel best describes your activity is best to select. There is no preference or advantage to select any specific option of where it takes place.

Can I Use Images / Graphics / Pictures on My Personal Statement?

We discourage the use of images, graphics and/or pictures on your personal statement. It is recommended that you use text only. Please note that there is 700-word limit for the personal statement.

What Happens if My Personal Statement is Longer Than 700 Words?

If you exceed the word limit, the remainder of your personal statement may not be reviewed. You should remain within the 700-word limit.

How Long Should My Letter of Recommendation Be?

There is no page limit for the letter of recommendation. However, we recommend submitting one to two pages for your letter of recommendation.

CONTACT US:

Student Awards

E: studentawards@wlu.ca

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