A Carleton University Entrance Bursary will provide you with additional funds to help you meet the direct educational costs of your first-year studies.

To be eligible for a Carleton University Entrance Bursary

  • You have applied and been offered admission to an undergraduate degree program at Carleton University for September.
  • You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • You have demonstrated financial need and will be applying for government student financial assistance.
  • You complete and submit the Entrance Bursary application, through the Undergraduate Application Forms system on Carleton Central, by June 30.
  • Students who have not applied by June 30 may still be considered for a bursary by completing the General Undergraduate Bursary application for Current Students.  The General  Undergraduate Bursary application for Current Students is available as of September, through the Undergraduate Application Forms system on Carleton Central.

Leadership Entrance Bursary Awards for Prospective/New Students –  Fall 2024

If you are a Canadian high school student with financial need, demonstrated leadership abilities, and participation in secondary school extra-curricular activities and/or community service that impacted the lives of others – the following Leadership Entrance Bursaries have been established to recognize your achievements and to provide additional financial assistance.

To be considered for one of the Leadership Entrance Bursary awards listed below, you must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person. Please complete and submit the Leadership Entrance Bursary Application through the Undergraduate Application Forms system on Carleton Central, by April 3rd. There is only one application form for all of the Leadership Entrance Bursaries below.

Leadership Entrance Bursaries 2024-2025
Bursaries (number available) Value Program Terms
Linda Dunsmore Brown Bursary (1) $3000 in first year and renewable at $3000 for
second, third and fourth year
Any program*
  • Financial need and participation in extra-curricular secondary school activities, community service, or volunteer work

Carleton University Alumni Association Leadership Bursary (1) $5000 in first year Any program*
  • Financial need and participation in extra-curricular secondary school activities, community service, or volunteer work
  • Minimum admission average of 75%

CIBC Bursaries (3) $5000 in first year and renewable at $5000 for
second, third and fourth year
Commerce or  International Business*
  • Financial need and participation in extra-curricular secondary school activities, community service, or volunteer work
  • Minimum admission average of 85%

Douglas Arthur de Pencier Leadership Bursary (5) $6000 in first year and renewable at $6000 for
second, third and fourth year
Any program*
  • Financial need and participation in extra-curricular secondary school activities, community service, or volunteer work
  • Entering university from a high school in North Grenville, North Dundas, Winchester, Kemptville, Richmond, Osgoode, Merrickville-Wolford, Smiths Falls and North Gower areas of Eastern Ontario

Helen and Douglas Nicholson Science Entrance Bursary (1) Full tuition in first year Bachelor of Science*
  • Financial need and participation in extra-curricular secondary school activities, community service, or volunteer work
  • Minimum admission average of 75%

Donald R. Yeomans Bursary (1) Full tuition in first,
second, third and fourth year
Any program*
  • Financial need and participation in extra-curricular secondary school activities, community service, or volunteer work

*Entering the first year of full-time undergraduate study and pursuing post-secondary studies for the first time

The following Leadership Entrance Bursary Awards require a separate application to be completed and submitted

Carleton Calgary Alumni Award

Valued at $5,000 for first year. Calgary-area high school students admitted to any undergraduate degree program at Carleton University are considered.

The 2024-2025 application is now open. The link will open the application in a new tab. Do not complete the application on this tab; you must download and save to your computer.

Garay Family Award for Indigenous Students in Science

Awarded to an outstanding Indigenous student in demonstrated financial need who is entering a full-time undergraduate degree program in Science at Carleton University. This award may be continued for 3 subsequent years of full-time enrolment provided the recipient remains in good academic standing and continues to demonstrate financial need. This award is valued at $4000. Endowed in 2021 by the Garay family.

For more information please visit our Awards for Indigenous Students page.

Humphrey Law Bursary for Indigenous Students in Business

Value $5,000. Awarded annually to an Indigenous student in demonstrated financial need who is entering any undergraduate program of study within the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. This bursary may be continued for 3 years of full-time enrollment provided the student remains in good academic standing and continues to demonstrate financial need. Application is required.  Endowed in 2020 through the generosity of Humphrey Law, BComm/57. Revised 2022.

For more information please visit our Awards for Indigenous Students page.

Joyce Family Foundation Bursary for Indigenous Students

Awarded annually to an Indigenous student who is entering any full-time undergraduate program at Carleton University for the first time and who has demonstrated financial need.

For more information please visit our Awards for Indigenous Students page.

Pamela and Richard Joho Leadership Bursary

Awarded annually to an outstanding student entering the Bachelor of Humanities, Bachelor of Arts in Greek and Roman Studies, or the Bachelor of Arts in Religion in the College of the Humanities (or any additional undergraduate degree program in the College of Humanities) at Carleton University. Application is required. Eligible students must demonstrate a strong academic background and participation in extra-curricular activities. Recipients will have demonstrated financial need, must be Canadian Citizens or permanent residents of Canada (landed immigrant or a protected person) and must meet OSAP’s Ontario residency requirements. Students who study abroad as part of any undergraduate degree program within the College of the Humanities are eligible to hold this bursary in their year abroad. This bursary is renewable for up to four years. Endowed in 2009 by Pamela and Richard Joho to honour their commitment to a classical education.

The application is currently not available.