Applying for Entrance Scholarships

All first-time university students entering a full-time undergraduate degree program are automatically considered for a one-year scholarship if they meet the minimum academic requirements. These scholarships are awarded solely on the basis of academic achievement, meaning no separate scholarship application is required. Major Entrance Renewable Scholarships of $3,000/$5,000/$10,000/$12,000 values do require a separate application that must be submitted soon after submitting your application for admission. Therefore the instructions below apply to Major Scholarships only. 

How to apply for Major Entrance Scholarships

  1. After your application for admission has been submitted, you will receive an email acknowledgement of your admission application. This email will provide you with your:
    • McGill ID number
    • PIN used to log on to Minerva
    • Important: do not wait to be admitted to McGill to apply for a scholarship. Apply by the specified scholarship deadlines below.
  2. On Minerva, go to: Applicant > Apply for Major Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship. Here is a sample of what you will see: Major Entrance Scholarship Preview.pdf
  3. You will be prompted to provide specific information which may include some or all of the following:
    • A factual list of your school activities and community/volunteer involvement for the last three academic years (including athletic/artistic and other activities)
    • A general essay either on a contemporary or historical figure that influenced/inspired you, or on a memorable event/experience which provided you with a new outlook on life
    • A one-page letter of reference that you have written – for yourself – in the third person
  4. All transcripts must be uploaded to Minerva – instructions are available on McGill's Admission site
  5. Reference letters and statements of rank must be:
    • typed on official letterhead stationary,
    • duly signed, converted to PDF and
    • sent directly by the referee or school administrator (quoting the applicant's McGill ID number) via email to scholarships [at]

Applications for major scholarships are reviewed by members of the selection committees that determine the finalists. Please note: these finalists may be interviewed. Students who apply for, but do not receive, a major scholarship will automatically be considered for a one-year scholarship. No additional application is required – this single entrance scholarship application is used for consideration for all entrance awards listed in the Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards Calendar

Deadlines and Documentation

The supporting documentation required to apply for major entrance scholarships varies according to region, as do the deadlines for submission. Please refer to the following chart to find out what, and when, you need to submit:

 Applicant Type Documents required Deadline

Applicants from Quebec CEGEPs

  • Two letters of reference

March 7*

Applicants from schools in Ontario and in the rest of Canada

  • Two letters of reference
  • Signed statement from your school (if available)

February 7*

Applicants from schools outside of Canada

  • Two letters of reference
  • Signed statement from your school (if available)

January 25*

*All major entrance scholarship applications must be submitted online via Minerva, no later than midnight, Montreal time, on the deadline dates listed above. Any mailed documents must be postmarked no later than midnight of a given deadline. In the event that a deadline falls on a statutory holiday or weekend, the effective deadline will be the next business day.

  • Two letters of reference: One academic and one activity-related letter of reference. Letters should be typed on letterhead stationery, duly signed and converted to PDF, then submitted by the referees to scholarships [at]
  • The signed statement: A signed statement from your school indicating the size of your class and your class rank, if your school provides such information. All documents should be provided on school letterhead. Please note: If the class rank is available on a student's transcript, the signed statement is not necessary.

Documents submitted to McGill University in support of an application to be admitted or considered for a scholarship, including, but not limited to transcripts, diplomas, letters of reference and test scores (in paper or electronic format), become the property of McGill University and will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution.

Applicant-reported/uploaded grades are verified against official grades from the school or examination board. Should significant discrepancies or irregularities arise, applicants may be required to provide an explanation at any point. McGill reserves the right to revoke admission, scholarship and financial support, and registration in cases of misrepresentation.

Notification of Offers

Applicants who are awarded a one-year, non-renewable entrance scholarship will be notified within days of their admission decision.

Applicants for the major renewable scholarship should regularly consult Minerva – My Financial Aid & Awards – for updates on the status of their application.

Only those applicants who receive offers of entrance scholarships from the Scholarships and Student Aid Office will be notified via email, to the address you have provided on your admission application. The scholarship offer letter will be attached to the e-mail as a PDF. The letters are on McGill letterhead and include a signature; they can be used for official purposes. No paper letters will be mailed to recipients.

Therefore, it is important to check your email regularly, as well as to add the McGill domain ( to the safe senders list in your email program.

For questions about your application for admission, please contact McGill’s Admissions Office.

For questions about your Major Entrance Scholarship application, please contact the scholarships [at] (Scholarships Office).