Concordia University Undergraduate Awards Opportunities

Concordia University provides 6 main undergraduate awards in 2017-2018:

  • Brian T. Counihan Scholarship for Outstanding Contribution to Student Life
  • Dr. Ronald Calderisi Scholarship in Biochemistry
  • Francine V. Jones Art Conservation Study Scholarship
  • Highwater Foundation Scholarship for Student Veterans
  • NSERC USRA Competition – Summer 2018
  • Project Hero Scholarship

Brian T. Counihan Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honour of Brian T. Counihan’s contributions to student life over his 25 years as the first Dean of Students of Concordia University.

Direct applications for this scholarship are not accepted – potential candidates must be nominated by any Faculty or Staff member of the university community who is personally familiar with the student and their contributions to student life at Concordia University.

This scholarship is open to full-time and part-time Undergraduate and Graduate students (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral programs only). Minimum G.P.A. of 3.30 required.

Deadline: Wednesday February 28, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Ronald Calderisi Scholarship in Biochemistry

This scholarship for Undergraduate students was established in 2006 through the generosity of Dr. Ronald Calderisi. It is intended to encourage and reward students currently enrolled full-time in the B.Sc. Biochemistry program who have an Assessment GPA of at least 3.30, and are in their second year of study or higher.

Preference will be given to students from students who are from First Peoples, Métis and Inuit communities however all eligible students are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must have a declared interest in continuing their education in the field of medicine. The scholarship is available to Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, and International Students.

Deadline: September 29, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.

Francine V. Jones Art Conservation Study Scholarship

The Francine V. Jones Art Conservation Study Scholarship is intended to encourage and reward students who are completing a Bachelor in Fine Art (BFA), Master of Art (MA), Master of Fine Art (MFA), or a Master of Design (MDes) degree at the University, and who intend to pursue further studies leading to a career in Art Conservation.

The Scholarship shall be granted through competition to a student who is enrolled in their final term of studies in Fall 2017 or Winter 2018 in the Bachelor or Master of Fine Arts program, in any discipline of study leading to that degree, and is expected to graduate at the Spring 2018 convocation.

Candidates for this scholarship must write a personal statement detailing their interest in and studies to date in Art Conservation, and confirming their intention to pursue further studies in this area at the graduate level leading to an eventual career in this field. Candidates’ submissions must be accompanied by two reference letters from Faculty of Fine Arts academic staff who are familiar with the student’s interests and intentions in the area of Art Conservation.

Candidate statements and supporting references submitted for this Scholarship competition will be adjudicated by the Faculty of Fine Arts.

Submission deadline: January 19, 2018

Highwater Foundation Scholarship for Student Veterans

The Highwater Foundation Scholarship for Student Veterans was established in 2017 by Stephen Hurlburt, President of the Highwater Foundation. He is a long-time Concordia University donor and a graduate of JMSB with a BComm 71.

The purpose of the Highwater Foundation Scholarship for Student Veterans is to recognise and reward academic excellence in veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as those who are currently serving, who are enrolled in full-time studies at Concordia University. Open to students in Bachelor’s programs in any discipline of study, in second year or higher.

Application Deadline: February 2, 2018

NSERC USRA Competition – Summer 2018

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is a federal agency responsible for promoting and supporting research in the natural sciences and engineering, other than the health sciences.

The objective of the Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) program is to provide research work experience for students to complement their degree program and encourage them to consider graduate studies and/or a research career.

Students wishing to enter the Summer 2018 NSERC USRA competition are advised to read the all of the information presented below, and Concordia staff, professors, and research supervisors are strongly encouraged to do so as well.

The deadline for students to apply, and for USRA supervisors to submit their Form 202 Part II, is Thursday February 1st 2018.


To be eligible to apply for and hold a USRA, you must:

  • Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada as of February 1st 2018,
  • Be registered in a Bachelor’s degree,
  • Have a Cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (“B” average),
  • Have in place a faculty member who will supervise your research. The faculty member must hold an active NSERC research grant (e.g., Discovery, CREATE, Strategic, Research Partnerships, etc.), either at the time you submit the application or when you hold the award.

In addition, you must:

  • Have completed all of the course requirements of at least the first year of University study towards your Bachelor’s degree (or two academic terms),
  • Have been registered in the Fall 2017 and/or Winter 2018 semesters,
  • Not have started a program of graduate studies in the natural sciences or engineering at any time,
  • Be engaged in full-time research and development activities in the natural sciences or engineering on university premises during the tenure of the USRA.


  • You may hold only one USRA per fiscal year (May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019);
  • You may hold a maximum of three NSERC USRAs throughout your university career;
  • You are permitted to take a maximum of 1 (one) course during the USRA period, only if your supervisor approves.

Enrollment in more than one course during the USRA period risks rejection of the candidate’s eligibility by NSERC!


The USRA has a basic value of $5,625.00 ($4,500.00 from NSERC plus a contribution of $1,125.00 from Concordia/your department).

Project Hero Scholarship

Concordia University is pleased to be the first institution in Québec to support the Project Hero Scholarship initiative.

Project Hero is an initiative started by Kevin Reed who was recently appointed honorary lieutenant-colonel of 31 Service Brigade, an army reserve unit headquartered in London, Ontario. Mr. Reed was inspired by the work of former Chief of Defence Staff, General Rick Hillier, (Retired) now Chancellor of Memorial University, and approached him about starting a program which would provide a scholarship or tuition waiver for the children of Canadian Forces staff who were killed while on active duty. Mr. Hillier was quick to embrace the idea.

Candidates for the Project Hero Scholarship must:
– Be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident,
– Be aged 26 years or younger,
– Be a dependent child of Canadian Forces personnel deceased while serving in an active mission (operational mission or training for such a mission dating back to February 2002 for both theatres of combat and peacekeeping missions).

The scholarship is intended to assist with tuition expenses, and is available to full-time students enrolled in Bachelor’s programs meeting all of the above-stated criteria. The scholarship is renewable on the basis of continuing full-time enrollment and a minimum GPA of 3.30. Candidates wishing to be considered for this award must contact Doug Gardhouse, Undergraduate Awards Manager (Financial Aid and Awards Office).