Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship

Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship

As it has for generations, Bishop’s University continues to attract exceptional students of high academic standing.  They make great contributions to the intellectual and social life of the University and they derive great benefit from their experiences at Bishop’s. These impressive young students have a positive impact on their classmates, professors and the community and they contribute to Bishop’s objective of providing the best undergraduate education in the country.

The Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarships, valued at $10,000 per year (renewable for up to three additional years or a total value of $40,000), are intended to recognize and reward students with outstanding academic records and who personify Bishop’s fundamental values– sound learning, good citizenship, community, discovery, excellence, and sustainability.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarships, students must:

  • Be in their final year of full-time studies in high school or CEGEP;
  • Be citizens or permanent residents of Canada;
  • Present a minimum cumulative admissions average in their Grade 11 year of 90% or a cumulative 33 CEGEP R-Score;
  • Apply and be admitted to one of the University’s full-time Bachelor’s degree programs;
  • Provide two letters of reference from a senior official or teacher at their high school or CEGEP;
  • Write a brief essay (maximum 500 words) setting out their achievements and aspirations;
  • Create a video of no more than two minutes which outlines how they will contribute to the Bishop’s community and provide a YouTube or similar link on the application for the committee to review.
  • Students must begin their studies in the Fall term for which they have received their scholarship;
  • Scholarship offers are only valid for the year in which it is offered – deferrals are not permitted.

Selection Process

Recipients will be selected by a Committee chaired by the Principal of the University which will include the Dean of Students, the Director of Enrolment Management, a full-time faculty member of the University, and a current member of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC). Applicants who meet the required academic standards will be evaluated on factors such as leadership, community engagement, entrepreneurship, and exceptional academic, artistic or athletic talent.  A maximum of seven recipients will be chosen each year.

Successful recipients will be notified via email and phone by April 15.


This scholarship will be renewed for up to three years if the recipient maintains full-time status at Bishop’s University and a cumulative average of 85% in the best 24 credits over the last academic year (Fall, Winter and/or Spring terms).

Additional Benefits

  • Recipients will be assigned mentors from the faculty or senior administration.  Returning scholars will also serve as mentors.
  • Regular meetings with the Principal, the Chancellor and other senior members of the Bishop’s community.
  • Opportunity to participate in the annual Leadership Retreat, and scholarly gatherings organized by the Chair in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence.

Application Process

Students applying for a Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship must first complete the application for Admissions as outlined on the Bishop’s University Online Application web page. Students can then complete and submit the application and supporting documents/requirements. The deadline for applications and supporting documents/requirements is March 1st.

Application form: Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship

Supporting Documents Required

  • Completed scholarship application;
  • Copy of passport or birth certificate;
  • Two letters of reference sent in a sealed envelope with the signature of the referee across the seal;

Completed packages should be sent to:

Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship Selection Committee
c/o Bishop’s University Admissions Office
2600 rue College
Sherbrooke, QC J1M 1Z7

Please ensure that all documents have your full name and Date of Birth on them.

Guidelines for Referees:

  • Print off and complete the PDF document to be included as the cover page of their reference letter.
  • Reference letters can be submitted in either English or French.
  • Reference letters are to be written by school administrators including Principals, Vice-Principals, Dean of Students, teachers, University Guidance Counsellors, or similar.
  • Referees cannot be related to the applicant.
  • Letters should be written on school letterhead and hand signed.
  • Letters should be included in an sealed envelope with a school seal or referee signature across the seal.
  • Letters should demonstrate and discuss the applicant’s academic ability, community engagement, leadership capabilities, future potential and any relevant extenuating circumstances.
  • Student deadline to submit documents is March 1st.