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As it has for generations, Bishop’s University continues to attract exceptional students of high academic standing. They make significant contributions to the intellectual and social life of the University and they derive great benefit from their experiences at Bishop’s. These impressive young people 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. Our core values – student-centered, community-focused, excellence and sustainability – are the foundations on which Bishop’s University is built. We are committed to being a diverse, vibrant and inclusive community, and we encourage students of equity-deserving groups to apply for this Scholarship.

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 CEGEP R-Score of 33;
  • 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; and
  • begin their studies in the Fall term for which they have received their scholarship.

A scholarship offer is only valid for the year in which it is offered – deferrals are not permitted.

Please note that the Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship (CES) cannot be awarded in conjunction with other Bishop’s University scholarships. This means that the scholarship offer that is of higher value will replace the scholarship of lower value.

Selection Process

Recipients will be selected by a Committee chaired by the Principal of the University which will include the Dean of Student Affairs, the Registrar, 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, 2023.


This scholarship will be renewed if the student:

  • maintains full-time status during the Fall and Winter semesters;
  • has a cumulative average of 85% in the best 24 credits over the last academic year (Fall, Winter and/or Spring semesters);
  • has fewer than 120 credits completed at the start of the upcoming Fall semester; students with more than 90 credits completed at the start of the Fall semester who are awarded a scholarship will receive a pro-rated amount.

Additional Benefits

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

Application Process

Students applying for a Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship must first complete the application for admission as outlined on the Bishop’s University Online Application web page. They can subsequently complete and submit the application and submit supporting documents for the Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship.

The deadline for receipt of application and supporting documents is March 1, 2023.

Supporting Documents Required

  • Copy of passport or birth certificate (scanned PDF or .JPG);
  • Two letters of reference sent via email attachment. Letters must be in PDF format on letterhead.

Supporting documents should be emailed to: admissions@ubishops.ca. The subject line should read: CES Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship Selection Committee.

Applicants should ensure that all documents include their full name and date of birth.

Guidelines for Referees:

  • Print and complete the PDF Referee Form to be included as the cover page of the reference letter.
  • Reference letters can be submitted in either English or French.
  • Reference letters are to be written by school administrators (e.g., Principal, Vice-Principal, Dean of Student Affairs, teacher, university guidance counsellor or similar).
  • Referees cannot be related to the applicant.
  • Reference letters must be on school letterhead and signed.
  • Reference letters should demonstrate and discuss the applicant’s academic ability, community engagement, leadership capabilities, future potential and any relevant extenuating circumstances.
  • Reference letters and referee forms must be submitted by March 1, 2023.

Letters must be in PDF format and emailed to admissions@ubishops.ca. The subject line should read: CES Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship Selection Committee.