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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 Michael Goldbloom Excellence Scholarships, named for Bishop’s 18th Principal and Vice-Chancellor, are valued at $10,000 per year (renewable) and 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 Michael Goldbloom 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 the names of two referees (a senior official or teacher at their high school or CEGEP) who must complete an electronic referee form;
  • write a brief essay (maximum 500 words) setting out their achievements and aspirations;
  • create a video of no more than two minutes in which they define their intellectual strengths and academic ambitions, 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. Scholarships are paid in two installments (one in the Fall semester and one in the Winter semester).

Please note that the Michael Goldbloom Excellence Scholarship 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 Vice-Principal 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 call by April 15, 2024.


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.

Additional Benefits

  • Recipients will be assigned mentors from the faculty or senior administration. Recipients will also have many opportunities to engage with returning Scholars.
  • Opportunities to meet with the Principal, the Chancellor and other senior members of the Bishop’s community.
  • Opportunities to participate in leadership and scholarly gatherings.

Application Process

Students applying for a Michael Goldbloom 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 Michael Goldbloom Excellence Scholarship.

The deadline for receipt of application and supporting documents for the Michael Goldbloom Excellence Scholarship is March 1, 2024.

Supporting Documents Required

  • Two (2) references completed using the electronic Referee Form. The applicant is responsible for asking their referees to complete the form and for supplying them with the link to the form.

Guidelines for Referees:

  • Complete the online Referee Form (can be completed in English or French).
  • The Referee Form must be completed by a school administrator (e.g., Principal, Vice-Principal, Dean of Student Affairs, teacher, university guidance counsellor or similar).
  • Referees cannot be related to the applicant.
  • References should demonstrate and discuss the applicant’s academic ability, community engagement, leadership capabilities, future potential and any relevant extenuating circumstances.
  • The Scholarship Selection Committee may contact a referee to validate any part of their statement in support of an applicant.
  • References must be submitted by March 1, 2024.