President's Scholarship (Arts) (721130102572)

President’s Scholarship


The President’s Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships offered by the University of Ottawa.


This scholarship aims to recognize a newly admitted student, from each direct-entry faculty, whose work and commitment provide an exceptionally good reflection of the University of Ottawa's objectives.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, you must:

1. be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or have protected person or refugee status;

2. be registered full time, and for the first time, in an undergraduate program in a direct-entry faculty;

3. fulfill the admission requirements of the faculty in question (Arts, Engineering, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences, Telfer School of Management, Faculty of Law - Civil Law Section);

4. be bilingual (English and French);

5. have a minimum admission average of 92%; and

6. show leadership qualities and a commitment to academic and extracurricular activities.


Recipients cannot combine the President's Scholarship with the University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship, the Chancellor's Scholarship or the Faculty of Arts Dean's Merit Scholarship.


This scholarship can be renewed for the three following years provided that you:

1. maintain full-time registration in a direct-entry faculty; and

2. have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8.5 or higher at the end of each academic year.


This scholarship can be renewed at 50% of its annual value if the recipient has a CGPA between 8.0 and 8.4 at the end of their academic year. Furthermore, the scholarship can be renewed for the full amount in a subsequent year if the recipient’s CGPA increases to 8.5 or higher.

Temporary interruption of your studies or registration part-time or as a special student will lead to your scholarship being revoked for the rest of your studies.

Value of the award: $30,000 ($7,500 per year)

Number of awards: 6 (one for each direct-entry Faculty)

Frequency of the award: Annual

Level or program of study: Undergraduate

Renewable: Yes, if you meet the renewal criteria

Application contact: Financial Aid and Awards Service

Application deadline: March 1st


In order to encourage the best students to apply, the University of Ottawa provides a one-time award of $1,500 to the 18 finalists finishing in second, third and fourth place. This award may be combined with other admission scholarships, including the University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship of either $3,000 or $4,000 – amount established based on the student’s admission average.


Applications must be made through Online Scholarships and Bursaries, accessible through