Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Information for Current Students

Brock University is committed to encouraging academic excellence. The university sets aside funds to recognize our best and brightest students. In addition to our generous bursary program, Brock offers very competitive scholarships to returning students. The following is a guide to answer frequently asked questions and concerns about Brock University scholarships.

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Are there scholarships available for returning students?
Yes. Returning students who completed their first undergraduate degree and did not receive a Brock Scholars Award (entrance scholarship) in their first year are eligible for consideration for a Brock Returning Scholars Award (automatic returning-student scholarship).

To be considered for a Brock Returning Scholars Award, students must normally have completed four credits or more in the previous Fall/Winter session with an average of at least 80 per cent on four or more credits. Students with special needs who are full time but carry fewer than four credits because of the impact of a disability, as recommended by the Associate Vice-President (Student Services), are also eligible for Returning Student Scholarships.

Students pursuing a pass degree (three years of study) are eligible for a total of two Returning Scholars Awards; students pursuing an honours degree (four years of study) are eligible for a total of three Returning Scholars Awards.

Please note: students pursuing the Concurrent Education program are only eligible for the Returning Scholars Award during the completion of their first degree (pre-service credits are not used for scholarship calculation) and will not receive a scholarship renewal in their final (pre-service) year. If pass degree Concurrent Education students elect to return to complete their honours degree, they may be eligible for the award in that year.

The minimum average required for the awarding of other donor in-course scholarships is determined each year by the Senate Committee on Awards and Bursaries.
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How do I renew my Brock Scholars Award (entrance scholarship)?
Returning students who received a Brock Scholars Award in their first year may be eligible for renewal of their entrance scholarship.

To be eligible for a scholarship renewal you must have completed four credits or more in the previous fall/winter session with an average of at least 80 per cent on four or more credits. If your average falls below 80 per cent in your top 4.0 credits, you will not be eligible for renewal. However, if in the following year your average is above the required 80 percent in 4.0 credits, you will be eligible for the award renewal in that year.

Students pursuing a pass degree (three years of study) are eligible for a total of two renewals; students pursuing an honours degree (four years of study) are eligible for a total of three renewals.

Please note: students pursuing the Concurrent Education program are only eligible for the Returning Student Scholarship during the completion of their first degree (pre-service credits are not used for scolarship calculation) and will not receive a scholarship renewal in their final (pre-service) year. If pass degree Concurrent Education students elect to return to complete their honours degree, they may be eligible for a renewal in that year.

The minimum average required for the awarding of other donor in-course scholarships is determined each year by the Senate Committee on Awards and Bursaries.
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How are university scholarships funded?
Scholarship funds come from two sources:

i) Donors

Friends of Brock University have donated funds over the years which are designated for students with demonstrated academic ability. In addition to academic ability, some bursaries also have additional selection criteria that must be met before the scholarship can be awarded.

ii) Brock University Operating Budget

Brock sets aside funds from its operating budget to recognize outstanding students. The amount set aside is determined annually.
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What scholarships are available to me?
Brock University Returning Scholars Awards are set aside for students completing their first undergraduate degree, who are returning to Brock after at least one year of study and do not have a renewable Brock University Entrance Scholarship. If you have completed at least 4.0 credits during the previous Fall/Winter session, you will automatically be considered for the Brock Returning Scholars Award. These scholarships are offered based on the following criteria. No application is required:

Sessional Average*

Amount of Award
94.0% and above $1,500
90.0% to 93.9% $1,000
85.0% to 89.9% $550
80.0% to 84.9% $350

* These levels are determined by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Affairs.

In addition to the Brock Returning Scholars Award, we also offer several Donor-Sponsored Scholarships. The minimum average for these scholarships is 75 per cent and some of these scholarships require an application. To get more information on individual scholarships, please go to the Student Awards Search pages or review our Award List for Current Students.
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When will I find out if I have been awarded a scholarship or award?
For returning students, scholarships are awarded after your final marks are submitted for the Winter term. Notification is normally sent around the end of July.

Upper-year Co-op students are reviewed in early September, after the final summer marks are submitted to the Registrar's Office.

Please note: Your name may also be published in the annual undergraduate calendar.
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How will I receive the money?
Awards are applied to your student fees account. If your account is paid in full, a cheque may be requested (awards@brocku.ca) and held for you in the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office (4th Floor, Schmon Tower). You must present a valid Brock Student ID card to pick up your cheque. 

For Donor-Sponsored awards, a thank you letter is normally required before the funds are credited to your account.  Please see our 'Hints on How to Write a Thank You Letter' page.

 

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What if I withdraw or reduce my course load?
Most awards require that you return for full-time (min. 3.0 credits in the Fall /Winter) study in the Fall after your are notified of your scholarship. If you drop your course load below full-time status, your scholarship will be pro-rated using the following formula:

Pro-rated Amount = Original Award Amount X (Number of Credits / 5)

*to calculate your prorated amount, divide the number of credits you are registered in by five and multiply this number by the original award amount you were offered.

Additional adjustments are made, if the student withdraws, which allows the student to keep more of the award based on the amount the student has paid for his/her courses.
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What if I am unable to take a full course load due to a disABILITY?

Students with special needs who are full time but carrying fewer than four credits because of the impact of a disABILITY, as recommended by the Associate Vice-President (Student Services), are also eligible for scholarships. The minimum average requirement remains the same.
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What if I am a Co-op Student?
Co-op students are eligible to apply for all Brock scholarships, awards and bursaries. Work term credits cannot be used in assessing scholarship calculations. However, work terms are recognized as full-time study for the purposes of award disbursement.

Co-op students are eligible for Returning Student Scholarships and Entrance Renewals based on their best 4.0 academic credits. Once students begin work terms, award eligibility will be assessed upon completion of two consecutive academic terms, and renewals are based on the best 4.0 credits.
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What if I am in a Concurrent Education program?
Students pursuing a Concurrent Education program are eligible for either the Returning Student Scholarship, or renewals of a Brock Scholars Award, during the completion of their first degree and will not receive a scholarship renewal in their final (pre-service) year. Pre-service credits are not used for scholarship calculation.

If pass degree Concurrent Education students elect to return to complete their honours degree, they may be eligible for a renewal in that year.
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What if I am going on Exchange?
If you are going on a Brock University-approved exchange program, and will be taking a full course load of LOP's, you are still eligible for scholarships and awards. In order to meet the requirements to either renew a Brock Scholars Award or receive a Returning Student Scholarship, you are required to submit a copy of your official transcript, indicating successful completion of your studies, from the institution you attended while on exchange.

Please notify the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office if you plan on going on an Exchange program, before you leave and upon your return to Brock, in order to have your scholarship/award processed correctly.

Please note: this also applies to Dean's Honours List designation, and donor-based scholarship renewals.
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I am participating in Global Transitions.  What happens to my awards?
Global Transitions participants will receive the full value of their awards at the time of registration in the program. The award will be credited to their student fees account. Awards will be renewed, if applicable, upon satisfactory completion of the Global Transitions program and associated credits. Participants must notify the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office once all grades are recorded.

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What is the Dean's Honours List?
Students are placed on The Deans' Honours List if they have completed five credits with an average of 80 per cent in those credits. Students both full time and part time will be considered for the Dean's Honours List recognition when the 5, 10, 15 and 20 credit level is surpassed.

There is no monetary value to this award.
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Will scholarships/awards affect my student loan?
We are required to report the names of award recipients to the respective student aid authority. This may result in a reduction of your Government Student Loan.
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Do I have to pay taxes on my scholarship?
Normally, a student's exemptions are sufficiently high so that you do not have to pay taxes. In late February, the University will issue a T4A form to you and this document will cover all monetary awards authorized. Please note that these documents will be for the tax year in which we authorized the bursary. This is a condition of accepting the scholarship.
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How do I apply for a scholarship?
If the scholarship requires an application, you may apply through the “Scholarship Application” section on the main page, then follow the links on that page.
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