Work & Study in Canada – Saint Mary’s International Scholarships [2024]

Scholarships & Awards

Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, was created in 1802 by the Roman Catholic church to provide higher education to train young Catholic men and train clergy candidates. 

Saint Mary’s school began as Glebe House, a two-story building on the corner of Spring Garden Road and Barrington Street, with a kitchen, dining room, cellar, and storeroom. The Reverend Edmund Burke taught young men at the school, and in 1806, the school was granted a license that only admitted Catholics.

Saint Mary’s is Canada’s oldest English-speaking, Roman-Catholic university. It’s known for its international collaborations, entrepreneurship, and research, and offers programs in Arts, Science, Business, and Graduate studies to 7,000 students from over 118 countries. The university’s campus is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq.

Also Read: Southern Methodist University International Students Scholarships Available

Admissions Awards requiring a separate application

  • Harrison McCain Scholarship/Bursary

Open to any high school student in Canada, with preference given to Canadian citizens and/or permanent residents. The criteria for the awards include a minimum 80% average in their senior year of high school, demonstrating financial need, leadership qualities and a recognized initiative in funding their own education.

The application deadline for the 2024-2025 Harrison McCain Scholarship/Bursary was March 1.

  • Tribe Network Award

The Tribe Network Award is a Nova Scotia provincial government funded program to align Computer Science programs at Saint Mary’s University with initiatives to develop pathways for Black and Indigenous youth, with a particular focus on engaging African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaq youth participating in programming through the Tribe Network and associated partners.  

Award Criteria: 

  • Be an incoming student that meets undergraduate admission requirements to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Commerce program, with an intended major in Computer Science or Computing and Information Systems
  • Self-identify as Black (African Nova Scotian, African Canadian or Black Immigrants) or Indigenous (First Nation, Métis, Inuit)
  • Participation in Computer Science or Entrepreneurship programming between the Tribe Network, Saint Mary’s Entrepreneurship Centre, and associated partners.

This award can be renewed for up to three years, provided the recipient maintains the eligibility criteria as listed on the application.

How to apply:

  1. Submit online
  2. In 250 words (maximum one page) tell us about your interest in Computer Science and your connection to community.  You should also include what receiving this scholarship would mean for your academic and career development.
  3. Your resume (this will help with matching applicants to internship opportunities).

After submitting the online application please email your write-up and your resume to with “Tribe Network Award Application” as the subject line.  


  • must be submitted by June 1st, 2024.

Award selection will be determined by representatives from the Tribe Network, Saint Mary’s University and associated partners.

Students recipients will have access to a subsidized internship at the end of their first year of study at Saint Mary’s University.  Management of the internship program will be through the Office of Innovation and Community Engagement with oversight by the AVP Research & Dean, Graduate Studies & Research. 

  • Techsploration Science Award

Techsploration gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Saint Mary’s University in providing a renewable $2,000 scholarship to young women and non-binary people pursuing a Science, Technology or Engineering Degree. Applicants may include Techsploration Alumni as well as all female and non-binary grade twelve graduates of Techsploration schools in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Applicants must be accepted into a Saint Mary’s University science, engineering or technology program as full-time students (30 credit hours). In order for the scholarship to be renewed, the student must maintain full-time status each academic year.

This scholarship will be evaluated by the Director of Admissions, Saint Mary’s University in consultation with Techsploration and will be awarded based on a combination of:

  • Academic achievement: 80% average upon leaving high school (in order for the scholarship to be renewed on an annual basis a minimum of 3.0 GPA must be maintained)

If more than one candidate is identified as a finalist, we may consider financial need as further criteria.

The scholarship is valued at $2,000 per year and is renewable on an annual basis.

Applications must be received by the Award Committee by May 31. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • The Bahamas Ministry of Education / Saint Mary’s University Scholarship

Saint Mary’s University is pleased to partner with the Bahamas Ministry of Education on this scholarship.

The objective of this award is to provide an opportunity for a public-school student in the Bahamas that might otherwise not have an opportunity to complete a university degree. Both parties believe the award should be given to students who clearly demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

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