Lakehead University’s free tuition scholarship influenced local student Moira Haggarty’s decision to attend Lakehead University. “Attending university is expensive, particularly because I intend to continue my education after my undergraduate degree and there are four post-secondary learners in my family,” says Moira. “Because of the financial benefit of free tuition,” Moira adds, “I was able to spend this past summer volunteering overseas and can now dedicate more time to my studies. Being a student at Lakehead has turned out to be a fantastic opportunity for me: I now attend my university of choice, I am a varsity athlete on the Thunderwolves Nordic Ski Team, and I continue to love living in my hometown!”
Lakehead continues to offer significant incentives to attract and retain the best and brightest students from across Canada. Phyllis Bosnick, Lakehead’s Manager of Student Awards & Financial Aid, explains, “The free tuition offer is renewable at the value of tuition for up to a total of four years, provided that a 90% average is maintained in each subsequent academic year.” Bosnick also notes that free tuition scholarship recipients whose University academic averages fall between 80% – 89.9% receive an amended scholarship valued at $2,500 per year.
The free tuition scholarship has also attracted students like Jordan Baird, a first year student from Rossburn, Manitoba who chose Lakehead for the geology program.
“The scholarship,” Jordan says, “not only made my financial outlook a lot more optimistic, it also enhanced my ability to enjoy Lakehead a lot more than if I was always looking for ways to pay the bills. So far, my experience here at Lakehead has been fantastic. The professors are great and the courses are very interesting. All in all, I couldn’t be more pleased with the decision that I made to come here.”
“Lakehead continues to offer free tuition to attract talented students, develop the local economy, and invest in a high-quality, home-grown, future workforce for both Thunder Bay and Orillia,” says Dr. Brian Stevenson, President of Lakehead University. “This scholarship draws high-calibre students to Lakehead where they add to the classroom dynamic and discover that Lakehead, because of its size, offers research and development opportunities for undergraduate students that are often difficult to obtain at larger universities.”
Students don’t have to apply for the free tuition scholarship as long as they have applied to Lakehead University. Academic scholarships are automatically awarded to students who meet the eligibility requirements.
As part of its scholarship program renewal, Lakehead is also launching the Northwestern Ontario and Simcoe County Citizenship Scholarship. This scholarship, designed for high school students who exhibit active citizenship within their high school and community, will provide $12,000 over 4 years to successful applicants. One citizenship scholarship will be available to every high school in the Northwestern Ontario and Simcoe County regions – in total, there are 49 scholarships available to be awarded to high school students through a nomination process by each school’s guidance office.
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