How to Apply

We imagine you have questions about how best to prepare for the USES application. Please see below for an overview of what to expect and advice for completing your scholarship application.

Application Status: Closed

The application for Fall 2023 is now closed.

Minimum requirements to be considered for the USES

  • Applying to SFU for the Fall term
  • Currently completing final year of high school OR graduated from high school in the past year and have not enrolled in any post-secondary courses
  • Meet admission requirements to primary program at SFU
  • Have grades in the 90% range OR 31 IB points, excluding predicted bonus points, in courses required for admission to primary program
  • Demonstrate excellence in both academic and extracurricular activities
  • Can have two complete references – due by January 31, 2023
  • Can complete all items on Student Centre To Do List – due by January 31, 2023

If you meet all the requirements above, you are encouraged to apply for the USES!

What is included in the application process

The following provides a summary of what you can expect to complete as part of the SFU Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarships (USES) application:

  • Community Involvement & achievements - you will list and be asked to reflect on, up to 5 extra-curricular activities and achievements such as volunteer, work, athletics, arts or other personal achievements. You will also be able to list any awards you have received.
  • Essay - a short essay describing how your personal experiences shaped your outlook on life and how this connects to your future at SFU. (500 words)
  • References – you will be asked provide contact information for two referees who have direct knowledge of information you provided in your application such as your academics, extra-curricular activities or personal achievements. The two people you list will be contacted directly via email by SFU once you submit your application. Referees will not be required to submit any documents, but will each be sent a link to the online reference form.
    • Academic reference – a high school counsellor, teacher or administrator who best knows your academic ability
    • Community Involvement and Achievements reference – someone in a supervisory role who can comment on at least one of the extra-curricular activities you listed. This cannot be a peer or a family member.
  • Additional Information – optional section where you can describe your financial circumstances

How to prepare for the application

As you prepare to submit your USES Application, please review the following tips:

  1. Start thinking about your application now, including who would be the most suitable referees to support your application. Reach out to them and ask for their permission to list them on your application ahead of time.
  2. Read through the whole application first before starting to respond. Before you start writing, spend time reflecting on how your experiences – both challenges and achievements – have shaped who you are today.
  3. Take your time. Save your written responses in a word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word) as you work. While you can save responses in the application itself, it is helpful to have a record of your responses and use spell check!
  4. You can return to your application and saved responses by using the application link. You will be prompted to log in each time you return.
  5. Plan ahead and be prepared for any logistical considerations, such as applying comfortably before the deadline to minimize the risk of missing it due to last-minute problems.

Scholarship Values

For Canadian/Permanent Resident Applicants Only

Scholarship Name

Value

Description

SFU Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarship with Distinction

~ $27,000

Covers tuition and mandatory supplementary fees for completion of undergraduate degree. Scholarship value depends on and matches the cost of the program(s) of study and the cost of tuition at the time.
SFU Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarship with Distinction and Scholars Living Allowance

~ $27,000 + $8,000 per term (effective Spring 2023)

Covers tuition and mandatory supplementary fees for completion of undergraduate degree. Scholarship value depends on and matches the cost of the program(s) of study and the cost of tuition at the time. varies depending on program of study. Includes a living allowance of $8,000 per term.
SFU Surrey Close to Home Entrance Scholarship

$20,000

8 payments of $2,500

The Darcy and Karina Biagioni Family Entrance Scholarship $50,000 8 payments of $6,250
The Shein and Amynmohamed Rajan Family Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship in Computing Science $40,000 8 payments of $5,000

For International Applicants Only

Scholarship Name Value Description
SFU International Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarship with Distinction ~ $130,000 Covers tuition and mandatory supplementary fees for 1st undergraduate degree. Value of scholarship varies depending on program of study.
SFU International Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarship with Distinction and Scholars Living Allowance ~$130,000 +$8,000 per term (effective Spring 2023) Covers tuition and mandatory supplementary fees for 1st undergraduate degree. Value of scholarship varies depending on program of study. Includes a living allowance of $8,000 per term.

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If your USES application meets the minimum requirements to be considered for USES, you are not required to submit the Supplemental Application for admission to your program. Your USES application will be reviewed in lieu of the Supplemental Application for admission to your program as well as the awarding of USES. 

Applicants who submit USES applications which do not meet the minimum requirements will be contacted and required to submit the Supplemental Application required for admission to their program at a later date. This includes paying the Supplemental Application fee required by the program, if applicable.

See the table below for what course of action(s) to take based on your circumstance. 

I am a Beedie/SEE applicant and want to apply for the scholarship competition.

I have: Course of Action
Not started my Supplemental Application or SFU USES Scholarship application Complete the SFU USES Scholarship application only by the application deadline. You do not need to complete the Supplemental Application if you submit a complete scholarship application.
Completed my Supplemental Application and have not started my SFU USES Scholarship Application You will need to complete the SFU USES Scholarship application if you wish to be considered for a USES scholarship. The substitution only works one way.
Not started my Supplemental Application and have completed my SFU USES Scholarship Application No further action required. Your SFU USES Scholarship application will be used in lieu of your Supplemental Application for admission purposes.

Fall 2023 Application Timeline

Date Deadline
October 5, 2022 SFU USES application opens. Applicants will need to apply to SFU first and have their SFU student number to access the scholarship application.
December 15, 2022 Deadline to apply for SFU USES
January 31, 2023 Supporting Documentation deadline. This includes references and all admission items on the To Do List
February - March 2023 USES applications reviewed and evaluated
March - May 2023 USES winners announced

Have Questions?

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Email: fiassist@sfu.ca