Awards, scholarships and bursaries

CMCC offers approximately $100,000 in awards, scholarships and bursaries to its students. Each year we honour students for academic and clinical excellence, as well as for dedicated service in the community.

Once students are enrolled in the DC program a number of additional awards, scholarships and bursaries are available and presented to CMCC students at the Fall Undergraduate Awards Ceremony. Information is sent to all registered students each August, and applications are due in September. Award descriptions and further information can be viewed through the current Academic Calendar.

Entrance Scholarships - no application required


CMCC Entrance Scholarships
Eligibility: Year I
Minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of admission

This scholarship recognizes the outstanding academic and personal qualifications of students entering their first year of the DC program at CMCC. One $5000 award will be presented to the student with the highest overall admissions score at the time of admission, and one $3000 award for the second highest admissions score. The student with the next highest admission score from each province will also be awarded $1000.

R. Lloyd Pennington Memorial Award
Eligibility: Year I

This award was established in 1985 in memory of Dr. R. Lloyd Pennington, who was a founding member of the Governors’ Club and was involved in interviewing prospective students for many years. It is given to the student who achieves the highest CGPA at the time of admission.

Entrance Scholarships – applications required


CMCC Indigenous Student Scholarship
Eligibility: Year I, renewable Years II - IV
Letter of Intent and supporting documentation due March 1 of each year.

This four year renewable tuition scholarship is awarded to an Indigenous student who has demonstrated financial need and has contributed, and intends to continue to contribute, to his/her community after graduation. A certification of Indigenous status is required, along with a letter of intent. The scholarship is awarded to the qualifying applicant with the highest entering CGPA, and is in the form of a 50 per cent tuition credit that is renewable each year. The student must maintain a minimum sessional GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 point scale in the preceding year for renewal.

CMCC World Olympian/Paralympian Scholarship
Eligibility: Year I, renewable 
Application, Letter of Intent and supporting documentation due February 1 of each year.
Value: Tuition credit equivalent to 50% of domestic tuition fees, renewable


This renewable tuition scholarship is awarded to a former Olympian/Paralympian who has the highest CGPA at the time of admission to the Doctor of Chiropractic program. The recipient must be officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee or the Olympic/Paralympic Committee of their home country. Applicants must also submit a Letter of Intent, which should describe their plans to contribute their community as a health care leader and chiropractor after graduation. The scholarship is awarded in the form of a 50% tuition credit that is renewable if the student maintains a minimum GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 point scale in the preceding academic year and is continuously enrolled in the DC program. The scholarship may be renewed for each year of enrollment (full-time and/or part-time) of the recipient’s residency in the DC program up to a maximum total value of 50% of full-time domestic tuition assessed for the four full-time academic years following the recipient’s admission to CMCC.


CMCC World Spine Care Scholarship
Eligibility: Year I, renewable Years II- IV

This tuition scholarship is established by CMCC in cooperation with World Spine Care (WSC) to encourage, advance and geographically broaden the practice of chiropractic to underserved countries throughout the world. Applicants must be from a country that is deemed by WSC to be underserved in chiropractic care. In addition to a minimum admission CGPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, the applicant must also complete a 2,000 word essay addressing the following: the need for chiropractic in their country of permanent residence, what the applicant plans to do with the education they will receive from CMCC to address the needs of their country’s people, and how the applicant intends to advance the mission and goals of WSC.

A letter of recommendation from WSC and an approved study permit are required upon submission of the scholarship application. The recipient of this scholarship is required to return to their country of permanent residence within six months of graduating from CMCC, and to practice with WSC in that same country for a minimum of five years following graduation. Application to the World Spine Care Scholarship

Undergraduate Awards for Year I


60th Anniversary Class Award
Eligibility: Year I, II, III, IV
Application Required – due in September

The 60thAnniversary Class Award is co-sponsored by CMCC and the Canadian Chiropractic Historical Association in honour of CMCC’s first 60th anniversary class, the Class of 1949. The award is presented annually to a student who demonstrates a particular interest in the history of the chiropractic profession. The Awards Committee selects the recipient based on the submission of a 1,000 word referenced paper on one aspect of the history of chiropractic in Canada.

Admissions Awards
Eligibility: Year I
Application Required – due in September

Students who submit an essay (up to 1,000 words) entitled “Why I Chose Chiropractic as a Career” will be considered for a CMCC Admissions Award. The authors of the three top essays receive a credit which is applied to tuition fees.

David W. Artis Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: Years I, II, III, IV
Application Required – due in September

In tribute to the memory of Dr. David W. Artis, this scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated an understanding of what it means to be a chiropractor. This scholarship is open to students in all years who submit an autobiographical sketch and an essay (250 to 700 words) on the topic, “What it means to be a principled chiropractor in the historical context and in present day practice.”

Robert J. Cannon Performing Arts Award
Eligibility: Years I, II, III, IV
Application Required – due in September

The Robert J. Cannon Performing Arts Award was established in recognition of Dr. Cannon’s long term dedication to the care of the performing arts community. The recipient demonstrates a passion for the performing arts, and a desire to provide ongoing care and preventive programs for the artist. An essay describing the applicant’s artistic involvement and professional philosophy is to be submitted with the award application.

Class of 2002 Award
Eligibility: Year I
Application Required – due in September

The Class of 2002 Award was established through a generous donation from the Grad Fund of the Class of 2002. The Awards Committee selects as the recipient a student who has demonstrated strong initiative in improving student life at CMCC, or a previous institution.

Don Augustin Tanco Memorial Award
Eligibility: Year I
Application Required – due in September

The Don Augustin Tanco Memorial Award was established by Dr. John and Mrs. Christine Hui in memory of her father, and is given to a student who has demonstrated excellence in sports, either through participation or coaching. Applicants must submit a 250 word essay entitled, “The Role of Chiropractic in Sports.”

Another helpful website, www.studentawards.com, lists other awards that you may be eligible to receive.