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Each year, the MSU allocates $10,000 to provide MSU members with emergency bursary funding.

Students experiencing financial need due to exceptional circumstances during the year, can follow the steps below:

1.  Complete the personal profile section of the online financial aid application by clicking ‘Apply for Financial Aid’ in the Mosaic Student Center.

2.  Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships (Gilmour Hall, Room 120) to speak with a Student Loans & Awards Officer.

A maroon coloured hand shakes a gold coloured hand on a teal background.  The image invites applicatants to apply to the Sponorship and Donations fund provided by the MSU

The Sponsorship and Donations Committee accepts applications from McMaster students, MSU Clubs, and community groups. Students and community groups are eligible to apply for donations or make sponsorship requests, while MSU Clubs can only apply for sponsorship.

Please download and complete the applicable form below. When complete, save the file and email the request, along with any questions and supplementary materials to avpfinance@msu.mcmaster.ca.

Sponsorship and Donation Request Forms:

MSU Donation Request

MSU Sponsorship Request

Please view the operating policy if you would like to see the maximum allowable values for donation requests.

Please note, there are specific difference between requests for donations and requests for sponsorship:

Donations are financial contributions to people or organizations with no reciprocal benefits.

Sponsorships are contributions made in return for advertising and/or promotion (e.g. logo use at event, etc.). If making a Sponsorship request, please include your Sponsorship Package detailing your Sponsorship Levels and commitments.

To qualify for a donation or a sponsorship, the application must be submitted before the event. Requests are required to be submitted at least two weeks prior to the date of the event in order to be considered.

NOTE FOR MSU CLUBS: MSU Clubs cannot apply for donations, as Clubs apply directly to the Clubs Department for annual funding. However, Clubs may make sponsorship requests to the Committee. Please email a sponsorship application to the both AVP Finance (avpfinance@msu.mcmaster.ca) and the Clubs Administrator (clubs@msu.mcmaster.ca).

academic supplies are pictured on a pink background. The image invites applications to the MSU Youth Bursary if the applicant is 18 years of age or younger, lives in the Hamilton area and has not previoulsy applied to the bursary from May 1, 2020 to the current date.

The Community Youth Bursary is a new addition as of the 2020-2021 fiscal year and consists of $5000 to prioritize donation requests that foster leadership among marginalized Youth within the Hamilton Community.

MSU Community Youth Bursary

Email completed forms to: avpfinance@msu.mcmaster.ca

Every year, the MSU recognizes outstanding student achievement through various awards.

The MSU awards are as follows:

  • MSU Student of Distinction Award
  • MSU Merit Award
  • MSU Honour M Award

For more information, please email: speaker@msu.mcmaster.ca