Scholarships, Awards, Prizes and Medals for Continuing Students
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Arthur Haberman Award in History/Humanities
Donor: Arthur Haberman/Founders College
This award is made annually to a Founders College student majoring in history and/or humanities who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average in courses taken in the major department and/or division. No student may receive the award more than once. In order to qualify for this award, students must have attained a minimum average of 6.0 (B) in their major department and/or division.
Temple Harris Book Prize
Two awards will be given in the spring of each year from the Faculty of Fine Arts to outstanding third- or fourth-year students. Awards are to be books, musical scores or money for same. Presentation will be made in conjunction with convocation if student is graduating.
Desmond Hart Memorial Awards
Donor: Friends and Colleagues of the late Desmond Hart
Three prizes are awarded for excellence in work submitted in 3000- and 4000-level Faculty of Arts history courses. One award granted for the best essay in a 4000-level course by a third-year student, one award for the best essay in a 4000-level course by a fourth-year or special student, and one award for the best essay in a 3000-level course by any student, if the evaluation committee judges the submissions to be of sufficiently high merit. Essays are nominated by course instructors. The award is in memory of Professor Desmond Hart, who died in 1972.
Patricia E. Harvey Memorial Scholarship
The Patricia E. Harvey Memorial Scholarship was established by friends and colleagues to commemorate a professor of outstanding quality. The scholarship, the most distinguished offered in the Faculty of Education, is awarded on the basis of professional and academic excellence and is open to all candidates graduating from the third year of the Pre-Service Program. The value of the scholarship equals the interest derived from an initial principal and the Faculty reserves the right not to award a scholarship every year. The successful recipient will be notified in the winter term. No application required.
Derek Hau-Guzmann Memorial Scholarship
Donor: Friends and Family of Derek Hau-Guzmann
This award is in memory of Derek Hau-Guzmann, Honours bachelor of arts (philosophy/political science). Derek was a fine student who had been admitted to the Graduate Program in Philosophy at the time of his tragic death in the summer of 1992. The award will be given to the student with the philosophy essay in a third- or fourth-year course that most exemplifies the values of excellence and insight that Derek so cherished. The award may be withheld in any given year.
Dr. Wilson A. Head Scholarship
Donor: Community of Friends and Supporters of Dr. Wilson A. Head
The Dr. Wilson A. Head Scholarship fund was established by friends and colleagues to honour the outstanding achievements of Dr. Head in the areas of anti-racism, human rights and peace. Dr. Head was an active and widely published scholar in these fields. In addition, he was an advocate who worked extensively to achieve equality for all Canadians and was the founder of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. Application forms are available from the Scholarships and Bursaries unit of the Office of Student Financial Services after classes begin in September.
Hebrew University Scholarship
Given annually to a York student for one year's full-time study in Judaica at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Value of the award is tuition and room. The scholarship is open to any full-time York student who has completed at least one full year at York. Preference will be given to a student who has completed the second year of full-time studies and who is concentrating in Jewish studies. Enquiries should be addressed to Professor M. Lockshin, 238 Vanier College, telephone 416-736-5191.
Theodore Heinrich Scholarship
This award is in memory of Dr. Theodore Heinrich, a renowned scholar, and is given to a third or fourth year art history student based on academic standing. The award is made in the fall.
Charlene Anne Heisler Prize
This prize is awarded to a student entering her/his final year of study in an Honours program who combines excellence in astronomy with a demonstrated commitment to the communication of science.
Brian Hepworth Prize
The Brian Hepworth Prize is given in memory of Professor Brian Hepworth, a member of the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, from 1965 until his death in August 1985. The prize is intended to recognize and continue Professor Hepworth's devotion to cultivating an interest in eighteenth century literature among undergraduate students. The prize will be awarded annually for the best essay on a subject drawn from English literature, 1660-1800, written by an undergraduate student and submitted as part of the requirements for an undergraduate course offered in the current year by the English Department, Faculty of Arts. The winner will be chosen by a jury to be appointed annually by the Chair of the department. To be eligible, essays must be nominated by a member of the department and should be submitted to the Chair, Department of English, by April 15 of each year. The jury reserves the right not to award a prize in any given year.
Lucille Herbert Memorial Scholarship
Donor: Friends of Lucille Herbert
A scholarship is awarded to assist a student in the Faculty of Arts English Department who has completed at least four English courses and who proposes to travel to Europe, especially France. This travel might be specifically for the purpose of study, but this would not be a necessary qualification for the award. The departmental committee reserves the right not to make an award in a given year.
This award recognizes Sir William Herschel, his sister Caroline, and his son, John, each of whom has made their own outstanding contribution to the field of astronomy. It is given annually to the student who has achieved the highest academic performance in SC/PHYS 1070 4.0.
Ruth Hill Memorial Scholarships
Donor: Friends and Colleagues of the late Ruth Hill
The Ruth Hill Memorial Scholarship Fund was set up in 1973 to honour the late professor of biology. The fund is used to finance scholarships for outstanding students in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science. No application required.
History Department Merit Award (Fourth Year)
A book award for the most distinguished graduating Honours student based on the highest grade point average in history courses.
History Department Merit Award (Third Year)
A book award for the most distinguished third-year graduating student based on the highest grade point average in history courses.
History Students Association Award
The History Students Association Executive will give an award to a student who is completing the second year of studies in the Faculty of Arts. The student must be a history major who has completed at least three history courses with the highest grade point average in all their history courses.
Denise Hobbins Prize
Donor: Friends of the late Denise Hobbins
Named in honour of Denise Hobbins, a physics student at York who graduated in 1979, an annual book prize will be awarded to the student who obtains the highest marks in the first-year physics course SC/PHYS 1010 6.0.
R.M. Hobson Prize
In commemoration of Professor R.M. Hobson's 10 years of service as Chair of the Department of Physics at York, a cash prize, plus an engraved plaque, will be awarded to the student who obtains the highest aggregate marks in the four second-year physics courses SC/PHYS 2010 3.0, SC/PHYS 2020 3.0, SC/PHYS 2040 3.0 and SC/PHYS 2060 3.0.
Humanities 25th Anniversary Book Prize
This prize is awarded annually to the humanities major in the Faculty of Arts graduating with the highest cumulative grade point average of 7.5 or better for all years of study, calculated for all courses credited towards the major.
Institute for Social Research Scholarship
Donor: Institute for Social Research
The Institute for Social Research is an organized research unit at York University. Its scholarship is given annually to a continuing undergraduate student majoring in a social science discipline and achieving the highest marks in five full courses.
Donald Jackson Prize
On the occasion of Professor Donald Jackson's retirement, the Department of French Studies has created a book prize in his honour. Professor Jackson contributed extensively to both the department and the Faculty of Arts. The recipient of the award must be a French major or minor, have a 7.0 (B+) (or above) average in his/her French studies courses, and have at least two A's in French courses in the last academic year.
William Jaffe Book Prize
The William Jaffe Book Prize is awarded each year to the economics student who, in the opinion of the Faculty, has achieved the highest standing in AS/ECON 4050 3.0 and AS/ECON 4060 3.0.
John and Mike's Award
Donor: John L. Kucher and W. Michael Thomas
This award was created for the "well rounded" student. It will be awarded to a student that has demonstrated academic achievement as well as leadership in their extracurricular activities at York or in the community. Application forms are available from the Scholarships and Bursaries unit of the Office of Student Financial Services after classes begin in September.
Penny Jolliffe Scholarship in Mass Communications
An annual scholarship to be awarded to a second-year student obtaining high academic excellence in Mass Communications in the Division of Social Science who is continuing to third-year study. Qualities such as creativity, motivation etc. may be considered at the discretion of the selection committee.
Kaiser Foundation Scholarships in Environmental Studies
Donor: The Kaiser Foundation for Higher Education
The Kaiser Foundation Scholarships in Environmental Studies have been established by the Kaiser Foundation to provide financial assistance to deserving York University students enrolled in the Faculty of Environmental Studies whose chosen area of study is nature and technology.
An annual scholarship(s) for students in the Department of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts, undertaking ethnomusicological field research in non-North American based musics, showing prowess in composition incorporating elements outside the Western Art Music tradition, or demonstrating unusual performance ability in a variety of musical styles, including the non-Western. Academic standing is a prime consideration.
Edna Khubyar Acting Scholarship
Donor: Edna Khubyar
The Edna Khubyar Acting Scholarship is given in recognition of exceptional talent and achievement to a 4th year, full-time theatre student in the Acting Stream who will be completing his or her degree requirements in the current academic year. The scholarship was established by Edna Khubyar, owner/president of Edna Talent Management Ltd. The scholarship will be offered in the fall of each year.
Kilbourn Award in the Humanities
The Kilbourn Award in the Humanities commemorates the distinguished career of Professor William Kilbourn, historian, social activist, member of the Toronto City Council and founding Chair of the Division of Humanities, Faculty of Arts. The award honours excellence in humanities and is awarded annually to a major who is entering the final year of study at York.
Molly Klein Book Prize
The Molly Klein Book Prize will be awarded annually to a third- or fourth-year graduating student who has shown outstanding service to McLaughlin College, its constituency and student organizations.
Peter Knights Memorial Prize in US History
This award is named in honour of Professor Peter Knights who taught at York for 24 years and whose specialization was the history of the United States. This award is given annually to the student who has been judged to have written the best essay in a United States history course at the fourth-year level.
Kondor Fine Arts Award
This award will be given to a third- or fourth-year student in the Faculty of Fine Arts, in recognition of creative and/or scholarly achievement. The award will be given in the fall. Students may apply or a department may nominate a student for the award. One award will be given to each of the department areas and to Fine Arts Cultural Studies.
Allen C. Koretsky Book Prize
Donor: Stong College
Named in honour of Allen C. Koretsky, who served as master of Stong College from 1988 to 1993, this book prize will be awarded to a Stong College student for an outstanding essay in a course in medieval English literature in the Faculty of Arts. Candidates for the award will be nominated by instructors and submissions will be adjudicated by the Executive Committee of the English Department. This award may not necessarily be given out each year.
Shoshana Kurtz Book Prize
Donor: Board of Jewish Education
This award, endowed by the Toronto Board of Jewish Education, in recognition of Dr. Kurtz's outstanding contribution to Jewish education, will be made to a graduating student in the Program in Jewish Teacher Education for academic performance and professional promise.
The Kim Kyung-Won Award
Donor: Vice-President (Academic Affairs), The Centre for International and Strategic Studies and The Joint Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies
The Kim Kyung-Won Award was established by the Centre for International and Strategic Studies, The Joint Centre for Asia Pacific Studies and York International. It is awarded annually to the student in the Faculty of Arts, Glendon College or the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies who produces the most outstanding essay or other piece of scholarly work on international relations and the Asia Pacific region. The award is named in honour of Dr. Kim who has, through a lifetime of scholarship work and public service, contributed to our understanding of the origins of international conflict, the development of Korea and the connection between democracy and social change. Dr. Kim has worked tirelessly building bridges of understanding across the Pacific and making enormous contributions to the harmonization of relations between Korea and North America. Dr. Kim was the first Asian and the first Asianist to teach in the Department of Political Science at York University.
Dr. Nabil Ibrahim Labib Prize in Space and Communication Sciences/Space Engineering
Donor: York University Licensing Board
This annual prize is awarded to the student with the highest grade point average among all second-year students in the Space and Communication Sciences Program and the Space Engineering Stream in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science. It was established in honour of Nabil Labib, who obtained his PhD in 1972 from the Centre for Research in Experimental Space Sciences (CRESS).
Lander Dandy Prize in Plant and Animal Biology
Donor: Friends of Elizabeth Lander and Cynthia Dandy
The prize is to honour the contribution of Elizabeth Lander and Cynthia Dandy during their careers at York. A book prize and certificate will be awarded to the student with the best combined performance in the concurrent completion of the courses SC/BIOL 2010 4.0 and SC/BIOL 2030 5.0.
Lillian Lerman Book Prize
This prize honours Lillian Lerman, former director of undergraduate studies in the Division of Social Science, who retired in 1991. It recognizes her dedication and contribution to undergraduate teaching. The prize will go to the most outstanding student essay in a first-year social science course. Submissions will be made by course directors.
Alan Lessem Memorial Award
Donor: Friends and Family of Alan Lessem
The Alan Lessem Memorial Award commemorates the late Professor Alan Lessem, his contributions to the field of musicology and the musical community, and his many years of service to the Department of Music and the Faculty of Fine Arts. This award will go to a graduating undergraduate student in the Department of Music in recognition of an outstanding piece of scholarly (written) work in an upper-level course in music. Overall grade standing is not a criterion. Nomination will be made by the Executive Committee of the Department of Music acting in consultation with music faculty members.
Laya Liberman Memorial Scholarship
An endowed scholarship in memory of Laya Liberman will be given to a full-time or part-time student in the Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, in third or fourth year of study with special interest, dedication and enthusiasm in painting or sculpture. Prime consideration for the award is merit in one of these two areas taking into consideration good academic standing.
Marion Lower Prizes in Composition
This award has been donated to honour the memory of Marion Lower, a composer, pianist and church organist in the Chicago area for about 60 years. There are two prizes of equal value, one in classical contemporary composition and the other in jazz composition. Selection will be made by a panel of faculty composers and the Music Executive Committee. The panel may decide in any given year that no entry is worthy of the award.
Olive Lower Prize in Jazz Piano
Olive Lower had a long career as a jazz style pianist accompanying silent movies. In honour of her talent, this award has been established and will be given annually to a student who is judged to be the outstanding jazz pianist in the Music Department. The recipient will be chosen by a panel of jazz faculty members.
Gordon Lowther Scholarship
Donor: Ms P. Lowther, Ms A. Riggall
The Gordon Lowther Scholarship honours the memory of Professor Gordon Lowther, faculty member in the Division of Social Science, noted for his interests in evolutionary biology and philosophy. The scholarship is given annually to a full-time student in an Honours program going from the first to second year in one of the Social Science programs housed in the Division of Social Science. The scholarship is awarded to the student with the highest cumulative grade point average for his or her first year of studies at York University.
Leonard George Lumbers Scholarship
Donor: Elizabeth Chubb and Virginia Goodman
The Leonard G. Lumbers Scholarship is presented in memory of a good York Governor, a good friend and a fine, fine person. This scholarship is awarded to a continuing student entering the second year of the Bachelor in Environmental Studies Program who exhibits academic excellence coupled with qualities of enthusiasm, commitment and active participation in the life of York University.
Lex MacKenzie Scholarship
Donor: Friends of the late Major A.A. MacKenzie, MC
Named in honour of Major A.A. MacKenzie, MC, this scholarship fund will be awarded annually to an outstanding full-time undergraduate in a Canadian history course, or one considered equivalent by the appropriate Faculty. The scholarship is awarded in alternate years in the Faculty of Arts and in Glendon College. The recipient must reside north of Steeles Avenue in the old provincial riding of York North, as it existed to June 1966, comprising the townships of Vaughan, King, East Gwillimbury, Whitchurch, Markham, North Gwillimbury, Georgina and all municipalities within this area.
Dr. Wendell MacLeod Award
Donor: Dr. Wendell MacLeod
This annual award and a plaque will be given to the graduating Norman Bethune residence student in any Honours program who has demonstrated commitment to internationalism, community leadership or to health and society concerns. For more information, contact the Norman Bethune College Master's Office at 416-736-5164.
Donor: Mactronix Ltd.
This award is offered annually in the Department of Film & Video, Faculty of Fine Arts, to a third- or fourth-year student who demonstrates excellence in video production. Canadian citizens have first priority. The award is made in the spring.
Mainguy Genetics Award
Donor: Friends of the Late Phillip Mainguy
In memory of Phillip Mainguy, this award goes to a third- or fourth-year biology student who has taken at least 12 credits in genetics, including cytogenetics. The recipient must be a serious student of genetics who shows competence in both the laboratory and the classroom.
Sergio Marchi Scholarship
Donor: Friends of Sergio Marchi
This scholarship was established as a tribute to the Honourable Sergio Marchi, PC MP (Honours BA '79, York). The scholarship will be awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate student who is entering the fourth year of an Honours program in the Faculty of Arts with a major in political science. Selection will be based upon overall grade point average at the end of third year.
Kathleen Martindale Memorial Scholarship
Donor: Friends of Kathleen Martindale
This is an annual award given in memory of the late Professor Kathleen Martindale, who, until her death in 1995, was a member of the English Department, Faculty of Arts and coordinator of the Women's Studies Program.
Elizabeth Mascall Prize
Donor: Mrs. H.S. Marmorek
The prize is given annually to two second-year students in the Faculty of Fine Arts Department of Theatre Arts for exceptional acting performances in a play presented by the University during that year. Each prize will consist of a free subscription to the four or five plays to be presented by the University Alumnae Dramatic Club in the following season at the Alumnae Theatre.
Master's Award for Academic Excellence
Donor: Master's Office, Calumet
This award is given to a graduating student in a three- or four-year program who has maintained at least an 80 per cent course load with a 6.0 (B) overall average. Courses must have been taken as a member of Calumet College. The intention of this award is to recognize the student who, in the opinion of the master, has given exceptional service to the college, or has shown outstanding loyalty to the College's democratic principles.
Master's Award for Outstanding Contribution to College Life
This award, which carries with it a citation and cash prize, is presented by the master to an upper-level student who has given exceptional service to Calumet College, or has shown outstanding loyalty to the college's democratic principles, and has maintained an excellent academic record. This award is presented in the spring, but might not necessarily be given each year.
Master's Prize for Academic Excellence
Donor: Master of Norman Bethune College
This annual award and a plaque will be given to the graduating student in Norman Bethune College in any Honours program who achieves the highest grades in that final year of full-time study. Contact the Master's Office, Norman Bethune College, 416-736-5164, for information.
Donor: Optech Incorporated
This award was established to recognize the contribution and achievements of Mr. Stan McKittrick in the field of aerospace in Canada. It will be given each year to the top first-year student in space and communication science.
McLaughlin College Public Policy Scholarship
The McLaughlin College Public Policy Scholarship will be awarded annually to two McLaughlin College students majoring or minoring in a Public Policy Program or area of study. One recipient must have completed second year (minimum of 48 credits completed) and has registered in their third year of study; and the other recipient must have completed third year (minimum of 72 credits completed) and has registered in their fourth year of study. The recipients must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 8.0 (A).
Megaw Prize in Experimental Physics
Donor: Professor and Mrs. W.J. Megaw
A prize and a plaque will be awarded each year to the student who achieves the highest grade in the third-year laboratory course SC/PHYS 3210 6.0.
Metro Toronto Lodge B'Nai Brith Scholarship in Canadian Jewish Studies
Donor: Metro Toronto Lodge B'Nai Brith
The Metro Toronto Lodge B'Nai Brith Scholarship in Canadian Jewish Studies is a prize for the best essay in the area of Canadian Jewish Studies.
Marion Miller Urban Studies Award
Donor: Friends and Colleagues of the late Marion Miller
Two prizes will be awarded annually to Faculty of Arts students majoring in urban studies who have demonstrated high academic achievement and made some extracurricular contribution to the Urban Studies Program. One award will recognize a senior student who is graduating from the program and a second will be given to a continuing program student, probably, though not necessarily, a student moving from the 3000 level to the 4000 level.
Tait Montague Book Prize
The Tait Montague Book Prize is awarded each year to the economics student who, in the opinion of the Faculty, has achieved the highest standing in AS/ECON 1000 3.0 and AS/ECON 1010 3.0.
MR. SUB Scholarship
Donor: John F. Tobin
The MR. SUB Scholarship is to be awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled in a business program who has achieved high academic standing and demonstrated a history of community involvement.
Gladys Neilson Book Prize in Canadian Studies
Donor: Friends and Colleagues of Gladys Neilson
An annual award of a book prize will be made to a superior student in the Canadian Studies Program.
bp Nichol Award
bp Nichol's death in September 1988, before his 44th birthday, was a tragedy for York University and the Canadian literary world. He was a winner of the Governor-General's Award, a Fellow of Calumet College and taught with the Creative Writing Program. He is remembered as a gentle, giving and humane man. This award, in the form of a book certificate, is given to an exceptional undergraduate student writer for accumulative achievement in creating writing.
To be eligible, students must be nominated each spring by an instructor in the Creative Writing Program. No application is required. The winner is chosen by a jury appointed by Creative Writing, Humanities, English and Fine Arts.
Nicol, Vince and Wensley Book Prize in Anthropology
This award is given in honour of former staff members, Irene Wensley, Rena Nicol and Beryl Vince for their exemplary service to the Anthropology Department (Arts) and its students. Each year three book prizes will be awarded, one each to the second-, third- and fourth-year anthropology majors having the highest cumulative grade point average.
Hiromi Niki Memorial Scholarship
Donor: Mrs. Hiromi Niki and Family and Friends of Hiromi Niki
Hiromi Niki was a key contributor to the success of the Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry at York and to the University's Graduate Program in Chemistry and Earth and Space Science. In his honour, this award is given to the most outstanding fourth-year student in an Honours degree stream in atmospheric chemistry, based on a cumulative grade point average in science courses. The recipient will have completed at least 90 credits and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 8.0 (A) on all science courses.
L.L. Odette Sculpture Scholarship
An annual scholarship will be awarded to a third- or fourth-year student in the Department of Visual Arts. The prime consideration for the award is merit in sculpture. A secondary factor is overall academic standing. This is a spring award.
Donor: Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
Established in 1987, the OECTA Award is awarded on the basis of professional and academic excellence, and is open to all candidates graduating from their third year of the Pre-Service Program who have completed ED/EDUC 3000 3.0. To receive this award (with plaque), Ed 111 candidates who meet the grade point average criteria must be recommended by a course director. No application required.
Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association Award (Consecutive)
Donor: Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association
This award is open to all Pre-Service Faculty of Education students enrolled in the Consecutive Program, who have completed ED/EDUC 3000 3.0. The award is made on the basis of professional and academic excellence.
Outstanding Sociology Student, Year One/Year Two/Year Three
These awards are designed to recognize high performance and service among students who major in sociology (Arts). The award will be presented to one student in each of years one, two and three. Students must present high academic promise and initiative in both course-related and extracurricular activities in the York University and wider communities. Nomination by the course director of a sociology course is required.
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