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Student Scholarships, Awards, Prizes and Bursaries

There are numerous scholarships, awards, prizes and bursaries currently available for students in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. Many of these are available to students enrolled as a Gender and Women's Studies major or minor, or students who graduated from the Bridging Program for Women, while some of the awards are based in particular Faculties. For additional information about bursaries, scholarships and awards at York, please consult the Office of Student Financial Services website.

Please Note: The availability and amount of each award listed below is dependent upon the amount of interest accrued annually on each endowment. All deadline dates and award amounts are subject to change. It is the student's responsibility to inquire about these awards in the location where applications are available.

Forms

Forms are available at the School's office at 206 Founders College

Bursaries

Student bursaries are available to Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies students through the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS). To be eligible, an applicant must be a Canadian citizen/permanent resident or a protected person; must have been an Ontario resident prior to beginning post-secondary studies; must be an actively registered student; and must demonstrate financial need (as determined by the "Budget Form" which accompanies the application form). Further criteria are specified depending on the particular bursary or award.

Gender and Women's Studies Awards - Fall

Fall 2013 Applications - Due Friday, September 12, 2014

KATHLEEN MARTINDALE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Awarded to an undergraduate student entering the third or fourth year of the Gender and Women's Studies Program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, who has completed the second year core requirement course in Gender and Women's Studies and who shows either i) an interest in the area of lesbian studies, or ii) special academic promise in Women's Studies, or both.

This award was established memory of the late Professor Kathleen Martindale, who, until her death in 1995, was a member of the English Department, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and Coordinator of the Gender and Women's Studies Program.


MARGARET MATHESON WOMEN'S STUDIES AWARD

Awarded to a degree candidate in Gender and Women's Studies who has completed the second year core requirement course in Gender and Women's Studies with a minimum grade of 7.00 (B+). Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need.


MARTA DANYLEWYCZ ESSAY PRIZE

Submit Application to: Sue Sbrizzi, School of Women's Studies, 206 Founders College

Awarded for the best essay submitted in the humanities on a topic relating to women. Excellence and originality are the chief criteria. Eligible essays may have been written for courses in the previous fall/winter and summer sessions. Students or course directors may submit eligible essays for consideration. The prize was established in memory of Marta Danylewycz, promising scholar and inspirational teacher in history and women's studies, who died in 1985 at the age of 38.

MELISSA J. KNAUER ESSAY PRIZE

Submit Application to: Sue Sbrizzi, School of Women's Studies, 206 Founders College

Awarded for the best essay submitted in the social sciences on a topic relating to women. Excellence and originality are the chief criteria. Eligible essays may have been written for courses in the previous fall/winter and summer sessions. Students or course directors may submit eligible essays for consideration.The prize was established in memory of Melissa J. Knauer, feminist anthropologist who taught women's studies at York, and who died in 1985 in Africa while doing research on women as caregivers.

MARY MATTHEW FERGUSON SMITH SERVICE BURSARY

Submit Application to: Sue Sbrizzi, School of Women's Studies, 206 Founders College

Awarded to a student who entered the university under the Mature Student Basis of Admission and is majoring or minoring in Gender and Women's Studies with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 5.00 (C+) and who demonstrates financial need. Applicants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected person as well as Ontario residents.

The recipient will be required to work in the Nellie Langford Rowell Library for five hours a week for 30 weeks. The bursary will be paid in two or three installments over the term. Established in honour of Mary Matthew Ferguson Smith, who enrolled at York as a mature student. She was an avid reader who saw libraries as an essential resource to students.

Gender and Women's Studies Awards - Winter

Winter 2014 Applications - Due Friday, January 16, 2015

ADLER & WONG AWARD

Awarded to a current student who entered York University through the Bridging Program. Preference will be given to a student who has demonstrated involvement in projects that assist women entrepreneurs (this may include participation in micro-credit enterprises, involvement in community art activities, or involvement in independent business ventures). Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need.

The award was established in association with the Women's Intercultural Network. It is hoped that the recipient will use the education received to help in a community, for example, helping to benefit the lives of women, children or minority groups.

MARTHA ADOLPH AWARD

Awarded to a current student who entered York University through the Bridging Program. Preference will be given to a student who has demonstrated involvement in projects that assist women entrepreneurs (this may include participation in micro-credit enterprises, involvement in community art activities, or involvement in independent business ventures). Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. This award was donated in association with the Women's Intercultural Network and is in memory of Martha Adolph.

ETHEL L. ARMSTRONG AWARDS FOR BRIDGING STUDENTS

Awarded to undergraduate students entering their first year at York University from a Gender and Women's Studies Bridging course, or continuing students with a major or minor in Gender and Women's Studies who present a strong academic standing and entered University from a Gender and Women's Studies Bridging course. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents, and demonstrate financial need.

ETHEL L. ARMSTRONG AWARDS FOR STUDENTS WITH A PHYSICAL DISABILITY

Awarded to one or more students with a physical disability showing financial need and strong academic standing. Preference will be given to students enrolled in a major or minor in Gender and Women's Studies in second-, third-, or fourth-year; a Master's Program; or a Doctoral Program. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents, and demonstrate financial need.

If no student enrolled in a Gender and Women's Studies program qualifies, the bursary may be awarded to a student with physical disability in another area of study. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and be Ontario residents.

ETHEL L. ARMSTRONG AWARDS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Awarded to Undergraduate students in second-, third-, or fourth-year showing strong academic standing, and enrolment in a major or minor in Women's Studies. Recipients must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents, and demonstrate financial need. Students may receive the award more than once.

The Ethel Armstrong Bursaries are named in honour of Ethel Armstrong, one of the first women to graduate from McGill University, and the beloved grandmother of a York graduate. Born in Montreal in 1875, Ethel wanted to become a doctor - but was turned down by the McGill medical school on grounds of gender.

She studied Arts instead, graduating in 1895, class president and valedictorian. Ethel went on to marriage, motherhood and active volunteer work in Winnipeg. Widowed at forty-eight, she put two of her children through university, one son becoming the doctor she herself had dreamed of being. Her eleven grandchildren, who remember her with great affection and respect, celebrate her life through these bursaries which will help women to go to university and pursue Women's Studies.

ARRISCRAFT BURSARY

Awarded to a student currently enrolled in a major or minor in Women's Studies. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. Arriscraft International is proud to have supplied Adair Marble for the interior application on the York University Student Centre and Renaissance Masonry Units for York University's Calumet College.

JANET DOWDELL MEMORIAL AWARD

Awarded to a second- or third-year student majoring or minoring in Gender and Women's Studies who has maintained good standing in full-time studies. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. Established in honour of Janet Dowdell, a devoted and active mature student who was awarded the Commemorative Medal for Canada's 125 Anniversary of Confederation for having made a significant contribution to Canada.

DAVID GARDNER WILKINSON BURSARY

This award is designated for an undergraduate Gender and Women's Studies student enrolled in one or more Fine Arts courses (through the Faculty of Fine Arts) or an undergraduate Fine Arts student enrolled in one or more Gender and Women's Studies courses. Preference given to students enrolled in Gender and Women's Studies and Theatre Arts. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need.

David Gardner Wilkinson worked in the theatre as an actor, writer, producer and publicist. David's family and friends have established this bursary to keep alive his commitment and dedication to the theatre and to the Arts in general.

LORRAINE GAUTHIER AWARD

This bursary will be awarded to a worthy francophone student enrolled in a French course offered in Gender and Women's Studies at Glendon. Preference will be given to a Northern Ontario francophone student Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. In recognition of Lorraine Gauthier's contribution to feminist scholarship in Canada and her advocacy on behalf of francophone women.

LODGE KEELE GATE, ORDER OF WOMEN FREEMASONS, BOERSMA SCHOLARSHIP

Lodge Keele Gate, Order of Women Freemasons, Boersma Award in Gender and Women's Studies will be given to a third or fourth year student in the Gender and Women's Studies program who has achieved a GPA of 6.0 or better. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need.

J. DAVID LUCYK BURSARY

Awarded to a student enrolled in a major or minor in Women's Studies. Preference will be given to a student who entered York through the Bridging Program. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. David Lucyk was a world-class sailor who died suddenly in his 40th year in February, 1996. His last racing accomplishment was winning in his class the "One-Two Across the Onion Patch" race from Rhode Island to Bermuda in June, 1995. The Lucyk family is from Toronto.

LOUISE H. MAHOOD BURSARY

This award is designated to either an undergraduate or graduate student in the Gender and Women's Studies program with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 6.0 (B). The successful applicant must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, be a resident of Ontario, and demonstrated financial need. The bursary will alternate between undergraduate and graduate competitions each year.

This award has been created to commemorate York University's establishment of The School of Women's Studies. Rev. Louise H. Mahood was York University's first graduate in Women's Studies (1984).

BEVERLY MASCOLL BURSARY

Awarded to a student enrolled in the School of Women's Studies. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/ permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need.

THEODORA W. McKITTRICK-SMITS BURSARY

Awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled in a major or minor in Gender and Women's Studies with a minimum cumulative grade point of 5.0 (C+). Recipients must be Canadian citizens/ permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. The award has been established to honour Theodora McKittrick-Smits, whose gifts of love, understanding and commitment to others have served throughout her life as an inspiration to all who know her.

METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH OF TORONTO BURSARY

FOR SEXUALITY STUDIES

Awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled in the School of Women Studies who is focusing their studies in the area of Sexuality Studies. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/ permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. The Metropolitan Community Church has established this bursary to commemorate the establishment of The School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and the opportunities to research and promote the study of sexualities.

CATHY MOSELEY MEMORIAL PRIZE

The award will be made annually to a student admitted through a Bridging course and has achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 7.00 (B+), is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person or protected person, an Ontario resident and demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to a student entering a Gender and Women's Studies degree program. If there is no candidate entering the Gender and Women's Studies program, the award will be given to a student enrolled in less than 18 credits.

Established in memory and honour of Cathy Moseley, a women's studies Bridging course alumnus, who was passionate about learning and believed her calling was to help people. Cathy received her degree one week before she passed away in August 2000 from cancer.

SARAH PIPER STEVENSON BURSARY

Awarded to a second-year undergraduate student in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies who has shown a commitment to their studies. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. Established in memory of Sarah Piper Stevenson (1858-1943), a loving mother and grandmother, whose progressive thinking and compassionate nature led her to support her granddaughters to continue their schooling to the university level.

SAROJINI ROWLAND BURSARY

Awarded to a student who entered York University through the Bridging Program. Preference will be given to a student enrolled in a major or minor in Women's Studies. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. This award is made in memory of Mrs. Sarojini Rowland.

VIRGINIA SAWYER AWARD

Awarded to a student enrolled in a major or minor in the School of Women's Studies. Preference will be given to students who entered the university under the mature student admission basis category. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need.

SCHOOL OF WOMEN'S STUDIES BURSARY

Awarded to one or more undergraduate students majoring or minoring in Women's Studies. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario, and demonstrate financial need. These bursaries were established by the School of Women's Studies to assist undergraduate and graduate Women's Studies students in financial need.

UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S CLUB NORTH YORK BRIDGING PROGRAM AWARD

Awarded to an undergraduate student who has successfully completed their first academic year (24 credits) at York, has a minimum average of 6.0 (B) and demonstrates financial need. The University Women's Club North York Bridging Program Award has been created to support students who have participated in the Bridging Program and advanced into a degree program in any Faculty of York University.

DR. VARA P. SINGH BURSARY

Awarded to a student who entered York University through the Bridging Program, and has a minimum cumulative grade point average of 6.0 (B). Preference will be given to a student enrolled in a major or minor in Women's Studies. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. This award is made in memory of Dr. Vara P. Singh.

NEL VAN RIJN BURSARY

Awarded to an undergraduate student with a preference given to a student who has entered the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies through the Bridging Program. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. Through this award, Ms. Nel van Rijn is pleased to show support for the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at York University. She has created this award to show her gratitude for the education she received in Canada.

WOMEN'S INTERCULTURAL NETWORK AWARD

Awarded to a current student who entered York University through the Bridging Program. Preference will be given to a student who has demonstrated involvement in projects that assist women entrepreneurs (this may include participation in micro-credit enterprises, involvement in community art activities, or involvement in independent business ventures. Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need.

The Women's Intercultural Network (WIN) was founded in 1985 by Dr. Vara P. Singh to facilitate networking and to promote information exchange and supportive programs relevant to women of diverse cultures in Canada. WIN champions the full participation of women from diverse cultural backgrounds in the political, economic and social life of Canada and dedicates all its efforts to this pursuit.

Sexuality Studies - Spring
Sexuality Studies Academic Achievement Prize

Awarded to a graduating Sexuality Studies student or a non-degree student who has completed a Sexuality Studies certificate. The recipient will have achieved the highest cumulative grade point average in Sexuality Studies Program courses. Students who have applied to receive their degree or certificate in the previous 12 months are eligible. The recipient is selected by the Sexuality Studies Program Coordinator after winter term grades are reported.

Sexuality Studies Essay/Project Achievement Prize

Nomination Deadline: Thursday, May 1, 2015

Presented annually to a student for the best undergraduate essay or project submitted in a Sexuality Studies core, primary, or secondary course. In April, course directors are invited to nominate outstanding student essays or projects completed in the previous 12 months. The Sexuality Studies Council appoints a three-person committee (two faculty members and one graduate student) to select the recipient.

Sexuality Studies Outstanding Student Contribution Award

Nomination Deadline: Thursday, May 1, 2015

Presented to a graduating Sexuality Studies student or a non-degree student who has completed a Sexuality Studies certificate for outstanding undergraduate student contributions to the Sexuality Studies Program and the development of sexuality studies at York. Students who have applied to receive their degree or certificate in the previous 12 months are eligible. The award is for contributions made during the student's entire career at York and relevant contributions made outside of York may also be taken into consideration. In April, faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students are invited to nominate students for the award. The Sexuality Studies Council appoints a three-person committee (two faculty members and one graduate student) to select the recipient.

Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto Bursary for Sexuality Studies

Nomination Deadline: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled in a major, minor or certificate in Sexuality Studies. Applicants must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. The Metropolitan Community Church has established this bursary to commemorate the establishment of The School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and the opportunities to research and promote the study of sexualities.

Awards and Bursaries through LA&PS
GEORGE HOPTON AWARD

Application: Application information is available from the Office of the Associate Dean (Student Relations), Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Suite 150, Atkinson College

This Award is intended to recognize and encourage students with special needs or circumstances. It is awarded to a Liberal Arts & Professional Studies student who is pursuing his/her first degree, completed at least 18 York credits (six credits of which should be a general education course) with a minimum overall grade point average of 7.0 and majoring in any of the following fields: Humanities, Religious Studies, Social Science, Sociology, Social Work, Woman's Studies.

Preference will be given to a student who: demonstrates financial need; is the first in their family to attend a university; is a single parent; disabled or aboriginal.Applicants must submit a one-page letter outlining their personal and educational background. Established to honour Professor Hopton, retired Professor of Humanities, ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church, and former Master of Atkinson. Professor Hopton was an advocate for redressing systemic imbalances and social injustices.

VARPU LINDSTRÍM AWARD

Application: Students must submit a Student Financial Profile available at: http://sfs.yorku.ca/scholarships/

Awarded to a Liberal Arts and Professional Studies student with the best academic performance among those who have completed at least 48 credits, with preference given to students majoring in history, Canadian studies, or women's studies, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 7.00 (B+). Recipients must be Canadian citizens/permanent residents or protected persons, residents of Ontario and demonstrate financial need. Established in honour of Dr. Lindstr÷m, for her contribution to cultural and educational programs and her involvement with part-time students, women's studies, immigrant women's history, Canadian social and cultural history and multiculturalism.

ELSPETH HEYWORTH BURSARY

Application: Students must submit a Student Financial Profile available at: www.yorku.ca/osfs/bursaries

Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need to either a student working toward a Bachelor of Social Work degree or to a graduate of the Gender and Women's Studies Bridging Program enrolling in their first degree program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Consideration will also be given to the student's academic record. This award has been established to recognize Elspeth Heyworth's contributions as a teacher and her commitment to accessible university.

Entrance Awards for Bridging Graduates - Due Friday, September 12, 2014
Canadian Federation of University Women Etobicoke Award for Bridging Students

The recipient will be an undergraduate student entering their first year at York University through the Bridging Program in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. The recipient will have received a grade of B or better in the Bridging course. Preference will be given to a student from Etobicoke.

Canadian Federation of University Women North Toronto Award for Bridging Students

The recipient will be an undergraduate student entering their first year at York University through the Bridging Program for Women in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. The recipient will have received a grade of B or better in the Bridging course.