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Student Awards

The Department of Social Science and its interdisciplinary programs offer a number of student awards, described briefly below. For additional information about these awards please consult the Department chair or relevant program coordinator.

Department of Social Science - Social Science Bursary

The award is an annual prize of approximately $800 given to a student who is majoring in one of the Social Science programs, who has completed between 30 and 60 credits with a GPA of 6.0 or higher, who is currently registered in a minimum of 18 credits, who is a Canadian citizen/permanent resident, Ontario resident, and who demonstrates financial need. The Office of Student Financial Services will select the recipient in the fall.

Department of Social Science - Ellen Baar Award

This annual award of approximately $1250 honours the memory of Professor Ellen Baar, a member in the Department of Social Science from 1971 until her death in 1998 who was strongly committed to the Department's interdisciplinary teaching. It is given to the student entering his / her final year as a major in a Department interdisciplinary program who received the highest GPA in his / her third year of studies, will have completed at least two Department courses in the program, and demonstrates financial need. (If the student with the highest GPA does not demonstrate financial need, a transcript notation will record his / her achievement, and the funds will be distributed to the next-highest student who meets the criteria.) Applications may be obtained at the office of the Department's chair or on-line.

Department of Social Science - The Otto Friedman Memorial Scholarship

This annual prize of approximately $500 is awarded to a student entering fourth year who has a strong interest in social theory, social policy and planning or in the role of the arts in society; has a GPA of 6.0 or higher; and has a record of service within the York community. Applications may be obtained at the office of the Chair, Department of Social Science.

Department of Social Science - Lillian Lerman Book Prize

This $50 award honours Lillian Lerman, a member of the Department who retired in 1991, in recognition of her dedication and contribution to undergraduate teaching. It is awarded to the student writing the most outstanding essay in a 1000-level Social Science course. Nominations are made by course directors. For further information please contact the Department of Social Science.

Department of Social Science - Gordon Lowther Award

This annual prize of approximately $700 is awarded to the student entering second year and enrolling in a Department interdisciplinary program who achieved the highest GPA in his/her first year. The student must be currently registered in a minimum of 18 credits, be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and an Ontario resident, and demonstrate financial need. Applications may be obtained at the office of the Chair, Department of Social Science.

African Studies Program - Hédi Bouraoui Scholarship in Canada-Maghreb Research

This scholarship is in honour of Hédi Bouraoui, a distinguished York faculty member, and is intended to encourage research into the Maghreb, an area of North Africa that includes Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, three Arabic and Berber-speaking countries that also use French extensively but as a second, non-official language. It is given to the student who presents the best research proposal or piece of academic work in an area related to Maghreb studies. For further information, please consult the coordinator of the African Studies Program.

African Studies Program - Esiri Dafiewhare Annual Scholarship

This scholarship of $250 is awarded annually to the returning undergraduate student who has attained the highest cumulative GPA in three courses completed toward an honours major in African studies. (If there is a tie, the successful candidates will share the award.) For further information, please consult the coordinator of the African Studies Program.

African Studies Program - Stevenson Scholarship in African Studies

This annual bursary of $1200 is awarded to a first year or continuing undergraduate or graduate student pursuing an interest in African studies at York University. Undergraduates are expected to be majors in the African Studies Program; graduate students are expected to pursue research in some area of African studies. Applicants should have strong academic qualifications as well as financial need; the selection process is determined by the Office of Student Financial Services. For further information, please consult the coordinator of the African Studies Program.

Business and Society Honours Award

The Business and Society Honours Award has been established by the Business and Society program to offer assistance to a fourth year BUSO honours major. Recipients of the award will be chosen on the basis of a combination of three criteria: 1) academic achievement; 2) financial need, and; 3) community involvement.

Business and Society Program -- Alterna Award

The Alterna Social Economy Scholarship in honour of Haswell B. Iron (worth $2,000 - 2,500) will be given to a fourth year Business and Society student in the Social Economy stream who has achieved top academic standing in the program during their third year of study and who is committed to promoting awareness and knowledge of social economy as a student ambassador for the BUSO program during their fourth year. This entails the student undertaking a leadership role within at least one major project, program or event during the course of the year which will directly contribute to greater awareness of the social economy on the York Campus. This project, program or event may have educational, organizing and/or research components associated with it.

The Criminology 1650 Prize

The "1650 Book Prize" is awarded to the student with the highest grade in SOSC/CRIM 1650 9.0 "Introduction to Criminology". The recipient will also receive a gift certificate from the York bookstore.

Criminology Honours Scholarship

This award has been established by the Criminology program to recognize academic excellence in a fourth-year Criminology honours major. The Scholarship will be awarded in October of each year to the fourth-year Criminology honours major who attained the highest academic average in his/her previous year of study. In the event of a tie, grades achieved in the core Criminology courses will be taken into consideration.

The Health and Society Honours Scholarship

This award has been established by the Health and Society program to recognize academic excellence in a fourth-year HESO honours major. The Scholarship will be awarded in September of each year to the fourth-year HESO honours major who attained the highest academic average in his/her previous year of study.

Health and Society Founders Book Prize

The Founders Book Prize is given to students for creative distinction in a Health and Society Program including exceptional initiatives in the completion of a Health and Society course assignment. The prize is given out at the 3rd and 4th year levels.

International Development Studies Honours Award

This award of $250 recognizes academic excellence and community involvement in a fourth-year IDS honours major. The Scholarship is awarded in October of each year to a fourth-year IDS honours major with an outstanding academic profile and a demonstrated record of community involvement and good citizenship within the IDS program and York University more broadly.

Labour Studies Student Achievement Award

The Labour Studies program presents this award annually to the 2 nd year student (successful completion of at least 54 credits) entering the 3 rd year of the Labour Studies Program, with the highest cumulative GPA at the end of year 2. The student must maintain a course load of at least 24 credits in the fall/winter session of their second year.

Labour Studies Program - Neil Reimer Award

This award of approximately $500 is financed by the Neil Reimer Union Education and Development Fund, established in 1984 by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada to honour their founding national director. It is presented annually by the Centre for Research on Work and Society to the third-year student majoring in the Labour Studies Program who has achieved the highest GPA. No application is required; selection is done by the Scholarships and Bursaries Unit of Student Financial Services in consultation with the director of the Centre for Research on Work and Society and the coordinator of the Labour Studies Program.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program - Michael Baptista Essay Prize

This award, sponsored with CERLAC (the Centre for Research on Latin American and Caribbean), was established by friends of Michael Baptista together with the Royal Bank of Canada to honour his Guyanese / Caribbean roots, his dedication and achievement at the Royal Bank, and his continued and unqualified love of learning. Two $500 prizes are awarded annually, one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student, in recognition of outstanding scholarly essays in the humanities, social science, business or law of relevance to Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and are presented at a lecture by a visiting Latin American or Caribbean speaker. Click here for further information on the Michael Baptista Essay Prize.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Honours Award

This award has been established by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program to offer assistance to a fourth year LACS honours major. Recipients of the award will be chosen on the basis of a combination of three criteria:academic achievement; financial need, and community involvement.

The Law and Society Honours Prize

This award has been established by the Law and Society program to recognize academic excellence of a third year continuing or fourth-year LASO honours major. The Prize will be awarded in September of each year to the continuing third year (84+ credits) or fourth-year LASO honours major who has attained the highest academic average in his/her LASO program courses over the course of their degree program (based upon a a minimum of 24 program credits)

The Law and Society Prize

Given to the student with the highest GPA going into 4th year.

Urban Studies Program - The Marion Miller Award

There are two Marion Miller Awards, named for a program student who died in a airplane accident many years ago and endowed by Ms. Miller's family. The awards are $250 bookstore-certificates given to:

  • a student completing his/her 3000-level work in the program;
  • a student completing his/her 4000-level work in the program.

There are three criteria for the Miller awards. A student must be an Urban Studies Program major, have a good academic record and have a record of good citizenship within the program or within York more widely.

Urban Studies Program - The Frances Frisken Prize

The Frances Frisken Prize is named for a faculty member now retired who was strongly committed to undergraduate education. The prize is a $250 bookstore-certificate and is awarded to the Urban Studies Program major with the highest numeric grade in the program's 2000-level "core" course, SOSC 2710 (with ties settled by overall GPA that year).

Urban Studies Program - The SOSC 3700 Prize

The SOSC 3700 Prize is a $250 bookstore-certificate awarded to the Urban Studies Program major with the highest numeric grade in the program's 3000-level "core" course, SOSC 3700 (with ties settled by overall GPA that year and with the prize devolving to the student with the second-highest grade if the student with the highest grade receives the 3000-level Miller award).

Faculty of LA&PS Essay Prizes

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies essay prizes are awarded annually to four students in the Faculty, one at each of the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels, judged to have written the most outstanding essays at their levels. There are also four honourablemention prizes, and all essays appear in the Faculty of LA&PS yearly publication, Prize Winning Essays. The value of the prizes is $300 and $100 for honourable mentions. Essays are nominated by professors.