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Awards, Scholarships & Bursaries

We want to recognize your academic success and provide a financial boost to those who need it. Not just a source of extra funds - scholarships, awards and bursaries are a great way to enhance your resume and university transcript, demonstrating your hard work and dedication to your studies. 

The History Department has a number of awards available to our students, see below for a list of awards and past winners. In order to apply for any awards in the faculty, you must first fill out your student financial profile.


Harry S. Crowe Memorial Prize

Established in memory of Harry S. Crowe, member of the History Department and twice Dean of Atkinson, this award is available to the student whose academic achievement in any Liberal Arts & Professional Studies course with significant historical content is the highest within a calendar year. An essay may be submitted for consideration either by the writer or by the course director for whom it was written. It is awarded for courses completed in the previous fall/winter and summer session.

2016-2017 | Shivanie Mahabir

2015-2016 | Liam Berkirsky

2014-2015 | Heather Corrigan

2013-2014 | Doug Wintemute

2012-2013 | David Max

2011-2012 | Catherine Timms


History Department Merit Award (BA)

This is a $100 Book Award for the most distinguished graduating history student in the ordinary program based on the highest Grade Point Average in history courses. (If there is a tie, the best overall Grade Point Average will be used.

2013-2014 | Richard Zermeno

2012-2013 | Shimshon Dukesz

2011-2012 | Catherine Timms


History Department Merit Award (Honours)

This is a $100 Book Award for the most distinguished graduating history honours B.A. student based on the highest grade point average in history courses. (If there is a tie, the best overall grade point average will be used.)

2013-2014 | Victoria Shearham

2012-2013 | Leah Bernando-Ciddio

2011-2012 | Zainab Coovadia


Peter Knights Memorial Prize In U.S. History

Created in honour of Professor Knights, who passed away tragically in 1995, this is an award for the best essay in United States History at the 4000 level. Professor Knights did pioneering work on nineteenth-century United States urban, social, and demographic history.

2019-2020 | Michael Woube

2014-2015 | Evangel Tam

2013-2014 | Sarah Medeiros

2012-2013 | David Pope

2011-2012 | Travis Wagner


The Joseph Woods Memorial Prize

This award is granted to a Liberal Arts & Professional Studies student whose academic achievement is the highest in one or more of the following fields: British, Irish, and European Studies. It is awarded for courses completed in the previous fall/winter and summer session. Established by colleagues and friends to honour Joseph Woods, a long time member of the History Program.

2013-2014 | Richard Robertson

2012-2013 | Emily Chicorli

2011-2012 | Michael Davis


The Morris Krever History Prize

Named in honour of Morris Krever, this annual prize will be awarded to an undergraduate history student. Both academic excellence and financial need will be taken into consideration.

2014-2015 | Spencer Jacklin

2013-2014 | Eun Seon Bae

2012-2013 | Jesse Thistle

2011-2012 | Zainab Coovadia


Willard W. Piepenburg Award

This scholarship honours Willard W. Piepenburg, University Professor Emeritus. Professor Piepenburg was the first Tudor-Stuart specialist in the Department of History, the first Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts, the first permanent Director of the Graduate Programme in History, and for 40 years a near-legendary teacher of undergraduate history students at the University of Toronto and York. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate history majors in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, selected by the Department of History for academic merit and financial need.

2015-2016 | Shaun Beveridge

2014-2015 | Holly Marple

2013-2014 | Neil Lachhamana

2012-2013 | Najia Salem

2011-2012 | Olena Lyubchenko


Desmond Hart Memorial Awards

Five prizes are awarded for work submitted in Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies History courses. Awards are granted for:

  • best essay in a 4000-level course (two prizes awarded each year);
  • best essay in a 3000-level course by any student;
  • best essay in a 2000-level course by any student;
  • best essay in a 1000-level course by any student.

Essays are nominated by course instructors. The award is in memory of Professor Desmond Hart, who died in 1972. The best essays at each level (1000-4000) are entered in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies competition.

2019-2020 | Sarah Bergman

2016-2017 | Robert Gibbs

2015-2016 | Morag Hegge

2014-2015 | Jesse Campbell

2012-2013 | Edwin Archbold

2011-2012 | Kathryn Testani

2019-2020 | (Stephen) Derek Devitt

2016-2017 | Robert Gibbs

2015-2016 | Rachel Hennings

2014-2015 | Rinelle Wong

2012-2013 | Shimshon Dukesz

2011-2012 | Bridget Moir

2016-2017 | Lionel Widmer

2014-2015 | Natanel Lev

2013-2014 | Dean Vaillancourt

2012-2013 | David Artemiw

2011-2012 | Timothy Snazel

2019-2020 | Morag Hegge & Matthew Panzini

2016-2017 | Caitlyn Taylor & Julie White

2015-2016 | Caleb Martin & Amanda Sarvelle

2014-2015 | Andrew McLaren & Lee Waddington

2013-2014 | Jesse Thistle & Catherine Timms

2012-2013 | Leah Bernardo-Ciddio & Elanna Segal

2011-2012 | Rachel de Brouwer & Cynthia Walker


Women's Canadian Historical Society of Toronto Award

This is an award for a full-time student, who is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, with the highest overall average entering the 4th year of an honours program. The student must be a history major who has taken or will take at least three courses in Canadian history of which at least two are at the 3000 or 4000 level.

2013-2014 | Alessandra Silva

2012-2013 | David Max & Jesse Thistle

2011-2012 | Stephanie Amaral


Lex Mackenzie Scholarship

Named in honour of Major A.A. MacKenzie, M.C., this scholarship 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 Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and 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.

2013-2014 | Katherine D'Arolfi

2011-2012 | Leanne Green


Grace Heggie Award

This scholarship honours Grace Heggie, librarian and historian. Grace Heggie was the first history bibliographer at York University. In over 30 years of service Ms. Heggie built the history collection of York University Libraries, taught students how to use it, and published important reference tools and indices for research in Canadian history. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate history majors in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, selected by the Department of History for academic merit and financial need.

2015-2016 | Luigi Iantosca & Brittany Nolan

2014-2015 | Crystal Beaudoin

2012-2013 | Leticia Del Sordo

2011-2012 | Virginia Grimaldi

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