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Leadership Awards

The University of Guelph-Humber offers a number of awards recognizing students who continue to excel outside of the classroom while on campus, including:

Michael Nightingale Community Enrichment Award

This annual award has been established to honour Michael Nightingale, who served as the first Vice-Provost and Chief Academic Officer at the University of Guelph-Humber from 2001 to 2005. Throughout his tenure, Michael’s vision and dedication were critical in shaping both the academic and co-curricular environments at the University of Guelph-Humber.

This award is presented to a graduating student who has made significant contributions to the University of Guelph-Humber community, beyond their own program of study, and shares Michael Nightingale’s commitment to enriching the student experience at the University. The award consists of a certificate of honour, a permanent plaque displayed in the University of Guelph-Humber building, and a cash prize of $1,000.

Nominate a student for the Michael Nightingale Community Enrichment Award.

The deadline to apply to this scholarship is February 15.

University of Guelph-Humber Gold Medallion for Leadership Excellence

The University of Guelph-Humber recognizes the important role student leaders play on our campus. The University of Guelph-Humber Gold Medallion for Leadership Excellence recognizes students who have made significant, ongoing leadership contributions to their program. The University of Guelph-Humber Gold Medallion for Leadership Excellence recognizes students who have demonstrated leadership within their area of study, in the classroom and/or beyond.

Apply for the University of Guelph-Humber Gold Medallion for Leadership Excellence.

The deadline to apply is February 15.

Student Development Conference Fund

Student involvement plays an instrumental role in shaping student life at the University of Guelph-Humber. The Student Development Conference Fund was created to support students’ desire to enhance their skills and knowledge by sponsoring them to attend a professional or academic conference.

Student Life will award funds to students to use towards a conference. This may include registration, accommodations while at the conference and/or travel to and from the conference.

Successful candidates will receive the fund in the form of a reimbursement (i.e., the student must submit a receipt, invoice or registration confirmation, and a cheque will be issued).

Students submitting conference presentation proposals are strongly encouraged to contact Student Life for support on developing proposals and delivering conference style presentations.

*Please note if a conference occurs during regularly scheduled classes, students must make their own arrangements with instructors regarding missed classes.


Any full-time University of Guelph-Humber student interested in professional development and involved in on-campus co-curricular activities can apply. In this context, co-curricular activities are experiences gained outside the classroom that support learning, reflect student involvement, and provide employability skills. This can include on-campus jobs, research positions, volunteer positions, workshops, conferences, events and more.


Selection Process

Successful applicants will be selected by a selection committee. Preference will be given to students who will be presenting at the conference and who have never received the Student Development Conference Fund.

Applications are accepted twice in the Fall and Winter semesters. The application deadlines are February 1, April 1, October 1, and December 1. Applicants will be notified of outcomes within 10 days after the deadline.


Out-of-Province Conferences

Conferences outside of Ontario require additional paperwork. If your out-of-province conference is happening within one week after the application deadline, the paperwork must be submitted with your application. Please contact for instructions.

Apply for the Student Development Conference Fund.