Awards and Bursaries for In-Course Students

The University of Guelph-Humber has an extremely generous scholarship and award program that recognizes academic achievement, student leadership and extracurricular activities.

Recipients are acknowledged for their past achievements and the awards are designed to encourage further study and accomplishment. This means that students must be registered at a full-time level to receive their scholarship.

To apply for scholarships and bursaries, please submit the University of Guelph-Humber Bursary and Scholarship Application to Student Financial Services in GH112 with all required documents before the deadline. Please read carefully, as some scholarships and bursaries require additional documentation and/or applications. You can request the Bursary and Scholarship Application in an alternate format.

Complete the Need Assessment Form for OSAP Students.

Complete the Need Assessment Form for Out-of-Province/OSAP Restricted Students.

Request the Need Assessment Forms in a different format.

Fall Semester Scholarships:

Guelph-Humber Study Abroad Travel Grant

Established in 2016, 50 travel grants of $1500 recognize students registered in AHSS*3500 with above 70% cumulative average who demonstrate financial need. Students must attend the study abroad portion of AHSS*3500 in order to be eligible. Applicants must submit a Financial Need Assessment Form to Student Financial Services by October 7th. 

Barbara and Mike Irwin Bursary

John Irwin, Professor in Justice Studies at the University of Guelph-Humber has established this bursary in recognition of his parents, Barbara and Mike Irwin to support a student with financial need with preference given to a student who is a parent. One undergraduate award will be awarded to a student registered in any program. Submit a Financial Need Assessment Form and if applicable a brief letter confirming parenthood to Student Financial Services, University of Guelph-Humber by October 7th.

Zangeneh-Isralowitz Youth/Emerging Adult Resilience Scholarship

Professor Masood Zangeneh, Professor in Psychology at the University of Guelph-Humber has established this scholarship to support a student with a minimum of 10 credits in the Psychology program at the University of Guelph-Humber and a minimum cumulative average of 80%.  Selection is based on demonstrated interest in youth/emerging adult resilience research through the submission of a personal statement. One undergraduate award will be awarded to a student registered in the Psychology program. Submit completed application form to the Student Financial Services office by October 7th.

Media Community Merit Scholarship

Established in 2016, this award recognizes a Media Studies student who demonstrates financial need.  The student must have completed 5 or more credits in their program.  The student must have a minimum 80% cumulative average and demonstrate their community involvement at Guelph-Humber.  Students apply by October 7th.  Application must include a one-page letter describing their involvement in the Guelph-Humber community. Applicants must also submit a Financial --Need Assessment Form to Student Financial Services.

Psychology Community Merit Scholarship

Established in 2016, this award recognizes a Psychology student who demonstrates financial need.  The student must have completed 5 or more credits in their program.  The student must have a minimum 80% cumulative average and demonstrate their community involvement at Guelph-Humber.  Students apply by October 7th.  Application must include a one-page letter describing their involvement in the Guelph-Humber community.  Applicants must also submit a Financial Need Assessment Form to Student Financial Services.

University of Guelph-Humber Merit Scholarships

These $2,000 scholarships were established to recognize outstanding academic achievement by academic program. The scholarships are awarded to full-time University of Guelph-Humber students who have a minimum 80% cumulative average, calculated on the basis of the most recently completed two full-time semesters. Only students admitted in the Winter 2015 semester or earlier are eligible for the Merit Scholarships.

Recipients of the Merit Scholarship will be selected from students placing in the top ten percent (10%) of their program by year, based on credit total, as listed below:

  • All students who have completed between 4.0 and 6.0 credits will be considered in the Year One cohort of their program for assessment of the merit awards.
  • All students who have completed between 8.0 and 12.0 credits will be considered in the Year Two cohort of their program for assessment of the merit awards.
  • All students who have completed between 12.0 and 16.0 credits will be considered in the Year Three cohort of their program for assessment of the merit awards.

No application is required for the Merit Scholarships. All students will be considered after final grades are recorded in late April. Winners of the Merit Scholarship will be informed in late June each year

University of Guelph-Humber Merit Scholarships for Part-Time Programs

The $750 Merit Scholarships for Part-time Programs are automatically awarded to students registered in the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Justice Studies), the Early Childhood Degree Completion (ECDC), or the Family and Community Social Services Degree Completion (FCSSDC) Programs who have completed between 4.0 credits and 6.5 credits at the University of Guelph-Humber, with a minimum 80.0% cumulative average and are in the top ten percentile of their cohort.

Toronto Midtown Investors Group Student Scholarship

This scholarship of $1,000 has been made available through a generous donation from Toronto Midtown Investors Group. The scholarship is awarded to a University of Guelph-Humber Business student with a minimum of 12.5 completed credits and a cumulative average of 70% or higher. You must also be actively involved in extracurricular activities, preferably in entrepreneurial, athletic or community activities.

To apply, please submit the University of Guelph-Humber Bursary and Scholarship application form and a resume outlining your commitment to extracurricular involvement by October 7.

IGNITE Student Scholarship for Community Involvement

This scholarship of $1,000 was established in 2012 by IGNITE to mark the 10-year anniversary of the establishment of the University of Guelph-Humber. The scholarship is awarded to a Guelph-Humber student with a minimum of eight completed credits and involved in extracurricular activities that relate to community enrichment in the University of Guelph-Humber and/or wider community.

To apply, please submit the University of Guelph-Humber Bursary and Scholarship application form, a resume outlining your extracurricular involvement and a one-page letter of support confirming your commitment to community enrichment by October 7.

IGNITE Scholarship – Early Childhood Studies Degree Completion

This scholarship of $1,000 was established in 2012 by IGNITE to mark the ten-year anniversary of the establishment of the University of Guelph-Humber. The scholarship recognizes an in-course student in the Early Childhood Studies Degree Completion program with a minimum of 2.0 completed credits and demonstrates a commitment to enriching their workplace experience with the knowledge they have gained in the classroom.

Apply by October 7 with the University of Guelph-Humber Bursary and Scholarship application and include a one-page letter explaining how your knowledge in the classroom has enhanced your work experience.

The Guss-Credit Union Bursary

This award of $1,500 is presented in honour of Jonathan Guss, retired CEO of the Credit Union Central of Ontario, by his colleagues, co-workers and affiliated credit unions across Canada. The award supports students with great financial need in their pursuit of an undergraduate education in any of University of Guelph-Humber's academic programs. Applicants must complete a Needs Assessment Form provided by Registrarial Services. Application must be made by October 7. The successful candidate will be informed in December.

Nadia Singh Ghanny Bursary

Established by faculty member Nadia Singh, this award recognizes a student in the Justice Studies program (either BASc. or BAA) who demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to a student who pursued post-secondary education after gaining experience in the workplace.

Apply by October 7 using the University of Guelph-Humber Bursary and Scholarship application. You must also submit a Financial Need Assessment Form and a resume outlining your work experience.

The J.P. Bickell Foundation Award

This award of $700 has been made available through a generous grant from the J.P Bickell Foundation. The award supports a student with great financial need in any of University of Guelph-Humber's social service programs (Family and Community Social Services, Early Childhood or Justice Studies).

Applicants must submit a one-page description of their volunteer work, a letter of reference from someone who can attest to the candidate's commitment to volunteerism, as well as a Financial Need Assessment Form provided by Registrarial Services. Application must be made by October 7. The successful candidate will be notified in December.

The Philip Santangelo Memorial Bursary

Created in memory of Phillip Santangelo, a member of the second graduating class at the University of Guelph-Humber, and with the aid of the Ontario government’s OTSS program, this $2,500 bursary is available to students who have completed a minimum of 4.0 credits in the Business Program (BBA) at the University of Guelph-Humber.

If there are no suitable applicants in the Business Program, the bursary will be made available to a student who has completed a minimum of 4.0 credits in any University of Guelph-Humber program. Selection will be based on demonstrated financial need. Interested students should submit their completed Financial Need Assessment Forms to University of Guelph-Humber (GH112) by October 7.

WeirFoulds Bursary

Created by the lawyers of WeirFoulds LLP, this $600 bursary is available to students registered at the University of Guelph-Humber who have completed a minimum of 4.0 credits. Preference will be given to students in Bachelor of Applied Science in the Justice Studies program at the University of Guelph-Humber. If there are no suitable applicants in the Justice Studies program the bursary will be made available to any student. Selection will be based on demonstrated financial need.

Applicants must complete a Needs Assessment form. Application must be made by October 7.

First Class Scholarship

Established by the first graduating class of the University of Guelph-Humber in 2006, the First Class Scholarship is awarded to the student who demonstrates financial need and is actively involved in the campus community. Any student registered in a full-time University of Guelph-Humber degree program with a minimum of 2.5 completed credits is eligible. Students apply by October 7 with a Financial Need Assessment form and a resume outlining their extracurricular activities.

University of Guelph-Humber Bursary

Provided to a student on the basis of financial need only. The University of Guelph-Humber’s Bursary Committee determines a student’s financial need after evaluating the Financial Need Assessment Form submitted by the student. You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada to be considered for bursaries.

The application deadline is October 7.

First Generation Bursary

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has established the Ontario First Generation Student Bursary as part of their Access to Opportunities Strategy. These bursaries provide direct support to students with demonstrated financial need who are first in their families to attend university or college.

A first generation student is an individual whose parents have not attended full- or part-time post-secondary studies, in or outside Canada, at any time or in any program. You are still considered to be a first generation student if your siblings have attended post-secondary studies.

To be eligible for this bursary you must be:

  1. A first generation student.
  2. A Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada, or a Protected Person.
  3. An Ontario resident as defined by OSAP.
  4. Registered in at least 1.5 credits at Guelph-Humber.
  5. In a state of demonstrated financial need.

To apply: Complete the First Generation Bursary Form and the Need Assessment Form.

The application deadline is October 7. Applications can be submitted to GH112.

John Holland Excellence in Justice Studies award

This annual $500 award honours John Holland, who has earned more than 50 years of law enforcement experience in the U.S., including as a Senior Program Specialist and retired member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre. For a number of years Mr. Holland has kindly volunteered to teach University of Guelph-Humber Justice Studies students.

This award recognizes a Justice Studies student with a cumulative average of 75% or higher. The recipient must also demonstrate a commitment to ethical behaviour in all curriculum assignments, practice volunteerism within the program, value diversity and respect fellow students and faculty members.

Apply for the John Holland Excellence in Justice Award.

Nomination Deadline: October 7.

IGNITE Bursary

The IGNITE Student Union has designated a portion of its budget to assist students who have a proven financial need. This bursary will assist students who are experiencing hardship due to their financial situation. This bursary is only a supplement and is meant to relieve a student’s im­mediate and temporary need. Bursary amounts may vary according to need.  Applications will be available in the Student Financial Services office in the fall semester.

Leadership Development Conference Fund

Student leaders play an instrumental role in shaping student life at the University of Guelph-Humber. The Leadership Development Conference Fund has been created to help students enhance their leadership skills by sponsoring them to attend a professional conference.

Funds will be awarded 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 (the student must submit a receipt, invoice or registration confirmation, and a cheque will be issued).

Apply for the Leadership Development Conference Fund.

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, October 7.

Chartwells' Bursary

To receive the bursary you must:

  • Have demonstrated financial need as defined by the bursary application process.
  • Be a current Resident, a full time student for the current academic year, and paying full-time fees
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Have a clear record in terms of the Residence Code of Conduct and the Humber and Guelph-Humber Charters.

Preference is given to students who have not received a student financial aid bursary during this academic year. The Residence Bursaries are available twice during the academic year, once in the fall and once in the spring, or until funds are depleted.

To apply, contact residence directly at 416-675-6622 ext. 77201.

Winter Semester Scholarships:

CSEP/SCPE Scholarship in Applied Exercise Physiology

Established in 2014 by the Department of Kinesiology, this scholarship recognizes a student registered in the Kinesiology major of the B.A.Sc. program. The scholarship of $1,000 and a commemorative medal are awarded to the student with the highest cumulative average in KIN*3010, KIN*3110, KIN*3200 and KIN*3020. No application is required.

Gold Medallion for Academic Excellence in Kinesiology

The Gold Medallion for Academic Excellence in Kinesiology recognizes the student with the highest cumulative average in the core courses in the Kinesiology program. One award of $1,000 and a commemorative medal will be awarded to the student with the highest cumulative average in SCMA*1120, SCMA*1500, KIN*1040, KIN*1070, KIN*2060, KIN*2070, KIN*3010, SCMA*2070, SCMA*2080, KIN*3020, KIN*3200, KIN*3030, SCMA*3100, KIN*3250, KIN*3110, KIN*3060 and KIN*4030. No application is required.

Guelph-Humber Travel Grant

Established in 2014 by the Vice-Provost’s Office these travel grants recognize the student with the highest cumulative average in each section of AHSS*3500. Students must attend the study abroad portion of the course. No application required.

Guelph-Humber Vice-Provost Enhanced Learning Travel Grant

The Guelph-Humber Vice-Provost Enhanced Learning Travel Grants were established in 2013 by the Vice-Provost’s Office to recognize students in the Media Studies Program with an emphasis in Digital Communications. Three travel grants of $2,000 each are awarded to students who have:

  • Completed 12.0 or more credits
  • Obtained departmental approval to work with a faculty mentor at the University of Bremen in Germany
  • Earned the highest cumulative average

No application is required.

Virginia Gray Academic Medal

This medal is awarded to the student in the Bachelor of Applied Arts program in Justice Studies with the highest cumulative GPA following the completion of their seventh semester level. The award is named for the late Virginia Gray, Director of Office of Opening Learning at the University of Guelph, and recognizes outstanding academic achievement. All eligible BAA students will be considered after final grads are recorded from the fall semester. The successful candidate will be notified in February. No application is required.

University of Guelph-Humber Student Leadership Scholarships

These $1,500 scholarships were established to recognize outstanding student leadership contributions. They are awarded to students who have completed a minimum of two full-time semesters (minimum credit total of 4.0), have achieved a minimum cumulative average of 75% and who have made outstanding leadership contributions to the University of Guelph-Humber, the larger campus environment or their community.

  • Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee (GH 112) by Feb 15 with the completed application form, a one-page description of leadership contributions and two (2) letters of recommendation. One referee must be a Guelph-Humber instructor and one referee should be from a member of the community served.
  • This award may be held only once. Leadership may be demonstrated through involvement in activities such as student government, athletics, volunteer experiences and work in organizations outside of the campus. Leadership involvement will be the deciding factor in awarding scholarships.
  • The University of Guelph-Humber Leadership Scholarships will be applied to the successful applicants’ accounts in the following Fall and Winter semesters. Please note that you must be a full-time student in both semesters to retain the scholarship.

Munir & Nour Issa Scholarship in Kinesiology

This scholarship of $1,000 has been made available through a generous grant from Mr. Munir and Mrs. Nour Issa. This scholarship is awarded to the University of Guelph-Humber Kinesiology student with the highest cumulative average and who has been impacted by cancer. You must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 80.0% and have completed between 14.5 and 17.5 credits.

To apply please submit the Guelph-Humber Bursary and Scholarship application form by February 15 along with a one-page statement indicating how cancer has impacted your life.

University of Guelph-Humber Scholarship in Nutrition and Metabolism

The Scholarship in Nutrition and Metabolism recognizes a student in the Kinesiology program who has achieved both academic and professional excellence in the field of Nutrition and Metabolism. One scholarship of $1,000 and a commemorative medal is awarded to the student engaged in a research project in KIN*4400 or KIN*3190 related to nutrition and/or metabolism with the highest cumulative average in KIN*1070, KIN*2070, KIN*3030, KIN*3250. Applicants must complete the Guelph-Humber Scholarship and Bursary Application and submit it to the Guelph-Humber Awards Committee with an attached research proposal and/or report by February 15.

Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism Scholarship in Undergraduate Research Excellence

The Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism Scholarship in Undergraduate Research Excellence recognizes a student registered in the Kinesiology program who is enrolled in KIN*3190 – Field Placement II. One award of $1,000, a commemorative medal and a one-year subscription to "The Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism" are awarded to the student who submits the highest quality research proposal for KIN*3190. Applicants must complete the Guelph-Humber Scholarship and Bursary Application and submit it to the Guelph-Humber Awards Committee with an attached research proposal and/or report by February 15.

Family and Community Social Services Spirit of Volunteerism Scholarship

Established in 2013 by the Human Services Department, this $1,000 scholarship recognizes a student in the Family Community and Social Services major of the B.A.Sc. program who has been deemed to have made the greatest contribution to extracurricular volunteerism above and beyond the program requirements.

Apply to Student Financial Services by submitting all of the following:

  • The online application form
  • A one-page statement demonstrating your commitment to volunteerism
  • One letter of recommendation from a member of the public who can attest to your volunteer activities

Application deadline: 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.

For further information, please contact Student Financial Services at finaid@guelphhumber.ca.

The deadline to apply is February 15.

Outstanding Achievement in Early Childhood and Family and Community Social Services Field Placement Scholarship

Established in 2013, this $1000 scholarship recognizes students in the Early Childhood and the Family and Community Social Services major of the B.A.Sc. program, who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at their field placement. Students must have completed either FCSS*2040 or ECS*2040 or subsequent field placements and have been nominated by a University of Guelph-Humber field placement course instructor/site supervisor.

The nominator must submit the online application form to Student Financial Services as well as a one page letter of recommendation from a field placement course instructor/site supervisor who can attest to the student’s outstanding placement activities.

One recipient will be selected from each of the eligible majors. Students must be registered full-time in their program of study.

Nominate a student for the Outstanding Achievement in Early Childhood and Family and Community Social Services Field Placement Scholarship

Professional Staff Association Scholarship (New)

This scholarship of $1,500 is provided to the student with the highest cumulative average. Full-time students who are from the immediate family, part-time or contractual Professional/Managerial Group employees of the University, and/or retired Professional/Managerial Group of the University of Guelph who have completed at least 5.0 credits and have a minimum 70% cumulative average are eligible to apply. Apply to Student Financial Services by May 15 by sending an email to awards@uoguelph.ca and include the name of the family member of the Professional/Managerial Group of the University, and/or retired Professional/Managerial Group of the University of Guelph. This award may be held more than once, however, not in consecutive years. Preference will be given to students of current or retired P.S.A. members. This scholarship is awarded in the fall semester.

Graduation award

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.