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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 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 an award, unless otherwise specified.

To apply for scholarships and bursaries, please review the information listed below. Submit all required documents to Student Financial Services in GH112, or to the department specified, on or before the applicable deadline dates. Please read carefully, as some scholarships and bursaries require additional documentation and/or application forms.

Fall Semester Awards:

Guelph-Humber Online & Hybrid Delivery Study Abroad Travel Grant

Established in 2018, six travel grants of $1500 recognize a University of Guelph-Humber student registered in AHSS*3500 and attending the hybrid and online specific trip in the summer session who have demonstrated exceptional circumstances and have a cumulative average above 70%. Students must attend the study abroad portion of AHSS*3500 or the grant will need to be repaid.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by November 29 with a Degree Completion Programs Travel Grant Application Form.

Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Alumni Bursary

In recognition and celebration of the first 10 year alumni reunion, the University of Guelph-Humber alumni have established an endowment fund to be named the “Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Alumni Bursary”.  This award provides support for a student enrolled in any program at the University of Guelph-Humber, with a minimum of 10.0 credits completed, and who demonstrates the greatest financial need.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a Financial Need Assessment Form.

University of Guelph-Humber Indigenous Student Bursary

Established in 2017, this bursary provides direct support to an Indigenous student with demonstrated financial need to assist with financing their education. One award of $2,000 is awarded to the student with high-demonstrated financial need.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a letter self-identifying as an Indigenous Person and a Financial Need Assessment Form.

University of Guelph-Humber Field Study Travel Grant

Established in 2017, this travel grant recognizes the student with the highest demonstrated financial need participating in a field studies course. Students enrolled in an International Study Abroad course are not eligible for this travel grant.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a Financial Need Assessment Form.

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. 

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a Financial Need Assessment Form.

Barbara and Mike Irwin Bursary

John Irwin, Professor in the Justice Studies program 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.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a brief letter confirming parenthood and a Financial Need Assessment Form.

Media Community Merit Scholarship

Established in 2016, this award recognizes a Media Studies student who demonstrates financial need. The student must have completed 5.00 or more credits in their program. The student must have a minimum 80% cumulative average and demonstrate their community involvement at the University of Guelph-Humber.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a one-page letter describing their involvement in the Guelph-Humber community and a Financial Need Assessment Form.

Psychology Community Merit Scholarship

Established in 2016, this award recognizes a Psychology student who demonstrates financial need. The student must have completed 5.00 or more credits in their program. The student must have a minimum 80% cumulative average and demonstrate their community involvement at the University of Guelph-Humber.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a one-page letter describing their involvement in the Guelph-Humber community and a Financial Need Assessment Form.

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

The $750 Merit Scholarships are 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. Recipients must have completed between 4.00 credits and 6.50 credits at the University of Guelph-Humber, with a minimum 80.0% cumulative average and are in the top ten percentile of their cohort.

This is an automatic scholarship. No application is required.

IGNITE Student Scholarship for Community Involvement

Established in 2012 by IGNITE to mark the ten-year anniversary of the establishment of the University of Guelph-Humber, this award recognizes the contributions of an in-course student (minimum of 8.00 credits completed) who has dedicated time to the enrichment of the University of Guelph-Humber and/or the wider community through their extracurricular involvement. The recipient of this award must be in good academic standing (60% or better).

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a resume and one letter of support attesting to their contributions to community enrichment.

IGNITE Scholarship – Early Childhood Studies Degree Completion

Established in 2012 by IGNITE to mark the ten-year anniversary of the establishment of the University of Guelph-Humber, this award recognizes the contributions of an in-course student in the Early Childhood Studies Degree Completion program (minimum of 2.00 credits completed) who demonstrates a commitment to enriching their workplace experience with the knowledge they have gained in the classroom. The recipient of this award must be in good academic standing (60% or better).

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a one page letter explaining how their education has impacted and enriched their workplace experience.

The Guss-Credit Union Bursary

This award of $2,000 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 Guelph-Humber’s academic programs.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a Financial Need Assessment Form.

Nadia Singh Ghanny Bursary

Established by faculty member, Nadia Singh, this award of $1,000 recognizes students in the Justice Studies program (either BASc. or BAA) who demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students who have pursued post-secondary education after gaining experience in the workplace.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a one-page description describing their motivation for pursuing post-secondary education after gaining professional experience in the workplace, a resume, as well as a Financial Need Assessment Form.

The J.P. Bickell Foundation Award

This award of $850 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 the University of Guelph-Humber’s social service programs (Family and Community Social Services, Early Childhood Studies, or Justice Studies).

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a one-page description of 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.

The Phillip Santangelo Memorial Bursary

Created in memory of Phillip Santangelo, a member of the second graduating class (2008) at the University of Guelph-Humber, and with the aid of the Ontario government's OTSS program, two $2,750 bursaries are available to students who have completed a minimum of 4.00 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 completed a minimum of 4.00 credits in any University of Guelph-Humber program. Selection will be based on demonstrated financial need.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a Financial Need Assessment Form.

WeirFoulds Bursary

Created by the lawyers of WeirFoulds, with the aid of the Ontario government OTSS program, this $1,000 bursary is available to students registered at the University of Guelph Humber who have completed a minimum of 4.00 credits. Preference will be given to students in the Justice Studies program. If there are no suitable applicants in the Justice Studies program the bursary will be made available to any student from any program. Selection will be based on demonstrated financial need.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a Financial Need Assessment Form.

First Class Scholarship

Established by the first graduating class of the University of Guelph-Humber in 2006, this scholarship of $600 is awarded to the student who demonstrates financial need and is actively involved in the campus community. Students registered in any University of Guelph-Humber degree program with a minimum of 2.50 completed credits are eligible.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a resume outlining extracurricular activities and a Financial Need Assessment Form.

University of Guelph-Humber Bursary

This bursary is provided to students on the basis of financial need only. Recipients must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada to be considered for bursaries.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a Financial Need Assessment Form.

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 a first generation student (as defined above), a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada, or a Protected Person, an Ontario resident as defined by OSAP, registered in at least 1.5 credits at the University of Guelph-Humber, and in a state of demonstrated financial need.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a Financial Need Assessment Form and a First Generation Bursary Form.

John Holland Excellence in Justice Studies Scholarship

This certificate of Honour and $1,000 prize was established in 2006 and is presented to the nominated student who has made the most significant contribution to the University of Guelph-Humber community, beyond their own program of study and has a commitment to enriching the student experience at the University.  Enrichment includes, but is not limited to, encouraging increased student involvement in campus life and learning, a commitment to strengthening the sense of community with-in the University of Guelph-Humber and Humber, demonstrating innovation in academic or student life, encouraging student and faculty interaction, and advocating on behalf of the needs, aspirations and interests of all University of Guelph-Humber students.

Nominations can be submitted to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7. A fellow student, member of faculty or staff member can complete and submit the nomination package.

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. 

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with an IGNITE Bursary Form found in GH112.

The Guelph-Humber Student Association and Alumni Bursary

This award of $950 is presented on behalf of the University of Guelph-Humber Student Association and the University of Guelph-Humber alumni. The award supports students with great financial need in their pursuit of an undergraduate education in any of the University of Guelph-Humber’s academic programs.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by October 7 with a Financial Need Assessment Form.

FCSS Scholarship for Excellence in Online Learning

Established in 2019, this award recognizes a student registered in the Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services part-time program. One award of $1,000 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest cumulative GPA and has completed a minimum of 18.5 credit by the end of the fall semester.  Recipients will be notified in the winter semester.

This is an automatic award.  No application is required.

Winter Semester Scholarships:

Dr. Evelyn Bird Prize

The Evelyn Bird Prize was established in 2017 by Dr. Evelyn Bird who taught at the University of Guelph. Students registered in the Kinesiology program at the University of Guelph-Humber with a minimum cumulative average of 77% and who have completed KIN*3190’s field placement in a high school in the preceding fall term are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students who play on a woman’s varsity team. In addition, students already accepted into teacher’s training college will be given first consideration.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by February 15 with a letter confirming the field placement completed in KIN*3190 was in a high school and if applicable, confirm if you are women’s varsity athlete and/or confirmation of acceptance into a teacher’s college program.

University of Guelph-Humber Early Childhood Studies Online Scholarship

Established in 2017, this award recognizes a student registered in the Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Studies part-time program. One award of $1,000 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest final grade in ECS*4000 - Program Development and Evaluation Course online course.

This is an automatic scholarship. No application is required.

University of Guelph-Humber Business Practicum Scholarship

Established in 2016, this award recognizes a student registered in the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration program. One award of $1,000 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in BADM*3500 - Business Practicum in the current academic year.

This is an automatic scholarship.  No application is required.

University of Guelph-Humber FCSS Placement Scholarship

Established in 2016, this award recognizes a student registered in the Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services program. One award of $1,000 awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in FCSS*3120 - Intermediate Practicum I.

This is an automatic scholarship. No application is required.

University of Guelph-Humber Psychology Placement Scholarship

Established in 2017, this award recognizes a student registered in the Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology program. One award of $1,000 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest final grade in PSYC*3180 - Applied Study in Psychology: Community Mental Health.

This is an automatic scholarship.  No application is required.

University of Guelph-Humber Kinesiology Placement Scholarship

Established in 2017, this award recognizes a student registered in the Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Kinesiology program. One award of $1,000 is awarded to the student with the highest mark in KIN*3090 - Field Placement I Course.

This is an automatic scholarship. No application is required.

University of Guelph-Humber Early Childhood Studies Placement Scholarship

Established in 2017, this award recognizes a student registered in the Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Studies program. One award of $1,000 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest final grade in ECS*3030 - Field Placement III Course.

This is an automatic scholarship.  No application is required.

University of Guelph-Humber Business Scholarship

Established in 2016, this award recognizes a student registered in the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration program. One award of $1,000 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in BADM*3110 - Entrepreneurial Studies.

This is an automatic scholarship.  No application is required.

University of Guelph-Humber Psychology Scholarship

Established in 2016, this award recognizes a student registered in the Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology program. One award of $1,000 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest final grade in completed PSYC*3120 - Quantification in Psychology II.

This is an automatic scholarship.  No application is required.

University of Guelph-Humber Early Childhood Studies Scholarship

Established in 2016, this award recognizes a student registered in the Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Studies program. One award of $1,000 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest final grade in ECS*3010 - Children with Diverse Needs in Families.

This is an automatic scholarship.  No application is required.

University of Guelph-Humber Media Studies Scholarship

Established in 2016, this award recognizes a student registered in the Honours Bachelor of Applied Arts in Media Studies program. One award of $1,000 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in AHSS*3220 - Law and the Media.

This is an automatic scholarship.  No application is required.

University of Guelph-Humber Kinesiology Scholarship

Established in 2016, this award recognizes a student registered in the Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Kinesiology program. One award of $1,000 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in KIN*3010 - Exercise Physiology.

This is an automatic scholarship. No application is required.

University of Guelph-Humber Justice Studies Scholarship

Established in 2016, this award recognizes a student registered in the Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Justice Studies program. One award of $1,000 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in AHSS*3050 - Canadian Social Problems.

This is an automatic scholarship. No application is required.

University of Guelph-Humber Family and Community Social Services Scholarship

Established in 2016, this award recognizes a student registered in the Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services program. One award of  $1,000 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in FCSS*2080 - Mental health & Addictions.

This is an automatic scholarship.  No application is required.

University of Guelph-Humber Accounting Achievement Scholarship

One award of $1000 will be presented to a student registered in the Bachelor of Business Administration program who has completed a minimum of 10.00 credits, including BADM*1030, BADM*1060, BADM*2010 and BADM*3120, and with the highest cumulative average.

This is an automatic award.  No application is required.

University of Guelph-Humber FCSS Online Scholarship

Established in 2016, this award recognizes a student registered in the Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services part-time program. One award of $1,000 is awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in FCSS*3020 - Developing a Culturally Sensitive Practice.

This is an automatic scholarship. No application is required.

Media Studies Research Excellence Scholarship

Established in 2016, this award recognizes a student registered in the Honours Bachelor of Applied Arts in Media Studies program. One award of $1,000 is awarded to the student who submits the highest quality research project in the MDST*4500 Applied Research Project course dealing with media research.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by February 15 with the research project.

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.

This is an automatic scholarship. No application is required. 

Gold Medallion for Academic Excellence in Kinesiology

Established in 2014 by the Department of Kinesiology, this award recognizes the student with highest cumulative average in the core courses in the Kinesiology major of the B.A.Sc. program. One award of $1000 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, SCMA*2080, KIN*3020, KIN*3200, KIN*3030, SCMA*3100, KIN*3250, KIN*3110, KIN*3060 and KIN*4030.

This is an automatic scholarship. No application is required. 

Guelph-Humber Travel Grant

Established in 2014 by the Vice-Provost’s Office, these travel grants of up to $2,500 recognize the student with the highest cumulative average in each section of AHSS*3500. Students must attend the study abroad portion of the course.

This is an automatic award.  No application is required.

Guelph-Humber Vice-Provost Enhanced Learning Travel Grant

Established in 2014 by the Vice-Provost’s Office, these travel grants of up to $2,500 recognize the student with the highest cumulative average in each section of AHSS*3500. Students must attend the study abroad portion of the course.

This is an automatic award.  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 grades are recorded from the fall semester. Recipients will be notified in the winter semester.

This is an automatic award.  No application is required.

University of Guelph-Humber Student Leadership Scholarships

These $1500 scholarships 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. 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 award may be held only once.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by February 15 with a one-page description of leadership contributions and two letters of recommendation, one from an instructor and one from a member of the community served.

University of Guelph-Humber Scholarship in Nutrition and Metabolism

Established in 2014 by the Department of Kinesiology, this scholarship recognizes a student in the Kinesiology major of the B.A.Sc. program who has achieved both academic and professional excellence in the field of Nutrition and Metabolism. One scholarship of $1000 and a commemorative medal is awarded to the student with the highest cumulative average in KIN*1070, KIN*2070, KIN*3030, KIN*3250 who has completed either KIN*3190 or KIN*4300.

This is an automatic scholarship. No application is required. 

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

Established in 2014 by the Department of Kinesiology, this scholarship recognizes a Kinesiology student registered in KIN*4300 Kinesiology Thesis. One award of $1000, 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 in KIN*4300.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by February 15 with a research proposal.

Family and Community Social Services Spirit of Volunteerism Scholarship

Established in 2013 by the Human Services Department, this $1,000 scholarship recognizes the student in the Family and Community 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 the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by February 15 with a one page statement demonstrating commitment to volunteerism and one letter of recommendation from a member of the public who can attest to volunteer activities.

Outstanding Achievement in Early Childhood Studies Placement Scholarship

Established in 2013, this $1,000 scholarship recognizes students in the Early Childhood Studies major of the B.A.Sc. program, who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at their field placement. Students must have completed ECS*2040 or subsequent field placements and have been nominated by a University of Guelph-Humber field placement course instructor/site supervisor. Students must be registered full-time in their program of study.

Nominations can be submitted to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by February 15.  A University of Guelph-Humber Field Placement Course Instructor or Site Supervisor can complete and submit the nomination package and one page letter of recommendation attesting to the student’s outstanding placement activities.

Outstanding Achievement in Family and Community Social Services Field Placement Scholarship

Established in 2013, this $1000 scholarship recognizes students in 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 subsequent field placements and have been nominated by a University of Guelph-Humber field placement course instructor/site supervisor.  Students must be registered full-time in their program of study.

Nominations can be submitted to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by February 15.  A University of Guelph-Humber Field Placement Course Instructor or Site Supervisor can complete and submit the nomination package and one page letter of recommendation attesting to the student’s outstanding placement activities.

Summer Semester Awards:

Professional Staff Association Scholarship

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 of Guelph, and/or retired Professional/Managerial Group of the University of Guelph who have completed at least 5.00 credits and have a minimum 70% cumulative average are eligible to apply. 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.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee 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.

Graduation Awards:

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.

Nominations can be submitted to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by February 15. Nominations must be submitted by a fellow student, member of faculty or staff member. Complete and submit the nomination package.

University of Guelph-Humber Gold Medallion for Leadership Excellence

The University of Guelph-Humber provides students with a unique experience which joins rigorous academic curriculum with practical real world experience both inside and outside the classroom. The University of Guelph-Humber Gold Medallion for Leadership Excellence recognizes students who have completed 17.50 or more credits and who have made leadership contributions to their program, outside of the classroom and/or in the community. One graduating student in each University of Guelph-Humber program of study will receive a leadership medal and a $500 award.

Apply to the University of Guelph-Humber Awards Committee by February 15 with an outline of contributions made to the program and two letters of support.

CPA Graduation Prize

One award of $1,000 will be presented to the student graduating from the winter or previous fall semester from the Bachelor of Business Administration program with the highest cumulative average and who has completed BADM*3130, BADM*4220, BADM*4210 and BADM*4230.

This is an automatic award.  No application is required.