Bursaries and Awards

We are committed to expanding learners’ knowledge and skills, giving them the tools they need to create positive change in their own lives as well as the lives of others. We know that life is unpredictable, but we believe that with the appropriate training and ongoing skill development, life’s twists and turns can be enriching, empowering, and even career-advancing. 

We also know that some of our most motivated, engaged learners need financial support to benefit from our dynamic programming. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, SCS is able to support learners through our awards and bursaries programs. 

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We have been proud to offer a bursary program since 2014, which supports students experiencing financial challenges. Offering these bursaries would not be possible without the support of our donors, including many of SCS’ own staff members.

Bursary

Application form

SCHOOL OF CONTINUING STUDIES BURSARY

The bursary application period for Spring/Summer 2019 is now closed. We will be accepting bursary applications for Fall 2019 courses from July 22nd until August 9th.

ACADEMY FOR LIFELONG LEARNING BURSARY 

The application period is currently closed

SCHOOL OF CONTINUING STUDIES BURSARY FOR INDIGENOUS STUDENTS

The application period is currently closed

BURSARY FOR WOMEN IN FINANCE AND TECHNOLOGY

The application period is currently closed

In addition to our bursary program, we recognize extraordinary achievements through our awards program. Established through generous gifts, including several made by our own instructors, these merit-based awards offer talented individuals the opportunity to strengthen their résumés, advance in their careers, and be inspired to take on new challenges. Winners of our awards are honoured at celebration events held throughout the year.

Award Application form

AU JUK KIU AWARD IN CANTONESE LANGUAGE STUDIES 區竹橋廣東話學業獎學金
Established in 2012 Value: up to two awards of $1,000 annually

Jason Au, a financial professional and graduate of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, created this award to pay homage to his grandfather and to honour and promote the preservation of Cantonese Chinese culture. It is designated for students registered in the School of Continuing Studies Cantonese Language Program.

The application period is currently closed.

MARILYNN BOOTH AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Established in 2017 Value: up to six awards of $1,000 annually 

This award was established in honour of former Dean Marilynn Booth upon her retirement from SCS. Primary donors to this award include U of T staff, partners, and friends of SCS. The Marilynn Booth Award recognizes career-focused learners who have demonstrated academic success, personal commitment, and exemplary leadership.

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The application period is now open. Application deadline: June 14th

THE JANICE COLBERT POETRY AWARD 
Established in 2012 Value: $1,000, plus two finalist awards of $500 each annually 

Created by award-winning poet Janice Colbert, a graduate of the Creative Writing Certificate Program, this award is open to students who have taken at least one creative writing course in the previous year. 

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The application period is now open. Application Deadline: May 10th

THE TIMOTHY FONG & ENRICO CHIR AWARD 
Established in 2012 Value: $1,000 annually

This award was established by Timothy Fong, U of T alumnus and long-time instructor at SCS, and fellow financial trading professional Enrico Chir. This award is targeted to learners who work in the finance, investment or risk sectors, and who demonstrate academic excellence and notable community engagement. 

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The application period is now open. Application deadline: May 24th

THE MARINA NEMAT AWARD FOR CREATIVE WRITING 
Established in 2008 Value: up to two awards of $1,000 annually 

Thanks in part to the generosity of writer Marina Nemat, this award is given each year to the most outstanding Final Project of a Creative Writing Certificate student. Winners are chosen by a panel of Canadian publishing-industry professionals.  

No application process, given each year to the outstanding Final Project of a Creative Writing Certificate student

THE OGILVIE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 
Established in 2016 Value: $2,500 annually

This award was created by SCS instructor Joseph Ogilvie to recognize and reward learners who have successfully completed a minimum of two courses in any project management certificate program. Learners must submit and present a high-level project plan that demonstrates the application of project management skills in creating a demonstrable impact on an organization.

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The application period is now open. Application deadline: May 31st

PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CANADA STUDENT AWARD FOR FICTION 
Established in 2002 Value: $2,500, plus two finalist awards of $1,000 each annually

This generous award supports emerging writers (learners) taking Creative Writing courses at SCS. The competition for this endowed award is open to all creative writing learners who have taken a course in the previous year.

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The application period is now open. Application deadline: May 24th

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THE ELAINE STIRLING CORPORATE STORYTELLER AWARD FOR BUSINESS WRITING 
Established in 2018 Value: $2,500 annually

Writer, corporate consultant and business communications instructor Elaine Stirling established this award in 2018 to recognize exceptional business writing. This award is open to professionals who have demonstrated the impact that storytelling can have, whether in the form of a business proposal, a successful marketing campaign, a pitch, or any other form of narrative in the workplace.

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The application period is now open.

Application deadline: May 31st, 2019