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.
To find out how you can become a donor and help us empower through education, please contact the Dean’s Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
There are three application periods for our bursaries:
- July application period for Fall semester
- November for Winter semester
- March for Spring/Summer semester
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.
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.
THE LARRY CHESTER EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP AWARD
Established in 2009 Value: up to two awards of $1,000 annually
This award was established by instructor Larry Chester and is targeted to learners in the Leadership Essentials Certificate program. It recognizes and rewards learners who are able to demonstrate the impact of knowledge gained from the courses and applied in their workplace.
THE TIMOTHY FONG & ENRICO CHIR AWARD
Established in 2016 Value: $2,500
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.
THE OGILVIE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Established in 2016 Value: $2,500
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.
THE JANICE COLBERT POETRY AWARD
Established in 2014 Value: up to $1,000 and two $500 awards
This award was created by visual artist and award-winning poet Janice Colbert, a graduate of the Creative Writing Certificate Program. It is open to learners who have taken at least one Creative Writing course in the previous year.
THE MARINA NEMAT AWARD FOR CREATIVE WRITING LEARNERS
Established in 2007 Value: up to $1,000, two annually
Thanks in part to the generosity of writer and former SCS learner Marina Nemat, this award recognizes exceptional creative writing students. Awards are given each year to the most outstanding Final Project of a Creative Writing Certificate learner as chosen by an esteemed panel of Canadian publishing-industry professionals.
PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CANADA STUDENT AWARD FOR FICTION
Established in 2002 Value: $2,500, plus two finalist awards of $1,000 each
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.