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Nutrition scholarships, awards and bursaries

Ryerson's School of Nutrition offers awards and scholarships to acknowledge students’ achievements, facilitate their education and promote their success.

Full details on other awards can be found at Ryerson awards and scholarships and FCS awards and grants.

The School of Nutrition Awards Ceremony is held every fall.

How to apply

Submit your completed application to Nensi Palu, in room KHS-349B, Kerr Hall South, by the deadline(s) specified below.

Important notes:

  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Priority is given to applicants with full-time course loads in the previous academic year. A full-time course load consists of a minimum 80% course load (four units) in both the fall and winter semesters.
  • If you are taking fewer than five courses, and are otherwise eligible to apply for one or more of these awards, please explain your course load in your application.

Entrance awards

Joan Augustine Entrance Awards

Value: Three awards of up to $3,300  

Application due by: August 31, 2017

Award criteria: Students entering the Nutrition and Food program from high school, who:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons.
  • Are Ontario residents.
  • Have a minimum 80% average, based on their best six Ontario grade 12 U/M courses.

Required documents:

Important note: If you receive a School of Nutrition entrance award, you must remain enrolled in an 80% course load, or higher, for the fall term. If you withdraw or reduce your course load, you may be required to forfeit all (or part) of your award. The Student Financial Assistance Office will make this decision based on the terms of the award, the circumstances leading to your ineligibility and your educational costs incurred to date. A cancelled entrance award will be a charge against your university fee account.

Riva Loeb Entrance Awards

Value: Three awards of up to $3,300  

Application due by: August 31, 2017

Award criteria: Students entering the first-year of the Nutrition and Food program following studies at another university, who:

  • Have a minimum 3.00 grade point average.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons.
  • Are Ontario residents.

Required documents:

Important note: If you receive a School of Nutrition entrance award, you must remain enrolled in an 80% course load, or higher, for the fall term. If you withdraw or reduce your course load, you may be required to forfeit all (or part) of your award. The Student Financial Assistance Office will make this decision based on the terms of the award, the circumstances leading to your ineligibility and your educational costs incurred to date. A cancelled entrance award will be a charge against your university fee account.

Awards for returning students

Important note: If you’ve been awarded with the Joan Augustine Entrance Award, the Riva Loeb Entrance Award, the May Maskow Award, the Jennifer Welsh Award, or the Anne Selvy Award in the past year, you will not be considered for the same award(s) again this year. You may apply for these awards next year.

Anne Selby Awards

Value: Seven awards of up to $3,300 each  

Application due by: September 18, 2017

Award criteria: Nutrition and Food students entering their fourth year, who:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons.
  • Are Ontario residents.
  • Minimum CGPA of 3.0

Required documents:

Brenda Ball Memorial Award

Value: One award of up to $1,500  

Application due by: September 18, 2017

Award criteria: Full-time student in third or fourth year of the Nutrition and Food program, who:

  • Demonstrated high academic achievement in the previous academic year.
  • Is living away from home.

Preference will be given to applicants whose home residence is in Ottawa or, failing that, in Eastern Ontario.

Required documents:

Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology Junior Award

Value: One award of $1,000

Application due by: September 18, 2017

Award criteria: Nutrition and Food student who:

  • Completed FND 100 in Winter 2017.
  • Is a member of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST).
  • Has achieved a minimum CGPA of 3.0.*

*Applicants with a CGPA of less than 3.00 may apply for the award, but must address the issue of their academic performance in their application package.

Required documents:

  • Statement letter (500 words) demonstrating the applicant's interest and career goals in the food industry and food science field.
  • Report (250 words) describing CIFST and the benefits of membership.
  • Resume.
Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology Senior Award

Value: Two awards of $2,000 each

Application due by:  September 18, 2017

Award criteria: Nutrition and Food student who:

  • Has completed FND 300, FND 301* (or equivalent work experience) and FNR 201. 
  • Is a member of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST).
  • Has achieved a min CGPA of 3.0.*

*Applicants with a CGPA of less than 3.00 may apply for the award, but must address the issue of their academic performance in their application package.

Required documents:

  • Statement letter (500 words) demonstrating the applicant's interest and career goals in the food industry and food science field.
  • Report (250 words) describing CIFST and the benefits of membership.
  • Resume.
Carol Taylor Memorial Award

This award may be shared by two or more students.

Value: One award of up to $2,200  

Application due by: September 18, 2017

Award criteria: Full-time student in the fourth year of the Nutrition and Food program, who:

  • Demonstrates financial need and strong academic potential.
  • Is an Ontario resident.

Preference will be given to students who live away from home.

Required documents:

Dorotea Landau Memorial Award

Value: One award of $750  

Application due by: September 18, 2017

Award criteria: Full-time student enrolled in their third or fourth year of the Nutrition and Food program, who:

  • Has a CGPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Is in clear academic standing.

Required documents:

  • School of Nutrition cover form [PDF]
  • One page essay that describes the applicant’s interest and commitment to working with people who have diabetes. This can be through volunteering, paid experiences or professional placements.
Elizabeth Chant Robertson Award

Value: One award up to $500  

Application due by: September 18, 2017

Award criteria: Full-time student in their final year of the Nutrition and Food program.

Required documents:

The mission of the School of Nutrition is to prepare practitioners who have the knowledge, dispositions, and skills to create inclusive environments that optimize health and social well-being. Elizabeth Chant Robertson’s early book on nutrition was one of the first creative and reliable sources of nutrition information for Canadians.

Jennifer Welsh Awards

Value: Seven awards of up to $3,300 each  

Application due by: September 18, 2017

Award criteria: Nutrition and Food students entering their third year, who:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons.
  • Are Ontario residents.
  • Minimum CGPA of 3.0.

Required documents:

Jennifer Welsh Food Security Award

Value: One award of up to $1,500  

Application due by: September 18, 2017

Award criteria: Undergraduate student in the School of Nutrition, who:

  • Embodies the values of social justice, creative change and an orientation to food systems.
  • Demonstrates financial need.
  • Has attained high academic excellence.
  • Is in clear academic standing.
  • Is an Ontario resident.

Required documents:

May Maskow Awards

Value: Seven awards of up to $3,300 each  

Application due by: September 18, 2017

Award criteria: Nutrition and Food students entering their second year, who:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons.
  • Are Ontario residents.
  • Minimum CGPA of 3.0.

Required documents:

Mikey Network Award

Value: One award of up to $1,750  

Application due by: September 18, 2017

Award criteria: Nutrition and Food students who:

  • Are Ontario residents.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons.
  • Have achieved a minimum 80% overall average in six Grade 12 U/M credits (if they are entering first year).
  • Have a minimum CGPA of 3.50 (if they are beyond first year).

Students may be nominated by their peers, staff or faculty members in the School of Nutrition or apply directly for the award.

Required documents:

  • School of Nutrition cover form [PDF]
  • Cover letter that explains how the applicant meets the award criteria, including evidence of their commitment to promoting nutrition to prevent chronic disease.
  • Letter of support.
Rheta Rosen Incentive Award

Value: One award of up to $1,200  

Application due by: September 18, 2017

Award criteria: Full-time students in the third or fourth year of the Nutrition and Food program, who:

  • Are residents of Ontario.
  • Demonstrated satisfactory academic performance in the previous academic year.
  • Have family responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Show a commitment to working in a community-based setting.

Required documents:

School of Nutrition Bursaries

Value: Two awards of up to $1,000

Application due by: September 18, 2017

Award criteria: Full-time students who have completed at least one year of study in the Nutrition and Food program, and:

  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Have satisfactory academic performance, with a minimum CGPA of 3.0.

Preference will be given to students working on their first degree.

Required documents:

The School of Nutrition Academic Achievement Award

This award was established to provide financial assistance and recognize the academic achievement of a full-time student enrolled in the School of Nutrition.

Value: One award of up to $2,500

Application due by: September 18, 2017

Award criteria: Full-time School of Nutrition student who:

  • Is an Ontario resident.
  • Demonstrates financial need.
  • Demonstrates overall excellence in their studies, with a GPA of 3.33 or higher and clear academic standing.
  • Is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person.

Required documents:

Application process: You may be nominated by a faculty or community member or apply directly for this award.