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Faculty of Community Services

Social Work awards

Ryerson offers many different awards and scholarships to acknowledge students’ achievements, facilitate their education and promote their success.

As a student in the School of Social Work, you may qualify for some of these awards. Below are some examples of awards for which you may be eligible.

Full details on these and other awards, as well as eligibility criteria and application requirements, can be found at Ryerson awards and scholarships  and FCS awards and grants.

Ana Sonia Nascimento Award

Value: Up to $1,870 (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria:

Full-time student who has completed second or third year of the Social Work program with clear academic standing, and:

  • Has a CGPA of 3.00.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to social justice and community development through work with seniors, newcomers, and/or women. This work may be in the context of a field placement, international placement, volunteer work, etc.
  • Is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person.
  • Is an Ontario resident.
  • Demonstrates financial need.

Preference will be given to a student who speaks Portuguese. In the absence of a qualified Portuguese speaking applicant, the award may be given to an applicant who speaks a second language and meets the remaining criteria.

Supporting documents:

You must provide a personal statement outlining how your work demonstrates a commitment to social justice, along with a letter of support from a student or instructor.

Bachelor of Social Work Award

Award criteria:

Full-time and part-time students in second and third year of the Social Work program who:

  • Have returned to school after spending time in the work force OR have entered from another post-secondary institution.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the life of the school and/or the community.

Supporting documents:

  • A resume explaining how you qualify for the award.
Gordon C. Mcfarlane/John Howard Society of Ontario Award

Value: $1,000 toward a Master of Social Work program at a Canadian University (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria:

Full-time graduating Social Work student who has been accepted into an MSW program at a Canadian university, and:

  • Demonstrates academic excellence, financial need and a commitment to pursuing a career in social work.

Supporting documents:

You must submit a resume and a 500-word personal statement indicating:

  1. How graduate studies will contribute to your professional development.
  2. Your career goals.
Harry A. Newman Memorial Foundation Awards

These awards provide financial assistance and recognize the academic achievement of full-time students in the School of Social Work.

Value: Up to $1,800 (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria:

Full-time Social Work student who:

  • Demonstrates financial need.
  • Demonstrates good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

You may be nominated by a faculty member or community member or apply directly for the award.

Supporting documents:

  • Self-statement of financial need.
  • Resume.
  • Short personal statement demonstrating active volunteerism within the community.
Jacqueline and Howard Edelson Award

Value: Up to $3,390 (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria:

Full-time Social Work student who:

  • Is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person.
  • Is an Ontario resident.
  • Demonstrates financial need.
  • Has a minimum CGPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • Is in clear academic standing.
  • Provides evidence of interest and commitment to promoting the interests of elderly people with dementia and/or who are frail, through course work, field placements, volunteer or work experience, research, advocacy, etc.

Supporting documents

Submit a personal statement outlining your demonstrated interest in areas such as:

  • Clinical care of elderly persons with dementia.
  • The development of community, policy and program supports for the frail elderly.

Also include a letter of support from a professor or clinical instructor verifying your commitment to the elderly.

Jeff Edmunds Award

Value: Up to $1,000 (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria:

School of Social Work student in the part-time or full-time program who is in their second, third or fourth year at the time of application, and:

  • Has been enrolled in the program for at least one academic year.
  • Has a clear academic standing.
  • Has a CGPA of 2.0.
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to the values of social work as they relate to the School of Social Work's vision, mission and core values.

Supporting documents:

You must provide a personal statement that exemplifies your commitment to the social work values by demonstrating one or more of the following:

  • A strong interest in your field of study.
  • Voluntary activities.
  • Student leadership and initiative at the university, faculty and/or program.
  • Fostering a sense of community within your program(s) and/or amongst peers.

You are also required to submit a support letter from faculty, students, staff and/or community leaders that demonstrates your contribution and commitment to social work.

Jenny & Jean Green Social Justice Award

Value: One or two award(s) of up to $780 (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria:

Full-time students in the second, third or fourth year of the Social Work Program who meet the following criteria:

  • A caring attitude toward others.
  • Involvement with one or more social movements or community groups.
  • Leadership qualities which foster participatory democratic processes.

Nomination information:

Each applicant must be nominated by at least one Ryerson Social Work student or a faculty member who has taught the applicant.

Supporting documents:

Each applicant must submit a resume.

The nominator is required to provide a statement (not to exceed three typed pages) clearly addressing how the applicant fulfills all three criteria, detailing:

  • Specific examples of the caring attitudes displayed by the applicant in particular settings or locations.
  • The particular nature of and duration of the applicant's involvement with social movements of community groups.
  • The particular character or substance of the applicant's leadership qualities including style, and the setting or group in which those leadership qualities are evident.

Written endorsements from sources other than the nominator will enhance the application. In case of a tie, more than one student may share the award. Applicants may be asked to appear for an interview with the Selection Committee.

Jenny Green

Jenny Green was a graduate of the Ryerson School of Social Work who died (1987) in a tragic accident in Nicaragua where she was part of an international aid program.  

John David Parker Scholarship

Value: Up to $970 (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria:

  • Full-time Social Work student who has demonstrated a commitment to child and youth work through volunteer/work experiences.
  • Preference is given to students entering the final year of the program.

Supporting documents:

You must submit a resume and a 500-word personal statement indicating:

  1. Your history of work with children and youth and your significant learning from these experiences.
  2. How this award will support your future plans.
Judith Sandys Award in Community Inclusion and Intellectual Disability

Value: Up to $1,990 (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria:

Full-time Social Work student who has completed first, second or third year by the time of their award application, and:

  • Is an Ontario resident.
  • Is a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person.
  • Has a minimum CGPA of 3.0.

The successful applicant will demonstrate commitment in the area of intellectual disability, through field work advocacy or academic work, that has taken place while they are in the social work program. For example:

  • Field placement in setting which supports people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Active involvement in an advocacy organization related to intellectual disability.
  • Completion of a major assignment relating to intellectual disabilities.

Supporting documents:

A completed application must include:

  • Resume.
  • Student budget form.
  • A minimum of one letter of reference in support of your commitment to intellectual disability and inclusion.

You must also submit one of the following:

  • An assignment completed for a social work course that demonstrates an understanding of, and commitment to, the inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities and an understanding of the relationship between inclusion and social justice. This can deal with policy or practice issues.
  • A 500-word personal statement describing what you have done. This must demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities, as well as an understanding of the relationship between inclusion and social justice. This can deal with policy or practice issues.
Lisa Crew Memorial Award

Value: Up to $190 (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria: Awarded to a full-time Social Work graduate for excellence in social work practice paper.

Nancy C. Sprott School of Social Work Leadership Awards

Value: Three awards of up to $3,000 (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria:

Full-time students enrolled in the School of Social Work who have completed first, second and third years, and:

  • Are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or Protected persons.
  • Are Ontario residents.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate academic excellence with a minimum CGPA of 3.67 and a clear academic standing.
  • Demonstrate leadership in areas that exemplify the mission and values of the School of Social Work.
President's Award for Community Engagement

Value: $1,000 (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria:

To recognize a student in the School of Social Work who has shown dedication to community engagement and has had a significant impact on the external community.

Full-time or part-time undergraduate students in second, third or fourth year of any program offered by the School of Social Work, with clear academic standing.

Supporting documents:

A completed application must include a personal statement (250-500 words) outlining your community service/activities and contributions and the impact you've had on an external community.

Sheri Cohen Social Justice Award for People with Disabilities

Value: Two awards of up to $1,250 (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria:

This award was established to recognize the contributions and accomplishments achieved by students with learning disabilities, while overcoming personal obstacles. Financial need is also a consideration. It is open to full-time and part-time Social Work students in second, third and fourth year.

Supporting documents:

  • Resume.
  • Academic record in good standing.
  • Statement of financial need.
  • One letter of reference in support of your commitment to social values.
Tzu Chi Awards for Community Service

Value: Ten awards of $1,000 (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria:

For students in Ryerson's Social Work Program who are in financial need and demonstrate an outstanding commitment to volunteering their time to help people in need.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled in full-time studies in second, third or fourth year of Ryerson's Social Work program, and:

  • Be in clear academic standing.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Demonstrate a contribution to volunteering their time to helping people in need.

Supporting documents:

  • You must submit a personal statement and resume that outlines your contributions to volunteering your time to helping people in need.

Important note:

Students who apply are strongly encouraged to attend a five-hour workshop hosted by the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu-Chi Foundation of Canada. The workshop date will be shared with the student award winners later in the year, and students will be presented with their awards as part of the workshop.

The George F. Bielmeier Award for Outstanding Contribution within the Field Practicum

Value: Two awards of up to $520 (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria: Recognizes full-time or part-time third-year and fourth-year Social Work students, who have:

  • Made outstanding contributions within their practicum.
  • Exceeded curriculum expectations.

Nomination information:

Nominations for the award must be supported by both your practicum field instructor and your Ryerson faculty field consultant.

The Karol Steinhouse Social Work Award

Value: Up to $2,170 (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria:

Awarded to a student enrolled full-time in the School of Social Work, with a minimum 50% course load, who has completed either the second or third year of the program.

Specific criteria include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to issues of social justice as they relate to sexual orientation, gender and diversity.
  • Academic record in good standing.
  • Financial need.

Students may apply themselves, or be nominated by faculty and/or other students.

Supporting documents:

You must submit a 500-word personal statement indicating your commitment to issues of social justice as they relate to sexual orientation.

 

The Russell Jolliffe Award for Excellence in Social Work Practice

Value: Up to $1,045 (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria:

Provides assistance to a full-time student entering their fourth year of the Social Work program, based on demonstrated excellence in their third year Social Work Practice Seminar and Practicum (SWP 31A/B and SWP 36A/B).

Students may apply on their own or be nominated by their faculty consultant.

Supporting documents:

The student is responsible for submitting all required documentation. The application materials must include:

  • A copy of the third year field practicum evaluation.
  • A copy of the third year major practice paper.
  • A letter of recommendation from the third year faculty field consultant.
  • Statement of financial need.
  • Verification of a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Walker Wood Foundation Award

Value: Up to $2,000 (amount may vary annually)

Award criteria:

This award provides support to mature students with financial need who have encountered significant life challenges. This may include being a single parent, being a new immigrant, or having a child or a spouse with a disability.

To be eligible, students must be in the part-time or full-time Social Work program at Ryerson, and:

  • Be Canadian citizens.
  • Be accepted as mature students in the Social Work program.
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by Ryerson University through completion of a budget form.
  • Demonstrate how they have encountered a significant life challenge.

Priority is given to students who have been away from secondary and/or post-secondary education for at least five years.  

This is an annual renewable award. The award will be renewed at the beginning of each academic year, for the duration of the student's years of study with the School of Social Work, providing the student maintains at least a 3.00 GPA and continues to demonstrate financial need.