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Faculty of Community Services

Scholarships, awards and bursaries

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 Urban and Regional Planning, you may qualify for some of these awards.

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

 

Applications

Current students will receive information on the School of Urban and Regional Planning award application process, by email, when it becomes available.

 

Undergraduate awards

Peter Bennett Award

Award criteria:

Undergraduate student, entering the third or fourth year of the program, who demonstrates:

  • Excellence in applying research methods or planning analysis to urban and regional planning
  • A dedication to community service

Required documents:

  • A letter to the school director that explains how you meet the award criteria
  • Resume
  • Two letters of support (one of which must be from a Ryerson School of Urban and Regional Planning faculty member)
  • One to three examples of how you’ve applied research methods or planning analysis to urban and regional planning, in combination with a dedication to community service. Examples might include survey research, statistical analysis, GIS, studio work, independent research projects, professional placements or work term assignments.

Mark Friesen Award

Award criteria:

Undergraduate student completing the second year of the program (at the time of application in April) who:

  • Has clear academic standing

  • Demonstrates outstanding commitment to the program

  • Has the most improved CGPA between their first and second year

Required documents:

  • Application letter outlining your commitment to the field

  • Resume
Todd Hesselink International Exchange Award

Award criteria:

  • Student who is participating in the Ryerson International Exchange program

Required documents:

  • Letter to the school director that explains how you meet the award criteria. Describe your international exchange opportunity and outline what you hope to accomplish by participating.
  • Approved international exchange application
  • Letter of support from a Ryerson School of Urban and Regional Planning faculty member

Joseph Lebovic Award

Undergraduate student who is completing their third year of the program and demonstrates:

  • An outstanding commitment to urban and regional planning, including land development and private sector planning
  • Financial need
  • A minimum 2.67 (B-) GPA

Required documents:

  • A letter that explains why urban and regional planning is your chosen field and outlines how you meet the award criteria
Malumir R. Logan Award

Undergraduate student who has successfully completed the second or third year of the program and:

  • Is experiencing financial difficulty
  • Has faced challenges such as health issues, financial issues and/or disabilities (visible or invisible)

Required documents:

  • A personal statement outlining your interest in your field of study, your determination to achieve your professional goals and any significant life challenges you have faced
Michael Weich Award

A full-time student in the second year of the program who:

  • Is a Canadian citizen
  • Is not over 23 years of age
  • Has a clear standing at the end of the fourth semester
  • Demonstrates success despite having to deal with issues such as health or family problems, financial difficulties or learning disabilities

Required documents:

  • A letter to the school director that explains how you meet the award criteria
Ryerson Planning Alumni Association Undergraduate Award of Merit

Ryerson is, and always has been, very much a part of its community and city. Declaring its intention to be a city builder, Ryerson has enriched and contributed to public life in broad ways. 

In its role as a City Builder, Ryerson enhances access and civic engagement and has a positive, transformative effect on its neighbourhood and the broader community. 

Award criteria:

The Ryerson Planning Alumni Association Undergraduate Award of Merit recognizes the academic, professional and community building achievements and contributions of one undergraduate student enrolled in their final year of study in the School of Urban and Regional Planning. They must:

  • Have clear academic standing
  • Have a minimum CGPA of 2.67

Required documents:

  • Cover letter (500 words max), demonstrating how you embody the approach and spirit of Ryerson University, as noted above, during the course of your studies and directly or indirectly enhance the reputation of the School of Urban and Regional Planning and/or the university as a whole. Consider the range of your experiences and think creatively about how you have contributed — there is no "right" answer. Experiences can include: school involvement (e.g. studio, field placement, student association work, etc.), community engagement, professional experience (paid and/or volunteer), participation in conferences/workshops etc.
  • Resume
  • Letter of reference

Graduate awards

Aditya Jha Community Development Award

Award criteria:

A graduate student or study group of graduate students, who demonstrate(s):  

  • A minimum CGPA of 2.67
  • A commitment to helping immigrant, ethnic and Aboriginal communities

The award recipient(s) must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and Ontario residents.

Required documents:

  • Cover letter to the chair of the selection committee that explains how you meet the award criteria
  • Resume
  • Letters of support, including one from a Ryerson University instructor or an instructor external to Ryerson University

 

Ryerson Planning Alumni Association Graduate Award of Merit

Ryerson is, and always has been, very much a part of its community and city. Declaring its intention to be a city builder, Ryerson has enriched and contributed to public life in broad ways. 

In its role as a City Builder, Ryerson enhances access and civic engagement and has a positive, transformative effect on its neighbourhood and the broader community. 

Award criteria

The Ryerson Planning Alumni Association Graduate Award of Merit recognizes the academic, professional and community building achievements and contributions of one graduate student enrolled in their final year of study in the School of Urban and Regional Planning. They must:

  • Have a minimum CGPA of 3.33

Required documents:

  • Cover letter (500 words max), demonstrating how you embody the approach and spirit of Ryerson University, as noted above, during the course of your studies and directly or indirectly enhance the reputation of the School of Urban and Regional Planning and/or the university as a whole. Consider the range of your experiences and think creatively about how you have contributed — there is no "right" answer. Experiences can include: school involvement (e.g. studio, field placement, student association work, etc.), community engagement, professional experience (paid and/or volunteer), participation in conferences/workshops etc.
  • Resume
  • Letter of reference

Automatic awards (no application required)

David De Luca Award

Award criteria:

An undergraduate student who:

  • Demonstrates strong leadership excellence and practice in community development
  • Has a clear academic standing
  • Has a minimum CGPA of 2.00

Ted Tyndorf Award

Award criteria:

A student who demonstrates integrity, outstanding vision and commitment to community planning through client-based project work and engagement with agencies and firms.

Janet Rosenberg Studio Project in Landscape and Urbanism

Award criteria:

Funds the learning experience and product of up to two studio projects in PLG 620 and/or PLG 720 that advance the study and application of planning for the urban landscape.