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Awards and Scholarships

The Faculty of Community Services offers competitive student awards and grants that recognize your achievements, facilitate your education and promote your success.

Visit the AwardSpring website for full details and to apply.

The Durst Family Award for Indigenous Students supports Indigenous students who are enrolled in a full-time or part-time undergraduate program of study in the Schools of Child and Youth Care, Disability Studies, Early Childhood Studies, Social Work, and Urban and Regional Planning.

The Faculty of Community Services Aboriginal Student Success Awards support Aboriginal undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Community Services who have shown engagement with and/or commitment to Indigenous communities.

The Toronto Eglinton Rotary Club / Dr. Robert McClure Award in Health Science Award supports Aboriginal students pursuing a degree in a full-time, undergraduate Health Sciences program in the Faculty of Community Services (Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Midwifery Education Program, the School of Occupational and Public Health or the School of Nutrition). The award was created to honour the work of Dr. Robert McClure, an outstanding humanitarian, gifted surgeon, the first lay Moderator of the United Church of Canada and member of the Toronto Eglinton Rotary Club.

The Faculty of Community Services Part-time Undergraduate Award acknowledges students who have demonstrated leadership, collaboration, creativity, innovation, commitment and/or contribution to their discipline, school or community. It also recognizes students who may have overcome a personal obstacle while remaining in school.

The Faculty of Community Services Full-time Undergraduate Award acknowledges students who have demonstrated leadership, collaboration, creativity, innovation, commitment and/or contribution to their discipline, school or community. It also recognizes students who have may have overcome a personal obstacle while remaining in school.

The Isabella and Oscar Zacharias Undergraduate Research Award promotes and recognizes outstanding research and high academic achievement for full-time and part-time undergraduate students in the Faculty of Community Students.

The John Austin Award was established to honour Dr. John Austin, Interim Vice-Provost, Students (and prior to that, Executive Director, Student Affairs), by recognizing undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Community Services who are actively involved in campus life and work to improve the campus climate for other students, and who exemplify the same spirit that John always brought to his work at Ryerson: kindness, engagement, passion, and tireless commitment to making Ryerson a better place.

The Marvyn Novick Award in the Faculty of Community Services was established in memory of Marvyn Novick (1940-2016), former dean of the Faculty of Community Services and a leading thinker and contributor to social policy in Ontario and Canada. He researched and wrote major national reports on child poverty in Canada; conducted a widely cited pioneering study on changing social conditions in Toronto suburbs; addressed issues of employment, civic and community well-being , and the life chances of children; and focused public attention on the need for cross-community alliances to build inclusive communities and on the social responsibilities of government at all levels.

This Phillip and Dorothy Barnoff First Generation Student Award supports a first-generation full-time student in the Faculty of Community Services who is in financial need, good academic standing and demonstrates engagement in the community by working towards the goal of advancing the rights of equity-seeking groups.

The RBC Community Services Award is available for undergraduate students enrolled in an undergraduate full-time degree program at the Faculty of Community Services who are interested in pursuing a career in the non-profit sector.

The Faculty of Community Services Social Innovation Award supports full-time and part-time undergraduate students who have a strong interest in working creatively towards addressing a social issue. The award was established to support students that think boldly and act courageously.

The Faculty of Community Services Undergraduate Research Scholarship encourages undergraduate students to engage in a research project focused on a question they have that has emerged from their academic experience, student engagement, transition from student to a professional role, or teaching and learning experiences.

The Usha George Students-in-Action Award has been established in recognition of Usha George, former Dean of the Faculty of Community Services, for her active commitment to student engagement, learning opportunities beyond the classroom and social innovation.

Full-time and part-time undergraduate students can apply for project funding for a student-led initiative that addresses a social issue in the local/global community. Examples may include launching a campaign, organizing an event, hosting a lecture, facilitating a workshop, or executing a project. Innovation and creativity are encouraged! Students may apply as a group, however, one student will submit the application and be responsible for managing their funding and any other requirements of this award.

The Faculty of Community Services Aboriginal Student Success Awards support Aboriginal undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Community Services who have shown engagement with and/or commitment to Indigenous communities.

The Faculty of Community Services Student Dean's Essay Writing Award acknowledges graduate students for the winning essay within each of our graduate school programs. By nomination only - no application is required.

Award value: One award of $2,500

The Faculty of Community Services Dean’s Social Justice Graduate Award supports graduate students who demonstratea strong commitment to social justice through their program of study and/or research. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who have not already received another major scholarship through Ryerson or external bodies in the same academic year.

Award value: One award of $2,500

The Faculty of Community Services SRC Innovation Graduate Award supports graduate students who challenges the status quo within their field of study with new solutions and new ways of thinking and practicing. Preference will be given to qualified applicants who have not already received another major scholarship through Ryerson or external bodies in the same academic year.

We take responsibility for making change in this Faculty, and we urge all members of FCS to take action to address anti-Black racism and other forms of racism and oppression inside and outside the institution.  We created this fund for activities and initiatives led by/with Black students that address anti-Black racism on campus. google docMore details are available, external link for students interested in applying.

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This fund was designed to make it easier for our students to access learning, development and student engagement opportunities beyond the classroom through partial funding from our office. Successful applicants need to demonstrate how they plan to use these experiences to help other FCS students. In the past, this fund has been used to sponsor international learning opportunities for students, Ryerson-wide student events, and more.
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Student groups created and led by students in FCS programs may qualify for $400 to $500 in funding from the Faculty of Community Services for events and initiatives they are working on to enhance the experience of students. google docGuidelines, external link have been created to help students submit a successful application.
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This grant aims to provide funding to undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Community Services who have had a paper accepted and who have been invited to attend a peer-reviewed academic conference.
Visit AwardSpring to apply.