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Awards

There are many awards available to both new and returning Ryerson University students. Some awards are automatically awarded while others require applications. The categories below outline what is currently available.

Department of History Donor Awards

Formerly known as the History Travel Award, was founded by Dr. Arne Kislenko in 2006. The Dale W. Nelson Award recognizes the value in international educational experiences as it gives students a greater appreciation of diversity in the world and increases their self-confidence and independence. A maximum of two annual awards valued at $2,000 each can be awarded.

Eligible students must be enrolled in either the History BA programme or as a History major in the Arts and Contemporary Studies programme. They must be registered in an international exchange programme for a minimum of one academic term abroad and hold a minimum CGPA of 3.33 (B+). Applicants are also required to submit a 500 word maximum statement of intent and two reference letters.

The Doug Webb Award in History is given in memory of Professor Douglas Gordon Webb (1948-2005), who taught in the Department of History at Ryerson University.

This award is made to a student entering his or her third or fourth year in the History Program or the Arts and Contemporary Studies program who has completed at least four of the department’s courses and has displayed academic excellence. To be eligible, students must have completed, with a B+ minimum grade, a course in at least one of the following subjects: the American Civil War; the First World War; the Second World War; or the Third Reich. Applicants must also meet the requirements of the Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS). The two awards are valued at approximately $2000 per year.

This award is given in memory of Maurice Arthur Pope (1889-1978), a prominent Canadian civil engineer, army officer, and diplomat. During the Second World War, Brigadier-General Pope served at Canadian military headquarters in London on the military staff of Prime Minister W.L. Mackenzie King. In 1945, he became chief of the Canadian Military Mission in Berlin. He also served as ambassador to Belgium (1950-53) and Spain (1953-56). In 1962, his memoirs, Soldiers and Politicians, were published. Maurice Pope was the son of Sir Joseph Pope, Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald’s principal secretary.

This scholarship is awarded to a student entering his or her third or fourth year in the History Program or the Arts and Contemporary Studies program who has demonstrated academic excellence in at least four of the Department of History’s courses. The award is valued at approximately $1000 per year.

2019-2020 Winners

Award Recipient(s)

Doug Webb Award in History

Rabiah Choksi and Kailtin Flinn

Maurice Pope Scholarship in History

Wyeth Robertson

Department of History Internal Awards

The Department of History Internal Awards recognize excellence among students studying History.

Please note that:

  • Students may be eligible for other awards in addition to those sponsored by the department; and,
  • The department may decide not to make a particular award in a given year.

This award will support first-year undergraduate students in the History BA program  based on a combination of criteria including academic achievement, financial need and community service. Each award is worth $1000.

This award will support undergraduate students in the History BA program and in double-major programs that include History, based on a combination of criteria including academic achievement, financial need and community service.

To be eligible for this award, students must:

  • Be registered as an Undergraduate student at Ryerson University;
  • Have clear academic standing;
  • Demonstrate Financial Need as determined by Ryerson University;
  • Be enrolled in Full-time studies;
  • Be enrolled in their second graduating year;
  • Be enrolled in the Department of History or double-majors including History, e.g., History/English, History/Philosophy, History/Sociology, History/Politics; and,
  • Have a minimum CGPA of 3.00.

This award will support undergraduate students in the History BA program and in double-major programs that include History, based on a combination of criteria including academic achievement, financial need and community service.

To be eligible for this award, students must:

  • Be registered as an Undergraduate student at Ryerson University;
  • Have clear academic standing;
  • Demonstrate Financial Need as determined by Ryerson University;
  • Be enrolled in Full-time studies;
  • Be enrolled in their third year;
  • Be enrolled in the Department of History or double-majors including History, e.g., History/English, History/Philosophy, History/Sociology, History/Politics; and,
  • Have a minimum CGPA of 3.00.

This award will support undergraduate students in the History BA program and in double-major programs that include History, based on a combination of criteria including academic achievement, financial need and community service.

To be eligible for this award, students must:

  • Be registered as an Undergraduate student at Ryerson University;
  • Have clear academic standing;
  • Demonstrate Financial Need as determined by Ryerson University;
  • Be enrolled in Full-time studies;
  • Be enrolled in their fourth or graduating year;
  • Be enrolled in the Department of History or double-majors including History, e.g., History/English, History/Philosophy, History/Sociology, History/Politics; and,
  • Have a minimum CGPA of 3.00.

The department recognizes the student in either the History program, History and Philosophy double major program, English and History double major program or the History Option of Arts and Contemporary studies who attains the highest average grade in each of the second, third, and fourth year of study over a minimum of two HIS and/or HST courses. The minimum qualification is an “A” average over at least two courses and at least a “B” average over all the courses taken in the year of the award. Each award is worth $250.

The department recognizes the best History essay in each academic year in an “upper” and “lower” level HIS and/or HST course (i.e., those numbered from 100-499 and those numbered from 500-999). Only students in their first or second year of studies are eligible for the “Junior” award but all students are eligible for the “Senior” award. The winners must have a grade average in all of their courses (History and non-History) of at least a “B” for the year in which they receive the award. The award winners are selected by a committee of the Department of History. Each award is worth $250.

The department recognizes students in their graduating year who have achieved the highest and second-highest grades in the History Program or the History Option in ACS, or the English and History double major, or the History and Philosophy double major respectively, averaged over all the HIS and HST courses taken at Ryerson. The Gold Medal is worth $500 and the Silver Medal $350.

The Department of History annually recognizes the student deemed by a committee of the department to have contributed most to the program, activities, and endeavours of the department. All History Program and History Option students in ACS are eligible, but the winning student also must have at least an overall average of “B” in his or her History and non-History courses in the year for which the award is made. It is worth $250.

This new prize rewards excellence in design-based projects submitted for course assignments. The award recognizes the changing formats of scholarly research/production and seeks to encourage our students in their pursuit of non-traditional forms of research and creation. This award also supports student success through principles of diversity and inclusion, recognizing multimodal ways of learning and scholarly expression.

Eligible submissions may take forms such as games, online projects, photographic essays, or 3-D objects. If you are not sure if your project qualifies, please contact the History Department.

Requirements: Qualifying items must have received a grade of A or A+; unmarked/clean copies of submissions must be accompanied by:

  1.  A cover sheet giving the project's title, student's name and RU student number, the course name and number and the term/year in which it was submitted, and the grade received;
  2. A brief overview of the research issue addressed by the project, its relevance to the course, and the tools/technology/methodology used to produce the project (300 words, double-spaced, maximum); and
  3. Any necessary instructions for viewing, using, accessing the projects. Online projects must provide a URL at which the project can be accessed by the award committee.

The John Morgan Scholarship in Intellectual History/History of Ideas

This award is given in memory of Dr. John Morgan (1948-2021), a professor in the Department of History from 1981 to 2017. John was admired and respected for his broad academic interests and dedication to students.

Each year the award recognizes the best History essay on a topic related to intellectual history/history of ideas in any HIS or HST course.

Eligibility: The award is open to undergraduate students from all programs and all years of study. Students who are in their first or second year may submit essays from lower-level History courses (numbered 100-499). Students in any year may submit essays from upper-level History courses (numbered 500-999).

Requirements: A qualifying essay must have received a grade of A or A+. An unmarked/clean copy must be submitted to the Undergraduate Program Administrator by October 1 each year starting in 2021. Either students or instructors may submit essays for consideration. Student submissions must be accompanied by written confirmation from the course instructor that the essay was submitted to the named course in the previous academic year and received a grade of A or A+. Instructor submissions must be accompanied by evidence of permission by the student.

The award is valued at $500 per year. Deadline to submit an essay is October 1st 2021.

2019-2020 Winners

Award Recipient

History Student Entrance Award

Kayla Delos Santos

History Second Year Award

Mackenzie Hickie

History Fourth Year Award

Kaitlin Flinn

Second Year Award

Wyeth Robertson

Third Year Award

Yulia Reingold

Fourth Year Award

Jennifer Stewart

Silver Award

Aviva Gomes-Bhatt

Gold Award

Hareda Fakhrudin

Department of History Special Award

Kaitlin Flinn

Senior Essay Prize

Olga Vlasova